I will be 15 weeks on Wednesday but since so much has happened the past couple of weeks, I thought I would group it all together, even if it's a little early.
Things with me have been interesting, to say the least. Two weeks
ago from tomorrow I had to go to the ER. I was changing Logan's diaper
on the couch and felt a warm gush and knew something was wrong. I ran
to the bathroom and there was blood. I tried to stay calm, so I called
my doctor and since it was after hours, they told me to go to the ER.
As I stood up to get my purse, I felt another gush and there was even
more blood and terrible cramping that time. I couldn't stand up
straight because the cramping was so bad. I changed my clothes really
fast and told Jason we had to go (while crying uncontrollably)... I couldn't stop crying because I was
assuming the worst had happened. We got to the ER and they
admitted me to a room. I gave a urine sample and they sent me to get an
ultrasound. I was so scared until the ultrasound tech turned the
volume on and we heard the baby's heartbeat... whew! We were so
relieved :). They said baby is fine but the placenta detached from the
uterus slightly, so no exercise/activities other than walking, at least
for 3 weeks. They also said the chance of it happening again (the bleeding & cramping) is about 50/50. Thankfully, I haven't had anymore issues and I'm praying it will stay that way.
I go in tomorrow for my normal 15
week checkup and I have to go back to a perinatal specialist next
Wednesday to get another ultrasound to check the placenta.
Also, at the
11 week scan, they told me that there was a high amount of fluid on the
back of the baby's neck, which can be a marker for Down Syndrome. I
opted to have a couple of blood tests done (non-invasive) and they came out negative
for Downs but the doctors are still worried about other genetic
disorders. They recommended an amniocentesis but I think we're going to
wait and see how things go after the big anatomical scan in 3 or 4
weeks. So needless to say, with working full-time, being a mommy,
taking a graduate class, and all the baby stuff, I've been very
exhausted :(. Please join with us in praying that the baby will be perfectly healthy... I love how our friend Vanessa prayed over the baby... for "perfect form and perfect function". That's what I've been praying for the past couple of weeks. We're praying that the fluid will go away on its own and there won't be any health concerns at all.
I won't lie... it has been difficult at times to wrap my mind around everything that's going on, but we trust in a very big God and we know He loves us and will take care of us. There have been times when I've had to ask myself if I have what I like to call "mustard seed faith" and I've always been able to answer with "yes". If God's word is true (which I believe it is) then He will move mountains with that little amount of faith.
Anyway, on to the basic baby stuff:
My skin has been going absolutely crazy since I found out I'm pregnant. I usually have oily skin (but pretty clear) so I was hoping it would dry out a little from the hormones, but no... it has gotten even more oily. It has also gotten really bumpy. I don't have huge zits, but there are a lot of little bumps all over my face. I'm not really sure what to do with it other than keep it clean and try to manage it as best as I can.
I keep thinking that I'm feeling the baby move, but I really can't be sure. Ever since I had my hernia repair surgery last year, I can feel food digesting/moving around my belly button area. I'm getting the same feelings except lower (in the uterus area). I don't know if it's baby, digestion, or gas. I'm just going to say it's the baby to make me feel better about myself ;).
See above ;). I'm sleeping ok at night except I have to get up about 3 times on average each night to go to the bathroom. I only have 3 weeks left of my current grad school class (Business Law) and when it's over, I plan on taking a bit of an extended break.
When I was in the ER, the doctor was a little concerned about some swelling around my ankles. I doubt I told him that it's kind-of normal for me. I've been drinking a lot of water (and maybe some Sprite here and there) so hopefully there aren't any concerns about my blood pressure. I'm sure they'll check it thoroughly tomorrow.
Well, I think that's probably enough information to cram into one blog post. Please keep baby in your prayers. If anything noteworthy happens at my appointment tomorrow, I will try to update with details. If not, I will update after my perinatal appointment next week.