9 Weeks + 1 Day

>> Monday, November 23, 2015

Ah! So, I keep saying I don’t want to write about my pregnancy and then I only write about my pregnancy. (Sorry!) It’s just shocking me how well it’s going after so much heartache this year, and I guess it’s really all I can think about right now (well, along with some mounting deadlines -- but this stuff is more fun).

So, quick update today on my 9 week + 1 day appointment.

Stephen went with me, and it started with an ultrasound. My usual tech was on vacation, but I was able to get one of the women who did a lot of my ultrasounds with Ada. She’s really nice. The thing that really struck me about this appointment is that I wasn’t seeing many of the nurses/doctors/etc. I’ve seen in the past year throughout all our bad news. So, today I ended up having to repeat our recurrent pregnancy loss story to a lot of people. Which sucked.

They were all like: “Three in a year?!”
And we were like: “Yup...”
And they were like: “Did you find out why?”
And we were like: “Nope, but progesterone is apparently our miracle drug."

Anyway, my tech got right to business. I almost fell off the exam table because I couldn’t believe how big the bean has gotten in just two weeks (here’s my last appointment). I know he or she is only the size of a grape, but most of my ultrasounds this year have only shown tiny grains of rice. I guess most surprising and exciting of all is that the fetus (it’s a fetus now!) MOVED. A lot. It actually did a full-on jig in there.

For the first time in a long time, I believe we might be bringing home a baby in June.

The measurement was spot on at 9 weeks and 1 day. The heart rate is 162 beats per minute. Everything looks great. I met with my new midwife and told her about all of my many concerns, including my fear of getting irritable uterus* again. I feel like working with her is going to be really good. I didn’t like my midwife earlier in the year and she left the practice anyway -- so it was a good timing, I suppose.

I have a bunch of blood work I need to get. Otherwise, my next appointment is at 12 weeks and 2 days when we get to do the NT screening (another ultrasound). Then I have a midwife appointment the following week (I didn’t have an exam today, that will be next time). We have decided to tell Ada after the 12 week scan. We had considered doing it today, but I just want to make sure we’re out of the riskiest part. Even though everything looks perfect, I know still that anything can happen at any stage.

The only TMI thing is that my cervix is quite low. I only know this because I take the suppositories twice a day, so I’ve gotten quite familiar more familiar than I ever wanted to be with my anatomy. I guess this is because I have a retroverted uterus. It points toward my spine versus my belly button, so the cervix is in a different direction to. Just like with Ada, this weird uterus thing should right itself when the baby gets bigger and heavier, likely by the second trimester. It’s mostly annoying and causes back cramping sometimes.

* SPEAKING of irritable uterus. When I was having the ultrasound, the tech said “oh, you see that curve on your gestational sac? That’s a braxton hicks contraction!” And I was like “AHHHH NOT ALREADY!” I know it’s normal to have them all throughout pregnancy. I’m just hoping it won’t be quite as debilitating this time around. Only time will tell.

I feel like I need to pinch myself. My big thing this week is getting beyond the 9 weeks 4 days point (Thanksgiving day). That’s when I had my D&C, and I think it’s going to be cathartic to just move past this date. Strangely enough, my symptoms with this pregnancy have been so incredibly similar to that pregnancy -- it’s crazy. I am looking forward to not comparing the two pregnancies anymore.

So, there’s my update. Thanks for reading. Thanks for your good vibes.

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