20 week ultrasound

So in my true blogging form I am late to the game once again. My 20 week ultrasound was a week and a half ago and I’m happy to report that everything looks within normal limits with the baby! He is measuring on track with dates so far, which is a huge relief. And we confirmed that he actually is a he.

My cervix is measuring 3.2cm which is still in the reassuring range, but of course I’m concerned that it’s been shortening every two weeks. I started in the 5cm range, down to 4cm and now closer to 3cm. I held steady around 4cm for my last pregnancy. Hopefully my cervix check this week will show no change and I can stop worrying about it (yeah right, I am a huge worrier).

Next up is my last cervix check at 22 weeks, and then I will have a growth scan around the 30 week mark. With baby A, the growth scan at 30 weeks was where the IUGR was diagnosed so I’m hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself.

I’ve been feeling movement since 15 weeks but over the last week it’s become very frequent and it’s getting stronger. I even saw a kick through my belly the other night. My husband has been able to feel him this past week as well, which has been great for bonding.

My Braxton hicks contractions have been increasing in frequency over the past week as well. I hate that I feel them so early. I’m always concerned they are going to turn into preterm labor. I’ve also had some period-like pain that I’ve been attributing to round ligament pain (this has been my norm for weeks). It’s been way worse this pregnancy but luckily it’s only severe for 10-15 mins before subsiding.

I finally started telling people at work, and it’s certainly time because I cannot hide I anymore. Hilariously enough I have a co-worker who is due 2 days before me! She also waited until the 20 week mark to say anything. I know she and her husband had a hard time conceiving (although I don’t know the details) so I am super ecstatic for her! Sadly, I have another co-worker who is currently experiencing her third miscarriage in a year. She had a late miscarriage at 18 weeks where her water just broke out of nowhere, followed by two first trimester miscarriages. I’m so sad for her and I did my best to offer her support yesterday when she told me (I disclosed my five miscarriages to her) but I’m still unsure how much support she wants from the pregnant girl so I’ll just keep checking in.

In other news, we are potty training A. She is still in diapers for naps and nights but she’s doing great otherwise. She still poops in her diaper but has also pooped in the potty several times as well. I initially didn’t want to bribe but my husband started giving her 3 chocolate chips if she poops in the potty and that has helped immensely. She doesn’t need any bribing for pee. We had one day this week where she peed herself FIVE times in an afternoon and I though we had completely regressed, but it’s now been almost 4 days and no accidents since then. She is also doing great at daycare using the potty. I hope it keeps going well.

Wishing everyone all the best in the new year!

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10 thoughts on “20 week ultrasound

  1. lyra211

    What great news about the 20-week ultrasound! I hear you on the worry about your cervix. I am totally a worrier too when things are technically in the “reassuring” range, but at one end of the range — I know that technically things are just fine, but I also can’t help worrying, so I feel for you. Hang in there, cervix! And… a boy! You get one of each! My two boys are total joys so far. My older one has very stereotypical boy interests, but that’s cool with me. I’m a scientist, after all, so I have pretty stereotypical boy interests myself. 🙂 And I kind of feel proud now that I know the difference between an excavator and a backhoe (and every other type of construction equipment in the world…). I will keep hoping that things go well with Lucky and that history doesn’t repeat itself with the IUGR. How wild that your coworkers both have their own pregnancy struggles, and pretty significant ones at that. What are the odds that you with your five miscarriages, your coworker with her three consecutive losses (including 18w), and the other with infertility would all be in the same office? Seems improbable! But I guess these issues are more common than we realize. Best wishes, and so happy to read the good updates. I think about you often.

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    1. RJ Post author

      Thanks. I’m so glad to hear your boys are such amazing kids. Makes me excited to have one! I know I’ll learn a ton too! Yeah what are the odds. It just goes to show that we all have our secrets and struggles and it’s is smart of us to not be so quick to judge or assume!

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  2. silentmiscarriageloudthoughts

    Great news! Hopefully the cervix doesn’t shorten anymore.
    I’ve had a similar predicament wanting to support someone who’s miscarried but it not really feeling appropriate due to the fact that I am heavily pregnant and have a toddler. My cousin and his wife have been TTC for around 18 months, and have now miscarried. I was able to share with her that I have had two miscarriages myself, but she admitted it feels a bit weird talking to someone who’s pregnant, and they have really distanced themselves from us. I completely get it, but I wish I could be there for them.

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    1. RJ Post author

      Yeah it’s so hard to try and support when it’s just not quiet what they want when they are in the thick of things. I remember that hearing others having struggles gave me hope (and made me sad) but it was still hard to see others on the other side when I so desperately wanted to be there! Hope you are well!

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  3. Dani

    Great news to hear everything is going well at 20 weeks! Wow you must have been nervous! I’m surprised they are waiting to 30 weeks for another ultrasound I’d probably be asking for sooner 😳

    That’s very cool you have a work bump buddy!! I’m so sorry your other colleague has been through so much loss. 😔

    Happy New Year! Wishing you an uneventful and peaceful pregnancy!

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    1. RJ Post author

      Yeah I’m going to see how I’m measuring at 24 weeks and if it seems to be behind I will ask for earlier! We shall see! Hope you are doing well!

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  4. Rach

    Yay for the potty training. We bribe with choc chips for poos too and it def works a treat!!! Glad the pregnancy is progressing well so far. Hoping the cervix check this week is reassuring for you. 🙂

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    1. RJ Post author

      Haha she is still not pooping well on the potty but she also had managed to hold it for 48 hours as of this evening so at least she’s not going in the diaper. But now I’m worried that she’s constipated! Also, I have been eating a lot of chocolate chips…whoops.

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  5. ourgreatestdesire

    Yay…hoping the pregnancy continues to progress well. Totally jealous of how well A is doing on potty training. Bella just pees in her diaper and then takes it off to sit on the potty. We’re spending more money on diapers than we were before. Anytime I try underwear she just pees in it and isn’t bothered by it at all.

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  6. RJ Post author

    I think peeing in the diaper and then taking it off is a good step in the right direction! At least she doesn’t want to sit in it! Good luck!

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