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22 week ultrasound…

So my cervix measured longer at 3.8 to 4 this time! Thank goodness.

I’m beginning to realize my anxiety about appointments is contributing to my symptoms and seems to increase my Braxton Hicks contractions and cramping. Apparently I need to do a better job relaxing in general. I am ok until a few days before the appointment and then I start to let the anxiety take over. Any suggestions?

Next step is a another cervix check at 24 weeks and the gestational diabetes test. Yay! And the ever so exciting viability at 24 weeks (which I hope to goodness I don’t have anything close to a 24 weeker)!!

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!

A Long Overdue Update

Hi everyone! I’ve been keeping up on all of your blogs but I’ve been a huge slacker with my own blog. Not that any of you are surprised as I was never a very regular blogger. Here’s a week-by-week update for all of you who may be interested (I keep a daily log of pregnancy related stuff that I will use for this purpose).

20 weeks: Starting to feel more movement! Also starting to notice several Braxton hicks contractions throughout each day. I’ve been dealing with constipation and I can’t quite figure out what to do to help me be regular.

21 weeks: started off 21 weeks with a trip to L&D after work due to increasing pelvic pressure and yeast infection symptoms. Cervix check was just fine and I wasn’t having contractions on the monitor. She didn’t do a pelvic exam but said she didn’t think I had a yeast infection. Maybe pressure due to constipation? Well I wish she would have done that pelvic exam because I ended up at my OB 5 days later with what she called a “raging yeast infection”. I was having horrible pelvic pressure again (who knew that was a symptom for yeast infections, right?). I took two doses of Diflucan (which is apparently only a no no in the first trimester) and a full 7 day course of yeast cream. I have yet to have another yeast infection…knock on wood! Also, my husband fel the baby kick! Such a wonderful moment for him!

22 weeks: Last cervix check! It measured at 3.5cm so I graduated from cervix checks. Yay! Still dealing with constipation every couple of days. I have been started in the pre-term labor prevention program due to the risk of pre-term labor with my uterine anomaly. It consists of a weekly phone call with a nurse where I discuss how my contractions have been over the past week. I am to monitor for contractions for an hour a day and if I ever have more than 4 in an hour that are longer than 30 seconds each, I have to call them or L&D to see if u should come in for a check. 

23 weeks: I got a video of her kicking and my skin moving! It was so awesome! Had some very strange discharge that I feared was my mucus plug so I got checked out by an OB after work. All was good, cervix still long and closed and no sign of the cause for discharge. Also I’m starting to get some round ligament pain this week. We went camping at Mono Lake for our anniversary weekend which was a wonderful break from real life.

24 weeks: Viability! I literally can’t believe I’ve made it this far. Obviously I don’t want to have her for a long while but the thought that I can now potentially bring home a baby is very exciting. Also we discovered that she loves loud music and kicks a ton when we blasted it on the way home from our trip. Unfortunately I got a cold this week. Who gets that in the summer? Also my boobs finally grew again, I was wondering when this would happen. This week marks the week where I feel her move multiple times a day and it’s so incredibly reassuring. At my 24 week appointment I find out that 20 lbs at 24 weeks is just slightly out of the range of normal. It’s weird because I don’t feel like I’ve put on that much weight at all. Now I have to be careful the rest of this pregnancy to stay under 35 lbs. My uterus is growing right on track for my dates and it is super obvious there is a horn/point up to the right. I wonder what my OB and myself would think if we didn’t know about the anomaly. I also passed the glucose challenge test so no gestational diabetes here! And I though the drink tasted good…like a sprite! This week I first felt the baby have hiccups. So cute!

25 weeks: Started this off with a bang by ending up in L&D due to leaking fluid (we were on a joint bachelor/bachelorette party in San Diego…apparently I like to take tours of hospitals when we go on vacation). Luckily my water had not broken and the test they do to see if you’ll go into pre-term labor was negative. My cervix was still long and closed. The OB’s theory was my pregnancy-related discharge was more watery or I had peed myself. Joy! Guess I have to do more kegals. Of note, baby girl is still head down so I’m hoping she stays that way so I can attempt a vaginal delivery. With the unicornuate uterus, you cannot try to turn them. Honestly I think she is out of room to turn at this point so fingers crossed for that vaginally delivery. 

26 weeks: I’m starting to realize that Braxton hicks contractions are my normal. One of the on-call L&D OB’s thinks the unicornuate uterus is more prone to these contractions, especially when it’s growing. So every 5-7 days I’ll have an evening or afternoon where I contract a lot. It’s still scary but I’m becoming more accustomed to what is ok for me. The baby moves so much now and her kicks are getting stronger. I’ve been woken up in the middle of the night by them and also sometimes cannot get back to sleep! If I haven’t felt her for awhile I just lay on my back briefly. She hates it and will start kicking (which makes me feel a bit mean).

So what’s next? While my ultimate goal is a full term delivery, my next milestone is 28 weeks. I hope I can at least deliver after 34 weeks. I will have my 28 week appointment and we will schedule an extra growth scan to check for IUGR (another potential UU complication). Other than that I’ll just be keeping up with all of your stories!

Thank you if you made it through this incredibly long post!