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    Amy's Space
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    Erin's Space

    My sweetheart Izzy, 30, and I, 28, were married June 26, 2009 in Cozumel, Mexico. This is our first pregnancy and we are excited, anxious, overjoyed, nervous, jubilant, and just a bit scared! We'd been TTC for 6 months and we're still a little shocked it worked! Go nature!


    Furrbabies

    Aldo (the funny looking one) and Cauchy.........Misha the Tortie Manx

    .............Porch Kitty the Curmudgeon



    BFP: January 31st, 19 DPO


    Gee, I forgot to take a picture (maybe I'll fake it and POAS again )

    EDD: October 5th


    Appointments
    3/4/10- First Checkup!
    Met with the midwife (love her) and got to see the bean!
    9 week 3 day U/S


    14 week Appointment - 4/5/10
    Heard the HB for the first time! Baby was moving around and all seems well! Also found out I'm RH positive and immune to German Measles! Woot!

    18 Week Appointment - 5/3/10

    Pretty boring appt. Scheduled the Big U/S!

    5/17/10- 20 Week Ultrasound - It's a GIRL!


    24 week Appt- 6/14/10
    Another pretty boring appointment. Yay! My belly measurement is about a week ahead. Received a bunch of paperwork that made this whole "having a baby" thing seem super real!

    28 week Appt- 7/12/10
    Glucose test. Yuck. I passed! Signed up for hynobirthing classes!

    32 week Appt- 8/10/10
    Nice and boring. Baby girl was confirmed head down!

    Next Appointment:
    8/23/10- 34 Week Appt

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    My bump appeared at 10.5 weeks!
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    A LITTLE ABOUT US
    My name is Tori, 19 (20 in April), and I have been with my fiance K, 19 (20 in August), for 2 years. We weren't TTC since we just had an m/c on Oct 22/09. We live in Canada, and have recently moved 2 provinces away from home to start a new life. We are so ready for this little one, but are being very cautious of telling people until 3 months or until it's obvious (whichever comes first).

    BFP
    Got my BFP on Feb 16/10, our 2 year anniversary. Happy anniversary hunny, we're having a baby!!
    (Pictures to come)

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    My calculations - 10/15/10
    U/S dateing - 10/16/10


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    03/08 - Brown spotting late in the evening
    03/09 - Spotting turned pink, went to clinic, saw baby and strong HB!
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    About Me

    My name is Carol (31) and I have been married to DH DJ (34) since September 2006! We got our furbaby Homer (black lab mix) in April 2007 and found out we were expecting our first child in August 2007. DS Nathan was born a week late (induced) on May 2, 2008.
    We went on a Disney Cruise with DS in January and after returning decided we were ready for another. We stopped preventing and decided to JLIH for the first few months and lo and behold we got our BFP in February!

    BFP

    Feb 15th (a belated Valentine's gift!!)


    EDD

    October 31st (A Halloween baby!!)

    Ultrasounds

    March 30th

    heartbeat 180 bpm

    April 19th NT Scan



    heartbeat 163 bpm


    June 1st BIG Ultrasound!!

    Appointments

    April 6th - routine appt., pap, tried to hear hb with doppler but no luck =(

    May 4th

    June 1st
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    Joy's Space
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    DH (Mark - 36yrs) and I (31yrs) have been married for 5 years. We tried to conceive for several years but were told that it was highly unlikely I would ever get pregnant. We had always planned to adopt after our first baby, so we just moved the timing up a bit. We were blessed with our DD, Shiloh in October 2007. In June 2009, we brought home our sons from Uganda. These kids have brought so much joy into our lives and we can't imagine life without them!

    In November we went to a fertility specialist to discuss embryo adoption. We were hoping to start the process sometime in 2010. After discussing my medical history with her, she shocked us both by saying she believed that we had been misdiagnosed and using a different medication, we would be able to conceive. DH was thrilled! I was skeptical and cautious since I had moved past all the drama of TTC and wasn't sure I wanted to go there again. She asked us to try again for a few cycle which I reluctantly agreed to. Much to my surprise and amazement I became pregnant our first cycle. We are all looking forward to the addition of this LO to our family.







    February 18th - 12dpo

    February 18th beta - 53
    February 25th beta - 2,352
    March 5th beta - 39,000



    October 31st



    March 8th - 6 weeks
    TWINS!!!



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    Thought I would delete this since Sean Thomas was born to early and I never got around to it.

    Congrats to all you new (soon to be) mothers here, I have been checking up on you all from time to time.
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    moving on, no space needed
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    Dawn's Space

    About Me:
    My name is Dawn, just turned 30
    DH is Eric, also 30
    We will be married for 5 years come May
    We have a daughter, Olivia who just turned 3. She was a preemie - born at 26 weeks 5 days for unknown reasons. She is doing wonderfully now & you would never know she was a preemie!

    It took DH & I a while to feel like we were ready to TTC & potentially go through having another preemie with NICU stay, etc. (having one preemie puts you at higher risk of having another). We started TTC 8 months ago.

    How I learned I was pregnant/told DH:
    I had my 30th birthday on Feb 3 & got a + OPK that day and the next.....well, I got my birthday present this week....a BFP!!!!!!
    On CD 31 I took a HPT and was about to throw it away & wanted to cry in despair, I did a double take. I thought maybe I was losing my mind but I thought I could see a faint hint of a line. I kept studying it & was pretty sure there was a line - compared it to an unused test to make sure there wasn't a line on that one (there wasn't). I tested later in the day & same thing.
    DD & I went shopping that day & stopped to pick up a T-shirt that said "I'm the big sister" - I decided a while ago that that's how I wanted to tell DH. I didn't tell him that day though - I waited until the next day & retested in the AM to be sure there was a line again. It was still faint though, but darker than the previous day. DH had the day off with me so I put the shirt on DD & she ran out to the kitchen to show daddy her new shirt. (She doesn't know what it says). He looked at me & cautiously asked - what does that mean??
    I tried taking a picture of my BFP today but when I zoom it gets so blurry, so that will have to wait for now.

    BFP:




    EDD:
    10/25/10

    Appointments:
    3/4/10 (6 weeks) - discussed the plan for this pregnancy - what we will do to prevent preterm labor this time. I was put on a 20 lb lifting/pushing restriction. At 16 weeks I will begin 17 P injections that DH will give me weekly to prevent contractions. At 18 weeks I will have a cervical length checked by Ultrasound (more to follow if this shows any concern). Weeks 20-32 will include more activity restrictions.
    3/23/10 (9 week 1 day)
    - Surprise visit due to slight spotting but mostly due to abdomen/back aching that was almost cramp-like. Couldn't hear heartbeat with abdominal doppler but we got a surprise peak via ultrasound! Baby measured 8 weeks 4 days (coincides with ovulation/conception date). Baby looked great, heart beat strong & 180 bpm.
    4/1/10 (10 weeks) - Still couldn't hear baby's heartbeat with the doppler. The office's portable U/S machine wasn't available & my OB said since I just had an U/S last week she didn't want to charge me for a full ultrasound again. According to my LMP I'm 10 wks 3 days today but....as stated previously the U/S showed me a few days behind that. Most likely it's still too early to hear & when I had my U/S last week they said that my uterus was tipped to the back which can make it harder to find the heartbeat. SO...I go back in a week from today to try for another listen. About 90-95% of me is OK with this, everything sounds logical, but 5-10% of me of course worries that maybe something is wrong. I'm just trying to remind myself that I still have symptoms...nausea, tired, very sore breasts. Otherwise nothing much to report!
    4/8/10 (11 weeks) - Once again, we couldn't hear the heartbeat with the doppler, so we quickly grabbed the portable U/S machine. At first when the picture popped up on the screen all I saw was a still baby and I had a moment where my heart sunk thinking that there was no heartbeat; but then they turned on a coloring device that illuminated the heart & we could see it beating away. Then the baby started wiggling all over, arms & legs flying everywhere! What a relief!!
    5/7/10 (15 weeks) -
    This time we could finally hear the heartbeat with the doppler! Picked it up almost right away, 150-154 bpm! The rest of the appointment was spent answering my questions After that I headed to the lab to have blood work drawn. I didn't realize that they had ordered blood work for me to be drawn at one of my last appointments already so I went ahead & did that. The results that I've seen so far look good (to me).
    My OB also called in my prescription for the medication that we will be using to help prevent preterm labor, 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (or 17P).
    I also set up my first cervical length check (with U/S) as well as my big U/S for May 27 (when I'll be 18 weeks) - it's also DH & I's 5th wedding anniversary

    5/9/10 - Started my my first shot (in the butt) of the 17P. I had read varying reports from other women who've had it that it hurts pretty bad, so I prepared myself for the worst! The poke itself, was not bad at all. Injecting the solution was definitely uncomfortable with quite a burn. Long after DH had the needle out, I thought it was still in because it continued to burn. It burned a lot in the first 15 minutes, and then occasionally for the first 1 1/2 hrs or so. So, being not very pleasant, it is not all that bad either. If it helps prevent another premature birth it will be well worth it! I just remind myself that a little poke weekly will be nothing compared to what a premature baby would have to endure in the NICU!! So this will be a part of our Sunday routine now until the baby is born!
    If anyone's interested....just a bit of information about the medication & it's success that I pulled off the internet....."Superior outcomes have been reported in women treated preventatively with weekly intramuscular injections of 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate, also called 17P. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has promoted the use of 17P injections since 2003, following two randomized placebo-controlled trials. In both studies, the participants were women who had experienced a previous singleton preterm birth. In the larger study, women received the progesterone injections starting sometime between weeks 16 and 21, and continuing until delivery or week 37 whichever came first. Women in the 17P group had 34 percent fewer premature births than women given the placebo, and there was a reduction of 42 percent in the rate of preterm births before 32 weeks."

    5/27/10 (18 weeks)
    We had our big U/S done today (on our 5 year wedding anniversary)
    Good new is, with my cervical check, my cervix was measuring nice & long, the way we want to see it!
    Then they moved to an abdominal scan & checked everything else out. My placenta is anterior & a bit to the left of my abdomen which maybe explains why I haven't felt as much pronounced movement yet. Baby is obviously VERY active!!!! I don't know if it ever stopped moving throughout the entire scan, which was really long! Baby is measuring right on target with my EDD. Everything measured well...head, spine, heart, etc. The only thing they saw of concern was that both kidneys were slightly larger than they would like to see them. SO, we had to wait for one of the perinatologists to come & rescan me & talk w/ us. It was kinda neat because he got to meet DD & he is the one that delivered her by emergency C-section for us! Anyway, so what it means that they kidneys are slightly enlarged....1) "soft" marker for Down Syndrome although everything else looked fine that would possibly be other flags for Downs - so I think he said this would be a 1/400 chance. We didn't do any of the 1st trimester or Quad Screens either (FYI). 2) Could be an anatomical condition where the ureters are constricted & causing the kidneys to dilate. 3) It could be nothing! (Hoping for this one!!!!!!)
    After the fact, I met with my OB & she said not to worry about this. She said in her 30 years of experience, she has never seen this to turn up to be anything. She advised me not to look up info on the internet - which I will try to follow! She said the last thing I need is to add more stress hormones to my body (already worried about preterm labor, etc).
    So the plan is, continue my cervical checks every 2 weeks via U/S & we can peek at the kidneys if we want at the next scan. Otherwise, we will do another "growth" U/S in 4 weeks to check everything out again. She doesn't feel that we need to do the growth scan, but she said if it would make me feel better, we can go ahead with it since the peri recommended it.
    My OB really recommended that I get set up with the hypnobirthing classes offered by her partner, which is something I wanted to do anyway. I can't do the June class b/c of planned vacation, but I signed up for the July classes. She gave me the books & CD's though because she wants me to be as relaxed as possible, and as she said, to ENJOY this pregnancy!!!
    BTW - we didn't find out gender either - waiting for the surprise!
    FYI...the 17P shots have been going better - not nearly the burning if DH injects the solution VERY slowly!!

    6/10/10 (20 weeks)
    I had my 2nd transvag U/S today to monitor whether my cervix is shortening or not. We also peeked at the kidneys with my scan today & they were still enlarged but my OB said really it's not worth looking at them again til 28 weeks or so because if they're gonna resolve, it won't be this quick. She said if I weren't getting scans every 2 weeks, they wouldn't recheck the kidneys til 28 wks or so anyway.
    So anyway, at my scan today, again good news, my cervix was still very long, 4.1-4.4 cm!
    Bad news was, she said there is a marginal/partial previa. My OB left to view the images herself with the high risk OB doc & came back & said she couldn't be sure from the pictures whether it's a placenta previa or vasa previa. She drew me a picture where baby's head is down near the cervix with amniotic sac & umbilical cord right down there with the head at the cervix & the placenta was resting on top of the sac & cord. She could't tell where the cord was inserted. She said it could be just the way things were positioned at the moment & hopefully when we rescan in 2 weeks things will have improved.
    She took me off of work but didn't necessarily put me on bedrest...light work around the house OK, NO lifting, OK to go to park w/ DD but don't lift her, etc. Seems confusing to me. I'm not sure if it's it in my best interested to park my butt on the couch?? Also vaginal rest. DH & I were going to leave tomorrow w/ DD for a driving trip to visit his family but she advised us not to go.
    My OB said if it IS vasa previa, that would mean a repeat C-section. From the bit that I've researched so far, the biggest risk is to the baby at birth?
    I'm sitting here wondering what the chances of repeat are on this - DD's birth was pretty unexpected. I started contracting & when I went in to the doctor my amniotic sac was "Hourglassing" down into the birth canal. When they scanned me the cord was prolapsed so they did an emergency C-section. As I'm thinking, I wonder if DD's sac & cord were sitting at my cervix too & that's why it presented 1st?
    I'm anxious to get these next 2 weeks done & see what the next scan shows! I hope things look better & I can rest a little easier!
    Oh, and I double checked with the nurse, I've gained 9 lbs since I was 1st in at my 6 wk appt. She said that's great & now it should be about 1 lb/week. I just hope my restricted activity doesn't cause me to pack on the lbs. faster than that!!

    6/16/10
    So I went in today because I was getting worried at home that I was having contractions for the last few days. No contractions showed up after 30 min. on the contraction monitor Also checked a cervical length which was a bit shorter than the previous week 3.5-3.9 cm. I'm told this is still good though.

    6/23/10 (22 weeks)
    Today marked my 22 week appointment. As usual, I had my ultrasound first & then my appointment with my OB. Overall, things looked good!
    First, they checked my cervical length. It is shorter than what it was previously, now at 3.3 cm (two weeks ago it was 4.1-4.4), but they said that was still good - as long as it was more than 3 cm they are happy. Of course, I don't like the change, but will have to take their word on it. I learned that this length can fluctuate from check to check. As there is less pressure from the baby (as the baby grows the head won't sit so low in the pelvis), it can cause the cervix to lengthen some. It also can be affected by one's activity - how much I'm up & placing more pressure with gravity. So, she said it is in my best interest to take it as easy as possible & continue our current plan - no working & modified bedrest at home at least until I hit the 28 week mark.
    Second, the placenta placement is NOT an issue!! The area of concern seen at 20 weeks must have all been due to how the baby was positioned. Neither the umbilical cord or placenta were near my cervix!! One less thing to worry about!
    Third, they checked baby's size by measuring the head, abdomen, femur, etc & estimated it to be about 1 lb 3 oz. She spent quite a bit of time trying to get some good pictures of the heart since I guess they were only able to get a limited view of the heart at my 18 week scan. They said everything looked good. Also, kidneys were rechecked, and basically unchanged. One measured 4 & one measured 6 (there cutoff for normal is a 4) so I guess we'll look at that again later - we didn't really discuss this today.
    The ultrasound tech printed out quite a few pictures today and even took some 3D pictures for us!! This is a little eerie because you can actually see the contour of the eyes, nose, forehead, lips, but yet we don't know whether we're looking at a boy or a girl!! And of course, at this age, they have such little fat so they look a little "funny" for lack of a better word.
    I'm not sure what's wrong with our computer, I can't get it to accept any CD's so I can't upload my U/S pictures. I'll have to work on that!

    7/7/10 (24 weeks)
    I was exactly 24 weeks on 7/5. I was really hoping to see 24 weeks come & go behind me uneventfully, but that wasn't the case...
    I had my 17P (progesterone) shot Sunday (#9 so far!), but Monday morning I was having a more contractions (the progesterone is suppose to help with this), a few/hour from the time I woke up. (Usually I don't have more than a few contractions/day). Did the usual recommendations....took a bath, drank water, emptied bladder & no change. I think the on call OB person didn't think I needed to come in, but w/ my history with DD coming at 26 weeks 5 days, I decided not to mess around & went in anyway just to be safe.
    Good news - my cervical length was unchanged if not better - 2 weeks ago the shortest measurement they took was 3.3 cm & yesterday my shortest measurement was 3.4 cm. Also, they said I was not dilating either.
    On the contraction monitor they say I just have an "irritable" uterus & they aren't really contractions that count; but I feel my stomach tightening & pressure with it. They had me take a few doses of ibuprofen every 6 hrs since yesterday AM to see if that helped. They said "on paper" everything looks OK, but with me being nervous & my history, decided to watch me overnight. I was in OB triage for about 2 1/2 hrs and then they moved me to a room in High Risk OB.
    The contractions don't hurt, I just notice a tightness/pressure in my stomach & can feel my stomach get hard. This is how they started w/ Olivia as well. I get them when I'm laying down & resting as well as just shifting position from my back to my side.
    They put me on the contraction monitor again before bed last night & again in the morning & still call it "uterine irritability". I had an ultrasound the following morning (7/6) and there was no change in my cervical length, so that is very reassuring! So whatever these contractions are, at least so far, they are not causing my cervix to thin or anything.
    While this is reassuring, I'm still very nervous about everything!
    Typically all I'm experiencing wouldn't be all that alarming, & like I said, they would have sent me home earlier. But the contractions scare me like crazy! I'm home now & have a prescription for a medication that I can take if I feel like I need it if the contractions increase in frequency.
    This morning they did a routine glucose screening to check for gestational diabetes and I passed this no problem Glucose was 119. Since I had this done, I also opted to be on the safe side, and they gave me a shot of betamethasone, which is the steroid given to help mature baby's lungs. I will get another shot tomorrow when I go in for my usual OB visit. (They wanted to check my glucose before giving me the steroid since the steroid could raise my glucose level).
    Once again (as with Olivia), there is no explanation as to why I started to contract so much more than usual, no apparent infection, etc. So, I will continue to take it easy (Obviously, bedrest continues!), hope that the contractions don't get any worse and pray that this baby stays put much much longer!!!
    I had my routine appointment today (7/7) with my usual OB.
    She did an exam & said that my cervix is low, firm & closed - all good!! She also did a test today called a fetal fibronectin that predicts one's chances of preterm birth. It is most accurate if the test is negative...I found this info online...
    "If you receive a negative fFN result, you have a less than 1 percent chance of delivering in the next two weeks. A positive result means that your risk of delivering sometime before you reach 35 weeks is higher, and your chance of giving birth in the next week is about 16 percent."

    My test was NEGATIVE!!! So, she said I have a 98-99% chance of NOT delivering within the next two weeks That puts us close to DD's arrival date. My OB did stress though, while this is reassuring, I should not ignore my symptoms & to take note if they change in any way. Also continue all of what we have been doing to prevent complications....bedrest, etc.
    I'm very relieved to hear this - I don't know what I would've thought if it was positive, even though it's not as conclusive as a negative result.
    I also received my 2nd dose of steroids for baby's lungs.
    I took my 1st pill today (procardia) that is suppose to help with the contractions & have noticed a bit of a decrease in their frequency, so that is a relief - both physically & mentally.
    I also started my hypnobirthing class tonight - another 1st for me!!! I never got a chance to do prenatal classes w/ DD so this is exciting

    7/21/10 (26 weeks)
    Today was my 26 week appointment. Everything went very well!!!!!!
    We started with my ultrasound, and my cervix is holding up very well. It is unchanged from where it has been over the past 4 weeks The 1st two measurements were even at 4.0 cm but the next few were at 3.5 cm, so that is what she recorded. But that's exactly where I was the past 2 scans. So I'm very happy with this! We also learned that baby has moved positions yet again. Four weeks ago baby was head down, two weeks ago baby was transverse/sideways, and today baby is breech/butt down!!! I know there's a lot of activity going on in there Just so baby returns to head down before it's time to come out, we're all good!
    After the ultrasound was my usual visit with my MW. Everything else looked good - my blood pressure, weight, fundal height, etc are good. (I've had a headache all day Monday & Tuesday, even through the night - so my 1st thought was what if my BP sky rocketed - but it didn't; still 110/62.) I expressed concern about worrying that I will gain weight more quickly with me just laying around so much. She did give me the OK to go for "short, leisurely walks" and to lift some 5 lb. hand weights so that I at least have some sort of muscle to carry a baby around in a few months! Just as long as I'm not doing any heavy lifting or pushing. I thought I was going to be + 4 or 5 lbs since 2 wks ago about it was only 2 lbs, so I'm happy with that! I think I'm at 15 lbs total now.
    The nurse asked me if I was really nervous this week (she was actually one of the NICU nurses when DD was in there!), knowing that this is the week Olivia arrived, but I'm actually just very excited!! Once I hit Sunday, I will be the most pregnant I've ever been and I'm so so excited!!! I'm on right now -just feeling upbeat & confident that 26 weeks 5 days will come and go and hopefully be left far behind in the dust!!!
    I've already almost completed one "first" for this pregnancy and that is going through prenatal classes (hypnobirthing) - I have class number 3 of 4 tonight I also am working on scheduling some pregnancy photos with the gal that took our family pictures last summer - this was another thing that I wanted to do with Olivia, but didn't get a chance to do.
    My next appointment is in 2 weeks and it will be a lengthy one. I will have my usual ultrasound to check my cervical length along with a "growth" ultrasound to recheck the baby's kidneys. I have to redo my glucose screening for gestational diabetes, which I did 2 weeks ago when I spent the night in the hospital. I passed it then, but I guess the accuracy at 24 weeks isn't very good compared to doing at 28 weeks. So lucky me!! I will also have my usual visit with my MW and also a visit with the Perinatologist (high risk OB doctor) for routine VBAC counseling.

    7/28/10
    I finished my hypno birthing classes today!! One thing accomplished that I never got to start or finish with DD!!

    8/4/10 (28 weeks)
    So, had my appt today (28 weeks 2 days)....I'm still trying to process everything - I have mixed emotions, everyone else seems to still be optimistic about everything, but I of course have to be the worrier. DH keeps telling me I need to relax.
    First of all started with my cervical length which dropped to 2.5 cm - it has been 3.5 cm for several weeks. On manual exam I was told my cervix was closed, soft & 50% effaced. Also, baby's kidneys are still enlarged & have gotten larger than on last check - I think 6 weeks ago. So the peri came in the u/s room to look around himself & discuss everything with me. Asked if I had been having cramping, contractions, etc. I have had a few more contractions the past few days - but nothing near the limits of when they say to call (4-6 per hour). I mostly notice them when I stand up to head to the BR, etc.
    He talked a bit about betamethasone steroids for the lungs - but told him I'd had it at 24 weeks. He said if he thought I was about to deliver, he would repeat it, but he doesn't think I'm at that point yet.
    Our "VBAC counseling" took place while the u/s tech was trying to get good pictures of the heart & did an echocardiogram - the dilated kidneys is a "soft" marker for Downs so they were trying to get good pictures. I think baby was on a sugar high from the glucola I drank an hour before & didn't want to cooperate well. But they are quite confident the heart looks good (as it did last time they checked also), which decreases the risk of Downs, so we will just watch the kidneys - either urine refluxing into kidneys or narrowed ureter - things that we can determine/fix if needed after birth.
    So anyway, he said I'm a very good candidate for VBAC. My scar is low transverse; chances uterine rupture <1%. I asked if having a preterm c/s put me at higher risk and he said no...I asked if I would happen to deliver prematurely again - would that ruin my chances to VBAC & he said no, as long as all looked good w/ baby. (DD was c/s b/c her cord was prolapsed). This baby is still sitting breech - so he did say that would be a contraindication & they wouldn't try to manually turn the baby (if still breech) til 36-37 weeks.
    They guess baby to be about 2 lbs 14 oz which puts it at 64th percentile - measuring about 1 wk ahead. Which matches up to the fundal height my MW got later - 29 weeks.
    Thankfully my MW is just down the hall from the peri so they chatted briefly before I saw her. She was very optimistic & said the peri was optimistic about how things were looking. Why don't I feel very good then? I just feel uneasy - I guess mostly with my cervix - I don't like the change. She said not to dwell on the cervical length - this is just today, & the cervix is very "dynamic" - she said we could recheck tomorrow & it could be 3.5 cm, who knows?
    I got a refill for my procardia, can increase the dose & see if I notice less contractions. I will try to take it easy, although the peri told me bedrest isn't proven to be effective, which I've heard - but I have been up & about a bit more than the previous weeks since my MW said I didn't need to be laying constantly. So maybe that was part of my deal.
    And, during the u/s we tried to determine baby's gender today - for my MIL - I had my eyes closed - we were going to have the tech right it down & seal it in an envelope (hang on to it til maybe 35 weeks then send it to her) but baby wouldn't cooperate!!
    Oh & my glucose was 118 (it was 119 at 24 weeks, so very consistent); glad I passed I got kinda sick to my stomach from that stuff this time.

    (29 weeks)

    August 27 (31 weeks 4 days)

    I had another appointment yesterday - 31 weeks 4 days. I am so excited to say that I'm almost 32 weeks (on Monday). Today marks being pregnant for 5 more weeks than I was with DD!!!!!
    So, the first thing they checked on ultrasound was my cervical length as usual. It was around 2.6 cm which is very similar to where it has been at the last few checks. This is still slightly short compared to "normal", but I am thankful for no dramatic changes there! I was a bit concerned that it might be shorter since I had more contractions than usual over the weekend & the last few days. This is the last time that they plan to do a cervical length!
    They estimated baby's weight to be at 4 lbs 6 oz, so baby is still measuring slightly ahead of schedule. This is double of DD's birth weight - she was 2 lbs 3 oz!!!! I looked back, at this gestational age, DD was only between 3-3 1/2 lbs. So, almost 5 lbs sounds SO awesome to me!!!!!
    We got some fun 3D pictures of the baby too - you can see some chub in the cheeks already (see below).
    Baby is still head down (yay!) - I just hope it continues to stay this way now!
    The whole appointment was very good, except we still have the unknown of the kidneys. They are still measuring large. At this age, the reference range is 7; baby's kidneys today were 10 on the left & 14 on the right. From what he could tell, the high risk OB doc said the kidneys themselves look normal in character, just large. So, this leads him to think it is not a problem with the kidneys themselves, but either reflux or a blockage in the ureter leading to the bladder. My amniotic fluid level was normal, so that also tells him that the kidneys are functioning & baby is urinating adequately. He wants to continue to check ultrasounds every two weeks to make sure my amniotic fluid levels don't decrease (which could mean baby's kidneys aren't working adequately). If there would be a drastic change then they would talk about needing to deliver baby sooner (crazy talk - all I've been doing this pregnancy is trying to keep this baby IN!!), but it's not an issue now. My fluid level was 19 and he said they wouldn't get concerned unless it hit 9 or below - so we're quite a ways from that.
    He did give us the option to consult with the Pediatric Urologist and/or Nephrologist prior to the baby being born just so we know what to expect, etc. DH & I will talk this over and see what we want to do. It would be nice to know if it's something that we can anticipate that would need intervention soon after baby is born or if it would be a wait & see thing? Otherwise, what we know for sure is to expect that after the baby is born, they will do an ultrasound on the baby to check the kidneys again & at that time consult the appropriate doctors.
    I'm starting to get the feeling like this baby is a boy - I think the face looks like a boy? And from what I've heard, it's more common for boys to have these kidney/bladder issues than it is for girls?
    I also got the Okay to return to work soon....after Labor day when I will be 33 weeks...and for shorter shifts. I will start out with just 4 hours at a time; still no lifting > 20 lbs. We'll see how that goes and how my body reacts to the increased activity and go from there! I don't want to over do it, but I do know that I'm not in shape like I was before starting bed rest because I get tired very easily. I hope I can handle it!!

    Ultrasounds:
    3/23/10 - 9 weeks 1 day




    5/27/10

    I would post pictures, but because baby was so active, we didn't get any really good fun shots - I have one fairly fuzzy face shot & a profile shot, but I don't think they're worth posting. Cervix was around 4.0 cm!!

    6/10/10
    Cervix was 4.1-4.4 cm - woohoo!!!
    Concerned with possible placenta previa vs. vasa previa.
    Kidneys still enlarged.
    Heartbeat 140-150 bpm.

    6/23/10 (22 weeks)
    Cervix was 3.3 cm
    No placenta concerns
    Kidneys unchanged
    Heartbeat 145-150 bpm
    Estimated weight 1 lb 3 oz.
    Baby head down








    7/5/10 (24 weeks)
    Cervix was 3.4 cm & closed
    No placenta concerns
    HB 145-155
    Baby Transverse




    7/21/10 (26 weeks)
    Cervix 3.5 cm, closed
    HB 150's
    Baby Breech

    8/4/10 (28 weeks)
    Cervix 2.5 cm, soft, closed
    HB 147
    Baby Breech
    Weight approx 2 lbs 14 oz (64%til - measuring 29 weeks)

    (29 weeks)
    Cervix 2.9 cm
    Head down

    8/27/10 (31 weeks 4 days)
    :
    Cervix 2.6 cm
    HB 149
    Baby head down, posterior
    Weight approx 4 lbs 6 oz.
    Amniotic fluid 19





    Pictures:
    Telling DH the news:


    6 weeks


    8 weeks


    11 weeks


    16 weeks


    22 weeks:



    24 weeks


    26 weeks 5 days


    28 weeks 5 days

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    29 weeks 2 days
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    Last edited by devermee; 08-28-2010 at 12:56 PM.

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    Just going to reserve this spot till I find out more info on due dates and appointments..

    First appt. is March 24th!~ Went good~ HB 173, got to see the bean measuring 9 weeks. Due date Oct 27th.
    Second Appt. April 16th~
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