Wow, Niki, that's amazing that you know already that you're having a girl!! Congratulations (and I love her name, too)! Glad things are going better now, and I hope you can relax and enjoy the cruise, too!
AndiSings...I haven't logged into this thread in a while. I was reading your post on the last page about your second ultrasound before I realized that was about a month ago! Glad to see all is well with you. How are you feeling at this point? Still craving udon noodles? I think I actually have some in my pantry, but I have no idea where I would have found them where we live in Iowa.
As for me...I'm 17 weeks today. I think I felt movement for the first time yesterday, but since I haven't felt anything since then I've started to wonder if it was real. We have our second ob appt. tomorrow. We had some serious issues getting to our first appt. because of the weather. Missed out on the NT scan because I was past 13 weeks by the time we finally made it there (ob is about 1.5 hours from here). My DH doesn't want any invasive testing like amnio because it took us so long just to get pregnant. I gave it some thought because I would like to be prepared at delivery if there is a problem. We decided we will do a Level II ultrasound on March 18th (2 weeks!), but no amnio. Hopefully, all is well with this LO. I think all of this will become more real as soon as I start feeling regular movements and develop a belly (at this point I just look a little chubby).
I've been having a really really hard time. I spent the weekend in the hospital & in and out of the labor ward. Marcus scared us all, thankfully, he looks to be well now. there's a tonne of details in my blog if you are interested. I'm having huge difficulty with adhesions from all of my surgeries, endo & adeno. Has anyone else had trouble with pain during pregnancy due to endo?
Beth -- all is well still here -- had one more (3rd) u/s at the RE's before they discharged me, and that was wonderful as well. I plan to do the sequential screening (with the NT u/s) and that's scheduled for the 16th. I'm excited to have another look at "2 of 2" as we're calling the babe for now.
Satisfied the udon craving today -- I was on campus today and there's a lunch truck there that sells tepanyaki with the super thick noodles, though I literally had to wait 25 minutes for my food. I very nearly yelled out, "Hey! Pregnant woman here! Hurry it up!" I was seriously about to pass out. They gave me some kimchi for free for the long wait, so that was something.
And Beth, I'm so excited that you felt movement! I remember with Julia I wasn't sure a couple times, and then the first time I was _really_ sure it was from sneezing in the middle of the night and I felt this startled leap in my belly -- I startled her! It was so funny, and I kinda felt bad for scaring her like that. And I am beginning to need to unbutton the pants right now, so I'm hoping for a belly soon so I just don't look chunky, too.
And Jen, it's not me going on the cruise, it's Niki! I wish... but we just bought tix to visit DH's family in England -- I got accepted to present at a conference in London (so excited!) so we're going over for 10 days in June, we'll toodle around to visit the family after the conference. That'll be our last trip for a while over there -- so expensive to have to pay for Julia's tickets now. I can't imagine having to do it with 2 kids.
And Em, I'm so sorry you've been unwell. How sucky. I have no experience with endo, so I'm no help, but I do hope things stay better from here out.
I had a call from my old IVF doctor today (the guy who helped us conceive Sophia). My OB had gotten in touch with him because he is THE endo guru in the country and wanted to get his ideas of what might be going on with me & my pain.
My old IVF doctor said that he thinks its a combination of a few things. He said that while he thinks adhesions may have a part to play in it, adhesions probably aren't the entire cause. He thinks I might have Symphysis Pubis Dysfuntion (SPD). Having read up on it, it fits perfectly. I have ALL of the symptoms. He also thinks that I may have a very very rare form of aggressive endo. He said that it fits in with what he knows of my anatomy & disease and also with all the trouble that I've been having. (there's a tonne more details about both these conditions in my blog)
As crazy as it sounds, I'm quite happy. It is so very good to know that there is a reason as to why I feel so terrible. That there's a reason why I can't walk properly.
From here on I will continue to be monitored very closely. The endo in particular can become very very nasty. I've started prego yoga which was fantastic. I'm also seeing a physio tomorrow.
It is so very good to have a reason for why I'm feeling like this.
Em - I'm sorry about the spd - I had a coworker that was pg the same time as me and she had that. She ended up working from home most of the time b/c it was so painful. As far as the endo - you mean endometriosis? How does it get worse while pg? I have always been told that it is dormant when pg. Gosh - I'm sorry, that is really hard, especially on top of the spd.
I've always been told that endometriosis goes into a dormant state while pregnant too Jenn, it's certainly what happened with DD's pregnancy. Apparently, this is a very very rare form of it that actually feeds off the increased estrogen in your system (hope I got the right hormone there... had a long night!). I wouldn't believe it except for the doctor telling me about it. He is a genius.