Second Trimester

The Amnio

God what a horrible few weeks. Since being classified as "high risk" for Downs from teh NT scan we've had to endure the last five weeks of torturous wait. Had the amnio on Monday and woudl never ever do it again, all I could think of while it was going on was what if the baby dies because of this selfish act on our parts. This amnio is of no benefit to the baby, if the baby has downs then an amnio won't change that. THe only benefit is to us, that if the baby doesn't have Downs we are goign to be very relieved to find that out.

Heart Skipping

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
I am 23 weeks (27 years old) and started having bigymony pvc's which my heart skips very other beat, I get very winded but no dizziness, or syncope. The cardiologist said my blood work, urine, echo cardiogram, were all within normal limits.

I am a paramedic, some what stressful job but has been ok until now. They said my heart looks good and does the baby, and I can go back to work. Which is great. But they still don't know why this is happening or what has started it. And I still get very winded trying to talk and walk while this is happening.

17 Weeks

trevaellen's picture

17 wks and an even 33 inches around now.
I weighed myself at the last midwife appointment and it looks like I've gained about 8 pounds so far. I think that's about on track.

I think I've started to feel the baby move sometimes. It feels like someone's gently pressing a fingertip to the inside of my belly, or blowing bubbles against it.

My exercises are going well. I do feel like I have a little more energy, and my legs feel stronger. I actually managed all ten squats last time.

Our next appointment is Wednesday.

16 wks -- First midwife meeting

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Friday, March 27th, we had our first meeting with Anita at Sacred Waters to check the place out and get to know her a bit. It went great; we both felt comfortable and relaxed with her, she was very friendly and informative. She kept laughing at how 'mellow' we were.

She let us listen to the baby's heartbeat with a Doppler -- our first time hearing anything like it. It was going 150 beats per minute; Anita gave Curtis a wide-eyed look and said, "Your kid is a wild one."

Need to call back today to schedule our first official exam.