Friday, January 24, 2014

subchorionic hematoma

what a week it has been!
so the day of my last post, i had tried out the doppler to detect baby's heartbeat. it was still too early, but for some reason i had this nagging feeling that something was up. i felt a little cramping over the weekend, but mostly just had a strange feeling that something was wrong with my pregnancy and i needed to see the doctor. i spent the weekend mulling over if i should make an appt on monday morning, and finally decided i needed to for the sake of my sanity.

they scheduled me to come in for an ultrasound 2 hours after my call (so grateful!). i sat in the waiting room basically hyperventilating. i used to look forward to ultrasounds, but after the ultrasound where they told me the last baby had died, i just don't like them. i dread them.

the first thing the ultrasound tech said was that there was a baby and a heartbeat- woo hoo! i actually started crying because i was so happy. she said that the baby was measuring 8 weeks 1 day, which was right on target since i was 8 weeks 2 days. she was a real pro; she didn't give any hint that anything else was amiss during the sono. i went back to work, happy as a clam about the appointment.

a couple of hours later, i got a call from my nurse practitioner (i love her, even more that my actual ob/gyn lol). angela said that the tech had discovered a subchorionic hematoma. i had no idea what that meant, but she went on to explain that they're pretty common and happen in about 20% of pregnancies. usually the blood clot absorbs back into the body, but sometimes the blood clot will pass. she said i may start bleeding and that the hematoma would likely be the cause. she said they are not generally dangerous, unless you don't abide by physical limitations. she said to come back in 4 weeks for another ultrasound to check on the progress, and in the meantime i would be on 4 weeks of limited activity.

y'all, i feel like i am on "bed rest light". i can't exercise, lift more than 10 lbs (including my kid!), stand for more than 30 minutes, or have sex. the timing is cumbersome considering i have a 2 year old and 2 big presentations to give during this 4 week timeframe. i feel absolutely useless, but it's also been nice because jake has been picking leila up from school everyday, cooking dinner, washing dishes, etc. at least i'm getting pampered with this bad news, right?

i've been telling people that i have these limitations due to a blood clot, which is technically true. i'm not ready to tell many people that it's because i'm pregnant. in fact, i would probably announce a pregnancy at 11-12 weeks, but now i'm going to wait until my appt at 12.5 weeks to make sure the subchorionic hematoma has absorbed. if it hasn't, i still won't feel comfortable telling people i'm pregnant. i will probably look 5 months pregnant before i spill the beans. as this bump grows, it's becoming more difficult not to tell people that i'm pregnant as opposed to getting fat. but i don't want to tell people until i feel safe with this pregnancy. hopefully that will be in 3 weeks at the first trimester screening.

that's it for now! just wanted to recap the big event this week.

Monday, January 20, 2014

baby alex: 8 week ultrasound

i went in for an ultrasound a little early because i felt a bit of cramping over the weekend and something didn't seem right about the pregnancy. the doc office made room for me to come in for a sono, and i can't thank them enough for handling my neurosis so beautifully. :-) i did get some bad news after the ultrasound, but that is another blog for another day.

date of ultrasound: january 20, 2014

gestational age: 8 weeks, 2 days

crown to rump measurement: -

gestational age based on measurement: 8 weeks, 1 day

due date: august 30th

heart rate: 170 bpm

gender: too early

movement: baby is still small, so nothing to note

highlight of the ultrasound: hearing the tech's first words, "there is a baby with a heartbeat." i was soo nervous going into the appointment and those words meant the world to me!

baby at 8 weeks

Saturday, January 18, 2014

baby alex: 8 weeks

my oh my what a crazy two weeks it has been.

how far along: 8 weeks

how big is baby: the size of a kidney bean (1/2 of an inch)

weight gain / loss: i weighed in at 144.5 this week. i've gained over 2 pounds in a month. eeks! much of that is due to the need to eat a lot of salty carbs. also, what the heck kind of bump is that!? i wish this picture did it justice. it's mostly coming from my uterus, not eating a ton of food.

symptoms:  nausea all day. it is at its worst in the morning and before bed, but there have been many times at work when i've just had to stop and rest my head to let the feeling pass.

cravings / aversions: tea (don't worry, it's decaf) has been making me feel really sick and i want nothing to do with sweets most of the time. carbs are the only thing i actually crave, but i did discover that although i wasn't craving a pear this weekend, i felt very good after eating one. must remember that even if i'm not craving fruits, i should try to incorporate them.

movement: not yet

gender: patiently waiting for april

belly button: no change

sleep: the insomnia is loads better now, thank science

what i'm looking forward to: i bought a doppler that detects baby's heartbeat with my last pregnancy and am eager to use it with this pregnancy. i tried it this morning but didn't have any luck since it's so early. i will try to wait another full week, maybe even until 10 weeks, but can't make any promises. it would just be a huge relief to hear the heartbeat at home when my nerves are killing me

what i miss: eating normal food and not just ramen noodles, ha!

highlights this past week: my first ultrasound was right after my last post. it was wonderful to see that there was a baby in there, although it makes me nervous that i wasn't very far along. either way, a confirmed pregnancy made for a highlight!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

baby alex: 6 week ultrasound

man, i copied this template straight from my previous pregnancy and realized that my new doc doesn't give all of the stats the way my austin doc did. what a bummer. oh well, time to recap the great first appointment!

date of ultrasound: january 7, 2014

gestational age: 6 weeks, 3 days

crown to rump measurement: -

gestational age based on measurement: the sac was measuring 6 weeks, 3 days and the baby measured 6 weeks, 1 day. lookin' good

due date: august 30th based on LMP. i think i ovulated on december 8th, which would make the due date august 31st, but i'm not positive, so i'm obviously good with saying august 30th

heart rate: -

gender: too early

movement: the baby was still just a speck on the uterine wall, so no movement, haha

highlight of the ultrasound: just knowing that the baby is measuring on track. with my miscarriage, i was measuring a week behind where they thought i should be based on LMP. we figured it was because when i ovulate on my own, it is a week later than most. in hindsight, that could've been a red flag about what was to come. knowing that the baby is on track right now makes me feel loads better.

time for a pic!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

baby alex: 6 weeks

time to start the bi-weekly posts!

how far along: 6 weeks

how big is baby: the size of a lentil (1/4 of an inch)

weight gain / loss: i remembered to weigh myself when i first found out i was pregnant, and came in at 142.4 lbs. that's about 2 pounds lighter than when i first got pregnant with leila. today i am 143.4 lbs thanks to my saltine addiction.

symptoms: this pregnancy feels different than previous pregnancies. i've been having crazy insomnia and a recurring dream that i'm pregnant with twins. this pregnancy is bizarre

cravings / aversions: again different than previous pregnancies. i crave sweets, but food becomes too rich for me very fast. i eat salty carbs nonstop.

movement: too early

gender: we won't know until april, probably around jake's birthday. in the recurring twin dream, i'm pregnant with two girls. we'll see if any piece of that is true

belly button: no change

sleep: worst. insomnia. ever. my brain runs a zillion miles a minute and i can't fall asleep. when i do fall asleep, i wake up 10 times in the night. repeat, bizarre pregnancy.

what i'm looking forward to: my first appointment on tuesday. i'm hoping everything is healthy. i also hope they will have me come in for another ultrasound a couple weeks later. i can't handle having a month between ultrasounds after what happened last time.

what i miss: not missing out on anything yet

highlights this past week: thankful to be pregnant again