Friday, June 6, 2008

Yes, I'm Pregnant...

I know I haven't really talked about it much. Probably because I'm always hearing new things about this pregnancy. It's hard to keep up! Tomorrow I will be 30 weeks pregnant! I am thrilled that things are coming to an end and that our little guy will be here soon. He has definitely been harder to get here than Noah was. Warning: This could get lengthy and is really so that I can remember all the things that were abnormal with this pregnancy. Feel free to keep reading though! :) I know I shouldn't compare children or pregnancies but I feel like with Noah I went to my regular checkups and they told me everything was fine and they were never concerned. The only thing abnormal was that I was slightly anemic and had to take iron pills and I remember I had ligament pains pretty bad. Thats it. With this one, wow... I didn't have much trouble until 18 weeks. They did an ultrasound to determine the sex of the baby and they found choroid plexus cysts on his brain. I had to go to a specialist to get a level II ultrasound. They didn't see the cysts at that appointment which was good but, they found a small calcium deposit around his heart. Neither of these things means that anything is wrong with him. They are just "soft markers" for genetic problems but, we could have a perfectly healthy baby too. Since then, I have been having contractions. They're not painful which I'm grateful for but Dr. McIlveen wants to monitor that. I've been having heartburn, foot cramps, ligament pains and I just feel huge. When I came in for my appt. on Tuesday, they did my sugar test and I failed. They didn't tell me to fast for the test so, I guess that messed it up. Dr. McIlveen says I'm measuring 2.5 weeks smaller than I am. He said if that gap gets any wider, we'll need to do regular ultrasounds to make sure everything is ok. Since I failed my sugar test, I had to go back yesterday and do a 3 hour test. Everything is now fine with my blood sugar. Yay! I just have 4 bruised fingertips from them taking blood but, I can deal with that. My lab results came back from Tuesday and my iron is very low. I guess that explains why I crave ice 24/7. He gave me a prescription for some iron pills. My iron level was at a 4. Normal range is anywhere from 6-100-something. One thing that was strange was that my MCV was high. They didn't expect so see that since my iron is so low so they said something else is going on. They took blood to test my B12, folate, and hemoglobin electophesis. I should get those results today and I'll have to supplement whichever one I'm low on. Oh, and I got my Rhogam shot as well. So they took blood 5 times yesterday and I got a nasty shot. How crappy... I already love this child but, this pregnancy has been tough. And I know it could be a lot worse. I've really tried not to stress much because I really feel like that gets passed onto the baby. Nothing that they told me has been devastating. It's just that I just expect them to have more concerns when I go in and I don't like that. We're almost done and I can't wait to hold him and know that everything is ok.

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Melissa said...

Jess... I'm sorry that this pregnancy has been stressful for you. 10 weeks... 2 1/2 months... and it will be so much better!

Beck said...

I hope it only gets better from here. Just look forward to holding him. :)

dubby said...

Ah, memories! The doctor promised me that Bryan would be brain damaged. They have to tell you the worst so you are prepared just in case. Sounds like you have great doctors and everything will be fine.

geswinson said...

I think ultrasounds can be more stressful than good! He'll be here before you know it. I can't wait to see this guy.

Cortney said...

((HUGS)) If you ever need anything, let me know.

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