Tuesday, March 6, 2012

15 Weeks

I am finally starting to accept that this pregnancy may actually work out. The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was listen to the heartbeat with my husband. It is still beating away, louder and stronger than ever. My current fear is there something being wrong with the baby or my cervix. Over the past 24 hours I have been getting vaginal/rectal spasms/pressure which is scaring the crap out of me. They aren't painful, just annoying. They come and go sporadically with no real pattern. I consulted Dr. Google and it seems to me that this is being caused by either the ligament that goes across the pelvic floor or the baby laying on a nerve. It got pretty bad at one point where I was considering calling my nurse, but by the time I got around to it, the spasms/pressure had stopped...only to start back up again a few hours later. My appointment with the MFM is on Friday so I am going to try and hold off.

During lunch I went and had the second round of bloodwork for the combined screening. I wanted to be sure to go today so I could get the results at my appointment on Friday. I am actually quite nervous about this appointment. I am so scared that these pains/pinches/spasms/pressure is my cervix giving out, however, theoretically I know that IC really has no signs or symptoms...it just happens. I also had an appointment with my diabetic nutritionist today to go over my recent screwy blood sugars. It has been decided that I am to follow a GD diet. Since I tend to have some really low readings (48-54) she decided that she couldn't limit my carbs as much as she would have liked. For now I am to have 30g of carbs for breakfast, 50-60g for both lunch and dinner, a 30g snack between lunch and dinner as this is when I tend to bottom out, and a 15g snack before bed. I also now have to start checking my blood sugar pre and post breakfast and after lunch and dinner. It isn't as bad as I thought but it will still take me some time to adjust. I go back for a followup in 4 weeks.

So I thought I would start a new format that would highlight my weekly changes. I really want to document everything with this pregnancy as I really don't ever want to forget a thing. Let me know what you think!

How Far Along: 15 Weeks

Size of Baby: This week the baby is approximately 4-5 inches long crown to rump (similar to an avocado) and weighs around 3 1/2 ounces.

Picture of Baby: No new picture until Friday.

Maternity Clothes: I have been in maternity pants since 11 weeks (second sac was still growing) and I just recently transitioned into maternity tops. I still can wear some regular tops, they just need to be on the longer side.

Weight Gain:  Ugh! According to my calculations, I am up 9 pounds. Going by what my doctor "thinks" I was pre-pregnancy, I have only gained 4 pounds.

Belly: No pictures yet but I am noticeably pregnant now. There is no hiding this belly!!

Stretch Marks: None yet!

Sleep: Awful. I am up every 60-90 minutes to pee during the night. Since the baby is favoring my left side, I believe that s/he is using my bladder as a waterbed. I think the biggest problem is that I can't fully empty my bladder when I go. I am going to ask the MFM about this on Friday but I am sure that it is normal.

Best Moment of the Week: Just waking up each morning still pregnant and being able to listen to the baby's heartbeat.

Movement: None yet...I don't think. Since I have a posterior placenta they told the that I will start feeling movement quite early. With how volatile my stomach has been I really don't know if I will ever be able to tell movement from a gas bubble.

Symptoms: All of the sudden by boobs have started hurting again, not to mention the road map of veins that have developed. I have been having a lot of food aversions as well (chicken, eggs, mayo, most vegetables) which is really limiting my food choices. I have been extremely tired but now I am wondering if it is due more to my constant peeing during the night. Also, I am having a lot of pains and tugging in my pelvic region and belly.

Food Cravings: Anything sweet! I have had a thing with cupcakes lately but after my consult with the diabetic nutritionist today, that will be coming to an end :o(

Gender: Don't know yet. We will either find out this Friday at my 16 week appointment or a week from Saturday at our elective gender determination scan.

What I Miss: Nothing yet but with this new GD diet that I was started on today, all things good are coming to an end.

What I'm Looking Forward to: Getting through this appointment on Friday with no issues and also finding out the my second set of bloodwork for the combined screening is normal.

Nursery:  Still planning it. Ran into a little design snag that we are dealing with. It never dawned on me that both the furniture and the wainscoting are both white (duh!) so therefore the furniture will get lost in the room. We are working on alternatives so hopefully we will have a decision soon.

Weekly Wisdom: Try not to plan but have a "go with the flow" attitude.

Milestones: For me just reaching 15 weeks and still having a heartbeat is huge!!

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear you aren't sleeping well! I'm in the same boat :(

    You mentioned on your nursery update that you ran into a design snag with the wainscoting being white and the furniture too...have you thought about painting the wainscoting a color that will complement the entire theme?? I googled it and there are some pretty cool ideas out there :)