Sunday, September 16, 2012
26 weeks (and 1 day)
To compare, below is my belly picture from 26 weeks with the boys:
I feel so vain and silly for complaining about it, but it is really hard for me to feel so out of control. I am kind of used to a more direct correlation between intake and weight/size. 14 more weeks and then I will head in the other direction, I guess.
I had an appointment at the OB on Friday, and I don't feel great about things. Again I didn't look at the scale. The baby's heartbeat is good and strong, and I feel her move all the time. There are two OBs in the practice- I like them both, but have a special affection for the OB who delivered my boys, Dr. G. Yesterday I saw Dr. C, the other OB, who was the one who discovered my shortened cervix with my boys. He decided to do an ultrasound check of my cervix, which I haven't had since 20 weeks. At 20 weeks, my cervix was measuring around 4 cm, which was longer than it ever had in my pregnancy with my guys. Yesterday, Dr C measured my cervix at about 3.1 cm.
I feel worried- he said that is completely within the realm of normal, and that I have no restrictions and shouldn't worry, but I guess I had in my head I wanted it to be 3.5 or higher. Dr C did say that it is on the lower end of normal, but that statistically, even with this measurement, I am highly unlikely to go into labor or deliver prior to 34 weeks (early, but not the end of the world). That, and the fact that I carried the boys to 36 weeks, makes him feel confident everything is fine.
Both Eric and my mom feel there isn't anything to worry about, that he is a specialist and can be trusted. I go back in 2 weeks for another check. I am trying to keep in mind that if I were "normal," and not a patient at a high-risk practice, I wouldn't know my cervical length in centimeters and wouldn't even be thinking about this. I go back in two weeks for another appointment, and I'm assuming I'll have another ultrasound. I am not sure if the amount of information is helpful to me, I think knowing absolute numbers gets me more worried.
I should add that when Dr C discovered my shortened cervix in my last pregnancy, he was very serious with me about what to do and going on bed rest. He insisted I get the steroid shots for the boys' lungs at the earliest possible date- which is technically 24 weeks, but I got the first shot at 23w6d. So I know Dr C is not a casual, wait-and-see kind of guy. This does make me feel a little better.
In more fun and less whiney news, my mom and I took the boys on a walk and went past a neighbor's house, having a yard sale yesterday. Apparently they have twin girls who are a little older than my guys, and there was a ton of adorable baby girl clothing! I bought a bunch of stuff and the mom charged me $5 for all of it:
How far along? 26 weeks
Total weight gain/loss? Pretty sure more than I had gained with the boys at this point.
Maternity clothes? Everything maternity, except for a couple of loose summer dresses and long tank tops.
Pregnancy symptoms? Fatigue, occasional crabbiness. Today my mom wanted to hang up on me because I was grouchy on the phone. I told her I was only being grouchy because she was pissing me off. That was the end of that conversation! And maybe a little more emotional. The other week I was crying while listening to Democratic National Convention speeches, and I don't mean tearing up, I mean sobbing and nose-blowing.
Stretch marks? Nothing new.
Sleep? It's still the same pattern- I can fall asleep ok, but then wake up at some point, for some reason, and have trouble falling back to sleep. Every once in a while I will sleep straight through til 6 am or so, getting 7 solid hours, but that still leaves me a little tired.
Best moment last week? Apple picking with the boys, and Asher coming home and saying, "Lily, pick apples. Mama pick apples."
Movement? I get regular movement. On Friday we were at our friend's house and there were 2 goldfish in a bowl, the way they swam reminded me of the way some of her movements feel. She still has a lot of room in there and moves around much more than what I ever got to feel with the boys, who were pinned into place pretty early on.
Food cravings? No big cravings, mainly fruit. And I have made a point of asking my mom everyday if she is making an orange-scented challah for Rosh Hashanah.
Gender? Still female, although no further exploration has been done.
Labor signs? No signs of labor, although I am not pleased by the shortened cervix. I do have Braxton-Hicks every day, but the doctor said that is normal.
Belly button in/out? In.
What I miss: Sleeping on my back. I can still find a way to kind of sleep on my belly, but I get short of breath on my back.
What I am looking forward to: all the delicious holiday meals in the coming week or so!
Milestones: Apparently I have fewer than 100 days left of the pregnancy, so that is exciting. And this week I will go into the 3rd trimester, which is also a nice milestone!