Hi there friends!
Sorry I disappeared from the blog for a little while, but the fact is my pregnancy has been met with a few bumps in the road and quite frankly, I’ve been distracted. I’ve had a few doctor’s appointments over the past several weeks (with lots more to come) and although, the news isn’t necessarily really bad, it’s not exactly what we want to hear either. So let me start at my 30 week appointment – I went in for a routine doctor’s visit. At each and every appointment, they ask that you bring in a urine sample so they can test for any protein. If they find protein in your urine, this could be a sign of preeclampsia. Well, at this particular visit, they did find some protein; however, my blood pressure was normal and I wasn’t experiencing any other symptoms associated with it. They asked me to come back in a week to be retested and to have a growth ultrasound of the babies (which was something they were going to do anyway).
The following week, I went for another doctor’s visit. There was no protein in my urine and my blood pressure was fine; however, the morning of my doctor’s visit, I was not feeling well at all. I was somewhat dizzy, I had a fuzzy head, I was very nauseous and overall I just didn’t feel right. Luckily, I had taken the day off of work and my dad was home, so he came over and drove me to my appointment. The doctor couldn’t figure out the cause of these symptoms so as a result, she ordered more testing to be done to rule out preeclampsia despite the fact that no protein was detected and that my blood pressure was normal. Later in the day, those weird symptoms went away and I started to feel okay again and have been feeling okay (other than the normal pregnancy symptoms) for the past few days, but I’m still waiting for the results of the testing.
The main thing that has us worried were the results of the growth ultrasound of the babies. As of last week’s ultrasound, they were both measuring in at 3.3 lbs, which we’re told that’s on the low end of normal for where they should be at this point. It’s not dangerously low, but in comparison from the previous ultrasound, their growth is “sluggish” – NOT a word we wanted to hear! As a result, my OBGYN is sending me to a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor (I have an appointment this week) to have additional testing done in order to determine what’s going on and to determine if the placentas are functioning properly. I’m told that if there is an issue, the worst case scenario is an early delivery, which has been my fear throughout this pregnancy. Granted, it wouldn’t be exceptionally early, but we want them to stay in the womb as long as possible to avoid any stay in the NICU.
I wasn’t expecting this news, so to be quite honest, it hit me hard. I can’t help but worry even though everyone tells me not to and that they’re really just sending me to the specialist as a precautionary measure. I love these babies more than anything already and all I (we) want is them to be as healthy as possible. When I made my appointment with the specialist, they told me to up my protein intake, which is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past few days. I’ve made a conscious effort to add in lots of Greek yogurt, almonds, protein smoothies, eggs, Quest bars, chicken breasts, etc. I’m SO hoping this will help and we’ll find out that all is going okay. I’ll keep you posted, but now on for a bumpdate of the last two weeks.
Maternity clothes? Nope.
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep? Aside from multiple trips to the bathroom at nights, it’s been surprisingly pretty good.
Best moment this week? The mobiles for the cribs came. They’re absolutely adorable!
Miss anything? Now that the weather is starting to feel like fall, I miss taking long with Justin. Unfortunately, walking too far and for too long brings on Braxton Hicks contractions, so I have to be super careful.
Movement? They’re moving all the time! From the growth ultrasound, we found out that the babies are currently in a breached position, so hopefully with all they’re moving, they’ll flip around during the coming weeks.
Food Cravings? Not really.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope, and I’m back to eating chicken.
Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!
Labor Signs? No.
Symptoms? Very tired, more Braxton Hicks contractions, a heavy feeling in my stomach, aches and pains and the pelvic bone pain is still giving me a lot of trouble. I actually purchased a maternity support band, which has helped to provide more support and ease up some of the pressure.
Belly Button – in or out? Out!
Wedding Rings – on or off? They’re still on, but feeling a bit more snug.
Happy or Moody? I’m happy, but on the nervous side about the babies growth.
Looking Forward To? It’s more like I’m anxiously awaiting my appointment with the Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor at the end of the week.
Did your pregnancy hit any bumps in the road?