We really will have to rename this blog... Us and Poppets; Us and Poppet x 2 (thanks, Helen), or something else entirely.
I've just entered my 15th week and the due date is October 11th, which, when written in 'American' is 10/11/12. We're hoping this is an auspicious date!
I was seeing an RE (reproductive endocrinologist) because of our recent losses when we suddenly discovered we were expecting. To say we were anxious would be something of an understatement. I had my hCG beta levels checked, and everything looked good, and then we had a scan at 6 weeks and 5 days and the baby was measuring a couple of days ahead with a great heartbeat of 140. Both Rich and I felt a little more confident at that point, but, again, we'd seen heartbeats on scans before so we were still very wary about being happy or excited. At 8 weeks and 4 days - after some begging - I had another scan...
Once again the babe measured ahead with a super heartbeat. I wasn't able to actually look when we had the sonogram until the tech said it was safe to! It was such a relief.
So far this has been a really difficult pregnancy. Once again I've been suffering with some horrible hyperemesis. Apparently my thyroid is wonky and I have this rare (joyous) condition called something like Transient hyperthyroidism of hyperemisis gravidarum. It is so miserable, I can't quite describe it. But it's like having a constant stomach flu with accompanying major fatigue... for weeks and weeks on end. I am on meds, thank the Lord, but they don't take away the nausea and it sadly doesn't stop all of the vomiting. With Raf, while it got better as the pregnancy progressed, I was sick until the minute he was born. It looks as though this may be a repeat... Oh well. Honestly I can cope with it all as long as I feel somewhat okay that a baby will materialize at the end!
We do feel a little bit more confident after our 12 week NT scan, which we had a few weeks ago. This scan assesses risk for trisomy 18/21 (Downs). Because of my 'advanced maternal age', and because of our recent history, we opted for this scan along with with first trimester blood work. We met with a genetic counselor because we honestly weren't sure whether we should have the screening but I knew that if the results were okay then we'd feel a little better about things.
A lovely sonographer we met when I was pregnant with Raf was luckily able to do our scan that day, and everything looked super. The babe's nuchal fold measurement was 1.4mm (anything under 2.5mm at this point on looks good). The baby measured 12 weeks and 2 days, so still measuring ahead as Raf had done, and they were leaping about like a little kangaroo. I couldn't believe how much movement there was! It was so great to see. We had the blood work done and the following week we got a call from a lovely nurse, Megan, who happened to be our fantastic L and D nurse from when we had Raf (she moved jobs). Combined with the nuchal fold measurements, my age, and blood work our chances of having a baby with trisomy 18/21 went down to 1:10,000, which is about as low as it gets. Again, such a relief since on age alone the risk is something like 1:300.
A few weeks on and I am still pretty sick but also so happy that everything so far looks okay. We also transferred our care from an OBs office to a fantastic midwife group. Deb, sadly, no longer delivers at Mercy so we had to find someone new since Mercy is so much more baby friendly and much less biomedical than the other hospital in the city (mind you, that hospital's birthing center is also really great, so we have very viable choices).
We had our first appointment yesterday and really it was a wonderful experience. By a cruel twist of fate I have a stomach bug, which on top of the hyperemesis is horrendous, but I made it to the appointment and was glad I did. We heard the baby's heartbeat nice and clearly and everything continues to look fine.
Fingers crossed that things continue to look good!