Friday, January 8, 2010

13 Weeks

I can't believe I'm actually writing this post. I'm 13 weeks today. Some jerks on BabyC.enter thought it would be fun to mess with my mind and call week 13 part of the FIRST trimester, but everything else calls it the first week of the second trimester, so we're going with that.

I had the Nuchal Fold scan today and was told everything looks "good." I'm measuring right on target at 13 weeks, and the heartrate was 155. My blood pressure was magically 106/64 which is kind of a miracle for me, (since I tend to run a little high) but I think part of that is that I wasn't too nervous since I was able to hear baby on the doppler this morning before the appointment. I got my first set of blood drawn for the sequential screening (Downs, etc.) and went through the big list of questions about family history and such.

My all-day sickness settled way down this week, which is thrilling because I was afraid it might last through the fourth month like it did with D. For the last few days I've had a left-side-of-the-head headache that tylenol doesn't touch. At least for now, I prefer it to being nauseous.

The one slightly concerning bit of information from today is that the placenta is lying low in my uterus. I have an ultrasound in two weeks to check it. Hopefully as my uterus grows it will be pulled up (which apparently happens quite commonly.) Doctor google tells me that a low lying placenta in the second trimester doesn't automatically doom me to placenta previa, since we still have a whole lot of growing to do before birth.

When I thought about making it to the second trimester a few weeks ago, it kind of seemed like "the goal" for now. Back then, I thought about it with a sense of upcoming relief. Now that I'm here, I don't feel really relieved. Of course I'm thrilled to be "statistically" much less likely to miscarry, but with my history of "defying the odds" if you will, it's hard to believe that I'm really out of those woods yet.

We told my parents and my brother and sister-in-law on Christmas eve that we were pregnant. In the next couple of days, we're planning to tell T's parents and his brother and sister-in-law. This is starting to get very real.

12 comments:

Stacie said...

Congratulations, and welcome to your 2nd trimester! I'm glad that your appointment went well.

It seems like there is no being "relieved" until after the baby is born, even then there is much to worry about.

I hope you have a nice weekend!

Yaya said...

Ah! What a relief! Yay!!!!

Just me said...

K had been told her placenta was low as well. She went in this week (I think 23?) and it has resolved. So try not to worry too much! (Easier said than done, right?)

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Dawn said...

Happy 2nd trimester! I was 14 weeks yesterday and I still can't believe it!! I still struggle with the fear but a little less each milestone. My nausea has also diminished greatly but the headaches have gotten worse. So happy for you and glad we get to share our little miracles together.

Anonymous said...

For this pregnancy my placenta was a bit low and I just had my 19 wk u/s and it moved right where it should be :) I was worried about being at higher risk for previa or accretia since having to have a c-section with my son.

I have had horrible migraines this pregnancy as well. Maybe that means your having a girl this time around too? ;)

Kelley

Em said...

Yay! I know what you mean about being nervous. I don't think I will fully relax until I have a healthy, living, breathing baby in my arms. But, the second trimester brings us closer to July!!

Azaera said...

Congrats on the second trimester!

Karen said...

I totally get why you can't really relax yet, but I'm very, very happy to hear that you're out of the first trimester. Each day your odds get better and better.

cheryllookingforward said...

Happy second trimester! I keep setting little goals for myself, too... Then I get to them and all I can think about is the next one!
Sending you some placenta-moving thoughts!!!

gallerygirl said...

Congrats- I hope that you are able to enjoy your pregnancy. Hitting that milestone was key for me, but I really didn't believe it until I could feel him every day. GL!

Cookie said...

Congrats! That is very exciting!