Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Third Trimester: Weeks 28 - 31 | Baby #2

Things are starting to get real over here! I am 32 weeks pregnant tomorrow. I am feeling a big mix of excitement, gratitude, anxiety and love!

Every Friday from here on out, I will be having weekly sonograms and non-stress tests at my OBGYN's office. I am so grateful Baby D will be so closely monitored and just a little anxious about passing all of the tests coming my way. I will continue to be tested for preeclampsia each week, so please send all the prayers against that diagnosis!

It's time for another pregnancy recap and for this one we are going all the way back to Week 28!

Week 28:

  • Doctor couldn't find the heartbeat by doppler so I got a sonogram 
  • All is well with baby! 
  • Celebrated 11 years married with a romantic anniversary date in the woods 
  • Lots of bloodwork this week 
  • Got my hair done :)


Week 29:
  • 3 hour glucose test wrecked me
  • Intense contractions in the middle of the night on my upper right side of my torso. Assuming this happened from the fasting and dehydration from the 3 hr glucose test
  • Found out I passed my glucose test! No gestational diabetes for me!

Week 30:
  • High blood pressure at prenatal check-up
  • Tested for preeclampsia
  • Doctor upped my appointments to 2-3x/week until baby arrives (including weekly sonograms and non-stress tests)

Week 31:
  • Clear of preeclampsia so far!
  • Had a great chiropractor appointment
  • Overall feeling good this week
  • Had some maternity/Fall pictures taken
  • Carved pumpkins with the family!


Only a couple more recaps to go until baby arrives! We can't wait!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

30 Weeks with Baby #2

It's been a week since you last heard from me here and, I have some good news and some bad news. Good news is, I do not have gestational diabetes! Bad news is, I am now waiting back to hear if I have preeclampsia.

During my last prenatal appointment, I had really high blood pressure and they couldn't find the baby's heartbeat by doppler, again. I wasn't too worried about the heartbeat because I felt baby moving around and knew she was okay. We've just come to learn that it's tricky to find her by doppler. They sent me in for a sonogram for a couple reasons. They wanted to see the heartrate (148bpm) and check on her growth.

Praise be to God, all was well with our little pumpkin! We found she is growing perfectly on track (just under 4lbs, in the 45th percentile) and was positioned head down and very low. There's a part of me that feels like she wants to come earlier than December 9th, but time will tell. We just don't want her to come too early!

Before I left my prenatal appointment, they insisted on some testing for preeclampsia and needed to take my blood pressure again. It was still high when I left but it went down a little bit during my time there. I rechecked my blood pressure this weekend and it was much better at 124/78. I also saw that my urinalysis came back with no sign of proteins, which is a good thing! I am just waiting on the call back from the office now. 

I am not sure if I will be tested weekly for this condition or if it's just a pass/fail type thing. I am learning as I go with this one! Either way, I will be monitored weekly throughout the remainder of my pregnancy. The doctor had me schedule 2-3 appointments with them per week from here on out, which includes a weekly sonogram and non-stress test. It's a lot but, I am very glad that I will be so closely monitored these next couple months! And while I was very anxious about the possibility of preeclampsia on Friday, I am feeling much better now after reaching out to some ladies for prayer and having them speak some truth into my heart. God is faithful!

Despite the recent hurdles with these possibly diagnosis', I have been doing pretty well in this pregnancy! I have been bonding with baby more and more over these past few weeks. I love to spend time in the nursery, rocking in the chair or just laying in bed, feeling her movements. She gives me such peace and joy with every little (or sometimes not so little) kick! I love her so much, already! Our little blessing.