9 weeks, 5 days

I went for my checkup yesterday. The anxiety started around Sunday and built steadily till the time I walked into the ultrasound room.  This appointment was for sonogram and then regular checkup with my doctor. I love my ultrasound tech. She has always remembered me from the last time and I feel like she takes extra special care with me when I come in. Baby is doing well!!!! As soon as I saw the heartbeat, that is when I remembered to breathe. Every time this happens, it sinks in that try as I might to ‘not get attached’, the minute I saw that 2nd pink line, I was in love.

Back on track…

Baby is measuring exactly 9 weeks and 5 days and has a heart rate of 172. My cervix is nice and long at 4.56 cm and remains shut! I got a few nice pictures and as soon as I can figure out what is going on with my phone, I will add them to this post.

After sonogram, I had a checkup with Dr. H. We did a urine culture and what I think is gonorrhea culture.. I saw the swab but forgot to ask what specific culture it was. I am down 2 pounds from when I last saw her so she is happy about that. She doesn’t want me to gain any more than 20 pounds for this pregnancy so I’m trying my best to ‘save’ as much of that as I can for later 🙂 We reviewed my labs from last time and she said that everything looks good so far BUT I am anemic. This has always been an issue for me, but she said we need to try to get my hemoglobin up to around 12 for this pregnancy; I am currently at a 10 so she started me on an iron supplement that I need to add to my prenatal. We talked about my heartburn and she recommended Pepcid in addition to the TUMS that I have been popping like Tic-Tacs.

Next steps: My first appointment with maternal fetal medicine (MFM) is on the 28th of December. At that time we will do the blood work part of the NT scan (genetic testing). The following Monday, on the 4th, I go back to MFM for the NT ultrasound which measures the thickness of the fold on baby’s neck (another form of testing for genetic abnormalities). At that time, I will get a recommendation from them for the timing of cerclage placement as well as information about continuing progesterone in form of the shots (still taking the Endometrin vaginally). On the 5th, I go  back to Dr. H and review their recommendation and she will schedule my cerclage. I will say, I am getting nervous. Most preventative cerclages are placed around 15 weeks but since my last loss was at 14 weeks she wants to aim for 13 weeks if possible.

I’ve decided to tell my mom on Christmas Day. I am still really apprehensive about telling anyone but I don’t feel comfortable going into having the procedure without her knowing. I’m excited about that. 🙂

10 thoughts on “9 weeks, 5 days

      1. I’m glad it’s helped! I tried to be as upfront and honest about all of it because I didn’t anyone to think it was a piece of cake or nothing to worry about. I’m praying for a healthy and happy pregnancy for you!!!

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  1. Glad to hear everything is looking good with the baby! I just had my weekly scan and everything looked good for me too although I haven’t had a chance to post. That sucks that your doctor won’t do weekly scans. They are the only thing keeping me sane.

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  2. Hello lovely! I am so so pleased for you. 🙂 so happy to hear that everything is well. I haven’t told anyone yet, but like you we’re planning to tell our parents on Christmas Day…I’m also 9 weeks and 5 days! Had a panic Monday so went to EPAU and had a scan and little one was waving at us! It was so amazing I cried my eyes out!!! I’ve been writing blogs since I found out I was pregnant, but haven’t posted any of them yet as a lot of my family and friends follow my blog and we don’t want anyone else finding out before our parents. But I want you to know that everything you’ve posted is EXACTLY how I’ve been feeling too. Your posts have helped me so much. X

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    1. OMG!!!!!!! WHAT????!???? I just had to run out of my break room at work to scream in the hallway!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I am so excited for you. Congratulations and now…I’m crying..this is the best news ever. I can’t wait to find out all the things. Due 7/15? 😬😬😁😊😊😊

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      1. I know right?! I’ve been itching to tell you but too scared to post it anywhere publicly in case my family or friends see it but figured on someone else’s blog it should be safe!! Yeah due around then although I haven’t had my dating scan yet (have to wait til the 5th Jan 😳) for that to be confirmed but when I had the early scan Monday they told me I was right on track and baby is measuring exactly right so fingers crossed that means everything is ok this time. We’re so excited but so terrified! I know you know what that feels like, but it doesn’t seem to ease even after a scan? I felt calm for the rest of Monday and since then I started worrying again. It’s constant! It feels really good to be able to talk about it finally though! 😊😊😊

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        1. This is so awesome!! Yeah the holiday’s are throwing everything off. My doctor was trying to get me into Maternal Fetal Medicine before I was 11 weeks but with Christmas and New Years that is proving difficult. I can definitely understand the excited but terrified. I’m usually good for 3-4 days after I see our Nugget but then I worry till the next time. I even asked doctor about weekly scans and she laughed at me ._____. I’m glad you can talk about it. I know holding it from my best friends has been torture!! If you want to ‘talk’ offline, you can email me at faithhopefear at gmail dot com…Hopefully that will block me from spam things since I spelled it out. I will be thinking of you!

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