Hello second trimester! I have to say, I didn’t have many complaints this time around. Usually, I am hugging the toilet and saltines become my best friend, but with #5, I didn’t get sick once! Seriously shocking with my track record. You may remember me complaining here and there, but so far, so good. Let’s hope all stays that way!
This week I had 2 appointments. One to check my cervix via sono (getting done every 3 weeks) and my regular OBGYN 12 weeker, and another to the high-risk doctor to get a plan going to keep this baby cooking and for my first trimester screening. And well, they both went really great, except they did have ugly parts when it came to talk about high blood pressure and such.
So, what’s the good? Baby is just perfect! Oh, and I BEGGED each sono tech to take a look at the “angle of the dangle” so to speak and take a gamble at guessing the gender. Especially after that DNA test has messed with my head. Sure enough, they both guessed BOY! If you could only see my hub’s face. Of course, they warned us not going to stock up on boy stuff, but it has him wishful thinking. As for me, I am not getting my hopes up just yet. When I got back in 3 weeks for another sono, I may believe them.
As for the bad? It looks like I will definitely be starting the 17p shot at 16 weeks. With my last pregnancy, I went from getting off bed rest at 33 weeks and not being dilated to 34 weeks and 3 cm. and in full labor. There was nothing they could do to stop it, and I just can’t go through having a baby in the NICU again, so I am determined to keep this baby cooking! So in the end, I guess it isn’t horrible news, but I am not excited about getting a weekly shot.
And here is the ugly! A little thing called high-blood pressure. I have never had this problem in the past, and even today, my BP was 106/68. However, yesterday it was 120/84 – not so shabby. Apparently, during my first trimester screening my uterine arteries showed signs of possible high blood pressure in the third trimester. My worst fear. I have been directed to take my blood pressure at home, continue walking 30 minutes a day and take a baby aspirin. Has anyone else dealt with high-blood pressure during pregnancy? Give me suggestions please! I am a newbie to this!
Oh, and lets not forget the anxiety. Nightly heart palpitations have begun due to my stressful “day” job, and so they suggested I get back on my anxiety medication, which I usually stop before pregnancy. I am a serious worry wart, and no secrets here – I’ve been on anxiety meds since I was 19. They think it will maybe subside any stress-related high blood pressure.
Onto the fun part! Flip through my slide show from the past 2 days and tell me what you think!
Do you guess boy or girl?