Tuesday, October 16, 2012

18 Weeks: Yes, I’m pregnant!!

So, I have been on an unintentional blogging break for a few months now, and some of you may have been wondering why. Well, as my title explains, I’m pregnant with my first child! My priorities have shifted from blogging, beading, crafts, to obsessively learning about my pregnancy, baby items, and newborn care. It is ALL-encompassing, and it’s hard for me to think about anything else. I’d like to start blogging again, hopefully once a week, but I don’t want to change this blog into a baby blog, so I will still try to have varying topics, along with my pregnancy updates. 

The rest of this post will play catch up and go into some detail, so it’s up to you if you want to read! I won’t take offense. I just have a lot to say since I have been keeping this to myself and close family and friends for sooo long!

So, to catch you up, my pregnancy started a little rough, but has been 99% smooth sailing. What I find interesting is that I have been so in tune with my body that I was pretty sure I was pregnant just 3 or 4 days after when I think I ovulated. I was able to test at 8 days after ovulation and got the faintest pink line. Like literally, I had to have it in direct light and under a magnifying glass. Lol. I continued to test through 11 days, my last being a digital Clear Blue Easy (as I’d learned it is usually the “gold standard” of home pregnancy tests).

"Pregnant 2-3" means 2-3 weeks after ovulation, not last menstrual cycle.
  I had my first obstetrician (OB) appointment at what I thought was 6 weeks, on a Thursday. She did a vaginal ultrasound and found a corpus luteum cyst (nothing to really worry about because it was small and would probably go away), but nothing else. This concerned her and we decided that we would do a series of beta hCG level testing to help diagnose whether I was experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. My levels were pretty low, around 3,200, and with a normal pregnancy, they should double every 48 hours. I wasn’t experiencing any pain, but I was to immediately contact the doctor on call if I did. I went home, was calm for about a day, until I started the “googling” and learned about how dangerous an ectopic pregnancy could be for me and my future fertility. Crash courses concerning your health are never fun. 
Corps luteum cyst, no sac.
 I had to have my second blood test on a Saturday, right before we went to our first rugby game at Newlands Stadium (I’ll post pictures of the game). We were a little subdued because we knew we might get a call while at the game about my beta hCG levels. If they were too low, it would most likely indicate an ectopic pregnancy, and I would have to have a procedure done within the next day so that it didn’t rupture and cause me to lose a fallopian tube. The doctor on call got the results 3 hours later, and called me just before the game started. He said that my levels were almost at 7,000, and he still had a little doubt about it being a viable pregnancy. We had done enough research in the last 24 hours to feel more confident than him, and we decided to enjoy the game.

The next Monday, I saw my OB, did another vaginal ultrasound, and she saw the corpus luteum cyst and she saw an empty sac measuring 4 weeks, 6 days! Yay! She was relieved because it was proof that it was not ectopic. The mystery was solved in that I was measuring a week later than estimated, and my initial appointment had been too early to see anything on a sonogram. Phew! In a way, I was still glad to go through the stress because if it had been ectopic, it would have been caught very early, and my fallopian tube would have most likely been saved. 

She wanted to see me one more time to see the actual embryo and fetal pole, so we came in 3 weeks later. At that point, I was measuring 7 weeks, 6 days, right on track. We got to hear the baby’s heart beat for a little bit, and she estimated it near 180 bpm. Due to my age, we were referred to a fetal assessment center to do a “level 2” ultrasound to start pre-screening for developmental concerns.
I’ll save that appointment for another day. 

We have an embryo! The head is at the bottom.

In summary, it started out rough, and really put my health and fertility in perspective.
Me being healthy and having a healthy baby is all that matters.

Song of the Post: Baby, I’m Yours by Barbara Wilson.  
An oldie but a goodie! Don’t you just love her background singers?


Gina said...

I am so very very excited for you!!!!
I have been thinking about you lots the last few weeks, now I know why :)
Mazel Tov!!!!!!

Sami said...

Congratulations and enjoy the pregnancy! I had been wondering what had happened to you as you hadn´t posted for a while.

Eliza said...

Congratzzzzzzzzz! So glad everything is going well and that you're enjoying immersing yourself in pregnancy/mommy info. Isn't it overwhelming but fun? I'm avail anytime for a call/email about whatever! Love and miss you!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Congratulations! How incredibly exciting for you!! :)

Deidre said...

Congratulations this is so exciting. I'm so sorry it started out a bit rough, but it sounds like things are right on track now :)

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

Congratulations my friend! I am so excited for you, it sounds like you have things under control! xoxox

meandmr.com said...

Newest follower here! I found you through the Friday blog hop! Cute blog, I can’t wait to read more! Congrats!!!

Prixie said...

Congratulations! So relieved for you. I hope you enjoy every single second hereon-after. :)

Bevin Lewis said...

Congratulations on your first little miracle! I'm following from the Friday blog hop that you are co-hosting this week! Looking forward to following you and your pregnancy journey :)