Monday, November 17, 2008

Second Trimester

This week is the official start of the second trimester. Part of me still cannot believe I've made it this far! When we first started TTC, every month after my period, I would get out the calendar and mark what would be all the major milestones if I actually got pregnant that cycle. End of the first trimester was a huge milestone, along with possible due date, etc. Of course, after a year, it got really old. Now when I think back, I just laugh at my naivety.

Of course, after struggles with IF, with this pregnancy I have been so afraid to look into the future and actually plan anything in advance. I have a co-worker whose due date is in the same week as mine. She constantly talks about her plans and is astonished that I haven't made any.

I know, I have to actually start planning for this baby sometime, but it still seems too soon. Like I would jinx it if I planned too far ahead. Crazy?

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Results are in

A baby girl with no chromosomal abnormalities! Yeah! I know, the baby is still at a high risk for congenital heart and/or kidney disease. But I'll take my victories when I can. For now, no trisomies for my baby girl! yeah!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Too Much Information

Yesterday, I went in for my CVS to the perinatalogist office. First they did a 30 minute long detailed ultrasound and then the Doctor (let's call him Dr. Smilesalot) came in to talk to me right before the procedure. He said there were a couple of findings on the ultrasound that concerned him and he wanted to discuss them with me. The first one was my blood flow to the uterus was not optimal and this could be an early indicator of preeclampsia and we should watch for that, the other was the the fetus has a single umbilical artery. Normal fetuses have two umbilical arteries and one vein. But mine only has one. This could be an indicator for chromosomal abnormalities or a host of other congential problems.

At this point I was stunned and couldn't really think of what to say or ask. He sort of went on to downplay it and said, well nothing is for certain, but if the CVS results come back normal, they'd like to monitor me closely throughout the pregnancy.

So there I was in a state of shock, about to go through what turned out to be a not so easy CVS procedure. I, Ladies, am blessed with a tilted uterus, and every doctor who has ever examined me says, oh you have a tilted uterus, did you know that? Of course, I knew, I have only been told that a 100 times. Anyway, this time I told the doctor about my uterus, so that he could make a decision of whether to perform the procedure transvaginally or through the abdomin. He said, it's Ok, I think I can make it work transvaginally (you think? Doesn't instill much confidence, does it?). Anyway, what was supposed to be a 10 minute procedure turned out to take 45 minutes. He managed to collect the sample that he wanted and he was very pleased with himself. I'll get the results back sometime on Friday.

I had some bleeding last night which I know is not unexpected, but made me panic anyway. I called the emergency clinic number and Dr. Smilesalot called me back and told me to monitor it closely and call him back if it gets any worse through the night and then he proceeded to give me his direct cell phone number (which never happens). Anyway, as luck would have it my bleeding stopped shortly after and now I've had some minor spotting today, so I didn't have to use Dr. Smilealot's cell phone number.

So today, I got on the internet and researched "preeclampsia" and "Single Umbilical Artery". Both conditions sound very dire and scray. I'm not really sure what to do at this point, except hope and pray that everything will be OK.

Saturday, November 1, 2008


The first time I got pregnant, I feverishly researched all of the prenatal testing and screenings available and agonized over what test I would subject myself and my unborn child to. Well, I never got far enough that time around.

Now, I have a CVS scheduled for next Wednesday. I know of the miscarriage risks, but I just can't take the uncertainty. I have to know if the baby is OK. Thankfully, my husband agrees with me. But as the time of my appointment nears, I find myself getting nervous about it. Has anyone out there had CVS? Do you care to share your experiences?