Started spotting pink
Experiencing sharp pinches in upper uterus
Friends are noticing a belly bump
More pink spotting and sharp pinches
A lady at church that has followed our journey for quite some time saw my belly and made her way through the crowd. She put her hands on my belly, looked up at me teary eyed and said, I'm so happy for you. I then ran to Kerry all giddy and said, honey, people are starting to rub my belly!!!
Later I attended a baby shower (so happy for you Tarryn!!!). It was so nice to be able to enjoy the shower without having to force the tears back. A few people noticed my growing belly and one gal couldn't stop rubbing it.
Throughout my trial with infertility, that is the one thing that choked me up more than anything, and that was seeing these beautiful bellies surrounded by people wanting to rub the belly. Now I'm finally getting to experience this. I'm no longer a sad outsider looking in. I know a lot of pg women are freaked out by people rubbing their belly bumps, but I'm loving every minute of it. This pg is finally shifting from surreal to real.
More pink spotting and sharp pinches
My local nurse called to tell me that my NT blood work came back normal, yeah! This just basically means that my risk of having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities is very low. This doesn't surprise me as we did transfer a genetically normal embryo, but there is a 10% error rate.
I told the nurse that I've been spotting for 3 days and was a little nervous about it since I hadn't had my hormone levels checked since I was completely weaned. Spotting can be a sign of low progesterone. All she said was "240". I said, 240 what? She said, be here at 2:40. I said, for what? She said, an u/s. Wow, I wasn't expecting that. I was just looking for a little reassurance, but I wasn't going to turn down a chance at another u/s.
They always check my urine, blood pressure and weight at every appt. The nurse that weighed me commented that I haven't gained any weight. I said that was ok because I gained it all in the beginning when I went through my "hungry man" phase. My appetite has thankfully returned to normal.
We had the u/s and little Seven was moving all over the place nonstop. S/He has really grown in a short amount of time. My cervix was closed and appeared normal. We didn't take any videos because we felt that this needed to be a quick check. I did ask for a souvenir photo though.
Here's Seven. It's definitely not the best pic, but just happy to have one.
I then had my hormone levels checked just to make sure there are no issues there. This is my first check since completely weaning off all meds a week ago.
Estrogen: (2074, up from 1555)
Progesterone: (23.64, down from 48.19)
My progesterone level concerned me, so I emailed my IVF nurse. This is her reply:
"Your estrogen will continue to rise during pregnancy, however the progesterone levels are pulsatile (meaning is has daily highs and lows), as long as it remains above 20 there is no concern. The drop could have caused the spotting, but it could also have been caused by other factors (cervical irritation, low-lying placenta, over exertion). As long as you are not having bright red bleeding and/or cramping there is not a need to worry."
I feel much better now, but I did have to chuckle at the "over exertion". Yeah, not so much an issue!
Today we got to hear our baby's HB for the first time. My friend loaned us her fetal doppler a week ago (thanks Mags!!!) but we haven't been able to find the HB until today. It takes awhile to find it and it's easy to lose as the baby moves around quite a bit. The bpm ranged from 152-162. It was music to our ears and I could have listened to it all night.
I seem to be past the exhaustion phase, sooooo happy about this.
My belly seems to be growing. I'm in the "beer gut" phase. I figured I'd start showing early since I'm only 5'1, very short waisted and the fact that my mom showed very early. My mom said she was as big as an elephant with me and I was only 5 lbs 11 oz.
I warned Kerry that I may get huge. He said he didn't care if I got as big as a house as long as I incubate his baby. We'll see what he thinks if I get as wide as I am tall, lol.