Hello, third trimester!
The kids are really getting excited about their new little sister. They sing to her, talk to her, Charlotte even picked out an outfit for her at Target.
And I’ve got ideas for the nursery, but haven’t started putting any of them together yet. I should probably get on that….
We got to see our baby girl three times this month.
Once at our anatomy scan. Where we almost didn’t find out the gender. Little Miss Diva was in a contortionist frank breech position totally folded in half. Her little bottom was sitting directly on my bladder, and she was NOT moving. Finally in the last five minutes of our scan, she moved just enough for my doctor to make the call.
I had another ultrasound a few weeks later. This time with a high-risk obstetrician that my OB referred me to because of my history with Charlotte. This ultrasound was two days before Charlotte’s surgery – talk about a stressful week! Baby girl had turned head down for this ultrasound, so it was easy for the ultrasound tech to get all of the images she needed.
The high-risk OB sent the results of my ultrasound to my regular OB. I got a call from my OB’s nurse while we were at the hospital with Charlotte. My doctor was not too excited about my amniotic fluid levels. They were below the normal mark at a 9 (normal is between 10-25; anything under 5 is really bad). I was told to drink more water (I was already drinking a gallon a day) and to stop exercising (easy to do when you’re stuck in the hospital). And I was scheduled for another ultrasound in my doctor’s office in two weeks.
All that time in the hospital not only made me gain 6 pounds between appointments, but it also helped my fluid levels out. They were now at an 11, so that put me within the normal range. But since I was barely above normal and had been having some trouble with cramping, we decided that my birthday trip to Texas should be cancelled.
I also had my glucose test at 25 weeks. It came back normal, but my blood levels were low. So now my grocery cart looks like this since I’ve been put on extra iron in addition to my regular prenatals.
I have another ultrasound at the end of the month and will probably be getting them pretty regularly from here on out to keep an eye on my fluid levels.
Other than all of the medical mumbo jumbo, I’ve been feeling pretty good. I get crampy when I overdo things or when I’m really stressed, but I’ve been able to keep the cramps pretty much under control for the past couple weeks.
I haven’t really had any cravings lately. Other than alcoholic beverages to get me through the last couple Aggie football games….
Sleep has been pretty easy for me most nights. I still wake up multiple times to go to the bathroom, but at least I’ve been able to get back to sleep fairly quick most nights. And it also helps that Charlotte is sleeping through the night again.
My favorite part of this pregnancy (you know, other than growing a little human inside of me) is that I can go two weeks without shaving! Wish my lack of hair growth would stick around post-pregnancy too!
So long, second trimester. It was nice knowing ya! Third trimester, I hope we can be friends for a while (but not TOO long)!