First Trimester And Ultrasounds!

 

This is just some random stuff about the first trimester with Baby #2 that I thought I should record on here!  So I’m doing bullets.

  • Because of my progesterone insufficiency, I was put on progesterone supplements, and I had weekly blood draws to see how my levels were doing.  It was interesting, because they skyrocketed briefly around 9 weeks, so we suspect that was when the placenta started to produce some of the hormones!  It went back down some the next week, but it was still higher than it was.  It was just cool to see.

 

  • I did not get many pregnancy symptoms this time until about 7 weeks.  This, of course, made me panic a bit, wondering if something was wrong.  With Wyatt, I had a lot of symptoms right away – right at four weeks things started changing.  But with this pregnancy I didn’t notice many changes in my body, and only slight queasiness until around 7 weeks.  I also wasn’t very emotional until around the same time, and I felt overly emotional with Wyatt before I even knew I was pregnant. It was just different.

 

  • Then things started kicking in more, and I had plenty of symptoms after that, so that was good!

 

  • I haven’t been sick much this pregnancy either, which has been nice!  With both my pregnancies so far I mainly just get a queasy on and off – occasionally I’ll feel bad enough that I think I might throw up, but I never do.  With this pregnancy especially, the queasiness goes away if I just keep my stomach full.

 

  • Unlike my pregnancy with Wyatt, I haven’t really had many food aversions – I’ve had cravings.  I never really had any with Wyatt, so this is new to me.  Everything from French fries to Chinese/Japanese food to cheesecake.

Yeah, remember when we got Chinese food after our picnic didn’t work out?  That’s because I was pregnant, and I just had to have it.

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More about cravings tomorrow.

 

  • We told my family when I was 6 weeks 1 day pregnant, on Mother’s Day!  Which means I kept the secret from my mom for two whole weeks . . . which is amazing for me.  I have a hard time not telling my mom things, but I wanted to do something besides just saying “I’m pregnant!”  So I dug out this shirt which I bought for Wyatt last year (yes, last year), and we decided to just see how long it would take everyone to notice.

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It didn’t take long.  We did point it out to Derek’s mom, but that was because either Derek or I was holding Wyatt the whole time, and she couldn’t really see his shirt well!  Then everyone else in our immediate family who we didn’t get to see on Mother’s Day got a text with the above picture.

 

  • We had our first ultrasound at 7 weeks 2 days!  Baby looked beautiful, and we got to see the sweet little heart fluttering!  Heart rate was 152 bpm (which is about what Wyatt’s was at 9-10 weeks).  Baby was measuring 3 days big (just like with Wyatt!), and everything looked great! I was a bit nervous and praying for good ultrasound results, and it was such a happy relief to hear that little heartbeat.

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  • We also had a chickenpox scare with Wyatt around this time, and even though I had chickenpox as a kid my doctor wanted to run a test to make sure I was still immune (nothing to be done if I wasn’t, but I guess it’s better to at least know).  I, of course, did a bunch of research on fetal varicella syndrome, but for once I felt like the odds were in my favor, and the Lord really gave me a peace about the whole thing.  Wyatt didn’t get the chickenpox, and I was indeed immune!

 

  • We had our second ultrasound at 9 weeks 2 days.  Baby was still measuring a couple days ahead, and the heart rate was 183 bpm!  Much faster than Wyatt’s at that gestational age.  But then again, that is partly because this baby was moving all around!  It was so fun to see this little baby’s arms and legs moving around like crazy!  Getting that exercise in! 

Derek got to be at both ultrasounds, and it was special to share that time, seeing our second sweet baby together!

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(I turned this ultrasound picture upside down so you could see Baby better – so cute, right?  My kiddos give the cutest early ultrasound pictures. . .)

 

  • Finally at 11 weeks I was switched back to my regular OB (I had been seeing my fertility doc this whole time), and I was so hoping to hear the heartbeat.  They almost weren’t going to check, but I asked them to try, and it took so long I was sure the nurse was going to give up and say it was too early . . . then we heard that sweet little thump, thump, thump.  And I breathed a happy sigh.  Heart rate was 160 (faster than Wyatt’s again – his always hovered around 140-150).

 

 

  • And finally, last thing to know is that I’m still on progesterone supplements, but I’m working on weaning myself off in the next week or so . . . which, I’ll be honest, makes me a bit nervous.  But my head (and all the research) says it’ll be fine because the placenta should be producing progesterone by now and it’s safe to go off it.  It’s just a bit scary to stop something that was helping your body hold on to the baby in the beginning, you know?  I’m trusting the Lord that it’ll be fine though, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be fine.  Prayers for a safe transition would just be appreciated!

 

  • This post has a conspicuous lack of belly pictures, and that’s because I’m saving them for tomorrow!  So check back!


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Emily Powell said...

I'm going to go ahead and cast my ballot! GIRL!

Vanessa Miller said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to hear the sweet sound of a heartbeat in my belly again!

Rachel and John said...

Thanks for sharing Callie! DId Wyatt get the chicken pox vaccine? Henry did and then 2 weeks later we thought he might be getting a mild case from the vaccine (since it's a weak but live virus in vaccine) but it turned out to be heat rash!

Happiness Is... said...

Congratulations again!! So happy for you :)

THE COOK'S said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Oh my, how exciting....another baby!! :))

Um, so you had Pre-E, too? I developed it around 32 weeks and I'm so scared I'm gonna have it again. I've never heard of the baby Aspirin thing! Good to know. :)

Melanie said...

Love! I'm so excited for you guys! I had you on my mind so much last night I dreamt we met in person..lol!

Amy said...

Congrats! I'm looking forward to reading all about this journey!! The 2nd time goes by SOOOOOO fast!!!!!!!!!!

Cam said...

OMG, I can't wait til I get my first ultrasound! I'm dying from anticipation. Congrats again!!

Brittney said...

Oh wow! Congratulations on #2!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I love to see other little Wyatt's! You have great taste in names! Ha!

Mommato3miracles said...

So fun! I am over from Jenna's journey. In reading your little post tonight I read some things that I will certainly continue to read. I had pre-eclampsia with my pregnancies too, but never did the aspirin, as they told me no....I am definitely coming back to read more....

Elyse said...

I am so happy for you and your family! What an amazing blessing!

The Clem Family said...

Congrats on Baby #2! My kiddos are 2 years, 13 days apart. It is tough at first, but now it is great! They play so well together and it is easier to plan activities for both kids. You will love it! Praying for an easy, uneventful pregnancy for you.

Tiffany said...

:D!!! I am still so so so excited for you! I love all of these updates! I'll keep you guys in my prayers :)

Julie S. said...

I too, was on the progesterone supplements and it is HARD to stop taking them! :) I know that feeling. Glad you aren't too nauseous!

Brittany said...

Congrats on pregnant! I am so happy for you!

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