It’s been awhile since I updated you on this pregnancy. Now that I’m well into my second trimester I thought I’d better. As you know, it’s a boy! The morning sickness has subsided which is fabulous! I had it almost the whole time my last pregnancy. But I’m dealing with a whole new set of issues. A few hours after our 20 week ultrasound the nurse from my doctor’s office called. She asked if I could go back in a week to have a few more pictures taken. All she said was they didn’t get a clear enough picture of the face. Ok, fine. I wasn’t too worried about it. I went back for a follow up ultrasound and the tech took a million more pictures. I asked her what was up but she couldn’t really say anything other than they probably want to monitor my fluid level. HMMM. Nobody said anything about my fluid levels. I start to freak out a little bit. It’s Friday and I have an appointment scheduled with my OB the following Wednesday. SO I talk myself down, I’m sure they’ll call if there’s a problem. My appointment finally rolls around and my doctor is going over the ultrasound with me. Baby looks fine but the tech measured my due date as a week ahead. She said that was no big deal. Then she let me know that I was on the border of having too much amniotic fluid and it had increased in the last week. My AFI was 24.75 and the number considered too high is 25. She explains to me that either the baby isn’t swallowing enough or it’s because I have gestational diabetes. Which I thought I had from the very beginning but the tests came back negative twice! Basically I left the office confused and not knowing anything. They aren’t testing me again for gestational diabetes until the end of the month but she would have someone from a specialists office call me to schedule ANOTHER ultrasound.
My doctor says because of the fluid, my belly is measuring a couple weeks ahead. It doesn’t affect the growth of the baby in any way it just makes me super uncomfortable! Ahhh that makes sense! At 18 weeks I was already having trouble putting my shoes on or rolling over in bed. Now bending over sucks because I feel so much pressure on the top of my belly. Not to mention what the weight of my stomach is doing to my lady parts. Have you heard of varicose veins in your privates? Yeah, it’s not pleasant. I swear it feels like there’s a man’s size 11 boot up there most of the time! The weight is also right on my bladder. I pee 5-7 times every night. So that’s fun! I’m really trying to take this in stride. I know that it will all be worth it when our son is here. But come on! Why can’t I just have a normal pregnancy? Anyway, back to the fluid! I have an appointment set up with Maternal Fetal Medicine for an in-depth ultrasound (3 hours!) and counseling in a few weeks. I’m sure I’ll learn more and hopefully figure out why this is happening and get it fixed.
It’s hard to tell from the front but my belly is quite large! I actually ordered a size up in this PinkBlush Maternity top just so I had plenty of room to keep growing. I’m loving this cold shoulder top though. It’s long enough to wear with leggings (hallelujah) and comes in a bunch of other fun colors. I love the black though. I’ve worn this several times since I received it a week ago. It looks great with jeans too. I’m planning on dressing it up for a date night soon! I don’t wear leggings often but in the last couple of weeks I’ve really started to embrace it. They are comfortable. I wish I hadn’t gotten paint on my Blanqi maternity leggings! I really need to order another pair.
Happy 22 weeks baby boy!
I’ll update you on my fluid situation once I know anything. Has anyone dealt with this before?