I said I wasn’t going to turn into a pregnancy/mommy blog, but hell – it’s basically all I have going on in my life right now and it’s consuming all my thoughts, so I might as well write about it, right?
I’m almost halfway through my 10th week right now, which is still early and kind of risky to chat about at this point. But, I figure that I’m fully invested at this point and if something goes wrong, I’d want to share those emotions here as well. Here’s some updates:
My nausea is still bad, but only at nighttime starting around 8-9pm. I’m taking Diclegis now, which is a lifesaver for nausea but makes me very sleepy randomly throughout the day. Since making a little human is already exhausting, this makes for a pretty tired and low energy version of myself. I also have the sore boobs issue (but somehow not the giant boobs symptom yet, naturally) and I do get random cramping in my abdomen. It always scares me, but it never lasts long and I have to remind myself that there’s something moving around inside my uterus which is bound to cause sensations that I’m unfamiliar with.
Yesterday, my husband and I went to a “Meet the Maternity Team” event at our local hospital of choice. It was pretty informative and it was great to be introduced to all of the different members of the staff, from OB-GYN, to maternal mental health, to perinatal care, anesthesia, midwives, and doulas. The reason we’re choosing the hospital we did is because it has a Level III NICU, is one of the only hospitals here with the baby-friendly designation from UNICEF, is completely encouraging of breastfeeding & all staff is trained in lactation, has a birth center if I decide to labor without epidural, has the choice of delivery from either a doctor or midwife, and also has a great volunteer doula program should we decide to use the services of one. It’s also pretty close to home, which is great. It feels good to be prepared this early, and I’m thankful for the chance.
Today we had a meeting with a genetics counselor and I had my blood drawn for the Materni-T21 test. This is a noninvasive test done between 10-14 weeks that screens for chromosomal defects such as Down Syndrome. It also has the benefit of being able to tell us the baby’s sex way earlier than most people get to find out. Since I’m under 35, we don’t have a high risk for these disorders so it’s not covered by insurance. But $350 out of pocket for earlier peace of mind and also finding out if we’re having a girl or boy? Worth it, I think! I’ll get the results next week and I can’t wait to share the baby’s sex with everyone.
Next week I have an ultrasound to make sure things are progressing well, and the following week I’m doing another genetic ultrasound scan along with a series of screening blood tests including a glucose fasting test. Here’s hoping everything goes well. It’s hard to keep track of all these clinic and lab appointments!
That’s about it for now. =)---------------
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