If you told me at the beginning of this pregnancy that I would be perfectly fine enduring an entire 13 weeks without an ultrasound, I would have shouted, “Get out!” and shoved you Elaine Benes-style.
Seriously, the ONE thing I was so sure of is that I would be the high maintenance patient, requesting ultrasounds at least once a month, for nothing more than to ease my mind. I was a little nervous when my OB told me at my last appointment that I would have to wait until week 22 for the anatomy scan ultrasound. But, I had my trusty Doppler which lets me hear the baby’s heartbeat whenever I please. Of course, there’s always the nagging voice in my head wondering if everything really is okay. Is the baby an okay size? Does she have enough fluid? Is everything where it should be? But, overall, I’ve been incredibly – surprisingly – relaxed about this pregnancy.
So relaxed, in fact, that I was truly able to enjoy this ultrasound. I made sure M could be there, since the last one he saw in person was at 7 weeks. Unfortunately, we didn’t get very good images to take home. She was being stubborn and wouldn’t turn around so we could see her face or get a good profile. It was so cool to see her looking more like a baby and moving around. We could see her bones and her heart. It was amazing! The tech said that there were some measurements she couldn’t get because of baby’s position, so I’ll have to have another scan at my next appointment in 5 weeks.
In non-baby news, we decided to buy a house now and hopefully get moved in before the end of July. This will be our first home buying adventure!
22 Weeks Update
How far along: 22w5d (due date August 28)
Total weight gain/loss: +2 pounds over pre-pregnancy weight (lost 7-8 during first tri). Now that I have my appetite and sweet tooth back, the pounds are going to start piling on.
- My lower back pain requires more frequent visits to the chiropractor.
- I don’t know if this is a symptom, but I get hiccups more frequently than ever before.
- I have more general discomfort in my abdomen as the baby grows and my insides are shifted around to make room.
- I have dark splotches on my forehead.
- I’m starting to develop small skin tags on my neck.
- I have heat rash at the base of my neck (comes and goes).
- Crazy heartburn.
Maternity clothes: Wearing them full time, and loving that I’m comfortable enough to show off my bump. Maternity jeans are genius! I don’t plan to ever give them up.
Sleep: Terrible. I get up 4-5 times each night, sometimes to pee, sometimes because I’m just uncomfortable. I know it’s going to get worse, which has me a bit stressed out.
Best moment: The anatomy ultrasound.
Movement: Feeling it every day, but still not consistently. Still haven’t felt it from the outside.
Food cravings: Nothing that stands out.
Sex of the baby: Female.
Labor signs: None.
Belly button: Becoming more shallow all the time.
What I miss: Wine.
What I look forward to: My husband being able to feel movement.
Baby buys: Nothing yet, but we’re starting to get small gifts, and we started our registry.
Milestones: We decided on a name and told our families. We also found a daycare provider – a great one! – which is nearly impossible in this area.