Monday, September 10, 2012

33 Weeks - Let the Countdown Begin

Today I had my 32 week check up on our busy little baby.

I have been feeling a lot of pressure and pretty uncomfortable, so I was curious as to what our little guy is up to.  I feel like he is always trying to break out...but we still have seven weeks to go.

He looks great.  He's just as busy as I thought he was.  Every other sentence that ultrasound tech said was, "You have a very busy baby."

It looks like he has a lot of hair, just like Jasper did.  She took a snapshot of his hair (above), she was so excited about it.  He is already turned head down, ready to go, measuring in at 3lbs 10oz.

I am feeling extra puffy and swollen.  My OB said that's just 3rd trimester fluid retention, but nothing to be alarmed about.

I still have the single umbilical artery (SUA) which can cause growth restriction, but so far hasn't been a problem for our baby.  Because an SUA can be a soft marker for down syndrome they do look for other markers during my ultrasounds, but we have never seen anything else.

Today I started fetal monitoring, which also looked good.  I will go back every Wednesday morning from now on for 20 minutes of fetal monitoring, a quick ultrasound scan, and a quick check-in with my OB.  I'm going to take Jasper with me for these weekly appts.  We'll see how that goes.

The baby is measuring for a Nov. 1st due date.  Right now the plan is to induce me then if I haven't gone into labor.  Induction makes it so we can stop my blood thinner shots in a controlled way for delivery.

In July I switched OB's.  I was going to a regular OB and a high risk (perinatologist).  The double appointments were killing me.  I switched to Dr. Van Bohman at Desert Perinatal and I have been VERY HAPPY with him and the entire staff there.  He agreed to take me as a total OB patient, so I only have to see him.  HUGE time saver for me.  Plus his office runs on time, which is also very nice.They have a Green Valley office that's 15 minutes away from my home.

Because I had a sub-clavian DVT (big, bad, blood clot in my chest) when I was 34 weeks pregnant with Jasper I'm taking a new anti-coagulant (Fondapirnux) shots daily as a precaution and have never had any side effects from these new shots.  For that I am very grateful.  I see the Hematologist, Dr. Edwin Kingsley, on Thursday for a blood draw, a check up on my blood thinners and to discuss stopping the blood thinners when I deliver the baby.

Yesterday someone told me, "Wow, your pregnancy has gone by so fast."  I decided I'm never saying that to anyone. I just smiled and thought, "I'm glad it's gone by fast for you."  It sure hasn't gone by fast for me.

I feel so blessed to be pregnant with a healthy baby and can't wait for him to get here!  THANK YOU to everyone for your thoughts and prayers on our behalf.  We truly feel like this baby is a miracle.


Heather said...

I saw Dr. Vo at a couple of their locations. Their office was always awesome though! Glad things are going well for you and baby. Good luck on a safe delivery.

Danielle said...

Yea! So glad everything is going do well! November 1st is my bday too!

Cydnee said...

I just can't wait to see this little miracle of yours! You're so close now (and yet so far away too). I hope you're getting in some good naps in preparation for the sleepless nights.

Norris Fam said...

Dr. Bohman happens to be the very same doctor who (in my opinion) saved my little Avery's life. I love him!! I couldn't have been happier with the way the handled my pregnancy and I would recommend them to anyone. So glad you're in such good hands and that everything looks great!

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