Growing Belly / Baby Boy Update
week 20 (5 months)
week 31 (7 3/4 months)
Taken today - September 16th, 2008
Update on our pregnancy
At 18 weeks of pregnancy we had the ultrasound that told us the sex of our baby, a boy. It also revealed that we were having a very healthy pregnancy so far with the exception of a condition called placenta previa. You can read all about it here at this link. http://www.babycenter.com/0_placenta-previa_830.bc So I was put on something they call pelvic rest which is no house cleaning or heavy lifting and just taking it easy. We had another ultrasound scheduled for 28weeks of pregnancy to check the placenta location. It had moved up but still considered marginal placenta previa, so I was not entirely out of the woods and still on pelvic rest. The very next day (August 27th) I started bleeding and so we rushed off to the hospital. I honestly thought I was going to maybe stay over night then go home the next morning, if not just stay a couple hours then be released. However, the bleeding sent me into labor and I started dilating with contractions only 3 min. apart. The doctors briefed us on premature babies and the whole thing, it was an emotional whirl wind. I ended up staying 3 nights all while being closely monitored and given magnesium to stop the contractions, which, by the way, makes you so so dizzy. We then were released with everything under control on August 30th and I was put on modified bed rest. This, as the doctor describes it, is always laying down or sitting down, preferably in a reclined position. I am only to be up when I have to use the restroom, take a shower, or eat. It has been very challenging for our family, each of us in our own way. I am going a little crazy but thankful that now at 31 weeks we still have a baby boy tucked safely inside of me. My husband has taken over as Mr. Mom and is doing a magnificent job. Lola is affected as well, she is not use to the inconsistency and different people taking care of her, she is getting away with a lot and I think loving it. Her strong will is definitely showing through during this time of change. Mimi and Nana have also made big adjustments and sacrifice to help us out a lot. Since I cannot take care of our daughter Justin has been receiving helping hands from both grandmas. Currently we have another ultrasound scheduled for next week to see if the placenta has migrated far enough up my uterus for me to function normally again. So we are praying that it has moved but I am also nervous that I will go into labor again, hopefully the medication they have me on will prevent that from happening. Thank you all for your prayers and support. Again our due date is November 18th.