As expected I'm already on medical leave. We had planned for this happening so we were prepared and were not surprised. Around 11 weeks I started to notice braxton hicks contractions and began to get the heavy, pressure feeling I had experienced in my pregnancies with Carter and our twins Chloe and Zoe. These symptoms gradually got worse until 15 weeks when I also started to experience painful cramps and a small amount of spotting. I visited the ER and was reassured that my cervix was closed and everything looked ok. I haven't experienced anymore spotting since then thankfully. I then saw my obstetrician a few days later who put me off on medical leave.
At this point everything is going well. I can't do too much as I feel so much pressure when I stand for too long. I am shockingly only having about 5-10 braxton hicks a day. At 20 weeks 3 days into my pregnancy with Carter I was already having TONS of braxton hicks. So here's hoping they stay few and far between. We had our anatomy scan last week on April 27th and found out that my cervix was measuring 3.9cm which is great for me. The ultrasound tech isn't allowed to say much about the scan so I will find out if everything looks ok with baby at my OB appointment this afternoon. We found out the sex of the baby, and the only people that know what it is are myself, Ralph and Ralph's sister. We are not telling anybody else as both of our parents don't want to know so we are trying to keep it a secret for them.
I have been able to feel baby moving since just before 12 weeks. It started off feeling like little flutters then around 15 weeks I started to feel little nudges. I now feel baby moving all the time, little kicks, punches, nudges, rolls and I love it. It's truly the best part of pregnancy. I can't help but smile every time I feel this little one.
I will be starting progesterone suppositories within the next week or so. I took these during my pregnancy with Carter. Whether they made the difference in me making it full term with him or not we will never know. However we have decided it's just not worth the risk not taking them. My obstetrician seems fairly optimistic that I won't need to go on bedrest this time. I really hope I don't have to, but am ready and willing to do whatever I need to do to bring this baby home safe and sound.
Hopefully I keep up with this blog a bit more often. Carter is already 3 years old and continues to be the light in our lives.
So handsome! :)