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Pregnancy update (19 weeks)

Posted Nov 11 2013 10:07pm
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10 comments Nov 08/13 Pregnancy

I was going to give a pregnancy update this week as part of my usual Things I Didn’t Share Friday post but decided that the topic called for a post of its own.

We had an ultrasound on Tuesday and found out that our baby is definitely still a girl (let the shopping continue!) and weighs a whopping 9 ounces.  I’m also a little bit further along than the doctor originally estimated, and I’ll be 19 weeks tomorrow.

This was obviously pretty happy news.

 

18 week ultrasoundOne of our 3D ultrasound pictures from this week’s visit to the doctor

 

Everything seemed to be going great until we learned that I have something called placenta previa.

This basically means that my placenta is lying unusually low in my cervix.

This condition isn’t terribly uncommon, and in most cases, the placenta moves before delivery.  Unfortunately, my doctor isn’t entirely convinced that my condition will improve after seeing my ultrasound- although there is definitely a chance of improvement.

So, what if the situation doesn’t get better?

I’ll probably see some bleeding and will be admitted into the hospital (possibly for several weeks).  Depending on how the baby looks, I’ll have a c-section and will deliver her much earlier than my original due date.  This will prevent the risk of complications (such as hemorrhaging).

In extreme situations (which I hopefully won’t have to deal with at all), I may have to undergo surgery as well.

Right now, all I can do is wait and hope that things clear up and return to normal.  I was told to take it as easy as possible, to avoid lifting heavy things (with the exception of carrying Michael), and to refrain from intense exercise to decrease my risk of bleeding.

Clearly, this was a lot of information to digest, and I’m absolutely a little bit scared and freaked out by everything.  But the situation is out of my control right now, and all I can do is follow my doctor’s orders, be thankful that the baby looks healthy, and hope for the best. After all, stressing out isn’t going to help matters at all.

I’m going into overdrive though trying to get things in order since I have absolutely no idea when this little girl is going to arrive.  We’re actually planning to order the nursery furniture this afternoon!

All things considered, I’m feeling pretty good overall- just a little bit tired.  Decorating a nursery will hopefully be a welcome distraction from all of the unknowns, and I’m looking forward to getting started.

If you’ve had any experiences with placenta previa, I’d love to hear them (just so long as they have a happy outcome!), and you can also feel free to ask questions about anything that I might not have covered.

Enjoy your weekend,

erin

  1. While I didn’t have placenta previa, I did have a couple of c-sections. My best advice. Lay low after the surgery. Get help to take care of your big kid – You can certainly accept help for the little one as well. The recovery for my second one was way harder because I didn’t get the help I needed with my son who was three at the time. If I did have “help” my husband built a swing set for my son – which was great, but that meant I was lifting the older child up for feeding and changing and such. Or the “help” just wanted to hold the baby – or make big mess that I then had to clean up!

    thegrassskirt Reply:
    November 8th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you for the advice, Ann! My biggest concern has definitely been taking care of Michael post-delivery. He’ll still be so young! I already told MT that he needs to take a week off from work. :)

  2. My girlfriend had that condition with her 2nd baby and she was a few weeks early with her delivery and other than the 2 of them staying an extra night at the hospital it went pretty well for her. You know your body, so listen to it as well as the doctor’s orders. The wee one is healthy and that is great news:) Happy Weekend!

    thegrassskirt Reply:
    November 8th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    So great to hear an encouraging story. Thank you for sharing! :)

  3. Hi Erin! Congratulations again. I’m a registered medical sonographer, which means I perform ultrasound exams. Placenta previa simply means that the placenta implanted itself low in the uterus and the inferior edge is covering the baby’s exit to some degree. In your case the placenta must be covering the entire opening of the cervix if the doctor doesn’t think it will lift enough by your due date. Placenta previa is very common and as long as the doctor knows it’s there it should be okay. Take care and no worries!

    thegrassskirt Reply:
    November 9th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you so much!!! It is so comforting to hear things like this. :)

  4. So sorry to hear this. Hopefully it will clear up on its own and this worry will be an distant memory.

    thegrassskirt Reply:
    November 9th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you, Kristi! :)

  5. Honestly, I have yet to know a woman who DIDN’T have some “complication” with her pregnancy. And each one has come out OK, as has their baby. So, a reminder: just because the medical community has spotted an abnormality doesn’t mean there’s something actually threatening (or threatening as they make it sound). *hugs*

  6. Sorry to hear that! Hope it all clears up on its on!

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