How’s Baby Doing?

Baby’s digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, speaking of the diaper situation… baby’s genitals are now fully formed!

How’s Mommy Doing?

On Monday morning, I had my midwife appointment. My ultrasound results still weren’t in yet, so the midwife just went over some basic routine things. Blood pressure, baby’s heartbeat, everything was fine. Shortly after I arrived home, I received a panicked message from my doctors office. They somehow got forwarded the ultrasound results from the hospital (they were supposed to go to the midwife), and although they knew I had a midwife – they needed to see my ASAP to review them. They wouldn’t tell me anything further. That was it.

This phone call caused me obvious panic and stress. With everything that is gone on in my life over the past few months, I began to think the worst of things. I couldn’t just sit on it, I left a message at my midwives’ office to find out if they received the results. I’m surprised they couldn’t even make out my message because I was bawling. Within 20 minutes the midwife (whom had delivered Lil Miss C) called me back. She hadn’t received the results, so ended up seeing if she could retrieve them in the hospitals back-end. Thankfully she was able to. Essentially she shouldn’t have told me the results over the phone, but she knows what an emotionally hard time I’ve been having this year and everything I’ve been through – she said she couldn’t just make me sit on it. It turns out I have Type 4 Placenta Previa. It’s one of the more severe cases of placenta previa where the placenta fully covers the cervix. This would explain why I’ve had many bleeding episodes this pregnancy.

I saw the doctor yesterday to go over everything further. I’ve officially been placed on bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy. Since I own my own business, I will still need to run it, but in more moderation and I won’t be able to take on any larger scale tradeshow type events following my launch party next week. I also will no longer be able to take part in the Run for the Cure next week (hell the midwife and doctor don’t want me so much as going for a walk around the block). I just need to try to take it as easy as possible. If you all know me, you know I will have trouble with this. I’m not one for a messy house and now I can’t even clean it. But – I’m going to do what’s best for the health of me and the little guy. I’m having a very hard time stomaching it all. I’ve spent a fair amount of time crying. For me to say I’m not scared would be a load of crap because I’m scared shitless of something going wrong. Since I’m type 4 I run higher risk for premature labour or for the placenta to detach and hemmorage. If I have any bleeding (even just a little pink spotting) I have to page my midwife and head to L&D to be assessed. There is a very slim chance the placenta may move on it’s own before I head in to T3, but not as likely as it would be if I were Type 1, 2 or 3. We just need to keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

So yea… that is my update….

1 Comment on 20 Weeks Pregnant: Cantaloupe

  1. maybornstar
    December 3, 2011 at 1:57 am (6 years ago)

    I just started reading through your blog posts that I missed. Catching up. Amazing that I didn’t even know there were different types of previa. Now I’m going to have to ask about that at my next appointment. Adore your blog.


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