Produce update

So… This blog isn’t about to be a regular thing, at least any time soon. I thought it would be, and I will try harder, but time moves so fast that it’s been over a month and I just blinked!

I have a baby update for you in the meantime. I don’t think it’s too graphic to talk about, but men or squeamish people may want to pass this one by… I am 24 weeks pregnant, and the third trimester will start before the new year (at 26.67 weeks), the last week in December.

Current baby size is about the size of an ear of corn, and my uterus is the size of a soccer ball.

Things we know: baby is a healthy boy.

Things we do not know: his name.

I don’t care about instruction manuals, I wish babies came with nametags!

This pregnancy has been different for me; I have not experienced complications before this little guy.

I had some bleeding around 16 weeks, and an ultrasound showed that the cause is because my placenta is low. The 20-week ultrasound revealed the same thing, as did an ultrasound I had just last week (at 24 weeks).

With typical pregnancies, an early ultrasound to verify pregnancy and a 20-week scan is typical. Because I had the bleeding, they wanted to monitor baby; and as my uterus grows, the placenta (which is attached to the wall of the uterus) is expected to move up.

Thankfully, the placenta is not covering the cervix. Either partial or total covering would be problematic. What I did not know before now was that a low placenta has equal concerns. As baby grows, he will put pressure on the placenta and that may make it not as effective. It is also common for bleeding to occur, although I still don’t know exactly why.

I have a book of all my ultrasounds… They do begin to look the same after a while, but I still love getting them.

I have another ultrasound in 4 weeks… And if the placenta hasn’t moved up as expected, I will be referred to Maternal Fetal Medicine… Who handles pregnancy complications. I have no idea what to expect if they get involved, but chances are bed rest, and maybe a C-Section, would be needed.

Because bed rest with 6 children under 7 running around sounds easy to accomplish.

I hope none of that is necessary, and I hope that my plans to induce labor are able to be carried out. (If I haven’t said it before, my labors are super fast… Like an hour between first contraction and birth. So to make sure other children are cared for and I am actually at the hospital for delivery, because Phoebe was almost born in the car on the less-than-10-minute drive to the hospital, we induced with Zeke and plan to do that again, if possible.)

If I don’t post again in a week… Merry Christmas!


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