Hey guys. I wanted to update you on my prenatal appointment the other day since I briefly wrote about it on here, and so many of you were so sweet to leave me comments of concern and continued to check in with me. I did an update on my Instagram stories right after my second OB/GYN appointment, but then it dawned on me that maybe not all of you that read my blog follow me on Instagram or watch my stories, so I wanted to give you all an update on here too.
Basically what happened was at my regular OB/GYN appointment on Thursday, my doctor was measuring my amniotic fluid and saw that I had a lot of it. I’m not quite sure what the unit of measurement is when they’re measuring, but basically anything 24 or higher is considered Polyhydramnios and I definitely fell into that category since I was measuring at 29.
So at that point, my doctor began explaining to me the possible risks involved with this condition. To be honest with you, a lot of it went in one ear and out the other because I had Molly with me and Kevin wasn’t able to make it to this appointment because he had a work commitment. So holding a fussy toddler on my lap while getting an ultrasound, you can only imagine how difficult it is to focus on anything. I basically left that appointment knowing that I needed to book an appointment at the Center for Fetal Medicine and Development and my doctor wanted me to get in before the weekend.
So on my drive home I gave the other doctors office a call and left a message, and by the time I got home 40 minutes later, they had called me back asking if I could come right in. I told him that I lived about 40 minutes away and I could turn around and drive back, but I guess the doctor wasn’t available at that time so they just asked me to come in the next day. Needless to say, I was a bit worried that they called asking me to come right in. But they didn’t seem concerned about me waiting until the next day, so I tried not to be too concerned either. But let’s face it, I was kind of freaking out inside.
So when I got settled at home, I did what any mother would do and started googling everything I could possibly learn about Polyhydramnios. I was relieved to read that in most cases, it’s not harmful to your baby at all. However, I also read and remembered my doctor telling me at my appointment earlier that day, the main concern is that the baby is not swallowing fluid. I guess one of the reasons you can end up with excess fluid is if the babies not swallowing it and therefore it builds up. I also read that only 1-2% of mothers get Polyhydramnios so of course I was feeling alone. But when I briefly mentioned in here on my blog, I got an outpouring of love and stories from other mothers that experienced it. So thank you for that. It made me feel so much better and less alone.
So the next day, Kevin and I were both anxious to get to the appointment to make sure everything was OK. And even though we knew chances were strong that everything was going to be fine, I think part of us was nervous because this pregnancy hasn’t been quite as smooth as my pregnancy with Molly. For example, at our 20-week ultrasound where they measure the babies heart and brain, they found a cyst on the baby’s brain that they wanted to monitor. We went back at 28 weeks, and thankfully the cyst has completely disappeared! It wasn’t a huge deal, which is why I didn’t write about it on here. But learning that there is something abnormal going on with your baby’s brain is terrifying as a parent. So the fact that we had that minor scare and then now a possibility that the baby wasn’t swallowing, it just didn’t sit right with us. We didn’t experience any of this when I was pregnant with Molly. Every check up they would say “baby looks healthy and perfect!”
Thankfully, at the Center for Fetal Medicine and Development we found out that our baby boy is in fact swallowing! I never knew that seeing fluid in a little baby stomach could make me so happy! The doctor told us that he looks absolutely fine and healthy and the only thing I need to worry about at this point is the fact that he’s humongous! Ha! At 34 weeks his head was measuring 39 weeks. It’s in the 99th percentile! Molly had a huge head too and has been in the 95th percentile since birth, so I guess that shouldn’t have surprised me that much. But what did surprise me is that she told me he was measuring 7 pounds already at only 34 weeks. And as many of you know, babies tend to gain a half a pound a week for the last few weeks, so with six weeks left that leaves me on track to have a 10 pound baby. Which I guess also shouldn’t surprise me because Kevin was 10 pounds when he was born. And I was 8 lbs. 8 oz. so I wasn’t tiny either.
In fact, the OB/GYN told us that at this point moving forward if the baby was born tomorrow, he would be totally healthy and fine because of his size. And luckily for me, one of the likely outcomes of my condition is that many women who have Polyhydramnios tend to go into labor early. I guess the extra weight and fluid causes your water to break earlier in some cases. So I guess at this point I can only hope that that’s my outcome! I’m nervous about not being able to push out a 10 pound baby with such a huge head! And I really don’t want to have to have a C-section, although I know sometimes that’s unavoidable obviously. As most women know, you could have a birth plan and hope it all works out one way, but it’s not in your control!
But I am just gonna throw this out there in the universe! Kevin’s brother is getting married in mid-May and it would be absolutely perfect if this little guy decided to make his entrance into the world the day after. That way Kevin’s parents would already be in town and we would have them here not only to celebrate and see the baby right away, but also built-in babysitters for Molly. We have a few people we will call when I go into labor, but all of those people have jobs and lives so I’m a little nervous about how it’s all gonna work out. But I guess at the end of the day everything works out the way it should and I find comfort in that.
So that’s an update on me and the little guy! Everything turned out perfectly fine and I really appreciate all of you sharing your concern and checking in with me over the past few days. You guys are the absolute best and I’m so grateful to have each and every one of you in my life!
But before I go, two things. I want to share a photo of our little guy’s cute face! How crazy is it that ultrasound machines can get images this clear now! I feel like he looks like a miniature version of Molly. In fact this is exactly what Molly looked like when we got her 3D ultrasounds. So basically I think we’re having a boy Molly in a few weeks!
And secondly, I just wanted to link to my pajama pants that I’m wearing in the photos above. I’ve posted pictures of me wearing them to Instagram in the past and many of you have asked me for details on them and I’ve never blogged about them so I just wanted to link them here. I’m wearing a size large. I always size up in pajamas because I like them to be very loose fitting and I’ve gained all my weight with this baby in my hips and butt so I definitely needed the bigger size. I think they’re beautiful and I absolutely love the fit! They had a few bad reviews online, which is honestly shocking to me because I love them so much. But I guess everybody’s body is different. The great thing about Nordstrom is that if you get them and don’t like them you can always return them for free. I order so much from there and end up sending quite a few things back and it’s always been so easy for me that I rarely step foot in the store anymore.
OK that’s all I’ve got for today. I hope you all have a great Monday! Thanks again for all the love and support!