Hey guys, I realized I haven't updated you since my 20 week anatomy scan. I am now at 32 weeks and things are going well.
I did have a pretty scary pre-term labor incident at 22 weeks. I thought I had a UTI and but was actually having contractions and a softened cervix. Spent a night in the hospital and two weeks of bed rest. I got a prescription for a drug to relax the uterus and discovered my irritable uterus gets cranky if it gets dehydrated, so I am drinking nearly a gallon of water a day.
Baby Ethan is now doing beautifully. Since I was high risk, I got weekly ultra sounds, so that was one positive, getting to see him every week. He is measuring absolutely perfectly and my cervix is behaving wonderfully, the doctor thinks I will go to full term (due Jan 13). Which is both awesome (fully cooked baby!!) and terrifying (ugh, 8 more weeks!). He is a big time wiggler and hates it when I lean forward at work. He's giving me the best posture of my life.
I am starting to get that uncomfortable "really full of baby feeling." I also suffered the most incredibly painful thrombosed hemorrhoids ever (big tip learned - go to the doctor immediately, you can get some relief if you get seen early enough). But considering all of the terrible pregnancy symptoms out there (GD, hot flashes, PUPPS, hip pain, tailbone pain, morning sickness, high blood pressure, preclampsia, etc), I'm not doing too badly.
And luckily, the vegetable fatwa is now over. After serious and freaky food aversions the first trimester (and part of the second), I now eat and love vegetables again. My weight gain has slowed to a more normal level. I still am on limited activity and supposed to stay off my feet as much as possible, so no exercise or walks allowed.
We had our baby shower last week and it was awesome. My favorite part was scrapbooking. My wonderful friends made beautiful scrapbook pages, so I have the most gorgeous scrapbook, all ready for cute pictures of Ethan. I love scrapbooks, but I am NOT creative, so it is so awesome to have this ready to go.
Here I am at 30 weeks - I have gained about 30 lbs