I had an ultrasound scheduled for my 28th week of pregnancy to check on my placenta due to my previous complication, so I thought today would be a good day to share a pregnancy update!
Little did I know that on the way to that ultrasound I would be involved in a car accident. First of all--- thank you for all of the sweet comments on IG from you ladies. Y'all's words of support mean a lot. Secondly and most importantly--- both baby and me are OK and I am so grateful for that. It could have been so much worse and I realize how very lucky we are.
I left the house early this morning because my ultrasound was scheduled for 8:30 so Kevin was going to drop Harper off at daycare--- what a divine intervention that was.
I was driving in the leftmost lane of the road. It's a lane where you can either turn left or continue to go straight. I literally drive this route daily and have never had an issue. The driver in the lane to my right made an illegal left turn (you can only make a left turn from the lane I was in) and that caused a collision since I continued to go straight (he was found fully at fault). I was in such shock/distraught that it happened but I was also thankful that it happened right as the light turned green so that the impact wasn't at a higher speed. The driver of the other car didn't have a driver's license which is so frustrating, but it is what it is. We are okay and that's what matters today.
I called the police and Kevin met me at the scene of the accident. After giving my statement to the officer and calling my insurance company, I still had 30 minutes to get to the hospital since they were able to push my appointment up an hour. I switched cars with Kevin since mine had to go straight to the repair shop due to the damage it sustained and headed to the med center.
After my ultrasound at the MFM clinic, my OB ended up admitting me to the assessment center at the hospital as a precaution to get four hours of fetal monitoring plus my Rhogam injection since I'm RH negative. It was nice to have the extra reassurance that baby was doing well. The happy ending to this entire story is that baby boy is looking great and that my placenta looks good too so I won't need additional monitoring for the duration of my pregnancy.
Baby boy stats:
He is measuring at 3 lbs even, in the 78th percentile. I'm a little worried he will be even bigger than Harper was…
I also learned today that baby boy is breech…which I'll admit freaked me out a tiny bit even though I know there is still plenty of time for him to turn. Harper was transverse for most of my pregnancy but she did flip head down eventually. I did do some inversion techniques but I can't attribute them to her turning, because who really knows. Either way, looks like I'm going to be doing some more inversions over the next few weeks to see if we can get baby boy to move out of his comfy little spot he seems to have found. If you've had any luck with your breech baby turning, let me know in the comments!
(he has an upturned little nose, just like Harper!)
The MFM doctor told me that this time around, they will perform an ultrasound after the baby is born to ensure there is no placental adherence like last time. I'm really happy with this plan and feel like it will help calm my nerves.
Total weight gain:
I have gained a little over 20 lbs so far. The weight packed on so much faster/at a different rate than my first pregnancy. I hadn't gained much in first trimester and then I seemingly had a growth spurt and gained an extra 10 lbs or so in a month and then it slowed down again. I have had numerous people tell me that you gain more weight with a boy (probably an old wive's tale) and others tell me that their weight gain evened out and ended up being similar to what they gained with their first baby. Only time will tell!
Oh yes. God bless maternity pants. I'm still wearing mostly non-maternity tops, but they are basically like loose tunics, so they could totally be maternity tops. I'm also still able to wear some regular dresses, but I'm mostly doing loose tops with skinny pants.
No and I've been lazy this time around with slathering cream on every night. I'm going with the cross your fingers and hope for the best method.
The rib pain is back in full force. I had rib discomfort with Harper too and it sucks. Thank God for Gap's racerback bras because they're the only way I can function/breathe. I've tried going up a band size in regular bras and no, it still hurts too much. So soft and stretchy it is.
Other than that I have had some mild lower back discomfort especially if I sit too long and just general minor pulling and stretching pains as baby grows.
I'm not sure if it's the heat and humidity of summer or just being pregnant for the second time, but it seems like all of the uncomfortable symptoms happen a little sooner than with baby #1.
I sleep fairly well. Once in awhile I'll have a night or two where I'm having trouble getting or staying asleep, but I can't complain.
Sleeping on my stomach, not having to microwave deli meat, drinking copious amounts of coffee, not peeing every 30 minutes.
Baby boy has a pretty routine movement pattern. I feel him here and there throughout the day and then quite a bit in the evening/at night. Baby kicks are wonderful. I definitely feel a little difference in his kicks versus Harper's too, but it may just be the position he's in!
Sandwiches, cookie dough ice cream, butterfingers, salads with lots of fruit, grilled shrimp.
If I have too big of a meal.
I honestly don't even think it looks like a bellybutton anymore. Just a blob of protruding skin with four holes in it. Oh how I regret the piercings.
Wedding rings on or off?
Wedding rings on or off?
On, but on really hot days, they're tight.
Looking forward to:
Looking forward to:
My glucose test next week…just kidding! I'm looking forward to a fun family weekend and a good checkup next week with my OB. I'm also looking forward to my car being fixed so I can drive it again.
Harper is getting pretty excited about her baby brother. I can't wait to see what they'll be like as they grow up together.
Thanks for reading!