Pregnancy update (19 weeks)
I was going to give a pregnancy update this week as part of my usual Things I Didn’t Share Friday post but decided that the topic called for a post of its own.
We had an ultrasound on Tuesday and found out that our baby is definitely still a girl (let the shopping continue!) and weighs a whopping 9 ounces. I’m also a little bit further along than the doctor originally estimated, and I’ll be 19 weeks tomorrow.
This was obviously pretty happy news.
Everything seemed to be going great until we learned that I have something called placenta previa.
This basically means that my placenta is lying unusually low in my cervix.
This condition isn’t terribly uncommon, and in most cases, the placenta moves before delivery. Unfortunately, my doctor isn’t entirely convinced that my condition will improve after seeing my ultrasound- although there is definitely a chance of improvement.
So, what if the situation doesn’t get better?
I’ll probably see some bleeding and will be admitted into the hospital (possibly for several weeks). Depending on how the baby looks, I’ll have a c-section and will deliver her much earlier than my original due date. This will prevent the risk of complications (such as hemorrhaging).
In extreme situations (which I hopefully won’t have to deal with at all), I may have to undergo surgery as well.
Right now, all I can do is wait and hope that things clear up and return to normal. I was told to take it as easy as possible, to avoid lifting heavy things (with the exception of carrying Michael), and to refrain from intense exercise to decrease my risk of bleeding.
Clearly, this was a lot of information to digest, and I’m absolutely a little bit scared and freaked out by everything. But the situation is out of my control right now, and all I can do is follow my doctor’s orders, be thankful that the baby looks healthy, and hope for the best. After all, stressing out isn’t going to help matters at all.
I’m going into overdrive though trying to get things in order since I have absolutely no idea when this little girl is going to arrive. We’re actually planning to order the nursery furniture this afternoon!
All things considered, I’m feeling pretty good overall- just a little bit tired. Decorating a nursery will hopefully be a welcome distraction from all of the unknowns, and I’m looking forward to getting started.
If you’ve had any experiences with placenta previa, I’d love to hear them (just so long as they have a happy outcome!), and you can also feel free to ask questions about anything that I might not have covered.
Enjoy your weekend,