Monday, August 07, 2006

Life is good

Baby is doing just fine. Heart pumping away, bobbing around refusing to align itself at a good angle for viewing. My doctor started out looking with the abdominal ultrasound, found the kiddo, then switched to cootercam for a better look. We could see arms and legs. It has arms and legs! Then, when we finally got a good view, rather than turning onto its side for that fetching profile shot, the baby gave us a full frontal view, so we now have two excellent shots of its weird alien face.

My spotting had stopped completely over the weekend, and a pelvic exam yielded not a trace of blood. So the good doctor said I can resume my normal level of activity, a week ahead of schedule (though no sex or exercise for two more weeks). I can even go back to work--tomorrow, she said, but I'm thinking Wednesday, just to be safe. And I'm going to force myself to work shorter hours for the next couple of weeks, too. My big question: where the hell did all the blood come from? My doctor said it was most likely from the placenta burrowing into the uterine lining--it probably hit a blood vessel, hence the bleeding.

Other good stuff...I convinced the doctor to measure my cervix (shortening cervix can be a warning sign of incompetent cervix or preterm labor--after consulting with folks at The UU Sisterhood, I determined that if I wasn't going to be seeing a high-risk specialist, getting a cervical measurement would at least ease my mind). It was 3.6 cm, which is comfortably average, putting my mind at ease somewhat. And my doctor said that, given my risk profile, she'll be doing internal exams starting at 20 weeks to check for preterm labor--fun!

Also, blood tests say I am not immune to toxoplasmosis, so my husband still has to clean the litterbox--and he was right there in the room when she said that, so HA! And I don't have syphilis. Woohoo! (Not that I thought I did--I just thought it was kind of funny, the long list of STDs she rattled off that I'd tested negative for.)

So I'm feeling pretty good, at least for today. Maybe I'll even start thinking about baby gear. Thanks for all the support over the last painful week. (And don't worry, I will take it easy! I am not eager to have a repeat of this drama.)


Anonymous Mollywogger said...

Hoorah! Fantastic news all around. Especially about the litter box. Oh, yeah, and the baby.

May it continue!

4:48 PM  
Blogger Rachel Inbar said...

Great news! Take it easy (even if it's just for fun ;-))

4:55 PM  
Blogger Alli said...

The STD tests are kind of funny - it's like when they ask you all of those embarrassing questions before giving blood.

So happy things are grand and that you don't have to clean the litter box! That alone is great news! LOL.

5:25 PM  
Blogger sube said...

What a sigh of relief! So glad to hear you got a clean bill of health.

1:43 AM  
Anonymous Kath said...

Dear Electriclady, well, that is a huge relief. May the rest of this pregnancy be downright boring. Hear me, kidlet? BORING!

I'm so happy for you, and glad you're going to be continuing to take it easy.

3:25 AM  
Blogger MoMo said...

Electriclady...I am so glad to hear that everything is going good. Woo-hoo!! I hope this streak continues. Hugs!

9:30 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I'm very glad to hear that things are going well!! Yeah for no more bleeding!!

2:09 PM  

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