Today I am starting to finally breathe out after seemingly holding my breath since early November. Yesterday we had our 12 weeks scan, although technically I was 11 weeks and 4 days yesterday, and this lovely little micro person greeted us on the screen!
This is the first time I have actually been able to almost believe there is a baby inside my belly. Even with the fuzzy picture of the ultrasound you can clearly see a nice big head, body and little legs. We could also see arms and even fingers even though they aren’t visible here. The baby was making some good movements so perhaps we have an athlete or a dancer on our hands!
As part of the scan the doctor was checking for indications of issues such as Down’s Syndrome. Initial visual checks all looked good and the fact you can see a nose bone in profile is also likely indicative of no Down’s. However I also gave a blood test so that they can check the foetal DNA present in my blood to be sure of chromosomal abnormalities. We should know about that for sure in a couple of weeks.
It was a really positive appointment and nothing like the horrid stressful ones I’ve grown used to having. It’s weird to feel kind of happy. It’s even started to sink in that we might actually have a baby in July this year – something that’s seemed too scary to wish for previously.
I’m also delighted that I am being weaned off the meds. Hallelujah!!! Over the next month I’ll be reducing most meds. The mini-aspirin will stay until 20 weeks. Clexane jabs I get to keep doing throughout the pregnancy and 1 month after so no respite for my poor bruised belly.
Symptoms wise, I’m peeing a lot and the heartburn remains. It is unpredictable though coming and going intermittently. I am more tired these past few days but also I’ve been busy and getting over the bronchitis so not sure what to attribute that to mostly. My belly is getting rounder but I can still fit in most clothes – I’ve only gained around 2kg so far. I think it’s time to look for some maternity bras as the bazookas need some love!
I don’t know if this is a symptom, but I also look like crap and my hair is all lank. So much for pregnancy glow!!
We have told a few more people our news now – now all our parents know, as does my sister and a few of my close friends. Hubby hasn’t told his brother yet (don’t ask) but has told some friends at work (yes, that makes no sense I know). Everyone has been delighted for us, especially those that know of our battles until now. I have been reluctant to share and I still feel that way but I guess it will become obvious soon so better to be upfront about it.