Thursday, March 21, 2013

8 weeks

I made it to 8 weeks and as far as I know things are still going well. We have our growth ultrasound this coming Wednesday and I will be 8 weeks 6 days at the time.

I wish I could say that I felt like things were falling into place, but I'm as scared as ever. I have to have my TSH drawn every 3 weeks to monitor it. I had my TSH drawn right after we got our positive and it was elevated. I guess it is normal for TSH to throw an otherwise finally under control thyroid back out of whack. After the first draw, they upped my Synthroid dose. The drew it again today, I hope that I hear tomorrow, but I went to a different lab and it might take 2 days for them just to get the results to my doc. We shall see.

In addition to concerns about my thyroid, I got a call yesterday from the medical assistant in Las Vegas. She was following up on the ultrasound I had last week, I guess they had just gotten the results. She said that they wanted me to have an ultrasound in another week because the heartbeat was a little low at 103 on 6 weeks 6 days. I was thrilled to hear a heartbeat at all and she burst my bubble. I've been riding on that high to get me through to the next ultrasound. Now I'm rather panicky. I already have an ultrasound next Wednesday but now I'm freaked out to wait. I can't move it up, there is nothing to do but wait and hope that all is ok and developing as it should. I have to keep telling myself that if I had an ultrasound today it wouldn't change anything. I'm still on steroids and progesterone. I'm doing all that I can to keep this pregnancy going and knowing something today versus Wednesday makes no difference, right?

The positives are:

I'm still gaining wait, again, more than I think that I should be at this stage. I'm still on exercise restriction, but I have walked the dogs several times after work this week, just slowly around the block.

My uterus is obviously growing, when I lean over to pick something up, I can feel the waistband on my underwear flip forward and get stuck. This is a new and annoying thing as I have to go to the restroom to adjust periodically throughout the day and I'm already going to pee all the time.

I feel off most days, like hungover, but not quite. Mild headaches that last all day, thirsty all day, hungry but nothing sounds good at every meal.

I've had no food aversions or real cravings as to this point, but there are things I'd rather eat than what is available sometimes and I'm not usually all that picky. 

Here is my picture from tonight. The husband is taking them for me on the only solid wall we have in the house. They are taken at night with all the lights on in the vicinity and the flash on the camera. Getting him to focus it or take more than one picture would interrupt his video gaming for too long, so you get the only shot that was taken, no double takes!

Iris is photo-bombing this week


  1. Try not to worry too much... One of our boys had a slowish heartbeat that we couldn't measure at our first appointment around the same time as yours, by the next ultrasound both had sped up a lot. My thyroid level also increased right after I became pregnant, and after a early dose change, it stayed consistent the rest of my pregnancy. I hope everything goes well at your appointment and your blood work comes back quickly!

  2. Try not to worry about the HB issue! 103 is just on the low end of normal from the research I've done, and I know that at least at my provider's office, different ppl calculated it differently, which would change the rate +/- 10bpm. Hang in there hon - I know it's yet another wait, but at least you'll get another early peek at that bebe!

    I have two blog friends with thyroid issues being monitored throughout the pregnancies - maybe check them out? Elizabeth @ BebeSuiss and AL @ Mellow in the Midwest

  3. Hang on to the positives as much as you can. I wish you didn't have to worry at all, it's been hard enough to get here in the first place. Sending positive thoughts your way...

  4. I hope the wait goes by quickly and you get some great news!


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