Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chugging Right Along

Today I am 10 weeks pregnant.  It really feels strange to be pregnant again so quickly after having Sully.  I've been feeling nauseous but haven't been throwing up with any real frequency, which is both nice and terrifying all at the same time.  On Monday I had a normal ob check-up and since the doctor was running quite a bit behind schedule, the ultrasound tech offered to do an ultrasound.  I certainly wasn't going to turn her down.  The baby was super wriggly and I think he even waved at me (I am using the universal "he" there, I obviously don't know the sex of the baby yet).  The heart rate was great at 174.  Although I am always hesitant at the beginning of each ultrasound for fear that there will be bad news, I was fairly confident that the baby was at least alive as I had heard the heart beat using my doppler just the day before.  I've been able to find the heart beat since 7wk6d, which my ob was just fascinated by.  He obviously doesn't understand that once I put my mind to something I figure out a way to make it happen.  So, yes, it may have taken me an hour or more to find that little beating heart, but I found it, and in the end that made me happy.

I got a little scare yesterday when the nurse called to say that my Lovenox levels, which were tested on Monday, came back showing there was no Lovenox in my blood.  It seemed to surprise my doctor who wanted me to return to the lab immediately to have the levels re-checked but it didn't really surprise me as I do the shots around 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day and so considering they drew my blood around 5:00 p.m. that really is towards the tail end of the medicine's effectiveness.  I did return to the lab and the new result has been deemed normal.

Additionally, she reported that my progesterone level was 16.62.  My doctor considers anything over a level of 10-11 to be normal but come on, we all know they should probably be higher than that.  Cue my inner panic about how the level might be too low, and definitely might be too low for the second trimester, and how will I ever be able to bring myself to stop using the supplements and will the supplements even continue to help............
and then, last night, I got the email saying that I had new test results waiting for my review and even though I already had been told the results I figured I'd check them anyway and low and behold, the nurse had given me the wrong level.  The 16.62 was from my appointment a month ago.  The level from the blood drawn on Monday was over 29, which I think might be my highest level this pregnancy.  I plan on asking to have it checked again, before I discontinue the supplements, but at least my panic has decreased considerably, at least where progesterone levels are concerned.

That's all for now as I need to head out in search of some Tums Smoothies.  I seem to have made a grave mistake today in eating Real Chili for lunch.  Not that Real Chili isn't pretty awesome, it is, it's just not sitting well with the little baby who is in my belly.

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