My Story

The chronicle of the journey from infertility, to miscarriage, to finally raising twin girls born in June 2012.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Coming up on 17 weeks

I hit 17 weeks tomorrow.

I had a moment of click where it dawned on me that it's real that there are babies with me where ever I go.  I'm still fighting off that final click when this all becomes real.  I'm simply not ready to jump over that emotional cliff, but it's becoming a little harder to fight every day.  Did the official announcement on Facebook and that just feels like it's inviting disaster.

I did go back and read my blog from this point in my first pregnancy.  There are some very reassuring differences.

When I was approaching 16 weeks, I was complaining of incontinence and a persistent nagging cough I had developed.  I was talking about the doctor having me come in to test for a UTI and stuff to make sure the incontinence was baby based and not illness based.  This time, I'm still pretty leak free and I don't have any kind of cough.  So those first potential symptoms just aren't there this time.

A lot of times, I'm almost feeling like my crotch is pushing itself out, which of course totally freaks me out.  I'm running my finger across my crotch more often than I'd like to admit to make sure there's no sac trying to make its escape.  In reading other people complaining of this, it's pretty common and it's likely because a baby is lying low across the cervix putting pressure there.  In my case, we're actually hoping for that.  The subchorionic hematoma is located very near the cervix and we're kind of waiting for the babies to get heavy enough to sit on it, and put some pressure there to hopefully help stop the wound from bleeding anymore.

But the sensation is still rather terrifying given my history.  I keep having to remind myself that I was feeling contractions and trying push out a BM pretty darned hard for 2 or 3 hours before the sac began to emerge.  It didn't just randomly fall out of my body last time, and it's certainly not going to this time.

Ok, 17 week symptom break-down:

  • Abdomen is still sore and generally heavy.  Feels like I've got a gallon of water swinging around in my belly.
  • Still have a decent sense of smell but it doesn't seem as bad as it was before.
  • Nose still stuffed up.
  • Today is day 19 of consistent, but small amounts of dark brown bleeding.  Just fabulous.
  • Still not sure I'm feeling movement.  I can tell that there's something going on, but then I'll feel the same gurgle elsewhere so it can't be baby.  Can't tell if I'm feeling my own pulse around the uterus, dinner moving along its digestion course, or babies twisting around.  Until I can be sure, I'm gonna say I don't think I feel any movement yet.
  • Not sleeping real well.  Getting up to pee a lot, and just generally uncomfortable.
  • I get tired really fast.  The few times I've gone out to the pottery studio, I get completely exhausted and have to give up somewhere around hour 2.
  • I'm hungry every 2 hours.  
  • Occasional heartburn and headaches.
In other news, we've learned that what K was suffering from 2 weeks ago was Salmonella poisoning!  OMG!  A few of our GP's patients all got it at the same time so various health departments are in contact with K trying to narrow down the source.  

We've determined that it can't be anything from our fridge because there's nothing that's been in there that I haven't eaten and I didn't get sick.  So that narrows it down to a fast food place he ate at without me, and potentially the buffet we went to.  Our plates were similar, but maybe he ate something that I didn't.  We're a bit freaked because we've been so careful about proper food prep, keeping raw meats separate from other foods, etc, and yet I still only narrowly escaped while he got hit.

And that's how things are going as I approach 17 weeks!


  1. Yeah 17 weeks!!!

    You could have totally eaten the same thing and only K get it. It may have even been on his hands, or fork, or whatever. Ten ppl can eat the same exact food, and only one get sick. You are a lucky lady, that's for certain. I hope K is on the mend.

    PS I had that feeling you describe all the time, and all was fine. It isn't comfortable though, I'll give you that. When baby A went headfirst at 36 weeks, I felt like I was trying to walk around with a bowling ball in my crotch (sorry TMI). Be prepared for that feeling because it sounds like you've got one down on the low end like I did.

  2. The awareness/fullness feeling in the floor of the pelvic muscles my OB told me was because the muscles have been moved/stretched out before and isn't an issue... But I find that resting and taking a break seems to improve it for me.

  3. So glad you didn't get sick too. Sorry that K got sick at all. I know you need him right now to help you out. Take it easy in the pottery shop part, all that bending over might irritate your shoulder/upper back again. Thinking of you Alex.

  4. Yay for 17 weeks! So glad you didn't get sick. I hope they find out what the cause was.

  5. "I'm running my finger across my crotch more often than I'd like to admit"

    The way you worded that totally made me laugh :)

    I'm so sorry K got sick, but glad you didn't get it and that it sounds like K is on the upswing and starting to get better.


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