Here we are 20 weeks and at the half way mark of my pregnancy. On Thursday Ryan and I had our 20 week doctor's appointment. This was an important appointment because we had our 20 week ultrasound. The ultrasound is to check the baby's anatomy and organs. It was fun to be able to see baby Buck especially since the last time we got to see baby, he or she looked like a little blob with stubs for arms and legs. I've had many people ask me the last few weeks if I have been feeling any movement and as of Sunday night the baby has been very active. It was hard to tell at first but I have been feeling baby for the last couple weeks but wasn't sure if I actually was feeling little kicks or not. On Sunday night though a couple days shy of turning 20 weeks those little kicks became very apparent. Feeling baby is one of the best feelings in the world. I can't help but smile every time I feel them, even to the point where I start to laugh. Baby stays pretty active all day long and it makes me fall more in love with this kid every day! It is still a bit to soon for Ryan to feel the baby but in a couple weeks he should start to be able to .
I'm measuring right on schedule at 20 weeks and its hard to believe my uterus is above my belly button already. Pretty soon it will be up to my rib cage and baby will have no where to go but out. Our ultrasound turned out to be really good for the baby. He or she is looking very healthy and was head down at the time and actually cooperated pretty well for the sonographer. When she first put the wound on my belly we got to see baby's spine and it looks like a little reptile growing inside of me. Pretty cool to see baby actually look like a baby now. We did however find out that I have partial placenta previa. This is were my placenta is at the bottom of my uterus covering up part of my cervix, half of it to be exact. Complete Placenta Previa is where it fully covers your cervix and in cases like that you have a scheduled c section. Since mine is only partial I will go back for another ultrasound at 32 weeks to see if the placenta has moved as I and baby have grown. Most cases the placenta does move. If it doesn't, I will got to Rochester Mayo for another scan and they will determine if Im considered more high risk and if I would have to have a scheduled c section down there or if the Red Wing Mayo would be able to do it. What can happen with Placenta Previa is it can lead to vaginal bleeding, early contractions and preterm labor. The doctor put me on pelvic rest meaning, no intercourse, vaginal exams and I'm now more limited to what I can do with working out. If my cervix was completely covered I would be on restriction from working out all together. After the 32 week ultrasound I will know more and either be kept on pelvic rest or the restrictions will be lifted and I will be able to try for a vaginal delivery.
I was bummed to hear of this diagnosis but after the fear and worry lifted I found out that this is actually pretty common in pregnancy and for most women the placenta does move. It only occurs in 1 out of every 200 pregnancies in the third trimester. It's also frustrating to know I will have to modify things more with working out but Im happy to still be able to move. For those of you who are worried about me continuing with Crossfit, don't be. I have awesome coaches who have helped me modify everything thus far and I will continue to listen to my body and focus on movement more then weights. That is the awesome thing about crossfit, it can be modified for anyone. If bleeding does occur I need to head to the hospital asap. I know God has a plan for this baby and pregnancy. I fully trust that whatever happens at our 32 week ultrasound is meant to be. I'm just so thankful to know that baby is healthy and that everything looks normal.
Overall I'm feeling pretty good. I still have some low back, pelvic and hip pain but I figured this will be the norm from here on out. Sleep is starting to get harder as I have a hard time staying comfortable. I still feel best when I'm active and moving. I am however amazed at how people have zero filter when it comes to saying things to pregnant women. Im not going to lie some remarks are hard on my self esteem but Im trying to not let them get to me. I know there will be plenty more comments to come from people. Having a spouse in a wheelchair we both hear comments all the time so its just one of those things you learn to deal with. Ryan and I have started to register for baby items and last week went and looked at strollers and car seats. We had a few good laughs at how many parent fails we had when it came to figuring out all the baby gear. I bet it was pretty obvious to the workers at the store that we are going to be first time parents. It definitely will be an adventure trying to figure out this whole baby thing with Ryan by my side. I'm actually excited to be able to start writing more about life with a husband in a wheelchair and a baby in tow. Our little blog recently reached a reader all the way from South Africa. Pretty amazing to know that we are able to connect and help someone that far away. I'm hoping that our experience as first time parents and all the ups and downs that come with having a child and a spouse in a wheelchair will be able to help those in a similar situation.
My next doctor's appointment will be the first week of September where I will have my glucose test done to check for gestational diabetes. I'm slightly nervous about this test since people who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome have a higher chance of having gestational diabetes. Prayers for a good result on this test are welcomed. August will be a busy month for Ryan and I with something going on every weekend and then before we know it harvest will be upon us. I hate to see summer end but fall is my favorite time of year! We hope that all of you are enjoying the summer and that you get to soak up these last few weeks of the summer season. Enjoy checking out photos of Baby Buck!!