Today was amnio day. We dropped the kiddos off at the babysitter and headed 2 1/2 hours to the MFM office. The first part was a meeting with the genetic counselor. She was very sweet, but made some comments condescending comments about fertility clinics and researchers that I thought were interesting. She basically said that the studies they’ve done on mosaic embryos are worthless because there’s no regulation on them and it’s the “wild west.” I don’t know if those were fair comments to make since it doesn’t seem like that’s her area of expertise. I took it with a grain of salt.
After that we had a full ultrasound. It was like the anatomy scan with lots of measurements, but because it’s about 3 weeks early for the true anatomy scan, I’ll still be having that one next month. Baby looked great and was very active. He confirmed he is in fact a boy. His head was measuring about 6 days ahead so I told him he can quit overachieving with that measurement 😆
The doctor then came in and introduced himself. He was a very very nice man and I liked him immediately. He picked a spot to insert the needle then called the rest of the team in to get started. I could feel the needle being inserted obviously, but it wasn’t awful. There was a little cramp when he went through the uterine wall. Then he drew up the fluid. The most painful part was withdrawing the needle that was a fairly sharp cramp like feeling that wasn’t pleasant, but only lasted a second. Then I was sent over for a blood draw and that was that.
I knew going in that the anticipation was likely going to be worse than the actual procedure and that proved true. I’m glad it’s over and done so I don’t have to think about it. It will take 2-3 weeks to get the results so that’s kind of a bummer. Hopefully the wait doesn’t drag by too much.
How far along: 17 Weeks
How big is baby: Size of a pear, about 5in. Baby was measuring about 7oz today
Symptoms: The nausea continues to be rough. I’m hoping it’ll be gone in the next 3-4 weeks. That seems so long, but it’s a realistic timeline. Other symptoms include round ligament pain, insomnia, and heartburn
Movement: I think I can finally add this section. I haven’t had any feelings that were really obvious, but I’ve felt a couple things that I’m fairly certain are baby moving around in there. I’m looking forward to it becoming stronger and more consistent. Feeling the baby moving around has always been my favorite part of pregnancy.
Sleep: Not great. I either have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep or both. I’ve been trying to walk for a bit in the evening and it seems like it may be helping so I need to make sure to stick with it.
Food cravings? Fruit, especially nectarines. I finally had some cobbler last weekend. It was blackberry which isn’t my favorite, but it was still yummy
Food Aversions? I still can’t cook meat. I can eat most of it. We get Hello Fresh meals and I really struggle if we get one with ground pork. We had some sort of rice bowls last week with ground pork. I took one bite and said nope.
Anything making you queasy or sick? waking up too early, having an empty stomach, eating too much
Best moment of the week? Seeing how big babe has gotten and how active he is
Next appointment: My next OB appt is 9/6 and the anatomy scan will be Sept 16th