Honeymoon Trimester

by Jen on December 18, 2007

in Does this baby make me look fat?

The second trimester is often called the “Honeymoon Trimester,” because the agonies of the first are over, while the agonies of the third have yet to start. My honeymoon seems well underway. I no longer am roused in the middle of the night for a bathroom visit (instead, I’m often roused by a sick 2-year-old, but that’s beside the point). I never really experienced morning sickness, but any minor nausea I had seems to have disappeared. Overall, I feel pretty good.

From experience I know that my honeymoon will be a short one. During my first pregnancy, I had foreshadowing of the third trimester terror-to-come by about twenty weeks. This time, I’ve had those hints already. A little numbness in my hands and arms after sleeping, a mild jittery feeling in my legs some evenings. I expect to start really feeling like crap by mid-January. But for now, I’m enjoying the uninterrupted sleep and trying not to think about what’s to come.

I had a regular OB appointment yesterday. I’m measuring right on for 17 weeks. The heartrate was about 142. (The heartrate is always higher on ultrasound and lower by my doctor’s doppler, so I’m not sure what’s up with that. I think it’s an old-school doppler and that they calculate the heartrate the old-school way — count for ten seconds and multiply — so I’m not sure that it’s accurate). She also had the updated results from my First Trimester Screening (NT scan and bloodwork). Risk of Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) based solely my age (37) is 1:230 and risk of all other genetic disorders is 1:140. My risk after the screening was 1:1200; my risk of Trisomy 18 was 1:99,500. I’m still waiting for my amnio results, so I hate to get overconfident, but those numbers make me feel pretty good. I hope to hear from the genetic counselor by Friday, which would be ten days from my amnio. I think results only took ten days with the monkeyboy. I’m worried that if I don’t hear by Friday, then I won’t hear anything until after Christmas.

I also asked her about my weight gain with the Monkeyboy’s pregnancy, for comparison purposes, prefacing this question with a statement as to the effect, “I don’t want to sound weight-obsessed, but I was curious…” The weeks of my appointments that time and this time don’t exactly match up, but they’re close enough for government work, as the saying goes. So, as for the stats: first pregnancy, at 15 weeks, up 8.5 pounds and at 19 weeks, up 10 pounds; this pregnancy, at 17 weeks, up 9 pounds. Right on target for where I want to be. I just wanted to make sure I could keep justifying those extra brownies. (“My baby wants a brownie” is my favorite excuse in the whole wide world. After my first pregnancy, my brother-in-law even now uses it as an excuse for himself.)

My level II ultrasound is scheduled for December 27. Unless they decide that there’s a reason to take another look after that (last time I had a low placenta and they wanted to check the position at 28 weeks), I won’t be seeing this little bugger again until it’s born.

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