It's been awhile since I've written publicly about our pregnancy with Katherine. Each week in my planner, I journal a little pregnancy update. I write about how I'm feeling, my fears, and any doctors concerns or notes. But I realized today, that I should blog again. The great thing about the blog is it gives me a place to save her pictures and the pictures of me pregnant all together.
|3-7, The bubble by her mouth is her umbilical cord.|
|1-29, Me at 23 weeks|
|Taking the 3 hour Gestational Diabetes test.|
|1-30, She was rubbing her feet together, which is funny|
because that's something I do when I'm falling asleep.
|1-30, Her face, they look so skeletal in the ultrasound. I'm hoping|
maybe next appointment they will try another 3D shot.
He told me because of my prior loss, and our suspicions of thyroid being related that we would do a detailed fetal echo-cardiogram at my next appointment. As they have told me before, the most common problem with babies who have hypothyroid moms, is heart problems. He also said, as we progress we will want to watch her heart rate and see that it doesn't get too low, that can be another problem in hypothyroid pregnancies. Last Monday her heart rate was 123, and they want it anywhere between 120 and 170. He told us that after pregnancy we will need to watch out for a few things. First off all, my TPO numbers (that indicate my thyroid antibodies) are always incredibly high. There is no real way to treat this. Those antibodies can cross over the placenta so Katherine will need to be monitored over the first 6 to 8 weeks to insure that her thyroid numbers go back to normal. They had told me that much before. However, the specialist also told me that my numbers are probably an indicator that I am a carrier for Congenital Hypothyroidism. It is a condition that is one of many tested for at birth with the heel prick blood test they do, however, he said it can often give a false negative in cases such as me where the mother is already on levothyroxine. He said that it must be caught within the first 2 weeks, to have the best outcome. But that babies often don't show signs until week 3 or 4. He said that it is the result of a child with little to no thyroid or one that doesn't work properly. So, they aren't able to produce all the hormones a growing child needs. He said, if it isn't caught until they are close to 2 (which apparently use to be the norm), among other problems they will have significant irreversible mental damage because of the lack of hormones. He also reminded me to pay close attention to her hearing, as the second most common complication for children of hypothyroid moms, is deafness.
He did say though since we had an unexplained loss, he was going to note in the file a recommendation that we be allowed to induce at 38 weeks if we wanted. That would be on my birthday, which I'm not interested in sharing. I already share it with Mother's Day quite often. (Of course as I joked with Sis. Lydia the other day, maybe if I was sharing a birthday with her, Gary would have to remember to do something for my birthday too, hahaha.) Due to Gary's work schedule the last week of May at 39 weeks would be better, if we get to chose an induction date. Either way, sooner is better now in my mind. Though, I also know there are more risk to inducing early than a baby that comes on their own.
|3-7, She pulled her arm up by her face.|
|3-7, Then she moved her umbilical cord with her hand from by her mouth.|
I came home, and Gary talked with our family doctor, who will be seeing Kate just like the rest of us. They said, that they can go over the results with us and help us watch things. But after talking together, I told Gary that I feel like even after she gets here I won't be able to completely relax. All this time, I've just been telling myself to manage the anxiety for 40 weeks, and we are done. I feel like she'll be so much safer after she gets here than she is in there cooking. But now I'm not so sure. Of course, while every pregnancy brings really weird dreams, lately I've been having nightmares about labor. Which of course, doesn't make my state of mind any better during the day.
|3-7, I love seeing little baby feet.|