Portrait of a Pregnancy After a Preemie, part… 4?

Well, I’m 20 1/2 weeks into this pregnancy now and feeling fantastic. My energy levels are good and I have not one bit of lingering nausea. Hurray! I do deal with the occasional bout of heartburn and the random obnoxious headache, but it’s certainly nothing worth complaining about. For the most part, I’m living in second trimester bliss, just enjoying feeling all sorts of fetal movement while still fitting through narrow spaces. ;)

Despite the rather small size of that bump I’m sporting in the picture above, the baby is actually measuring big- at 22 weeks rather than 20. I am delighted to hear it! I’ve always measured small in the past and we sure love big, healthy babies around these parts!

Last update, I asked for your help fattening me up. You all gave me some great suggestions and some helpful links- thank you very much! As a result of your excellent advice and my determined effort to keep to a 2500-3000 calorie diet, I managed to put on 12 pounds in five weeks. Now, that is a staggering number and, to be honest, it makes me almost embarrassed to admit it. But it’s the grand total of weight I’ve gained through the whole pregnancy and the doctor is happy, not concerned. You can bet I will NOT be putting on another 12 pounds before my next appointment, however! I gained 29 pounds total with my full-term pregnancy and that is my goal for this one as well.

All my blood-work from last visit came back negative, including the quad-screen I hadn’t realized they slipped in there. (We don’t usually elect to have that screening test because of the high false positive rate.) I wouldn’t have chosen to have the test but, since they did it anyway, I guess it’s comforting to know that our baby doesn’t have any of several chromosomal abnormalities…

My restrictions have officially started, including a lifting limit of fifteen pounds. Happily, I will still be allowed to walk on the treadmill, as long as I avoid jogging or running. I also have housework restrictions– crazy! But nothing so bad that my home will fall apart. :) Just don’t expect glistening floors every single day around here…

Perhaps strangest of all, we now know what our baby’s birthday will be. I’ve never had a scheduled c-section before, so this was all very new to me! Anyhow, I found out yesterday that I’ll go in for surgery at 7:30am on June 17th. That means that baby and I *should* be released from the hospital three days later, on MY birthday!

Finally, I go in for the “big” ultrasound tomorrow. But, alas, I will have no gender news for you all…

We never find out.

You’ll have to wait ’til June 17th, just like us!

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