Our second appointment was with my regular OBGYN and we just love her! We heard baby's heart beat (160bpm) and talked over the sch again. Nothing new to report but it's nice to hear from her too that she's not crazy concerned.
Our last appointment was for a nucheal translucency screening. The purpose of this screening is to provide a risk for any chromosome anomalies like Down's Syndrome, Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13. This is an ultrasound that looks at the amount of fluid behind the baby's spinal column at 11-13 weeks. They also take a few drops of blood from your finger and look for different enzymes and proteins. When they put the two together (ultrasound results and blood results) in addition to your age and family history, you end up with a risk of those chromosome disorders. With Brennan and Cole, I think our risk was very low and somewhere in the range of 1 out of 100,000. It was really great to see the baby! Baby C was very active, waving their hands and kicking their feet around. We saw the heart beat and even the stomach and bladder which was so cool. My doctor called me today and let us know that there wasn't a hematoma but rather a placental cyst. It's small (about 2cm) so they will monitor it at my next sonogram in three weeks. He said they should and usually go away on their own and rarely cause problems. If the cyst were to get bigger, we would go once a month to monitor the growth of the baby since larger cysts can restrict growth. All of my restrictions are lifted and I can get back to exercising, picking up my kiddos and having more of a normal pregnancy!
I'm beginning to feel better and my appetite is coming back! My goal is to make this a healthy and fit pregnancy since my other two weren't really! Of course, I caved at Easter and the carbs have gotten the best of me to work through the nausea but I'm finding what foods work best for me and going from there! I do find myself thinking that since I'm pregnant, I can have this treat or this fried food and let me tell you...my stomach hates me afterwards! Plus, I only need an extra 100-150 calories at this point in the pregnancy so that is no reason to over eat bad foods. When I eat those foods, my growing baby is getting zero benefit from them. That is what I'll keep in my head when temptation strikes...how will this help this little peanut? I'm sure there will be ice cream, chips, pizza, etc...but it will not be a frequent thing because I know how tough it is to lose excess weight and I know now how important it is to provide the best possible nutrients to my body and baby for these next 28 weeks!