Week 23 Pregnancy UpdateJune 15, 2011
24 weeks today!
That was my first goal when we found out about everything 5 weeks ago. Make it first to 24 weeks. Why is 24 weeks significant? Well… in Minnesota it is considered the gestational age of viability. It’s the gestation where if the baby was born, they could legally be “saved”. Doesn’t mean I want a baby at 24 weeks… only 50% of babies without any other health conditions (which is not us) will survive at 24 weeks. But… it is a goal. A stop on the road to my next goal, which is 28 weeks – at 28 weeks 95% of babies survive. I like goals… its how I lost 115 pounds. Break things into small, seemingly attainable goals. You know, as I go through more and more in life it amazing how many things relate back to strategies I learned during my weight loss process.
I had a bit of a panic moment last night… I ended work and came home and noticed some swelling in my feet/ankles. Because of my history of pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome, I won’t lie, it had me freaked out. I had some decent heels on all day, and realized that maybe it is time to stop wearing the cute shoes and get myself some decent flats. A girl has to have an excuse to buy new shoes, right? After taking off the heels and resting for awhile, the feet have returned to normal… whew!
Tomorrow I have another ultrasound, appointment with the specialist, new OB appointment (as I am officially transferring over to my new doctor – let’s call her Dr. P right now), and my 1 hour glucose tolerance test. I will likely feel like I need one of those air sickness bags as I did last time. We are still hoping and praying for healing for our baby, and we know we are not alone. Again, my hope is that things are not worse, but deep down I long to hear that thing are actually better. Please say a special prayer for us tomorrow as we deal with all of these appointments, and find out “more news”.
Finally – I broke down and bought this at the latest Gymboree sale: