Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Going Bananas: A Scare at 20 Weeks!

Baby is the size of a banana this week! 

How far along: 20 weeks

Net weight gain/loss:  7.6 lbs.

Maternity clothes:  Not sure why I resisted so long :)

Stretch marks: none yet

Belly button: still an innie

Sleep:  can't get enough, but still adjusting to not sleeping on my stomach.

Baby movement:  more than ever!

Food cravings: Sour Patch Kids and French Toast Sticks from Burger King. This kid knows what he wants!

Food aversions:  lessening, happy to say :)

What I miss:  my flat tummy :(

Looking forward to:  four. more. months.

Best moment this week:  our 20-week ultrasound today!

So here's the rundown on the past 48 hours. I have been having some bad cramping and back pain, and it started getting to the point where I was nearly doubled over in pain yesterday. I called my doc Monday and he said that was normal (?) and to take some Tylenol, rest and drink fluids - which was laughable since who can rest when chasing a toddler and working full-time? - but I tried my best to obey his orders, basically benching myself as soon as I walked in the door Monday night. Tuesday morning I took it easy, but the pain started to get bad as I was up on my feet more and as the day went on, and then I saw what no pregnant woman wants to see, EVER: blood. Terrified, I called my doctor, boss and husband, and off to be checked out we went. 

I was so grateful that his busy office was able to fit me in, and they did an ultrasound to check on baby and check his heart rate and all other indicators of distress, and pronounced baby healthy and happy. I mentioned that my urine sample seemed to have blood in it as well, which seemed to confuse them (did they not look at it? It looked like cranberry juice!), but they said I tested negative for a UTI. I was sent home, put on pelvic rest, and told to "take it easy". Annoying. Thankfully, I was going back in the AM for my anatomy scan, so I knew they'd be able to keep an eye on things.

After two extra strength tylenol and a heating pad wouldn't help with the pain, I went to bed at 7:00, hoping rest would. All night, when I woke up to go to the bathroom (which is unfortunately a very frequent occurrence), it was tinged pink. Knowing that blood in my urine and back pain was indicative of an advanced UTI, regardless of my lack of symptoms, I asked them to test my urine again this morning when I went for my twenty-week ultrasound. They did, and again pronounced it negative.

We had our ultrasound (pictures in a second), and all looked great! They measured everything and checked the length of my cervix, and baby boy is shut up tight in there, so that's great news!

The bad news, though, is that my doctor was wrong. From his office, I went to my GP, knowing that something was clearly not right and bothered by the fact that my OB didn't seem to care about BLOOD IN MY URINE, and within minutes, was told I had a raging (yet asymptomatic) UTI that needed treatment to prevent kidney damage and harm to the baby. UM, a.) DUH, and b.) how the hell did my doctor not catch that? I don't understand. Either way, I'm on antibiotics now, hoping to feel better ASAP, and baby boy is fine, so a happy ending all around. Just annoyed with my OB. 

On a happy note, here are some pictures of baby boy: 
Still a boy!

He looked directly at the ultrasound wand - creepy cute!

Baby's little profile:

And a 20-week belly picture from this morning:


  1. You're looking adorable, as always! I'm glad everything is OK.

  2. In so glad everything is ok!! I know you were scared. Hope the uti clears quickly. And you look fantastic, by the way!

  3. That is so scary!! I'm so glad you went with your gut and had it checked by your GP. Thank God you and the baby are okay!


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