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28 weeks; hello, third trimester!
Third Trimester Bump
While I was pregnant with Riley, I remember being so anxious and excited about when my bump would “pop.” Weeks and months went by and my flat tummy (RIP) had showed only the tiniest bloat. I would frantically Google “when will I start showing?” while I watched and wondered when it would look like I was actually carrying a baby. It wasn’t until 20 weeks people, TWENTY WEEKS, that I showed even the slightest bump!
I laugh now because I started showing with Baby Boy around 10 weeks and was surprised but also a little amused. Now, at 28 weeks, I look like I’m due any day. Am I going to get even bigger? Lord help me; my maternity jeans are sweating at the thought.
Feelings: emotional, exhausted, hungry, easily full, nesting, excited for labor & to meet our tiny baby boy bug
Nothing fits. I wear leggings and a t-shirt every day (and hubby’s at night). Doing my hair and makeup is a true feat. Shaving my legs or putting on shoes gives me practice contractions and I want to die.
Dramatic or no?
Another Change in Birth Plan
At our 20 week anatomy scan, they found that my placenta was not fully attached to my uterus; a rare condition called Circumvallate Placenta. Because of this, they said I would not be a good candidate for home birth. In women with this condition, it is possible for baby to not be getting as much oxygen and nutrients as normal and would need to be more closely monitored, especially during labor.
With that being said, they wanted to monitor baby every 4 weeks to make sure he was growing accordingly, even though he was already measuring a week “ahead.” When our midwife told us, I couldn’t stop the tears that came. I wasn’t upset because I couldn’t handle the news, I was frustrated that we had to change our plan again, especially after having a difficult time switching healthcare providers.
Adam and I talked that evening, but quickly decided that we wanted to do what was best for our baby and give up my wishes for birthing at home. Although I was slightly concerned for the well-being of our babe, I felt at peace with this decision.
At our 24 week appointment, we had another ultrasound to see how things were going. He was still measuring about a week ahead and found yet another change in the “diagnosis.” It turns out that only a small part of my placenta was not fully attached because it had formed a sort of “lip.” I had only a very minor, partial form of Circumvallate Placenta and did not need to be so closely monitored going forward. Baby would not be affected by the minor detachment, and any worries of growth should be forgotten. They still felt it best that I continue care with them so they could monitor as my pregnancy progressed, but overall this shouldn’t be a concern in the health of our baby. Praise!
Besides this odd diagnosis, this pregnancy has been going healthily and quickly. We are so excited and nervous to meet our baby boy and become a family of 4. We’re trusting that we’ll find our groove in time and that God will continue to provide for us emotionally, physically, and financially.