21 Weeks

 21 weeks
Elissa and Ryder
Lots to talk about this week!
How far along? 21 weeks
Baby’s size: about the length of a carrot (around 11 inches) and weighs about a pound.
Total weight gain: 11 pounds
Clothes: I got my maxi dress on clearance from Belly Dance Maternity back in December before they went out of business. The maker is Cotton Glam. It’s actually a tube dress and I knew it would be perfect for a summer pregnancy. I can wear it after the baby but will most likely have to get the tube part taken in! My sweater is from Loft. Flip flops are Reef.
Workouts – Last week (Mar 10 – Mar 16):
  • 1 hour Barre class
  • 1 hour spin class
  • 1 hour Barre class
  • 2 different days I walked over 3 miles
Symptoms: So last Wednesday I had a scary moment. I was just sitting in the passenger seat of the car waiting for Travis to come outside and my feet and legs went numb and I felt dizzy. Instead of sitting still and maybe seeing if the feeling would pass, I thought it would be a good idea to go inside and lay down. By the time I got to the kitchen I was seeing black spots and had to hold on to the counter to keep from falling down. Travis helped me to the sofa and opened a window so I could get some air. I was better within a few minutes but was scared enough to call the doctor and see what they thought. After asking several questions and talking to a doctor the nurse said I didn’t need to come in but to call right away if it happened again because they might want to check my blood pressure and iron.
I also had 2 days in a row last week that my face and fingers were swollen when I woke up. Even after eating breakfast, showering and washing my face my face was still so puffy it was awkward putting eyeliner on. But I still did! Hello vanity!
Apparently I can no longer exercise AND have a really active day or I get really tired, cranky and therefore fussy. If I know I’ll be doing some planting/yardwork/housework or going on a long walk in the evening I need to skip spin class!
What I’m eating: Avocado toast. Avocados in taco salad. My sister Angela made her homemade mac-n-cheese and a salad with avocado, sunflower seeds, carrots and cucumbers when visited Saturday (pictured above). Breakfast is my favorite meal though and I shop in the yogurt section at Whole Foods like I’m looking for new shoes!
Drinking: La Croix sparkling water (I currently have the coconut and the orange flavors). Zevia Ginger Ale. Decaf coffee; I bought some soy french vanilla creamer last week…yum! All the water.
Looking forward to: We are getting estimates for new hardwood floors to be installed on our first floor and having our entire house painted (interior). Can’t wait for that to get started!
Funny: I feel the baby move all the time now, especially when I sit down after being active, anytime while I eating or after I eat or when I lay down on my back. Travis hasn’t been able to feel the bumps and kicks from the outside yet. Recently he probably sat with his hand on my belly for about 10 minutes while the baby was being super active. He said that he couldn’t feel the baby but he could feel my heartbeat. Oh my gosh, I laughed for the longest! He was confused and didn’t know what was so funny and I finally got it together to remind him where my heart is 🙂
Ultrasound results: I had my anatomy ultrasound last Friday. The baby was moving all around and kicking me while tech was checking all the parts out. We had to turn away twice so as not to ruin the gender surprise. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have known what I was looking at anyway but I obeyed and turned my head. She estimated the baby to be about 13 ounces and 10 inches long. Healthy and happy in there! Near the end of the ultrasound the tech told us that I had a low lying placenta or “partial placenta previa”. She warned me that I would have to have a follow up ultrasound in 8 weeks to see if it will move up. A lot of times if the placenta is low at this time in pregnancy it will move as the uterus grows but once you get around 28 weeks the odds are that will stay that way. If the placenta stays where it is I’ll have to have a c-section! Not in my plans at all (will talk more about birth plans later). I didn’t see the doctor until Monday (for my normal prenatal checkup and to go over the ultrasound) and she confirmed they are doing another ultrasound at 28 weeks but said that other than my uterus growing and the placenta moving out of the way by itself there’s nothing that can be done about it. She also prescribed me with pelvic rest which means until my next ultrasound 8 WEEKS FROM NOW no sex, no baths and no swimming!! Bleeding is a huge risk with placenta previa but I’ve had zero bleeding during my pregnancy. Since she said no sex I assumed that would also mean no work outs but when I asked the doctor she seemed to think spin class is fine but not sex…weird to me. The doctor was nice but I could tell she was rushed and I didn’t get to talk it like I wanted to. I’m still not convinced spin is ok or that abstaining from sex is necessary. From what I read doctors usually only suggest pelvic rest and restricted activities if the placenta is still low on the follow up ultrasound at 28 weeks in the 3rd trimester or if you’ve have other complications (which I haven’t). I plan to call the office back in the next day or 2 to talk about it.
Risks due to placenta previa include:
  • having to get a c-section because the placenta can bled as your cervix dilates in labor. My doctor said that usually they schedule the c-section for 37 0r 38 weeks to prevent you from going into labor by yourself
  • more at risk for also having placenta accreta which means the placenta doesn’t separate easily after the baby comes and it can cause massive bleeding. I’m going to stop now…
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2 thoughts on “21 Weeks

  1. Oh my gosh, Travis is so funny! Thinking he could feel your heartbeat in your stomach! I guess little flutters could be misconstrued that way though. Scary about the placenta thing…I hope you don’t end up having to have a c-section. Also that’s crazy about the puffiness!

    • ElissaM says:

      I told Angela about the Travis heartbeat thing and she laughed as hard as I did, then she asked me if she could tell Troy (to which I said of course).

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