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latest u/s . . . May 25, 2012

Today was our 3rd official ultrasound (I had 2 unofficial ones because of the bleeding scares).

The baby is measuring 7 weeks 3 days.  Technically I am 7 weeks 2 days, so that sounds great!  The heartbeat was 147bpm.  Even better!  Picture isn’t that clear but the heartbeat sure sounded wonderful!  That dark spot above the sac could be another one of those bleeding spots.  But (knock on wood) I haven’t bled since Tuesday night!

              

I go back next Friday for another ultrasound and then the following week I will have another one with the nurse practitioner.  I will be turned over to my OB around 10-12 weeks.  We shall see.  Then I probably won’t get to see the baby that often. Who knows.  From what I have read all doctors are different.

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In other news . . . now this is where things get a little TMI.  But this is what I am experiencing with my pregnancy as do a lot of women, so I am going to share.

I have been constipated.  That is something that can happen during pregnancy.  There are a lot of different things to try to do to alleviate this issue.  Eat more fiber, take Colace, drink lots of water, etc.  However, a side effect of the Zofran (anti-nausea med) is also constipation.  And I think it has caused me to have a little more issues.

So yesterday I did a little “Dr. Google” and decided to call and talk to the doctor.  Now There are other options besides Zofran out there, but I have Crohn’s Disease.  I have been in remission for over 15 years, but it is something I will always have.  So I always have to be careful with certain foods I eat and the medicine I take.  The nurse practitioner gave me the Zofran because it would be easier on my system than other meds (they could cause diarrhea). And FYI, with having Crohn’s it is not unusual for me to go 2-3 times a day.  That was my norm.

So I called to ask about using a Fleet Enema.  I have been taking the Colace (and will still take it) but it hasn’t been working the past couple of days.  I was given the green light.  I have used these before, so I knew what to expect although it had been several years.  I did get some relief but I don’t think I “kept it in” long enough to fully “clean me out.”  So today I am still a little miserable.  So after the ultrasound I called and asked about the Fleet Glycerine Suppositories.  I was told those are also safe to use so lucky me gets to try that later. I also think these are a bit easier on the system than the enema.

My first and foremost concern is for this baby.  But I also know that being as uncomfortable as I am is not good for me or the baby.  So as long as I am told by the doc or NP that it is ok, I will do it.

Hope that didn’t make too many of you uncomfortable reading about it.

Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, for those that celebrate it and those that don’t have a great weekend!

Thanks for reading.

 

4 Responses to “latest u/s . . .”

  1. Lori Says:

    I ended up in the ER on one occasion during first pregnancy – due to severe constipation. It is HORRIBLE! The Fibercon tablets once a day helped me IMMENSELY and I used it for all three pregnancies!!

  2. Chica – there is no such thing as TMI is the infertility blogiverse! 🙂 I hope you get things worked out soon! 😉

    Also, I had a friend who was really paranoid about constipation during her pregnancy. She ate a prune a day, and she didn’t have any problems. Who knows if it would help, but thought I would offer it up just incase.

  3. ilovemacaroniart Says:

    YAY for good news 🙂

    My brother has Crohn’s disease. It’s great to hear that you have been in remission for so long! He’s 25 & was diagnosed with Crohn’s when he was 11. I could go into greater detail, but it would probably bore your readers….or scare them! Question though, does anyone in your family have Crohn’s? My brother is the first one diagnosed, but we have always wondered if it’s something genetic, or something he would have to worry about with his kids.

    • I was diagnosed when I was 17. As far as I know I am the 1st diagnosed. I was told by my Gastro doctor that I had a less than 1% chance of passing this on to a child. So that made me happy! 🙂 I have heard that when you are diagnosed as a child you have a better chance of being symptom free as an adult. Let’s hope! 🙂


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