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Today I am 27 weeks and 3 days pregnant. I am in the third trimester now, YAY! A lot has happened since my last entry so I guess I will jump right in…
I started the prenatal yoga and I love it! After the first class I slept 6 hours straight! That’s a record for me these days! The class was so great, I got a good workout and I also felt so calm and clear!
I took a tour of Sutter hospital with my husband. I really liked what they have to offer verses Dominican hospital. The rooms are a lot bigger which will be good for our situation. They are a lot more accommodating over all for our needs and the nurses were very friendly!
I also had my glucose test done last week. I only ended up having to be there for two hours with a total of three blood draws. (That was not fun) Honestly though, the time seemed to fly by. I read two magazines and people watched. (I like to people watch) I was really dreading drinking that nasty sugar drink but I was so hungry that it was not a big deal. I got the orange flavored one and it basically tasted like a flat orange soda. After the second blood draw though I was getting dizzy from not being allowed to eat and all the blood draws. The guy drawing my blood must have noticed my paleness because he asked me if I wanted to lay down.
I had my doctors appointment today and that went very well. I love my doctor, she is so friendly and comforting. I got my Rhogam shot because I am Rh-negative. To properly explain what this all means, I took this excerpt from “rhogam.com”:
“What Does It Mean to Be Rh-Negative?
Being Rh-negative means you don’t have a certain protein (“D antigen” or the Rh factor) on the surface of your red blood cells. If you do have it, you’re Rh-positive. So the terms “Rh-negative” and “Rh-positive” are really just terms that further define what type of blood a person has, beyond the general blood type categories of A, B, AB, and O.
|Being Rh-negative is neither good nor bad, but it can become a serious issue if you’re pregnant by or planning to have a child with a man who is Rh-positive.|
In the United States, the population of Rh-negative individuals varies among ethnic groups. The highest prevalence is found among Caucasians (15%), followed by African Americans and Hispanics (8% each), and Asians and Native Americans (1% each). For the small percentage of people who are Rh-negative, their blood type causes no special health concerns except when they give or receive blood, or during pregnancy.
WHEN NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE MEET AND MATE
If you’re Rh-negative and carrying a baby who is Rh-positive (like the baby’s father), your baby may be at risk for a serious disease. When your immune system (which fights off invaders to keep you healthy) is exposed to your baby’s Rh-positive blood, it will begin producing antibodies that are sensitized (designed specifically) to destroy these “foreign” blood cells.
If this is your first pregnancy, chances are everything will be fine. These sensitized antibodies are typically not dangerous until subsequent pregnancies, when they’ve had time to grow in strength and number. However, all subsequent pregnancies would be at great risk. That is why you must act now to prevent your immune system from being exposed to Rh-positive blood.”
I hope that helps explain. Also at my doctors appointment I discovered that I only gained 2 pounds since my last visit. Yay, I’m staying on track for my overall weight gain. I found out that I am going to start going to the doctor twice a month until I am 9 months pregnant and then I will go once a week after that. Along with once a week appointments I will start the NST’s. (Nonestress Tests) Since this is an IVF pregnancy they want to make sure that the baby is tolerating things. So every week I will be hooked up to a monitor for 20 minutes and it will evaluate the babies heart rate. Lastly, I will start doing “kick counts” now until the baby is born. The kick counts are just a way to make sure the baby is moving enough. So everyday around the same time I will record how long in an hours time it takes me to feel the baby move 10 times. Easy enough!
I think that is all… Like I said, a lot has happened in the past two weeks.