Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Weekly Womb #24

Let's start with the good news. Baby is 24 weeks today and weighs a little over a pound. Baby is about a foot long, about the length of an ear of corn. Sweet corn of course. This little one has become quite the acrobat in my belly over the last few weeks, and puts a lot of muscle into those kicks, twists and twirls! Baby has a great heartrate and is doing very well.

And for the not as good news. Last week I started feeling some period-like cramps with a lower backache at the same time. So, I went into the doctor a week early to have it checked out. They thought it could be a bladder infection but it wasn't. So, she just said it was dehydration and to drink a lot of water. Well, they were fine for a few days over the weekend and then started picking up again on Sunday a little. Still, it wasn't enough to make me call in. But on Monday morning, I woke up with cramps and back pain and it pretty much went off and on all morning , along with my usual braxton hicks contractions (false contractions that i have had in both pregnancies). After talking to my friend who is a labor and delivery nurse, I decided to just give a call to my doctor. They told me to go to the hospital to get on a monitor and make sure I wasn't having any type of real contractions. I really did not want to go but I figured I would be worried about it and I wanted to play it safe. So, Derrick took me in and we did the whole rigamaroll at the hospital. Pee in a cup. Put a big sock around your belly with two monitors. Lay there and wait for about 40 minutes. I did end up having some cramping off and on while there but it wasn't enough to get picked up by the monitor. So, that was good news. Although, the nurse did tell me that in some cases, the monitor isn't able to pick them up but that doesn't mean they aren't happening. In the end they sent me home and told me to drink plenty of liquids, take it "easy" (whatever that means) and call them if it gets worse.

So, that's where we are at. 24 weeks. Healthy baby. Crampy mommy. More updates to come.


HOME...the most important place on earth said...

I'm glad to hear baby is doing well...I wish 'mommy' was feeling better though!

Shannon Joy said...

Thanks Michelle! Today was a little better so that makes me feel better. I'm still nervous about this though. So, we will just keep praying that baby stays healthy and womb-bound!

vivianne dagny said...

wtf are braxton hicks contractions? did you coin the term or is this a legitimate medical word?

Shannon Joy said...

totally legit viv! totally coined medical terminology!

Lindsay said...

Well goodness - it seems we're following the same path, a few weeks apart! I'm glad all is well - hope you get to feeling better, soon. Did they check for a UTI, rather than a bladder infection? That's what mine turned out to be...for what it's worth.

Here's to a happy healthy less-crampy 25th week!