Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Pregnancy Update: Week 20

How far along: 20 weeks, half way!!

Aversions: Had an issue with some broccoli earlier in the week, but I don't think I'm swearing off of it.  It might have been a little over cooked that one time.  Otherwise, still no aversions.

Cravings: Still none, chocolate doesn't count.

Bellybutton: A bit flatter.  I can't even see it anymore without looking in a mirror.

Ultrasound 1: Had an ultrasound today and the babies look good.  No measurements were taken today, so I don't have approximate weights for this week.  But the babies were moving around a lot and were laying side by side with their heads together.  We saw a lot of cute shots.  Including a knee on the other's head at one point.  Like I said, there was a lot of movement today!

Ultrasound 2: I also had my cervical length checked.  The news here wasn't bad, but not as good as the previous two times.  My cervix is shorter and is close to 2 cm.  Normal should be between 2-4 cm.  Previously I have been around 3 cm.  So this is a bit of a concern, especially given my history.  So I am going back next week for another cervical length check.  Based on our conversation today with the doctor, it's too early to talk about a cervical cerclage (in basic terms, they "tie-up" the cervix surgically), but he said if it gets down to 18-15 mm then we would probably have to do it.  This makes me nervous, but hopefully things will work out since I'm being watched so carefully.

Appointment: Have one tomorrow and I'm sure we'll discuss the results of today's ultrasound.

Movement: I'm starting to feel a lot more movement and recognize it.  I realized today that I probably felt Zachary moving a lot more than I realized.  I'm feeling the little bubble sensation and possibly even more.  I like feeling them, it's a bit of reassurance that they are still doing well.

Leg Cramps: Had another one this past Saturday morning.  This is on my list to discuss with the doctor tomorrow.  Even when I don't have leg cramps I have a hard time sleeping if I feel any tenseness in my legs.

Sleeping: Some nights are better than others.  The leg cramps don't help nor the potential threat of them. I still get up frequently during the night, but I'm getting used to that.

Notable this week: I think the recognition of movement has been the biggest positive thing for me.  The scariest thing is the shortening of my cervix; hopefully there will be no change next week.

Thanks so much, once again, for all the prayers.  I can't tell you how much it means to me that so many people are praying for us.  Thanks!!


  1. !!!!!
    Is your husband or a friend making all your appointments?

    You probably are already doing this but:
    1. Keep a notebook to list questions between appointments and also write notes during appointments
    2. Take your blood pressure between appointments at CVS- twin pregnancies are high risk for preeclampsia- I had that with my last baby

  2. I've really started to look forward to your weekly pregnancy updates. I might be far away but I think about you often and am keeping my fingers crossed that everything continues to go well. So, keep the updates coming! :-)

  3. My husband tries to make as many as he can. I have been having so many that he doesn't come to all. But he came to both this week since we had some concerns after the first one. Funny thing is, I had a notebook for my second pregnancy for my questions, but I haven't really done it this time. I think being there every 1-2 weeks keeps so much in the front of my mind that I haven't really felt a need to have a notebook this time. There is one in my briefcase, just haven't used it yet. Good suggestion on the BP!! I have always had really good BP (today it was 122/70). In addition to having it done at my OB appointments (every two weeks) I also have it done at church once a month. Once a month we have coffee and doughnuts after Mass and the nursing ministry offers free BP screening, so I've been doing that. I should probably do it when I'm in the grocery or drug store too just to keep a close track on it. Thanks!!

  4. Julia! So glad to hear from you. Thanks for following along on my blog!! :) Hope you're doing well. I'll definitely be keeping the updates coming!! :)