We have a heartbeat!

Today I am 7 weeks and 6 days pregnant (though my ticker on The Bump says I’m 8 weeks based on when I think I ovulated) and we had our second visit with the doctor this morning. 

The doctor was very pleased with what she saw and heard.  We saw a little bean with a head and a tail, and we got to listen to the heartbeat which was right at about 170 beats per minute.  The doctor said that once you hear strong fetal heart tones like we heard, your risk of miscarriage goes down to about 5%.  The problem though, is that with my Unicornuate Uterus, the risk is not so much in the first trimester as it is in the second and third trimesters.  There’s a risk of preterm labor, intrauterine growth restriction, and other complications that can arise from having a smaller-than-normal uterus.  My regular OB wants to see me back in about 2 weeks to go over the blood work that they drew blood samples for today, and she said that sometime between 10 and 12 weeks she’ll send me to meet with the Maternal and Fetal Medicine specialist, who will determine whether she wants me to start taking Progesterone injections from about weeks 16 through 35.  The purpose of the progesterone injections would be to prevent me from going into preterm labor.  The doctor explained that it sort of relaxes the uterus (which is a muscle) so that it does not start contracting too early.  The problem with these shots is that they can be very expensive because if you buy them directly from the manuacturer they are about $1000 per dose, or you can buy them from a special compounding pharmacy, where they cost about $80 per dose.  So we’ll see what the MFM says… obviously we will do whatever we need to do to make sure that I, and the baby, are healthy.

The only thing making me feel different this week is that I am really exhausted.  Today it could be because I didn’t sleep very well last night, but even so… I just feel like I could crawl back into bed and sleep for several more hours this morning.  Unfortunately, I’m at work… and should get to work.  So, until next time!

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