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Oct 14, 2010

28 Week Update

I had another ultrasound yesterday, and it went very well! The baby's heart rate was 150bpm, which is normal and the same as always. She's also growing and weighs about 2.25 lbs, but she's still measuring just about a week behind. The good thing is that she's actually picking up days, so she's really measuring less than a week behind now. Yay! My cervix is still awesome at around 3.25cm. This means that we'll have one more ultrasound in two weeks, and if my cervix and the baby both look good then, we won't have any more ultrasounds. (At least not unless they want to do one for another reason in the coming weeks.)

I also had my 1 hour gestational diabetes test last week and passed with flying colors. Woo hoo!!! They like to see results under 140 mg/dl, but under 130 mg/dl is even better. My level? 115 mg/dl!!! Go me! And the orange drink really wasn't all that bad. They also tested me for anemia. My hemoglobin is 10.6 g/dL, and my hematocrit is 32.5%. Both levels are slightly lower than they were at the end of August, but still not so bad. I could probably make them better by actually remembering to take my prenatal vitamin... :-)
Here is this week's update on chances of complications:

Survival: 90%
Respiratory Distress Syndrome: 65%
Intraventricular Hemorrhage: 4%
Sepsis: 25%
Necrotizing Enterocolitis: 25%
Intact, long-term survival: 80%

Except for one, all of these numbers are a lot better than last week. 28 weeks is really the "turning point" even though 24 weeks is considered "viability." The baby is so active, and I'm starting to have Braxton-Hicks contractions, so things are feeling real. Can you believe there's only 12 more weeks until my due date? That's crazy! I remember the day I saw those two precious lines on the pregnancy test as if it were yesterday. I remember sitting in chemistry class practically having a panic attack because I just couldn't believe that I was actually pregnant. I kept my secret all that day so I could tell my hubby in person...and then blew him out of the water when I picked him up from work. It's been 5.5 months since that day, and it's just flown by. Next week I have another midwife appointment, because I've reached that part in my pregnancy where I go from seeing them every 4 weeks to every other week. Just incredible! I'll be sure to let you know how things are going then, too.


Natalie A. said...

Congrats! I'm glad that the baby is growing well! Just wanted to stop by and say "hi" since I haven't been able to enter giveaways!! Have a great Sunday!

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