How far along: 17 weeks, 2 days!
Baby size: The average for 17 weeks is 5.1 inches and 5.9 oz – but my baby boy was measuring at 6.5 inches and 7 oz at the ultrasound on Tuesday! I’m very proud of my little champ! My little “spot” has grown and changed so much. I’m soooo thankful for a healthy baby!!!
We went back to the private ultrasound location on Tuesday to finalize our DVD and get a few more pics, since he wasn’t super cooperative last time. 🙂 This visit, he was moving around a lot!! It was so wonderful! Also, he’s definitely ALL boy! 😀
I’m going to skip the other regular updates. I have a few issues, unfortunately. First, I didn’t have a chance to tell you all that I got diagnosed with Hypothyroidism last Thursday. I began taking Synthroid 25mcg last Friday. I had a feeling something was off because Dr. Kwak-Kim kept wanting to check my TSH more often the past month and a half or so, as well as my T3 and T4. I’ve also had pretty bad fatigue continuing on into my 2nd trimester. I thought it was from my long term Progesterone use, but it was a symptom of Hypothyroidism. I’ll be getting my Thyroid levels checked a month from starting the Synthroid to see where I’m at. I was pretty upset at first about this new diagnosis – only because I already have several issues and risk factors. I want my baby to stay healthy. However, I’m just so glad they are monitoring me so closely and can make adjustments to my treatment. Thank God for that. I love my doctors!
Next, I began having pain in my lower spine and tailbone midway through last week. It didn’t bother me much at first. It got worse as the day went on, after walking and working all day. I kept trying to get as much rest as possible, do stretching, use heat, etc. I thought I would be fine. However, the pain has only gotten worse and worse each day. Now it hurts the moment I wake up, and doesn’t stop all day and night. It especially hurts when I walk. Each step is enough to bring tears to my eyes most of the time. The pain started out in the middle (at the very bottom of my spine), but now it’s also to the right side. I walk really funny because I can hardly put weight down, especially on my right leg. I also had some cramping in my right calf the past couple days, and it feels tight and sore like I pulled a muscle. I’m a gimp LOL!
My feet began swelling on Monday, and I can tell I’m retaining fluids elsewhere. My shoes are tight, and my feet hurt. My feet are like that from the moment I wake up. My face and fingers are kinda puffy. I have been limiting my salt intake, drinking lots of water, and elevating my feet. A couple medications I take cause fluid retention, so it could be from those. On Tuesday morning, I weighed myself and the scale said I gained almost 4 lbs since last week. Now, I know that’s not right. I have not changed my eating habits. I have only gained about 3 lbs this whole pregnancy. I would fluctuate about a pound here and there from water weight. Anyway, Tuesday morning I was peeing A LOT. About every 30 minutes. Later on that morning, I noticed my shoes didn’t feel as tight. I weighed myself again, and I had lost a pound of fluid in only about 3 hours. I had a girl take my blood pressure, and it was normal. The water weight gain is concerning though. I don’t think that’s normal, especially this early. I need to stay healthy for my baby.
So, I have an OB appointment today at 12:50pm to address my back/butt pain and swelling. I’m not sure what they will do for me with either issue. I’ve done some reading about the pain, and it looks like there are a few things I can do. I might have this pain the whole pregnancy. I just need to be able to work and function though. I will do anything and endure anything to carry this baby into the world. I love my baby boy so much, that I can smile through it and be okay (for the most part)! But like I said, I have to get some kind of relief to be able to go about my daily routine. I pray I can be helped somehow.