Thoughts

Thursday, May 10, 2007
I was hoping the "morning" sickness had passed for good, but not the case! It resurfaced Tuesday evening, and by Wednesday afternoon, I ended up losing my lunch. It seems it gets worse around the time I take my prenatal pills, even with food. This time around, the nausea strikes just like in the movies--remember when Gwyneth Paltrow's character vomits in "Hush" while she's leading a meeting at work? This is how it happens for me. I feel fine one minute, and the next minute I'm running for the toilet. Today, I was at a 2nd hand store getting a maternity top & a few things for Samuel, and while the owner was checking me out, I almost bolted for the bushes outside, but fortunately, in that case, the nausea passed (also, I'd had little to eat at that point, because just about everything besides bland soup makes me want to hurl).

I had a massage appointment last night, and she really worked an area of scar tissue around my shoulder. I developed a mild headache shortly after the appointment, but by today, it was working up to a full-blown migraine. This would be my first one since about week 7 of my pregnancy. I really think this headache might be due to the massage, and not the pregnancy, but I'm only guessing.

I'm excited to start on my scrapbook for this pregnancy. I have some photos now from snapfish to assemble, ribbon, fancy paper, and the scrapbook itself. Now I just need to sit myself down and create time & space so I can get each month finished as they go by!

I'm also excited, because I made my ultrascreen appointment today. It will be in about a week and a half. I'm looking forward to seeing the baby, finding out for sure how far along I am, and being given that added assurance that everything is progressing normally! I am also curious to find out where the baby has attached. It was discovered during my first trimester ultrasound with Samuel that I have uterine synechiae, which is a band of scar tissue around my uterus. Apparently, it isn't a good think if baby attaches to the scar tissue. They don't know why some women have this, but apparently, I could have been born that way. It didn't cause any problems whatsoever with my first pregnancy, and I'm hoping it won't be a factor with this one, either.

Oh, another unique thing about me is that I'm in that 15% bracket of women that have a negative blood type (A- in my case), so I have to have an injection of Rhogam at 28 weeks and one after I give birth if the baby tests for a positive blood type. Samuel was A+ (Landon's blood type), so I had to have the injection of Rhogam after giving birth. If I hadn't been given Rhogam with my first pregnancy, my body would have developed antibodies against a positive blood type, which would have affected subsequent pregnancies. So, what would have happened 100 years ago is ". . . antibodies cross the placenta to fight the Rh positive cells in the baby's body. As the antibodies destroy the red blood cells, the baby can become sick. This is called erythroblastosis fetalis during pregnancy. In the newborn, the condition is called hemolytic disease of the newborn (See web citation below)." The complications range from mild to severe, and there are great dangers to both the mother & the unborn child. So, thanks to Rhogam, I'm able to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies! Maybe I should sign up and do a commercial.

Karli

(http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/uvahealth/peds_hrnewborn/hdn.cfm)

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