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Romani Jr is on the way

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Replies to: Romani Jr is on the way

  • greenwitchgreenwitch 9286 replies42 threads Senior Member
    So happy to hear all your good news! Obsessively tracking growth and predicting due dates is a lot of fun. I had twins the first time around, and was married to a radiology resident, so there was lots of ultrasound growth checking. Soon you'll be into femur length and bipariatal diameter (across the head). Such an exciting time!
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  • doschicosdoschicos 26930 replies270 threads Senior Member
    I'm just wondering why track it so much though? The tests won't change that outcome.
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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes 34228 replies771 threads Senior Member
    So my current ultrasound schedule is looking something like this assuming everything looks healthy.

    September 9 (week 8) viability scan and to make sure I don't have more embryos than we want.

    Ultrasound 2 - week 10-12
    Ultrasound 3 - week 20
    Beginning 3rd trimester, ultrasounds every 4 weeks with twice weekly fetal stress tests.

    More if anything looks amiss. The multiple tests are because we went through infertility treatments, the two standard ones with my obgyn, and the third trimester ones with my MFM doc are because of the complications (especially to the heart) that can be caused by lupus and my SSA antibodies specifically).

    I'm definitely having fun tracking things on a pregnancy app.
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  • calgalcalgal 297 replies55 threads Member
    Romani, the second US is done at 11-14 weeks, with the corresponding bloodwork done at 10-12 weeks. Also are your providers planning fetal echos (a kind of specialized ultrasound) to monitor for congenital heart block every 1-2 weeks from 17-28 weeks?
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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes 34228 replies771 threads Senior Member
    @calgal I'm not sure. This was the plan giving to me by the MFM 2 years ago when I went for a consult. I have a preliminary obgyn phone call next week and then we'll plan the next steps.
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  • abasketabasket 21855 replies928 threads Senior Member
    Def stay on top of your medical appts and schedule but also don't forget to just "enjoy" the process! I know you have special health circumstances and also I'm guessing from what we "know" about you you tend to lean towards clinical action and research (nothing wrong with that) but do try and just savor the moments, weeks, months of growth - it can be amazing!
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  • droppeditdroppedit 1035 replies18 threads Senior Member
    Hcg went from 49 to 181 in about 54 hours. I'm breathing a sigh of relief. :smile:
    You knocked it out of the park on that doubling time: 28 hours! Really strong growth and I imagine a little heartbeat has already started (or will start anytime now). I'm going to call it: a strong singleton PG that goes to term. I know it's early but the numbers are *very* encouraging.

    Have you been to a high risk OB, given your unique circumstances? I'd want to know what potential issues could arise and how to detect them early.

    PS. I'm probably just paranoid. DW started bedrest at home at 17w following PPROM. Spent 11 weeks eating my cooking at home! Then "complete" placenta previa kicked in at 28w, so she spent 8 weeks in the antenatal ward at Northside in Atlanta before the c-section at around 36 weeks.
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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes 34228 replies771 threads Senior Member
    @droppedit there's an advantage to working in reproductive justice at UMich - it's a fairly small circle of us. One that I'm particularly close to is either the current or former head of the OBGYN department here and he was my pre-conception MFM doctor. About two years ago when we first started this process, we had probably a 3 hour meeting with him going over all the risks for the pregnancy and at the end said I should go for it if I wanted.

    Now my obgyn is the fertility clinic doctor but I have a phone appointment on Tuesday to get a new high risk obgyn and mfm. (Friend doctor is already overloaded with things and saw me as a favor, not to be a regular doctor). There's a few obgyns that specialize in rheumatic diseases including two that specifically work with the lupus clinic. I'm assuming I'll go to one of them.

    Once everything is a little more firm, I plan on working with the umich midwives. They are within the obgyn department and work closely with doctors but are also more typical midwives which I'd prefer when possible.
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  • Conformist1688Conformist1688 1270 replies31 threads Senior Member
    What lovely news. Good luck!
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 7878 replies39 threads Senior Member
    You can't be at a better hospital system 😉!
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  • Cardinal FangCardinal Fang 20211 replies164 threads Senior Member
    This is thrilling. Congrats, Romani!
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  • yauponreduxyauponredux 841 replies27 threads Member
    Haven’t been on CC much since the redesign but so glad I checked in today to see your happy news, @romanigypsyeyes! Sending prayers/best wishes/good juju your way.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10796 replies133 threads Senior Member
    Sounds wise not to tell mil. I hope your bil doesn't spill the beans to her.
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  • HouseChatteHouseChatte 1312 replies2 threads Senior Member
    Yes, hold your ground @romanigypsyeyes

    Sending intrusion and stress deflectors your way.
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  • droppeditdroppedit 1035 replies18 threads Senior Member
    Now my obgyn is the fertility clinic doctor but I have a phone appointment on Tuesday to get a new high risk obgyn and mfm.
    The RE will probably have better equipment to view these early PG stages. That's their specialty.
    There's a few obgyns that specialize in rheumatic diseases including two that specifically work with the lupus clinic. I'm assuming I'll go to one of them.
    Excellent. My limited experience with medical issues tells me that I want a DR who has seen everything with the issue I'm facing. I don't want someone who's learning on me!
    Man, I love hearing from people who are defeating the IF demon! You have people down here in GA cheering for you.
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  • HImomHImom 36120 replies397 threads Senior Member
    Yay! Sounds like your medical team is top notch! Sending you best wishes for happy, healthy pregnancy for you and baby!
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