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Almost Halfway There…  0

Posted on February 17th, 2007. About Baby Dodds.

On Tuesday, my pregnancy will reach 19 weeks – and on Wednesday, Evan and I will have the big ultrasound! I am so eager to make sure heart, kidneys, liver, brain, etc appear normal, and then once that is out of the way, we will finally learn whether we are expecting a son or a daughter.  It has been a difficult wait – I don’t know how expectant mothers used to go all of the way until delivery before knowing the sex of their babies, although I suppose they had no other choice and there were not good ways of finding out early. Anyway, I’ll post an ultrasound image this week. It will be amazing to see how much the little one has grown in just eight weeks since my last peek at him/her.

I experienced my first real bout of nausea over the past week, which is unusual in that it usually hits the first trimester and resolves during the second. I felt queasy on rounds last week, but managed to pull myself together. However, on Monday morning, I did not eat breakfast before leaving the house, and when I walked into the VA Hospital’s cafeteria to grab food, the egg smell sent me running for the bathroom. After several fun episodes, my chief resident brought me ice and helped me out of the bathroom (the first time I had tried to leave the bathroom, the egg smell hit again, which sent me back inside). We wrapped a scarf around my face to keep the smell out so I could successfully arrive at my work room. I was also experiencing a headache at the time, so my OB thinks it was likely a migraine.

I am achieving quite the belly at this point. Last night my abdomen felt so stretched and tight that I couldn’t actually believe I was only shy of halfway to the end, knowing there was still a long way to go. It’s so satisfying to feel the baby moving, a sensation that began subtly almost two weeks ago. I look forward to its little kicks during the day, a nice reminder to eat well, exercise, and get plenty of rest (although I’m back at Harborview in March and April, so we’ll see how well the rest thing works out).

Until Ultrasound Day…!!

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