The Not-So-Sexy Infertility Adventures of a Girl in the Big Apple

Monday, May 7, 2012

14 Weeks

Today I am 14 weeks - can't believe how fast things are going.  My belly is definitely protruding now, and many people have asked me if I am pregnant in the last couple of weeks.  We did decide to go public with the news last week, and it's been both scary and fun telling people.  I do have some lingering worries about "jinxing" the pregnancy by telling people, but I'm trying not to stress too much.

We got our results from the NT Scan, and we came back fairly low risk.  We could have been lower, but the results were in a range that we felt comfortable saying we wouldn't do an amnio.  There are two other blood tests for Down's that I will do next week, one of which is fairly new.  Apparently between all three tests (NT, plus these two blood tests) your certainty rating goes up to 99%, so that's the option we are going to go with.  I just don't want to risk miscarriage with the amnio.

I saw my OB a few days ago for a monthly checkup.  She did a very quick ultrasound and we saw both hearts beating nice and strong.  Her eyebrows went up a little when she saw my weight gain (6 pounds since the last appointment!)  She said I was still fine but I should aim for more like 1/2 lb to 1lb weight gain per week (not >1lb!)

Luckily I think my appetite is starting to diminish a little bit, so I'm hoping I won't need to shovel food in my mouth nonstop in order to avoid feeling sick anymore.  I'm not feeling a whole lot more energetic - still pretty darn tired most of the time - so exercise is still a challenge.  I asked my doctor to check if I had anemia, as I've been feeling unusually tired the last couple of weeks.

Other than that, it's been a pleasant week.  We've had a couple of guests in town and lots of social activities, which has been a nice change of pace from my relative isolation in the first trimester.  I've also just finished planning our last vacation until the babies come - we're going to San Francisco to see my brother, then Yountville for a day to visit some friends and eat at a Thomas Keller restaurant, then Yosemite for a few days.  I'm excited, it's been a while since I've left New York.  I want to see trees and mountains and sky...

I hope everyone is doing well.  A couple of you are due any minute now and I'm eagerly awaiting your first baby pictures!


  1. Yay!! So glad to read your update!!


  2. Glad your test results came back good and congrats on 14 weeks :)

  3. Great to know things are progressing well and the results came back fine. Your trip sound fun.

  4. 14 weeks! Glad things are going well.

  5. Good to hear from you and glad the babies are doing well! I also have relatives in the San Fran area - fun place to visit!

  6. Congrats on 14 weeks! And I want to see this bump of yours already!!!!

  7. Congrats!!! So glad things are going well :)

  8. Congrats on 14 weeks! I'm so glad to hear that the babies are doing well and that the risk for Downs is low (what a relief!). I know that I was holding my breath until I did that NT scan. Another hurdle surpassed! Yay!

  9. So exciting!

    The comments about weight gain surprise me a little - especially since you are carrying twins. When I was pregnant with mine, my weight yo-yo'ed from week-to-week. Some weeks I lost a little (less than 1/2 pound) or stayed the same, and other weeks I gained rapidly. Toward the end of my first trimester, my weight jumped up 5 lbs in 2 weeks, and another week toward the end I put on 7 lbs. in 7 days).

    Now that my twins are on the outside, I can see that they go through growth spurts. Every several weeks they will eat more and sometimes wake up during the night for about 15-minutes. Within days, their clothes are fitting a little more snug.

    I would imagine the same happens inside too...some weeks you'll gain rapidly and others you'll lose or plateau.

  10. Big congrats Newbie!! Huge congrats!! xoxo

  11. Bump pic PLEASE!!!!!!! Great update.

  12. Don't feel to bad about the weight gain! I went crazy the first half of my pregnancy & was hungry all.the.time! Thankfully, the hunger subsided & I have gained very little in my 3rd trimester. Your body is going to do what it wants to do! Your trip to the Bay Area & Yosemite sounds awesome! I used to live in the Bay Area & loved it! I can't believe you are already 14 weeks! So exciting!

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