Had my 16-week check up today! It was kind of a wacky day as I was supposed to be there at 8:20, but was running late, so I was able to reschedule for 11:15 that morning. Honestly, I was tempted to just skip the appointment all together. But they offered to see me yet that day, I went for it.
Pregnancy wise, things are going well. That’s why I was tempted to miss it.
My doctor was out at a delivery, so I saw one of the midwives in her practice. She couldn’t find the heartbeat with the doppler, so she did a quick ultrasound. Baby is moving well, but was in a weird spot. (Or at least not in a spot that she was expecting.) After she located baby with the ultrasound, she was able to pick up the heartbeat with the doppler. So that’s a relief.
The midwife wasn’t super experienced doing an ultrasound, but she does think that the placenta is anterior — meaning in the front of the baby. I had that with Phinehas too. It’s not a health concern in any way – it’s just kind of a random thing of where it attaches. But it does mean that I won’t feel movement as strongly or often as I might otherwise.
At least that was my experience in the past. Since Finn was my first pregnancy, I had no idea of what was normal for movement. Then when I was pregnant with Stephen, what a game changer! Big kicks! Often movements! That’s probably more what most women experience. Not necessarily better. Not necessarily worse. Just different.
- Heartbeat in the 140s, which is exactly the same as both Phinehas and Stephen were at this point. (Does that mean it’s another boy? 50/50 shot!)
- I’ve gained probably about 2-3 pounds. A little more than I had with my other 2 pregnancies.
- Starting to feel movement! Nothing super consistent, but at least a couple of times a day, I feel movement that I know is baby. That’s fun!