12 Weeks

It has been a somewhat frightening week for me.  I went to the doctor this week for a genetic screening blood test (I won’t get the results of the test for a couple weeks.)  While I was there,  I mentioned I was having some heart palpitations.  I didn’t think it was a big deal, but they did.  They sent me to the hospital for an EKG.  They also drew more blood to check my thyroid (I guess thyroid problems can effect your heart.)  I am still waiting to hear the results of those tests.  On November 9th, I have to see a cardiologist.  I will be sent home with a heart monitor I’ll have to wear for 24 hours.

Heart palpitations are more common in pregnant women because of the increased blood supply and the pregnancy hormones that make your heart beat faster and harder.  So I didn’t think it was a great concern.  However,  I have been having them very frequently.  Throughout the day and night.  While I was in the doctor’s office, I started counting them, and I had about 4 heart palpitations in less than an hour.  It feels like my heart is skipping a beat.  I feel my heart move in my chest.  When the doctor was listening to my heart, she noticed the irregular heartbeat.  She said I was having extra heartbeats.  I hope it is nothing serious.  Please say a prayer that all will be ok.

The doctor also checked the baby while I was there.  She had a small handheld ultrasound device.  She moved the wand around my belly searching for a heartbeat.  The minutes were ticking by and still I hadn’t heard a heartbeat.  I was starting to panic but then FINALLY we heard it.  130 beats per minute.  She said it sounded great.  She also said I have a very active baby which was why it was so heart to track the heartbeat.  Baby was moving around all over the place!  Yay!  Happy and active! :)

In other news,  I am still nauseous.  Big surprise right? :)   Not feeling any better yet but praise God this is my last week of my first trimester!  Once I’m out of the first trimester, my chances of a miscarriage drop considerably.  I would only have a 1 or 2% chance of miscarrying at this point.  Thank you, Jesus.

12 weeks belly pic…

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Faith said she wanted to look like a werewolf in this picture.  She’s showing off her fangs lol.

What baby looks like at 12 weeks…

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The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it.

His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby’s brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

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