Our Five Ring Circus: The Amazing Shrinking Belly

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Amazing Shrinking Belly

I had my monthly OB appointment today. I was very eager to go, because I really wanted to hear the heartbeat! I worry a lot while I'm struggling with the hyperemesis. It's hard to imagine that the baby is doing well while I'm so sick. There's no real proof of a growing belly or strong kicks to reassure me.

Several of my friends and family members have commented that my belly seems to be shrinking every week. I've reassured them that the same thing happened with Lexie. Thanks to the bloating and severe constipation, I was actually bigger from 7-9 weeks than I was at 16 weeks! This pregnancy is identical to the one I had with Lexie, so I'm not expecting the real "pop" to happen until the end of the month.

My appointment went well, despite the half hour wait to see the doctor, which resulted in Dylan being late to school for the first time!

I saw a new doctor today, and she was really nice! She wasn't too happy with the fact that I lost 5 more pounds in the past 4 weeks. I've lost 12 pounds so far. My total loss with Dylan was 18 pounds, and I lost 15 lbs with Lexie. She wasn't aware of my past pregnancies and issues with hyperemesis, so once I explained it to her she was more understanding. She just said that she hopes I gain a pound or two back by next appointment (18 weeks), and she gave me another prescription for Zofran.

I've been getting a braxton hicks contraction about once every hour during the day. I was a little worried that they would restrict my activity, like they did with Lexie, but the doctor said she's not concerned right now. She said I could continue exercising 3 days a week, but gave me some guidelines to follow. With my history of preterm labor, things could obviously change quickly, but for now, there's no worry!

Despite the additional weight loss, Nugget is doing great! My uterus is measuring exactly where it should. Dylan and Lexie were in the room with me, and were so excited to hear the baby's heartbeat! I've got a feisty little baby in there. He/She kept kicking the Doppler away! Finally, Nugget calmed down, and we got to hear a nice, strong heartbeat. It was such a beautiful sound!

I left the appointment feeling completely reassured that the baby is doing well! I can now schedule my big ultrasound. It will be sometime between 18-20 weeks. Even though we aren't planning on finding out the sex, we're looking forward to seeing our precious baby again!


  1. So happy to hear that you and baby are doing well!

  2. How fun for the kiddos to get to hear the baby's heartbeat too! Glad all is well!

  3. I can so relate. I had hyperemesis as well and it sucks! Zofran was the only thing that kept me human. Glad to hear of the good visit though! It's always reassuring to hear that little thump thump!

  4. Ugh, honey, this sounds terrible. There is nothing worse than WANTING to eat for yourself and baby, but not being able to keep it down.
    I'm glad everything else is great! The BH won't keep you down!

  5. awww. congratulations! You'll be having a new bundle of joy, soon enough. I cannot wait to have another baby inside my tummy. But, that'll have to wait. I just had a newborn (= I loved the movements. I swear, the FIRST moment you feel them - damn! it's a great feeling.

    You have beautiful children. Can't wait to see tons of pictures of this one. I'm sorry to hear about your hyperemesis. I hope you're okay.

    Happy Aloha Friday, TGIF.

  6. Glad the baby is doing so well, hope you start feeling better soon! =)

  7. I'm so glad baby is well!!! Praying for you to feel better SOON!!!!

  8. glad to know that baby nugget is doing very well! hope you'll gain weight soon! :)

  9. Glad to hear all is well. Hope you feel better soon.

  10. Yay for feisty babies with strong heart beats!!! Glad to hear that all is well :)


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