Ocular migraines, sciatic nerve and 31 weeks!

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31 weeks!! The countdown is on! When I went for my growth measurement Thursday one of my doctors said he now considers my pregnancy “old”… commenting on how fast the time has gone since we were focusing on potentially putting in a cerclage. I’ll take that as a compliment. ūüôā

Baby looks great… they estimate he weighs 3 lbs 10oz, and if he continues on this track he’ll be an 8 lbs baby if he were to arrive on time. Yikes!! Uh, Hannah was 5 lbs 10 oz and a joy to give birth to. I don’t even want to THINK about what an 8 lbs baby is like. ¬†Let me put it another way, I know what my 9 lbs self did to my mom and her delivery. ¬†She’s a remarkable woman, and I’ll happily leave those feats to her. Ha!

His growth has slowed some over the last 8 weeks, but not enough to alarm my doctors. ¬†I’m curious to see what the next growth measurement is like in 4 weeks.

Meanwhile, it’s been quite the ride with my physical symptoms. ¬†A couple of weeks ago I went to the ER twice because I started losing about 40% of my vision. ¬†The first time it happened was while I was driving. I was pulling over anyway to get something to eat, but you can imagine my fear when I had an incredibly tough time reading menus and my phone. Not only was my vision blurry, but contained black spots as well. When I called my doctor they said to get to the hospital immediately. ¬†I went, and funny enough it went away on its own, and the baby was fine. Then it happened 3 days later. ¬†Once again, the ER couldn’t find anything wrong, but did tell me to keep my appointment with my eye doctor.

The diagnosis: ocular migraines. ¬†They don’t know what triggers them (maybe stress?), and may not occur again for several more years. Weird! But I’m so thankful we have an answer.

Next up… my sciatic nerve. ¬†I certainly don’t remember having THIS much pain with Hannah. ¬†It’s like he’s sitting right on it. ¬†Lately I’ll just be standing up and I’ll lose feeling in my right leg, or I’ll get horrible shooting pain from my hip down to my foot on my right side. ¬†The only thing that cures it is laying on my left side for as long as I can tolerate to get the little dude to move some. And you can forget about being comfortable while leaning back slightly or laying on my right side. ¬†Sometimes I have no choice but to do one of those things. ¬†It’s just an extremely painful experience. ¬†My doctor gave me a recommendation for a physical therapist at the hospital. ¬†That just might need to happen if I’m gonna last another 2 months.

I found out at my last doctors appointment that he is head down (yay!), facing my left side. ¬†So his little tushy continues to stretch my belly WAY over to the right. I wonder if that’s why I’m getting an outie (belly button) this time around, too? ¬†Hm… the mysteries of different pregnancies.

Braxton Hicks contractions continue. ¬†I’m REALLY hoping we keep him in there until the stitch is scheduled to come out in 6 weeks!!¬†

Aaahhhhhh!!!! So much to do!!! So, I better end it here.  Hooray for 31 weeks and a healthy kid!

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