My ultrasound is on Tuesday. We opted not to do any prenatal testing again this pregnancy. I wrote some of my thoughts on prenatal testing here, but I did seriously consider it this time around. This is a new place for me, being pregnant after having a baby with Down syndrome, and I considered the idea that prenatal testing could reassure me that everything is normal. In the end I decided that it wouldn’t do what I wanted. Either it would be good news, and I’d wonder if it was wrong, or it wouldn’t be good news and I’d have the rest of the pregnancy to dwell on it. And really? I am WELL AWARE that things don’t always go as expected. SO. No testing.
I’ve also decided not to find out the sex of the baby at the ultrasound. Now, I can’t actually promise that I won’t give in to temptation while I’m in there and find out anyway! But I think it’ll be fun not to know. It’ll probably make naming a ridiculous challenge (we have a hard enough time when we DO know!) but OH WELL.
I’m feeling pretty good in general, although I’ve definitely hit some sort of tipping point in this pregnancy. I went to yoga last week and suddenly WHOA everything is harder. I’ve been going fairly regularly since the beginning and I’ve had to modify here and there, but last week it was like a switch was flipped. I now need to modify almost all the poses, I can’t hold them as long, and everything just takes more effort. I’m noticing it in daily stuff too. It’s harder for me to get up and down off the floor for diaper changes. I get winded going up and down the stairs. Hauling Daniel around on my hip is extra tiring. (All that stuff also gives me Braxton Hicks contractions. Fun!)
Anyway. Here’s how I look these days:
22 & 22 weeks.