I am now 18 weeks and enjoying the 2nd trimester of pregnancy. The evening nausea has completely gone away and it seems that my energy level has increased a little bit. The best part of this trimester so far is the little baby bump that emerges more and more each day!
I went in for blood work last week for the “2nd Trimester Screening” and should hear back in the next day or two with the results. This round of blood work is also known as the multiple marker screening test (I think my doctor referred to it as a quadruple screen). This test will be able to tell us if our baby is at an increased risk for Down syndrome and Trisomy 18, as well as possible neural tube defects. We go in this Friday for another ultrasound and hopefully will be able to find out if we are having a little girl or boy!! This is going to be an exciting week!!!
Since I am off for the summer, I find that most of my days are spent mentally preparing a “to do” list of things we need to get ready in the house. I’d like to get going on some of the stuff before I get too big and uncomfortable. I have also found time to get to the gym about 4 days a week. I am really enjoying water aerobics and have been told by many that it is one of the best ways to exercise during pregnancy.
I am still amazed that I am pregnant and am so thankful that we have been blessed with the opportunity to become parents. Stay tuned, we will keep you updated on the baby’s gender.