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Last week we met bam61907 (that's her belly above) -- a 19-year-old newly-pregnant mama. I thought we'd follow her pregnancy on a weekly basis to get an up-close look at pregnant life as the baby grows and things evolve. This week we'll get to know her better!
First up, what's happening with a baby at this stage; then my chat with Brittany. It was quite a week -- a trip to the ER was involved. Read on for more details.
What's happenig with the baby's development at week 8
Growth continues at a rapid rate -- your tiny bundle is now about three-fourths of an inch long. Joints are forming; arms, legs, fingers, and toes continue to take shape and eyelids are beginning to cover the eyes. Lots of movement, too, but it's still too early yet for you to feel.
Next, here's what's happening with Brittany
So -- tell me more about yourself.
I've been married to my husband, Justin, for a year and a half. We live in an apartment in Alexandria, Virginia, and we ended up here because Justin is a military police officer in the U.S. Army. I work, too -- I'm a legal assistant at a law firm.
How did you find out you were pregnant? How long had you been trying to conceive?
We'd been trying since March of this year. It was the day before my period was due and I had horrible cramping. My friend said she had cramping, too, before she found out. I took a test and there was a faint second line. Then I went to CVS and bought a digital test, and within five seconds, it popped up "pregnant!"
How did you tell your husband the news?
When he walked in from work I was all happy and told him I had something to show him. I walked him to the bathroom and he asked "What's so important that you're so excited?" Then he saw the test and turned around and hugged me and picked me up with a big smile on his face.
Who else have you told about the pregnancy?
Family, close friends, and CafeMom -- and I've told my boss. He's happy for me.
Tell me about your week.
This week I had to go to the ER because I had horrible cramping, lower back pain, and really, really light spotting. I got to the ER and the doctor couldn't find the baby so he sent me to radiology, ASAP. They found the baby right away. The heart rate was 130/bpm and the baby looked healthy, but they found blood between my placenta and uterus which they said puts my chance of miscarriage at 50 - 60%.
Wow, what else did the doctor say? Is this common?
The doctor says it's more common than I probably think. The condition with the blood between my placenta and uterus can last the whole pregnancy, or it can absorb into my body, or the blood will come out. It could resolve on its own but there's no medicine or surgery to fix it. The doctor didn't seem as worried as I was. I'm still very concerned but trying to think positive -- and I have a follow-up appointment on December 1st.
OK, ER drama aside, tell me about your pregnancy symptoms this week.
Still tired and nauseous!
And what about food -- what have you been eating?
I've been hungry -- I've been eating a lot of breads and meats and I've seen that I like salty stuff a lot more, too. Last night we ordered pizza for dinner.
Do you have any go-to snack foods?
My go-to foods are crackers, grapes, and apples.
A difficult week, but any highlights for you?
Seeing my baby on the ultrasound machine and getting pictures!
How's your husband dealing with all of this?
He's been vey helpful! And we're getting along well.
Can you sum up pregnant life in one word for the week?
Any other random thoughts?
I have to pee!