What I’ve Been Doing the Last Few Weeks

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on this blog, so I wanted to give my readers a bit of an update on what I’ve been up to these past couple of months.

Mostly I’ve been away because of some good news: I’m expecting our third child, a girl, coming sometime in October!

I’ll be honest, though: I am not singing the praises of pregnancy #3. I have been much sicker and for longer than in my previous two pregnancies. The first two times, I was nauseated but never threw up. This time I threw up pretty much every evening until 20 weeks. I know lots of people have it far worse. Still, being nauseated, especially while trying to get a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old ready for bed, is no picnic.

At the same time, my son was too young to ask much about my second pregnancy. This time, it’s be so fun to hear their questions and see what they do and don’t get about a new baby coming. My daughter keeps trying to give the baby toys, by sticking them under my shirt! And my son has been careful not to poke the baby through my belly. He also has a bit more realistic sense of what a new baby means, and asked if we could still cuddle when she comes out of my belly. Talk about tugging on those heart strings!

The third time around, everything is different. I have been so busy with the kids, work, and writing, that I can barely remember how far along I am. This time I use pregnancy apps not to read what organ is developing this week, or what absurd fruit comparison they’re using for the baby’s size–banana or cantaloupe?–but just to remember how far along I am.

Although I feel more relaxed compared to pregnancies 1 and 2, this pregnancy has also been a good reminder how you tend to flit from one burning question to the next : Am I really pregnant? Was that a dread evaporation line or a real positive? (I’ve discovered a whole genre of YouTube videos of people peeing on sticks and then taking them apart!)

Will it stick? What are my chances of miscarriage? When will I stop feeling nauseated? What prenatal tests should I get? What are my chances of preterm labor? Am I gaining too much weight? When will this baby ever come out and what can I do to get this show on the freakin’ road?

The other reason for my recent hiatus is that I’ve started writing for Bloom, a pregnancy technology company. They’re a super cool startup focused on developing smart tech for pregnant women. Their first product (they have a lot more in the works) is a contraction tracker for pregnant women that syncs to your phone. Unlike most “contraction tracker” apps, which require you or your birthing partner to enter contractions into the app, their tracker uses a device on your belly to tell you when you’re having a contraction. As someone who never feels Braxton Hicks, I am psyched to give it a try.

I’ve written on their blog about the common bump up in weight gain in the second trimester. And I have a new post coming out sometime this week about prenatal cell-free DNA screening for genetic disorders. I am super excited to share it with you guys. I’ll be keeping you guys posted as more articles come out.

 

 

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About Amy Kiefer

I am a research scientist and mother of two. I was born in Chicago, but for the past 10 years I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area with my software engineer husband (a cliché, I know). I love digging into the scientific literature and summarizing research findings. In this blog, I try to present an unbiased and sane take on research topics of interest to soon-to-be and new parents.
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6 Responses to What I’ve Been Doing the Last Few Weeks

  1. zhaneelok says:

    Congrats on your upcoming baby and the new job!!!

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  2. RHCB says:

    Congratulations! I’m expecting a boy in October as well and reading your blog (especially during the first trimester) brought such relief. Such a nice and reasonable contrast to the usual sites out there.

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  3. Mel says:

    Congratulations!

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  4. Talia says:

    Could you please comment on the link between too many early ultrasounds and autism severity? I’m an IVF-mama-to-be at 8 weeks, and I’ve had two ultrasounds already! Also, I realize that you are probably post or peri labor so congratulations!

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  5. Eliza says:

    Ooh! I’d love to hear more about the topic Taila asked for above!
    Also, congrats!

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