16 week appointment

January 14, 2009 at 12:37 pm 2 comments

I had my 16 week prenatal appointment yesterday.  It was uneventful.  I only gained 1 lb, so Dr. S was pleased.  I think if I can manage to only gain 1-2 lbs every 2 weeks for the rest of the pregnancy, I’ll be ok.  That will come out to about 20 lbs for the duration.

He did a quick ultrasound and baby looks good.  We heard the heartbeat on the u/s machine.  He tried to check the gender, but baby was being shy and had his/her legs tightly closed.  We go for our level II ultrasound at the hospital on February 4th, so we should find out then.

I also met with the bariatric nutritionist that works with Dr. M.  She gave me some ideas for healthy filling snacks, which has become my biggest problem lately.  I’m ok with meals and we’ve been eating out way less than we were during the holidays.  Snacks are an issue because my old choices aren’t cutting it anymore.  I used to be able to snack on a string cheese or sugar free pudding and now, there’s no way that will fill me up.  So I find myself eating all of the above, plus some.  She recommended I eat between 1500-1800 calories per day for the rest of the pregnancy, which seems on the low end to me.  I don’t know that I could even maintain my weight with that.  Dr. S is ok with me not gaining or even losing, but I hear too many stories about IUGR in post-WLS moms (granted those are mostly gastric bypass patients) that it worries me to lose weight.  I’d be happy to maintain where I’m at.  I’ve had two healthy children with minimal weight gain (#1=19 lbs, #2=0 lbs) so I know that isn’t much of an issue.  I guess I’ll just follow what my body says and see what happens.  I do feel like a lot of my hunger is coming back under control right now and that makes me happy.

We have finally agreed on names!  Eric has awful taste in names LOL.  With the other two, it has been me coming up with names and him saying yes or no basically.  So, unless I change my mind (which I’ve been known to do–Christian was Chase and Hailey was Kaitlyn right up until the day before our ultrasounds with them LOL), if it is a boy, his name will be Jackson Liam (my grandpa is John, Eric’s grandpa is Liam so we are indirectly honoring them).  If it is a girl, well there are two possibilities.  Since the baby is due in June and Eric’s grandma’s middle name is June (also born in June), if the baby actually comes IN June, her name will be Sydney June.  If she’s born before or after June (let’s hope NEITHER of those things happen!), she will be Sydney Alexis.  I don’t like the idea of using a month name for a baby not born in that month (no offense to anybody that has a name like that! LOL).

This has really been a pretty easy pregnancy so far.  I have some minor discomforts and I’m really tired most of the time, but I haven’t had any major issues.  I didn’t even have morning sickness.  I did have some slight queasiness between weeks 7-9, but that was it.  I need to get more sleep and that might ease my exhaustion.  One problem is that I’m tired all day so when I get home, I end up falling asleep for about 30 minutes-an hour and then I can’t sleep at a decent bedtime.  I keep trying not to do that, but I just can’t help it.  We’ve all been out of our routine since the kids were out of school for two weeks for their winter break, so I think as I try to get them on a better schedule, I’m going to work on that for myself.


Entry filed under: family, food, medical, pregnancy.

Belly pic A year ago…

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Diz  |  January 18, 2009 at 2:24 am

    I’m so glad that everything is going so well. And I love your pick of names. This is one lucky baby.

  • 2. Abbie  |  January 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I just found your blog doing some searches. I am 26 (soon 27) and considering lap band. The biggest thing I worry about is I am currently a mother of a 3 year old, and I want at LEAST one more baby. It is very interesting to watch your journey, thank you for tracking it and good luck with your baby and weight loss!



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Highest weight: 350 lbs
Surgery weight: 339 lbs
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Goal weight: 175 lbs
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