Here we go! I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and Adam and I are so excited. I was feeling great about this pregnancy for the first 12 weeks, thinking this time would be different, this time would be easier. That’s until last week. I realize my need to write is back. It is therapeutic for me, and also a way for me to write down things I want to remember.
With Katelyn and Joseph at home, Adam and I still didn’t feel like our family was complete. So, when one of my sisters called a couple of months ago to tell me she is expecting April 14th, I was so excited to be able to respond with “Really, because I’m due April 30th!”. Out of my 4 pregnancies, this is the 3rd that I’ve gone through with a sibling due within the same month. It’s makes texts messaging much more entertaining. Something like this would not be out of the norm:
Me: Its 6:30, is it too early to go to bed?
Her: I don’t know; I’m too busy focusing on not throwing up.
It’s nice going through a pregnancy with someone, someone who understands how you’re feeling because they are feeling it at the same time. Except one thing, one thing I am so thankful I don’t have to share at all. That’s the damn battle with Group B Strep and my fears that come along with it.
Like I said, this pregnancy was feeling so much easier than Josephs…until last week. That’s when I got a call that I had GBS in my urine. If you know about GBS, you know that this means of the 30% or so pregnant women with GBS, only about 3% have so much that it shows up in the urine. So, I totally freaked out, knowing that as long as it’s there, so is the risk of it getting to the baby. In my previous 3 pregnancies, I was negative at 12 weeks. This time, I am taking Keflex every 6 hours for a week and then being retested. I’m not sure what the plan is after that, but I hate knowing that this battle is there. There are so many risks associated with GBS. As I’ve learned, stillbirth is one of them. If the baby survives an infection, it can lead to blindness, deafness, cerebral palsy, and mental retardation. To summarize, GBS sucks.
So, here we go! As my sister says, “Eye on the prize.”