21 Weeks Pregnancy Update



WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING?
This week is a little different and it will be different each week from now on. Last Saturday I went into hospital to take my bloods for Obstetric Cholestasis and on Sunday I went back in for my results. The midwife and doctor confirmed that I am now diagnosed with Obstetric Cholestasis, for the third time! The itch is bearable and I have been given some cream to help any itch that feels unbearable but I don't think it is anything I should complain about right now because I know it can be ten times more severe and constant than what it is now. I now have to go in for weekly bloods and keep an eye on my bloods. I haven't had my bile acid results yet just my ALT and a few others. My ALT bloods are raised, normal is 33 and mine have raised to 55. At the moment I am not getting monitored or on medication because I am under 28 weeks. I think from 28 weeks they may take it more seriously, I hope. But baby is all healthy and kicking like mad the past week. You can read more about my diagnoses with Obstetric Cholestasis here.

SYMPTOMS
I haven't really had any pregnancy symptoms other than still feeling a little nausea and light headed at times. But otherwise I am fine. The itch is starting be more noticeable now with Obstetric Cholestasis but I hope it won't become severe like it did in my previous pregnancies.

OBSTETRIC CHOLESTASIS SIGNS
As I said above, the itch is more noticeable but nothing to complain about, yet. My ALT bloods are raised and I have been diagnosed that I do 100% have Obstetric Cholestasis.

BABY
Apparently, baby is now roughly 26cm! How amazing is that? He is kicking so much more the past week and his kicks are strong, very strong. Finally, my partner got to feel him kick Tuesday evening when we were in bed. It gets so exciting when you can involved your partner more into the pregnancy. I do feel kicks in higher places now too which feels weird but still amazing.

HOW I AM FEELING
I've not been too bad, I guess. I shouldn't really complain but sometimes it is better to let things out than keeping it in. Sometimes having a smile on your face is too hard to do all the time, isn't it? I must admit Elliw's behaviour has been really tough to deal with this week. So I have been stressed quite a bit, but not every day.

I was a little emotional finding out I had Cholestasis again but I guess it is a good thing that it has been caught early this time and I am getting bloods done each week. There has been mixed emotions this week. I have been good some days and not-so-good other days. Bit of a rollercoaster. I am excited for Baby boy to arrive but being a mum of two right now, it's pretty hard to get excited. With all the pregnancy hormones and looking after two children under the age of 6 can take its toll.

I am not expecting every day to be a good day, I know it's going to be a rollercoaster of a pregnancy, I knew that from day one of finding out. I remember how hard it was when I was pregnant with Elliw. I only had Mia to look after and it was hard, aswell as suffering with OC then too. I do feel it may be a little harder this time round, especially when OC kicks in for definite with the itching. I am going to be losing sleep etc. But right now, I best make the most of it!

I am really loving feeling Baby boy moving and kicking. It's just reminding me that he isn't a tiny poppy seed anymore! He is measuring roughly 26cm +! Knowing he is growing healthily and perfectly inside of me is making me happy. Although I have had a tough week with Elliw's behaviour and dealing with things, I do think of the days both girls have been good and both talking about their soon to be baby brother. It makes a bad-ish week, all better.



48 comments

  1. Glad your Obstretric Cholestasis has been caught early this time although not glad that you've got it, I can imagine it can get quite annoying and unbearable x

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  2. I've never heard of Obstretric Choletasis before, I've never had children, but wow that doesn't sound nice! x

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  3. Oh I hope the OC isn't too itchy for you. It must be hard when you are kept busy with the girls. Looking fab and I bet the kicks are amazing. xx #binkylinky

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  4. I hadn't heard of OC before. ( the things you learn when you start to read parenting blogs!) Glad they caught it early tho!

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  5. Glad to hear that your oc has been caught early. I've never heard of but before thoygh.

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  6. I'm so glad to hear you caught it early - I read your post about it earlier in the week so I know how upset you were. Sending you big hugs. H x

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  7. It's great to hear that your partner got to feel the baby kick too. I think Dad's can sometimes feel a bit left out.

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  8. I am glad you caught it early, and so glad that Dad felt the baby kick x

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  9. I hope the oc won't be too bad this time around. At least it was recognised early on. You're over half way now. How exciting. It's wonderful that you can now feel kicks etc and get your other half and kids involved. I felt light headed right up until the end on my last pregnancy. I hated that feeling x

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  10. Due same week as you and I'm having a blood test as I turned up to my GP the other week almost in tears from ripping up my legs. Thank you for your blog post - I had a panic attack the other day due to worry about what could be wrong and it is calming to hear from someone at the same point who has two beautiful kids. Wow 26cm - I still can't believe how big at 21 weeks!

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  11. I hope the OC doesn't get too bad this time, and glad that they caught it early. More than half way there :)

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  12. I did not know about OC but I am glad you discovered it early enough so that you can keep it under control . Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy.

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  13. oh I had a friend with OC and she had a terrible time hope you are feeling better soon

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  14. Oh you look so good - lovely bump! I have never heard of Obstetric Cholestasis before, but I suffer itchy skin. I hope it doesn't get any worse for you. Kaz x

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  15. Definitely let things out, rather than keeping it in - just builds up if you do. x

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  16. I hadn't heard of OC before, but I'm very pleased to hear that it was caught early and will be kept an eye on weekly. x

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  17. How lovely that your partner can feel baby boy kicking now, it's amazing when your other half can get involved. Sorry to hear you've had a bit if a tough week, you are over half way now..try stay positive :) xx #picknmix

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  18. It must be awesome feeling him growing and moving. Your pictures are totally cute!

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  19. I'm glad baby boy is healthy and it's lovely your partner can feel him kicking away now too, how exciting! I hope the OC isn't too bad, although I'm glad they've caught it early and it's being monitored now x

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  20. Hope they can keep on top of the OC for you. People speak of those that bloom in pregnancy and things like this are never really spoken of.

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  21. I hope your symptoms stay manageable for you hun. Over half way through now, eeek!xx

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  22. You look beautiful. I really hope you continue to feel well and the itching stays under control #justanotherlinky

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  23. Hopefully your Obstretric Cholestasis symptoms won't get too bad this time, I hope you aren't feeling too uncomfortable x

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  24. Isn't it really lovely when other people can start to feel them move too, This is great if you have older children as they can start to feel like it's more real

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  25. Ohh I feel for you, being pregnant with number 3 with 2 under 5 was hard :( I hope the OC is gentler this time even if it would be better without it at all

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  26. I have never heard of Obstetric Cholestasis before, but hope it does not get too bad for you. I loved felling my baby girl move around inside, I miss it!, she is 6 weeks old now fter keeping us waiting an extra 2 weeks pst my due date! xx
    #picknmix

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  27. Oh you poor thing so sorry to hear that but I admire how positive you are trying to be and I know your bubba will love you to pieces and think you are the best mum in the world!

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  28. Oh bless you, I had OC with my second pregnant and it's not much fun is it (understatement of the year!) It sounds like you know exactly what you're doing though, and as you say it's good that you were diagnosed so early. It's so tough being pregnant when you have another little one (or in your case two) so be kind to your self xx #KCACOLS

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  29. I've never heard of OC before but it doesn't sound good. I'm glad you caught it early and I hope it doesn't give you too much trouble. I love the feeling of kicks its so lovely actually being able to really feel them! #KCACOLS

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  30. Reading this post is making me itch! Hope it stays bearablex #justanotherlinky

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  31. Sorry to hear you're suffering from OC again but at least it's been caught early so they can monitor the symptoms and hopefully deal with them as they progress. It's so lovely that your husband has been able to feel the baby kicking; it's a lovely bonding experience, isn't it? x #KCACOLS

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  32. Aww you look fab!I feel sad that I didn't really enjoy my pregnancies because I had hyperemesis.I've heard of oc but never known anyone who's had it x #kcacols

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  33. Glad they have sorted it quickly great update thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

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  34. You look really well hun. I can't believe your tiny one is already 26cm? How lovely that your partner had felt him kick now too. Thanks for sharing your updates in OC. It isn't a condition that I'd heard of so I'm reading with interest.

    Thanks for hosting x
    #justanotherlinky

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  35. Oh no, I hope the OC isn't too bad! Must be so hard to cope with. You are looking great

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  36. Great update hope everything works out Thanks for linking to the #binkylinky

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  37. I literally have no idea about pregnancy so your posts teach me a lot, I hadnt heard of Obstretric Choletasis before! xxx

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  38. Hope the oc does not get so bad this time - glad they caught it early & it's being monitored. #justanotherlinky

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  39. I love seeing your updates, the time is flying by! Take it easy lovely.... well as easy as you can with 2 under 6 ;)

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

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  40. I am so glad the OC has been diagnosed and being monitored. I absoloutly love reading prrgnancy updates, I used to vlog mine x

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  41. Oh lovely, I am so sorry that you have had a really tough time of it recently. But it is really great that they have caught the OC early and are monitoring it properly. And it is great to hear that baby is healthy and kicking away. And it is only natural to feel low and have bad days. Whether you have had a diagnosis of OC or not. You need to be kind to yourself. And try to relax and get some me time. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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  42. Awe what a cute baby belly! I had severe hip problems my last pregnancy and could barely walk! I had to see a chiropractor several times a week. It sucked but having my little guy here was so worth it! Hang in there mama!

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  43. Awe what a cute baby belly! I had severe hip problems my last pregnancy and could barely walk! I had to see a chiropractor several times a week. It sucked but having my little guy here was so worth it! Hang in there mama!

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  44. I hope that catching it early means it will be easier on you in the long run.

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  45. Ah you look wonderful huni. Thanks for sharing the update with us and thanks for linking up to #TheList x

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  46. You're looking really well and I'm glad baby is doing fell, but poor you bring diagnosed with OC again. I hope the itch doesn't get worse, it sounds rotten. I hope Elliw's behavior has been a bit easier to cope with this week. Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

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  47. Oh I have heard of this, sounds awful I can imagine how gutted you were to find you had it again. I hope it stays mild for the remainder of the time for you hun. Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

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  48. I've never heard of OC before I can only imagine how annoying it must be. I had hives when I was pregnant with my first and the itchiness with that was also unbearable.

    Thank you so much for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on 2nd April when the linky opens again xx

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