Last week we had our first ultrasound and we got a sneak peek at baby #3. Everything looked great! The baby measured to be about 8 1/2 weeks along instead of 10 weeks like we thought, but that's ok. We'll have about 10 more days to prepare for his or her arrival. The new due date is January 17, 2010.
This pregnancy will be a little different than my first two. It will be a high risk pregnancy due to the fact that I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. It is not life threatening, however, there are some annoying symptoms to deal with and some potentially serious risks with pregnancy. My body is producing antibodies that are attacking my healthy cells and tissues. Unfortunately, these antibodies can cross the placental barrier and attack the fetus as well. It is unknown how long I have had the disease or if it has recently been triggered from this last pregnancy, but since we know it is currently active, baby #3 will be monitored much more closely and regularly. I will have to stay under the care of an OB instead of a midwife this time.
We are all staying positive and worry-free and trusting God with our little one! Besides, my two other little ones are keeping me so busy that I don't have time to stop and worry!