We are pregnant! Due date for baby #2 is January 6, 2010 (maybe earlier? Keep reading) – Jen is 12 weeks along currently. Zach was born on January 17, 2008 – so this means our kids will be two years apart.
So far so good. Morning sickness lasted from week #6 through week #9. Jen is still super tired. Her thyroid TSH levels are normal ….but her thyroid antibodies are way elevated. The antibodies were elevated with Zachary, but this time they are even higher (normal is <35, 1st pregnancy it was 900, this pregnancy it is 4,100) – hence part of the reason we held off spreading the news until week #12….with high thyroid antibodies a woman is twice as likely to have a miscarriage. Also if a pregnant woman has a known autoimmune thyroid disease (in Jen’s case Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) the baby may be at risk of thyroid dysfunction since thyroid antibodies can cross the placenta and cause hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism in the fetus or newborn (apparently it doesn’t happen very often, but they still watch for it). So what does this all mean??? Extra ultrasounds – our 20 week ultrasound will be with a perinatologist. We saw a perinatologist at week #28 with Zachary’s pregnancy too. Jen is also more likely to develop pre-eclampsia (like the last pregnancy) and will most likely not carry to week #40 (so we may have a Christmas baby on our hands). This one will be delivered via a scheduled C-section as well.
We are excited – still a bit in shock – but excited. Zachary is such a keeper we want to have another one just like him! I guess we will be saving some money too….the Fall Hawaii trip is on hold…and the April 2010 Caribbean cruise is also on hold.