From a kidney bean to a grape…that’s a lot of growing for one week, kiddo.
This week has flown by and the end of my first trimester is finally in sight. So close, I can actually see it and picture the days when the rest of the world knows I’m pregnant.
My belly is starting to swell although no one can probably notice except me and Mike. My clothes are getting snug; like I just ate a big bowl of pasta for lunch – except it’s first thing in the morning and all I’ve had is a string cheese and glass of OJ. I imagine, it’s only a matter of weeks before I’m going to put that Bella Band to good use. I’m determined to stay in regular clothes for as long as possible but I’m seriously wondering at what point I’ll finally cave and buy my first article in the maternity line.
I had a minor scare this week when the doctor called to tell me that she got the results of my blood test back and I have a genetic mutation called MTHFR (by the way, all acronyms in the medical world are scary no matter how many times the doctor tells you not to worry). In short, MTHFR is genetic mutation that inhibits the production of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase which could result in elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood. These increased levels of homocysteine may mean I’m not metabolizing all of the folic acid that I’ve been taking to keep you healthy and growing.
Notice the use of the words “could” and “may” in my explanation.
After a lot of reassurance from the doctor, I feel confident that the liklihood of major complications arising from this scenario are slim. First of all, she assured me that 40% of her patients test positive for the heterozygous form of MTHFR (which is what I have and is preferred to the homozygous version). Second of all, I went in for another blood test this morning to test my homocysteine levels and should know by tomorrow whether they’re elevated or normal. She already had me on an extra dose of folic acid so even if my body wasn’t processing it as efficiently as it could, the odds are you’re in good shape.
So, unless I hear otherwise, I’m going to take her lead and not even begin to entertain the possibility of the variety of pregnancy complications associated with MTHFR coming into play in our little lives.
As for some good news, I found out that one of my dearest friends is expecting her second baby five days before you are scheduled to arrive. Yep, in a strange twist of fate – since neither of us knew the other was trying – we got pregnant at virtually the exact same time. How fun it will be for us to go through this journey together and for you and your soon-to-be cousin to share such close birthdays!
So that’s where we are to-date, little love. Grow strong and healthy!
**Update: I heard from the doctor and my homocysteine levels are exactly where they should be. As suspected, this MTHFR mutation is not giving her cause to be concerned. But, I’ll keep taking the prescription prenatal just in case. Better to be safe than sorry!