No Gender Reveals Here

Instead of plugging my own content by making an exciting ‘the gender is…’ title, I’ve decided I can’t help being a bit more honest.

Yes, we found out the gender of our almost 21 week gestational age baby!

But no, we won’t be disclosing that here or anywhere else to anyone (if we can help it!).

The featured image here is our very own little one, hands beautifully held above its face (sucking thumb, perhaps?) captured wonderfully by a fantastic sonographer. Top tip: It really does help to say what you want when you meet the staff doing these things before you start, we asked for a better photo than last time and were keen to listen and learn what she was looking at and checking, which is exactly what we got!

I wish we knew her name because she was fantastic, I love the NHS here in Wales for these fabulous people who so clearly love their job.

Anyway, there was nothing to report in terms of baby blues – everything for them looks perfectly normal, even the growth rate which, if anyone reading this has been a reader before, can be a side effect of being on bisoprolol.

Cartoon depiction of fibroids in the womb.

There was, however, noticed a fibroid at the front of my uterus, just above where the placenta is attached but not in the way of it. This would not have been diagnosed, the sonographer said, were it not for the pregnancy scan where she just happened to see it. It wouldn’t be a problem as baby looks happy and healthy, it wasn’t in the way, and it was pretty small.

Not knowing much about fibroids, endometriosis and PCOS sprung to mind although I know they weren’t to blame, I went on the NHS website to find out anything I could. See that here.

The NHS describes them as ‘non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the womb (uterus)‘, it also reassured me that 1 in 3 women get fibroids, and of those who do, only 1 in 3 get symptoms. I haven’t. They have been linked to the hormone oestrogen, your risk decreases of getting them the more children you have, and they do not need to be treated if you have no symptoms.

They can however effect fertility or even cause infertility in severe ‘rare‘ circumstances, when there are ‘further complications caused by fibroids‘, so it isn’t all as simple as it sounds for everyone!

I am not particularly worried, having used my instagram page to ask the questions about fibroids and wether I should be concerned to other, real women. I find hearing their stories far more reassuring. Nobody felt I needed to be worried, and indeed many women had had them and been perfectly fine.

Symptoms of my pregnancy at the moment:

  • Teenage Acne – whether due to hormones because of pregnancy or just because I’m no longer on the pill! Nothing I can’t handle but a little annoying…
  • Bloating – I don’t know if I am actually bloated or if this is just the feeling of carrying a baby around. Only 20-ish more weeks to go!
  • Cervical Mucus – TMI but it just won’t. stop. flowing.
  • Clexane injections continue daily – bruises and dots across my tummy forevermore.

So there’s my update and great news! No gender reveal parties and no special pink/blue themed anything for us. Only a lovely baby at the end of it all. Thank you so much for reading x

Published by Sharnie

Student biologist, aspiring embryologist, blogger and animal lover.

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