Bumpdate: 28 Weeks


This was a rough week. Bare with me. 

It was a marathon week of doctor visits and sickness and feeling so over being pregnant. I don’t understand women that rave about how wonderful they feel while pregnant and how it is the most magical experience.

Yes, I feel truly blessed (and I never use that word) to be pregnant and to bond with my baby boy these 40 weeks and I mean no offense to those who are wishing with all their heart to be pregnant or expeirecning infertiltiy (believe me, I’ve been there) but this is my story and this week it was hard. 

I saw doctors three times this week.

Monday I ended up in the ER for a few hours after another low fetal movement scare (everything is okay).

Wednesday I saw my high risk doctor for my weekly check up. This was the first time seeing the actual doctor and I loved him! He was personable, sweet, and I felt like he actually listened to me. He made me feel 95% better about everything and I wish I could see him exclusively instead of also seeing my regular OBGYN.

Wednesday night I suffered from terrible acid reflux for 6 hours. I have a history of chronic GERD. I always watch what I eat and medicate but about 4-5 times a year I get this awful reflux that results in vomiting and pain that brings me to my hands and knees. On Wednesday the pain woke me up at 1 am and I suffered with vomiting and severe pain, sweating, dizziness, and blurry vision until 6 am. I continued to have “normal” heartburn pain, but I can deal with that. The above is far from the normal sharp shooting heartburn pain. I got 1.5 hours of sleep before dragging myself into work. I called the doctor to see if I should be worried about the baby and they told me to come in. 

On Thursday, after explaining my symptoms, my doctor asked “did you try putting your feet up and taking some Tums?” I was enraged. Tums?! Of course I try tums, and nexium, and zantac, and pepcid, and drinking water with baking soda in it (so gross). Nothing works. Did she not listen to anything I said? 

Here is where I cried at my doctor’s office. I couldn’t keep it in. The tears just rolled out. And she just stared at me. I was emotional, still in pain, and never wanted to live through a night like that again. I just wanted some help or at least some sympathy.  I cried more on the drive home and the rest of the day and thought about changing doctors. 

I continued to have constant “normal” heartburn for the next two days and doubled up my medication. Since then I’ve been okay. But for a while I thought it was never going to end. 

Rant over.

How far along: 28 weeks (and six days, I’m kinda behind on these updates)

Due Date: September 15

Gender: Boy

Baby Size: At my last ultrasound I got a growth check. Baby boy is big! As of last Wednesday he was measuring at 2 pounds 15 ounces! He’s going through a major growth spurt right now while many of his organs like his lungs and brain become more developed. 

Weight gain: I was sick for about three days straight this week and therefore lost 3 pounds. So I’m down to 19 pounds gained. Which is kind of a relief since my doctor told me I gained too much…

Movement: I’m doing my nightly kick counts and he’s doing okay. My high risk doctor has informed me that his movement looks great and it’s just my perception of him moving that is causing the concern. Big relief! 

Best moment of the week: I worked hard this weekend on washing and putting away all his sweet baby clothes and have also but the bedding on his crib. The nursery is slowly coming together. Here is a sneak peek:

Mood: SO emotional. Almost every day this week I would find myself in tears at some point. Somedays I have no idea what I’m even crying about. Other days I’m just so over all of the pregnancy stuff and feeling sick for three days straight. I was also so tired from getting only a couple of hours sleep a night that I was not in the right state of mind. Crying at my doctor’s appointment was my low point. 

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xoxo Katie

  • I’m so sorry to hear that you had such a rough week last week. I’m glad you were able to take some comfort in meeting with your high risk doctor. I’ve been keeping you and baby Mac in my prayers, and I’m so happy to hear that he is doing well! I love the nursery sneak peek. I hope you do a full reveal when it’s complete!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you Morgan. It’s nice to have some support when I’m feeling so hormonal/whiny. It was just so hard to be sick for the week, but things are looking up now! Feeling good. I can’t wait to share more nursery pictures, we are moving in the Fall so it won’t be an all out design, but it’s fun to get the bedding together 🙂

  • I am so sorry for all of that stuff you’re going through — I know how awful it must be. All you want is just to feel “normal!” The kick count stuff always worries me too — I’ll be sitting at my desk, and be like, I don’t think I’ve felt him move in a few hours — oh my gosh, something is wrong!!! You’ve got friends keeping you in their thoughts — the bunny mobile is adorable, and I can’t wait to see more!! Third trimester girl — you’re almost done!

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks Laura, I felt a little whiny after posting this post, but it’s where I am this moment. I feel like the doctor’s make you worry so much more than needed, so I”m learning to just focus on what feels right for my body. I really appreciate your support!

  • I am so sorry that you had a rough week. At least your high risk doctor is awesome and is reassuring for you! I think maybe sometimes OBGYN’s are just so used to being around pregnant people all the time that they become a little less sympathetic and understanding. I suppose that would be easy to do, still not an excuse though. I hope that this week is better for you!

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks Nadine. I feel like I’m just being overly emotional this week and had to vent it out. I so wish I could just only see my high risk doctor, bedside manner is extremely important to me, even more so when I’m run down and tired. Who doesn’t want a doctor who listens and treats you with a little tenderness? This week is already looking better! On to better days!

  • I am so happy that you like you high risk doctor and that everything went well! I know that was a major concern for you after last time. I had a feeling you would grow to like them more than your regular doctor. Now that I see a high risk doctor I can’t stand my regular doctor and have thought of switching several times. My regular doctor just seems so busy and to not really hear anything I am saying compared to my high risk one.

    Just remember YOU are the mom and YOU make the rules! When something feels wrong to you it is okay to want sympathy, or to just cry. It is your pregnancy and you have the power to do what you want. Never make yourself think you are overreacting.

    • kwalshmac

      Yes! I feel the same way about my regular OBGYN now, like I’m just a dollar sign on an assembly line that they are checking off their list. And thank you for your kind words. I need to stop apologizing for how I feel, I’m just doing the best I can for me and my baby. I’ll be emailing you 🙂

  • Sending positive vibes your way – I can’t imagine the craziness your going though, but I’m glad everything is okay. The crib looks so sweet – I love the polka dot sheets!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! This week as been MUCH better. Last week was just such an emotional roller coaster, but it is over. It felt good to get it all out though. Hoping for only blue skies here on out. And thank you, I love how simple and sweet our nursery is. Very calm.

  • Oh, Katie! I’m so sorry for all you’ve been going through- I’m so glad everything is okay with your little babe, and with you! You will be in my prayers.

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks Emily. Everything has improved this week. I’m feeling MUCH better and baby is doing fantastic. It was one rough week though. Thanks for thinking of us.