Another big milestone: 32 weeks

During pregnancy, there are several big milestones. I’m not sure how the milestones differ from my pregnancy to a normal risk pregnancy but I would imagine they are similar.

The first big milestone is getting past the first trimester. Like I said in my previous blog post, the first trimester for me is huge since the risk of miscarriage is high. Pete and I did not tell our family we were expecting until after we got through that first trimester.

The next big milestone for me was 24 weeks. Some people like to think of it as a halfway milestone, but I didn’t really. At 24 weeks or later, if I delivered early, they will attempt to resuscitate the baby. Before 24 weeks, they simply don’t. So once I hit 24 weeks, I knew the baby had a chance even if something happened and I was forced to deliver early.

After 24, there was the 28 weeks milestone. My doctor told me how huge it was that I hit 28 weeks at that appointment. She said that between 24 and 28 weeks there are a lot of issues and complications. After 28 weeks, babies generally do really well.

This week I’m 32 weeks, which is another milestone. The doctor said that every week after this week is a bonus week. She was very happy with how everything is progressing and said I am doing a good job at taking care of the baby.

At 32 weeks, I start having two ultrasounds a week. Since 28 weeks, I’ve had one a week. In these ultrasounds, they look at several things and the baby can either pass or fail each thing. They look at muscle movement, the heart, breathing movements and the amniotic fluid around the baby. So far, my baby has passed with no issues.

Baby Bauer at 29 weeks

Baby Bauer at 29 weeks

I do have a lot of ultrasounds and doctors appointments and it’s a lot to keep up with, but it’s reassuring that they are making sure everything is going ok. And, on the plus side, I get to see my baby all the time. I can already notice some habits. It likes to have its hands up by its face. It also likes to play with its feet a lot. Sometimes they even switch it over to the 4D ultrasounds. Everyone tries to guess who the baby looks like with those, but I don’t think you can tell quite yet.

Kristie Bauer

About the Author:

Kristie Bauer is a long-time Lupus Foundation of Minnesota supporter, Walk/5K attendee and volunteer and founder of the Leaf for Lupus event fundraiser. Diagnosed with lupus at the age of 17 and now 26, she and her husband Pete were exploring the possibilities of starting a family, but Kristie was frustrated with the lack of information available regarding pregnancy and lupus. As she LIVES this big milestone, she’s graciously agreed to share her personal story.
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