[Wednesday, August 2]
My morning task was to apply for EI. While on bed rest, I am eligible for sickness leave until baby arrives at which point it will switch to maternity leave. I’m so thankful to still get the full year leave to spend with baby.
The online application was not too painful and hopefully they will process it quickly and without problem although I’ve heard this is not always the case.
In the afternoon, I went to my much anticipated appointment with Maternal Fetal Medicine. The appointment involved an ultrasound with a technician as well as a doctor. Under normal circumstances ultrasounds are only performed with a technician and the results are sent to your doctor or midwife.
They took me in for my appointment early and it was really quick. While the technician took measurements of baby, I chatted with the doctor. He did not seem too concerned with my cervix being 1.6 cm and said that it’s on the longer side of what would get referred to them. He also said that it’s possible I could make it to full term, which is 36 or 37 weeks.
Then even better news came … my cervix still measured 1.6 cm! He described it as “stable” which is really good. He did still want me to come back next week (31 weeks) for another ultrasound but that would be it. After 32 weeks they no longer do ultrasounds for cervix length because they are not as concerned if baby arrives.
The technician apologized for not having a photo for me but she said baby was head down position and resting its face in my placenta so it wasn’t being very photogenic.
Since they had taken me in early for my appointment, Jesse arrived from school just as we were finishing up. I told him the good news and we were walking on clouds the rest of the day. I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.