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    Introducing Andrew Wei-Hien

    Little did I realize that my last post would be the day before going into labor.  Yes, baby boy has arrived way earlier than we ever imagined and we are completely in love with him.   Born Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at 4:17pm Weight = 6lb 13oz Length = 19.75” 20 hours of labor, 2 hours of pushing 36 weeks 3 days into the pregnancy at birth I knew with the cholestasis that there was a risk of pre-term labor but I certainly did not expect to go into spontaneous labor in my 36th week! What a shock.  Fortunately, Andrew is relatively healthy and doing really really well for being a…

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    T minus 13 days

    *gulp* Less than 2 weeks before getting induced.  Had my weekly appointment this last Friday: Total weight gain = 12 lbs (nothing compared to the 25-30 I gained with Natalie—I blame the GD diet) Baby passed NST fine and the good news is that my LFT came back with numbers in the normal range!  ALT was 33 and AST was 24, so perhaps the Ursodial medication is working Also, since I’m getting induced in 2 weeks, did the Group B Strep test and that came back negative (wahoo!) So the plan is still getting induced on the 29th….though part of me wonders what the odds are of me going into…

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    ICP Awareness Day

    What a coincidence – today, June 10th, is officially ICP (Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy) Day…almost a week after learning of my own diagnosis.  I’ve learned this because I’ve since joined a Facebook group, Yahoo group and Babycenter group to learn more. I’ve learned a lot over the last few days.  It’s been pretty overwhelming.  On Friday, I had my OB appointment, prepared to hear her recommend an induction at 37 weeks.  Much to my surprise, she was pushing for a much later induction at 39 weeks for the following reasons: She knows there is strong data that a medically intervened delivery (i.e induction or c-section) before 39 weeks typically leads…

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    Pregnancy: Polyhydramnios + Cholestasis

    Ooo, this blog post has fun medical terminology in the title! Well, in addition to gestational diabetes, I’ve now also been diagnosed with polyhydramnios and cholestasis.  It’s crazy to me how my first pregnancy was a breeze but this one has minor complication after minor complication. As I mentioned in my last post, I needed to get a growth ultrasound to check out what’s going on….so I went in last Friday when I was 33 weeks 6 days along and learned the following: Baby was approximately 6 lbs (in the 85%-tile…so yeah, a bit big) Head circumference equivalent to a baby in week 38 That said, measurements via ultrasound at…