Countdown to Viability

I am currently 21 weeks + 1 day and 20 days away from 24 weeks, or, viability.  Am I the only one desperately counting down to this milestone?  I know that as of 24 weeks its not like I could birth a fully developed baby guaranteed to survive. But it is comforting to know that in 3 weeks, if something goes wrong, something could at least be done to try and save the baby.

I know this is a morbid thing to focus on.  But the past several weeks have been scary as I have felt like once you’re in the late teens/early twenties weeks of your pregnancy, you’re somewhat in open water.  You’re far enough along where something tragic could happen, but not far enough along for anyone to be able to do anyting to stop it.

Had I not experienced bleeding last month (and way too much googling over what SCH’s can lead to), I probably wouldn’t be so focused on this.  But, at the moment it’s the only thing keeping me sane as I’ve continued to dream up new fears every week.

On Monday of this week I had an appointment with the MFM doctor.  This was an appointment requested by me to check in on my SCH.  The MFM said he did not see it, only a marginal sinus (I believe this is a placental lake?) which was not a threat, and not the same thing as an SCH. In addition, I have had no fresh blood in 5 weeks and no old blood in 3 weeks. The fear has not left entirely but I did feel marginally comforted after the appointment.  They also did my fetal echo (required for all IVF patients), and fortunately it was perfect!

Something that has been bothering me a bit is the onset of Braxton Hicks.  I seem to have started them earlier and with more frequency than other first time mom’s.  Mine started around 19w and I can have up to 10-12 per day, though not every day.  Of course it didn’t take long for that to instill the fear of PTL in me.  Plus, they are just plain uncomfortable.  I’m trying to rest as much as possible and drink a lot of water.

I have also started to feel the baby move, which is amazing but also kind of weird!  It feels like a little snake swimming around in there. But I love knowing that it’s an experience that only baby and I will share. My bump has popped and there is no mistaking now that I am pregnant.  I still haven’t purchased a single thing as I don’t feel ready to do so, though I am starting to get pressure from my family and husband to begin preparing.  With (hopefully) a full 19 weeks to go, I feel I have plenty of time left.

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8 thoughts on “Countdown to Viability

  1. I also counted down to viability and then set goals like 28 weeks, 30 weeks etc as my baby’s chance of survival increased each milestone. Now I am on the countdown! 34 weeks and hoping he stays in another 2 weeks to let me finish work. I also didn’t prep for ages, no point until your baby shower anyway as you will get so many gifts 🙂

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  2. You are NOT alone. I counted down to viability from nearly day 1! Not that there is any ‘safe’ point in pregnancy, I just needed to know there was a chance they could save my baby if something were to go wrong, but I worried all the way through my pregnancy. As far as Braxton Hicks, I got them very early too! My friend was nearly 34wks and she didn’t even know what they were. My stomach tightened much earlier than other first time moms I knew too. I drank tons of water and often mixed my water with a tiny bit of gatorade to get the electrolytes too. It’s a scary time. So fun you started feeling the baby more, although that brings on a new set of worries. But time will fly as soon as you get to that 3rd trimester. Hang in there!

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  3. You’re not alone at all! I had bleeding at 10 and 12 weeks and then it looked like baby might be coming very early at 23 weeks. I was on bed rest after this and had to take it easy until I was induced at 38 weeks. I worried every single day. I also had Brixton hicks from 20 weeks and they carried on right the way through, often several times an hour. All I can say is to take it day by day, that’s all I could do. Hoping for a smooth rest of your pregnancy xxx

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  4. I was the same way with viability! So glad u are almost there. And no blood and a perfect echo is wonderful! My BH started at 22 wks and really picked up until 28 weeks as u described…the past few wks they have settled down a bit (knock on wood!) which is really nice. Hopefully likewise for u!

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