Morning sickness has officially arrived! This morning Jennifer threw up for the first time. Ah, a momentous occasion. In all seriousness, Jennifer has been feeling nauseated pretty much all day, although it is definitely worse in the morning. Hopefully the first trimester will pass quickly and smoothly, and this will soon be a distant memory.
We had our first ultrasound today! Jennifer is 5 weeks and 4 days pregnant, and the baby is officially due on October 6th! The ultrasound showed a gestational sac, and within that a yolk sac. The yolk sac is what nourishes the baby until the placenta develops. Our next ultrasound will be on February 27th, and at that point we should expect to see a fetus and a heart beat. You can see the ultrasound picture in the album titled "Ultrasounds." Appropriate, no?
The second hCG measure was done today, and the number was (drumroll, please) . . . 1361!!! That is a great number! The number more than doubled since Monday, though not quite tripled. This is a very reassuring increase. Our first ultrasound is scheduled for one week from today, on February 7th. This ultrasound is simply to confirm that the pregnancy is in the uterus, and we will not be able to see an embryo or a heart beat.
Today Jennifer went for a pregnancy blood test. This was to quantitatively measure the level of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). The number was 492, which is VERY positive! Jennifer will go back on Wednesday morning for another test. The level of hCG should increase by at least 66% within 48 hours if the pregnancy is normal and viable. In reality we would really like to see the level double within that time frame. Keep us in your prayers!