With each day and each week passing, I feel a bit more relaxed and at ease. Last week’s appointment went well, and while I didn’t get to see baby on ultrasound, I did get to hear their heartbeat for the first time (there were technical difficulties at the 11-week appointment!) with the doppler, and it was the most beautiful sound I have ever heard and made me tear up out of gratitude. My blood pressure being normal at the start of the appointment is also a sign that I’m becoming more confident because at the first handful of appointments it was through the roof! My doctor asked if I’ve been feeling any little fluttering because that can start as early as 15 weeks, and while I at times have thought maybe I have felt something, then I also think it’s just indigestion. I know that once I start to feel regular movement, I will be breathing a sigh of relief!

Bridget's 16-week bump - feeling confident

Author’s Personal Collection/Bridget Wicherek

Our next appointment is at 19 weeks for the anatomy scan, and I am definitely looking forward to that and praying that all will be well.

Whereas the last four weeks between appointments felt like an eternity, the prospect of waiting another three weeks doesn’t feel too daunting at the moment, for which I am very thankful.

Bridget's pregnancy announcement at 16 weeks pregnant - feeling confident

Author’s Personal Collection/Bridget Wicherek

With the success of the appointment, we felt comfortable making our pregnancy widely public.

The outpouring of support and the sharing of excitement and love has been truly overwhelming. I am happy that we guarded our hearts for a little bit so that when we did make the announcement we could respond with excitement (and have it be genuine excitement) and less apprehension.

Oh, and I did treat myself to some new maternity clothes for the summer. I cannot hide the bump anymore!

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