Wow you did definitely drop your TSH! That's good. If you find out what your antibodies are, I'd be curious to know! I can't find a lot of antibody level info online, since most people have TSH or T4 levels that indicate problems but mine are all normal, only antibodies that indicated a problem (and therefore only antibodies that really need controlled, on me, so we adjust my meds accordingly). So it would be nice to hear from another pregnant mama on that!
I need to go in and have a re-draw. I'm a lot more comfortable with things now so I haven't gone in since 10 weeks, and I had vowed to go in every 4-6 weeks. But I've just been praying about it and I don't feel like I have an attack to worry about or anything, so I'll just plan on going in soon and basing my next draw on those results. My FIL is always very intuitive though and he is good about letting me know if there is any concern.
I'll be 20 weeks on Monday! It's definitely by the grace of God that I've made it this far...I just keep thinking of how many times I've looked forward to this point again and had those dreams dashed before they even started. I am feeling more and more confident as time goes on, but it's still hard to be completely vulnerable, you know? I've been praying that this baby will be ready and come a little "early". By that I mean maybe within the week before my "EDD". I know that seems juvenile, but none of my children have ever come before their dates, and that's fine...I don't hold them to a specific date, but my 2 previous UC's were castor oil babies. ;) (Successful and not unpleasant experiences, FWIW...and DD1 "doesn't count" as she was AROM at home) My Bishop Score was always extremely high though, very dilated (at least 5cm each time, mostly effaced...I just do that stuff early I guess), good consistent engagement, optimally positioned, good station, etc, etc.... But anyway, with this baby and UC, I just feel like with this thyroid stuff being newer to me I just don't want to have to start feeling concerned about dates if baby stays in for quite a while. It might seem silly to others, but it's just something on my mind a lot lately, so I figured I might as well pray about it. :)
I've been feeling pretty good lately, overall. I feel huge already, and sometimes I catch my reflection in the mirror or the window and it scares me to think of getting bigger (I don't feel like I look that huge in my pics, but it always seems more dramatic "IRL" LOL). Thankfully my SPD hasn't worsened over the last month, and I've been really careful about it and my SI joint issues, though I am dealing with sciatica every now and then. I've been able to keep a fair amount of maintenance on my weight gain, though, but it's still always on the forefront of my mind. I'm up about 15lbs from the start though- again, with no loss in the beginning as opposed to all the times in the past- so I'm still a little nervous about not knowing when/how I'll gain this time. But I've been working out regularly and just feel "good" in that regard. I was running up the stairs at a hotel we stayed in a few days ago and I felt crazy noticeably "light" and it was weird. LOL
However, heartburn is coming on with a vengeance. I definitely know bad heartburn, with DD1 it was horrible and I suffered the effects of esophageal burns for months afterwards since I didn't start Pepcid Complete until late in my pregnancy (my FIL rec'd it because he has seen it to be one of the most effective meds out there, even moreso than some RX's, and he also takes it himself for some severe gastroesophogeal troubles). So I started taking them once, maybe twice, a day. However, I wasn't dealing with candida issues back then...and then the candida took over my poor body and I learned how bad antacids are (alone and for candida growth), so I've tried to avoid them if at all possible since then. And d-limonene and manuka honey (as well as digestive enzymes and sometimes papaya) have worked well for me since then. But recently the heartburn has become so bad at times that I cannot get on top of it with anything natural, and I've resorted back to Pepcid Complete occasionally. I'm trying not to worry about it, but when I say I struggle with candida, that's putting it lightly. So yeah, it's actually a fairly big issue for me. But at the same time, this whole experience is just one more thing that makes me kinda think GIRL!
Baby's HR is still usually around 155bpm, rarely over 160 anymore, and sometimes into the 140's. But it's more similar to DD2's than to DS's, so another thing that sort of makes me think girl.
And I feel like I might be carrying *slightly* higher this time...though I guess with the weight gain being drastically different this time it's really hard to judge at this point. But I've always carried ridiculously low each time in the past. The majority of my movements are still in the lower half of my abdomen, but I do get plenty of random kicks/rolls at the top and sides. My children have all been able to feel baby move for a few weeks now, but DH hasn't yet. His timing is always off. But soon enough I'll be able to snuggle up to him and the baby can kick the crap out of him at night. LOL