Second Trimester - second surrogacy journey

The lovely second trimester. I have reached the easy part of pregnancy and I’m loving it. He’s moving around, especially when my kids are loud or music is playing. He was bouncing during my kid’s entire school holiday concert. The 24/7 nausea is gone. I haven’t had a headache in weeks. I’m a little less tired but I did bring in the New Year by falling asleep at 8pm and waking up 11 hours later. The only thing to complain about is the acid reflux. It is so bad in the evenings that it has caused me to throw up. I think I have found a rhythm to my eating routine that has eased the pain for the past week.

We had our 20 week ultrasound a few weeks ago and everything looks great. The intended parents were able to attend via Facetime. The original plan was for the intended parents to visit Bozeman for a few days around the ultrasound so they could attend in person and meet my midwives and tour the birth center. Flexibility during a surrogacy journey is important for all parties. You never know what life will bring. Life brought a cancer diagnosis to the intended father when I was 6 weeks pregnant. He had surgery this fall to remove a tumor and is now getting chemo and will most likely still be getting chemo treatments when his baby arrives. They have a lot on their plate so a 7 hour drive for an appointment was out of the question. I’m just relaxing in Montana, growing their baby so they have one less thing to worry about.

Another thing the second trimester brought was more progesterone. Since I gave birth to the last surrogate baby at 34 weeks, it was suggested that I take progesterone supplements during the second half of the pregnancy in hopes it will keep him in until he is full term. At exactly 20 weeks, I started taking a progesterone suppository. So far, the symptoms are few compared to the 3 a day progesterone suppositories I had to take weeks before and after the embryo transfer.

I often get asked if this is my last pregnancy. I have the same answer as I did during my last pregnancy, definitely. But as you all know, the last pregnancy was not my last! So, who knows what the future will bring. My 10 year old daughter wants me to do this forever. She really wants me to carry some girls since the last 3 pregnancies were boys. I’m ready to travel the world without restriction and eat sushi! Maybe I’ll get the pregnancy itch again when I forget about the nausea and fatigue.

Amber Campanelli ~ The Honest Surrogate