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When 3 become 4 ๐Ÿ’™โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

February 4, 2019
It's a boy pregnancy reveal.

I finally feel brave enough to discuss my pregnancy now we are over half way and had our 20-week scan ๐Ÿ’™! I feel I have been in hiding with it for the past few months, but this time round I have been so sick. Morning sickness wasnโ€™t just in the morning and through the months of November and December was relentless and 24/7 of feeling sick and actually being sick to the point I was prescribed anti sickness tablets to get me through my worst days. But thatโ€™s all in the past now and am feeling great in the second trimester thankfully! 

When I was diagnosed with Stargardts in 2017, my hopes of having a sibling for Harvey were completely crushed. I had to wait several months to determine whether I had the dominant gene that would be passed to Harvey or any other children we may have, or the recessive gene that would stop at me. Thankfully I have the recessive gene, so Harvey and any other children we would have, stood a less than a 1% chance of having Stargardts too. Then there was the fact that with subsequent pregnancies, my vision may deteriorate, so this was something I had to really consider. Although the specialists at Moorfields reassured me that pregnancy shouldnโ€™t have any affect on my Stargardts, I am aware that this hasnโ€™t ever really been properly studied and talking to other people from the support groups made me realise that actually, pregnancy can possibly progress the vision loss. Some peoples will go back to normal after the birth as it is hormone related and some peoples wonโ€™t, so it was a big decision to make. 

Me!
Me at the weekend.

Looking at my life and what Stargardts has taught me, is to live for the now and donโ€™t think too far ahead. There is no point in being scared of my vision progressing quicker now, as it may have anyway. The fact is, my vision isnโ€™t too bad right now and I would have a lot to give another child and for me, I didnโ€™t want Harvey to have all the worry of me and my eyesight by himself when he is older, that is something I seriously had to consider and think into the future about. He already worries if I lose my driving licence and he never passes his driving test so he can take me places and it breaks my heart that his head is full of things like that at such a young age. Iโ€™m hoping his new little sibling will be a welcome distraction from the sadness that we had before. 

A picture of a blue teddy bear.
Blue Teddy Bear

I have my check up at Moorfields in April, so I will know where my vision stands then and whether it is on the progression, but until then, I have a nursery to plan, little blue clothes to pick out, baby boy names to think of and lots of little boy toys to stock up on. Stargardts will have to take a back seat for now, it wonโ€™t be stealing this joy from me ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’™.

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4 Comments

  • Reply George Rector February 4, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Amen, Katie. Let nothing steal the joy of your family. Love and be loved. Congratulations, my friend!

    • Reply Katie February 28, 2019 at 11:12 pm

      Ahh thank you George, much appreciated x

  • Reply Niki March 18, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Keep strong Katie , this is a great website ! I love your make up page. I have my fears like you with my glaucoma. My check is April too in Gloucestershire. I never knew of this eye disease before. But meeting you on instagram I now know. Keep on the good work and I’d love to see a picture of one of your cats ! Love Niki (Glaucomarize ๐Ÿ˜Ž ) x ๐ŸŒน

    • Reply Katie April 25, 2019 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you Niki โค๏ธ Iโ€™m very pleased we met on instagram and you have taught me a lot about your condition too! I will send you a pic sometime of all my cats lol xx

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