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Heartbeat!

My baby has a heartbeat! It also hates ultrasound, apparently.

My midwife was using the little handheld doppler to find the heartbeat, and the baby must have been moving around, because it took longer than it should have. She even put a new battery in the doppler so it would work better. As soon as my midwife found the heartbeat, the baby moved away again. She said the baby really seems to hate the ultrasound! She even wrote in my chart ‘baby hates doppler.’. Haha.

So I think we will avoid getting an ultrasound unless something comes up later in pregnancy. I don’t really want to subject the baby to something it hates! The good news is not knowing the baby’s sex will save us from getting pink princess outfits or only blue sports outfits.

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Interesting results from my prenatal blood testing.

My midwife says my vitamin D level is ‘really really really low’ (yes, she used three reallys!). As in 33 when the range is 30-150. This is surprising because I normally take 1,000 units daily, and I upped to 4,000 units since a few weeks after conception. 4,000 units is a very large dose (the RDA is 200 units, just enough to prevent rickets), so I am amazed that my level can still be so low!!!! Anyway, she wants me at 20,000 units for the forseeable future. That’s the amount of D you might get with 20 minutes of sunlight.

I wonder what’s up with my body – maybe it doesn’t process vitamin D well?? I’m glad she decided to test my vitamin D levels, I thought it would be unnecessary because of the dose I was taking, but sheesh!

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Not much to report anymore. Most of the nausea and bad symptoms have disappeared. I mostly feel great! I’ve puked a couple times, because apparently my supplements no longer agree with me. I discovered a great way to get them down: eat each one with a bite of applesauce.

My lower belly sticks out in a way that it didn’t before. It’s a bit more rounded, and I think it would be more obvious if my boobs hadn’t also grown, throwing the proportions off. I wonder how much longer before people at work start suspecting. I’d say I have a while; my uniform top is a baggy sweatshirt (I work at a gym).

I had my second appointment with my midwives, and my husband came along this time! He approves, which is a big relief. She tried to listen to the baby’s heartbeat with the doppler, but couldn’t find it. I was concerned, but she said it was still a bit soon to hear it, and let me feel my uterus so I’d know I was progressing. It was really, really neat to feel my uterus! It’s not like something I can feel every day. Being pregnant is only going to get more exciting from here.

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Week 10

Ow. What’s with the back pain? I’m only 2 months pregnant! It’s way down low, by my tailbone, and feels like a muscle that hasn’t been pulled yet, but is very irritated. At least it’s not up by my kidneys. But I can’t crack my back (which is a ?! all of it’s own), can’t massage or stretch it away, can’t make it dissipate with heat. I don’t know what to do!

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Week 9

I’m so frustrated this week. Of course this is holiday time, with family members visiting left and right, so no wonder I’m testy. But I really don’t enjoy taking it out on my husband. He has been rather understanding that pregnant wife = grumpy wife and that I can’t really help it. Actually he has been really great overall so far. He’s not even freaked out. Let’s see what happens when I start to show.

I need to counteract this negativity with some things that are great.

Loving the lime tea I got from my mom.

We are buying a house, and will be home soon.

The elephants upstairs moved out.

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When I’m tired lately, because I’m pregnant and I’ve gone off my anti-depressants, almost nothing helps. If I take a hot shower, it dries out my skin more and makes me itch. Food pleasures are out, as almost everything seems vile and disgusting. But the one reliable path to bliss is laying around, awake and dreaming. I swear I can enter this weird state in which I’m mostly awake and intermittently alert, but also letting my dreaming mind take over. It’s not daydreaming, as I’m not controlling it, and, well, I know what daydreaming feels like and this isn’t it. Light sleep? Awake and dreaming? I don’t know, but I’ll lay there for hours in complete bliss, and feel so happy and full and wonderful. I love it.

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Week 8

There has definitely been less nausea all week. I’m a little less picky on what I eat, but only a little. It’s pretty frustrating to have to go out and buy a veggie sub everyday, but at least I don’t want pizza or candy bars.

Apparently my uterus is now the size of an orange.

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