|A very early positive|
Since I have been keeping this pregnancy secret for some time now I have few weeks worth of events to catch you all up on. Clearly there will be some bump update (not every week), baby posts, and all that sort of stuff making itself fully known here on this little blog of mine over the next year. I will try to not only post about just baby stuff while still trying to document all that sort of stuff.
To start, I am currently in my 10th week of pregnancy. It's not been easy on me to say the least, but let's jump back a bit, shall we?
I found out I was expecting in early December and no it wasn't a shock. We had been working with a specialist so when I saw the positive I was cautiously optimistic. The reason I wasn't jumping for joy was simply because I knew there were several large follicles prior to triggering. The chance of multiples was clearly there. After making the proper calls, they scheduled an ultrasound pretty early on. At the first ultrasound the doctor told me I was "indeed pregnant, however, the results are inconclusive as to how many." He could only tell me for sure that there was at least 1 gestational sac, but several shadows he was finding could have indicated more. I would have to wait two weeks and come back for them to give me a definitive answer.
A dreadfully long two weeks later we found out that we were pregnant with just one "very healthy" baby. It was kind of funny, though. She prepped me beforehand to warn me not to freak if there is more than one as some passed out on her yesterday. I assured her I would be good as long as she didn't say the words "Baby D." If you didn't know they label multiples in utero via letters, not numbers. She stated the first sonogram "sucked" as far as what it showed as there are two possible shadows she sees that she believed could be late implanting embryos. I am happy there is just one healthy baby. The only additional concern at this point was that my lab work indicated my progesterone was steadily dropping. Never a good thing. They put me on Endometrine 3 times daily to counteract this. So far so good. It is a dreadful medicine, but it's doing what it's supposed so I have to deal with it. Once the specialist confirmed the viability they passed me along to the OB.
My OB, whom I love, deals with normal to some in-house high-risk patients. She works hand in hand with MFM (Maternal Fetal Medicine, think high-risk specialist). I'm classified right now as high-risk based off of Bear being born 6 weeks early due to preeclampsia. My doc is very proactive about this and does not want to mess around. She has me taking my BP and wants to be notified if it hits anything over 130. Additionally, at my 8-week appointment, she ordered extra Lab work, a 24-hour urine collection, and the dreaded glucose test all to be completed within a week.
|Nothing like carrying around two jugs of your own urine|
into a doctors office to be told someone would come and get them.
Yes, I washed the bag after this despite the jugs being in a medically sealed bag.
I did the 24-hour urine collection and then when I handed it in also did the lab work and glucose test. The awful flavor of this drink kills me. Who on earth decided on this flavor is beyond me. It's dreadful. I have a few more of these tests to look forward too over the course of this pregnancy. I passed both tests thankfully. A few more weeks until I need to possibly do them again.
So far morning sickness is kicking my butt big time! It's different from my first pregnancy. I was sick in the morning from about 2 am to noon. With this one, I am nauseous randomly throughout the day but I notice it more when I first wake up and in the evening around dinner time. Bear is adjusting to it as best as possible. I keep a large cup near me at all times just in case which Bear has learned not to touch. Thankfully, it was an easy thing for him to learn. I do as much as I possibly can try to make sure that I am spending as much time with Bear as I used to, even if that means using aqua doodle with him while I lay on the couch.
Sleep is a hard thing lately. This time, it isn't because of the heartburn. I thank heavens for that one! I learned early not to eat much, if anything, after 7-8pm so it's not killing me at night. However, sleeping is not the most comfortable thing lately. Be the medicine or hormones I don't know, but I'm having hot flashes randomly and body aches. I thought all of this came later. I'm picking up a body pillow soon and hopefully that will help. I also added a humidifier to the room to combat the dry air. It's working beautifully.
I think this a big of enough update for now. I have another appointment coming up soon and will update again then. Hopefully, some of these ailments will mild out by then.