Just as I’ve said plenty of times before about conceiving a child, no tells you all the things you should really know about TTC before you embark on the adventure and the very same goes for pregnancy. Some people love surprises. I’m not one of those people. I like to know. I like to plan. I like to have realistic expectations. You know? Well, my first trimester was one heck of a learning experience, that’s for sure.
I found out I was pregnant at about 4 weeks. The day after I found out, I called my doctor and they wanted me in the office that day to get some bloodwork and a urine sample. Similar to last time, they really wanted to watch my HCG and progesterone levels to make sure they were progressing normally and there weren’t any abnormalities that would lead them to think I was having another ectopic pregnancy. Unfortunately, it was too early to detect through ultrasound, so they scheduled me for the day I turned 6 weeks. Until then, I looked for every little sign to reassure me that this pregnancy was different and went back and forth for blood work (HCG levels were properly increasing and progesterone was strong! Such a little victory that felt like the first good step)!
From weeks 4-6, I experienced so many pregnancy symptoms that I didn’t have the opportunity to experience with my last pregnancy. For starters, my eating habits immediately changed. I am not a huge breakfast person and I was CRAVING breakfast every morning along with coffee (no worries, I made sure to watch this intake and monitor it as needed). I was always hungry and ready to eat. One thing I really had no clue about was the amount of gas pregnancy causes! Woah! This caused a ton of bloating and I had that on top of a pattern of extreme bathroom issues (if you know what I mean). Seriously, so much was happening down there…
The “morning sickness,” which warrants a whole other post on its own, set in the very day I turned 5 weeks. I was expecting a little throw up to start my morning and move on with my day, but let me tell you… NOTHING is ever easy in my world, ha! Why do I expect normal things to happen in my not-so-normal life?! I was blessed with all day, every day sickness. More details to come soon, no worries.
Lastly, the sleep! I have always been an early to bed, early to rise kind of person who really embraces napping on the weekends. But pregnancy has brought my sleep activity way up (which most people in my life didn’t think could happen). I was sleeping in as much as I could to make it to work on time, napping right after work, and heading to bed around 7:30pm. I was getting so much sleep and never really feeling like I was well rested. I felt like I could sleep 20 hours out of the day- just like my dog! It was crazy, but you better believe I embraced every moment of sleep I could get 😉
Now, with all these pregnancy symptoms you would think my mind could be at ease knowing that my body is doing its job preparing a special place for this tiny human to grow and develop. I remember hitting week 5 and having a complete meltdown on my way to work. That’s when I lost my last pregnancy and it just hit me. I didn’t know if I was doing things right, I didn’t know if the baby was in the right spot, and I really didn’t know anything about this pregnancy at the moment. I was waking up 10+ times at night to go to the bathroom and check to make sure I wasn’t bleeding, so I wasn’t getting great sleep and was super tired throughout my days. The anxiety was real and the nightmares about pregnancy loss were frequent.
The day I turned 6 weeks, I went in for an ultrasound. I remember having tears in my eyes and sweaty palms just walking into that room because the memories came flooding back from last summer. I wanted more than anything for the baby to be in the right spot and for things to look good and normal. My hubby was deployed for work, so he was joining via FaceTime and I brought my mom with me for some extra moral support, thankfully. The tech began the ultrasound and her words never sounded so magical, “yup-here it is!” She turned the screen to show me and there it was; just a little peanut-shaped blob on the screen! She explained how it’s in the uterus and is looking normal; she even pointed out the little fluttering heart! The tech printed out some pictures and I went off to talk with the doctor. I cannot even explain the amount of relief and excitement I had.
Step 1: conceive a baby in the uterus…CHECK!
After that, I thought for sure the fun would begin: announcements to family, going pinterest crazy, start the shopping, confirm a boy and girl name…etc. It was definitely an exciting moment that I will forever cherish.