14 weeks

After a roller coaster first trimester, the last 2 weeks have absolutely flown by!

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How many weeks pregnant? 14 weeks and 4 days

Days until Due Date? Just over 25 weeks

Baby is the size of a… Lemon!

Best moment this week? Today is my fourth day in a row without needing nausea medication! I’ve still been sick and throwing up occasionally, but I haven’t needed the meds and I’m feeling heaps better!

Pregnancy Symptoms? Apart from the nausea, I’ve started getting reflux and heartburn. Today I sneezed and felt an intense pain in my pelvis. Dr google tells me it’s probably round ligament pain – a pretty normal thing!

Cravings? Milo! I haven’t had the stuff in years! Also lollies, particularly redskins. And marmalade on toast.

Food aversions? Meat. Can’t cook it or smell it or watch it on TV without gagging. I haven’t really touched it for 2 months! Though I did manage to eat a chicken and salad roll for lunch on Thursday and I was on a protein high for the rest of the day! I’m sure I’ll be able to eat it again soon enough.

Maternity clothes? Not yet. It doesn’t look like it, but I do have a slight bump! Fortunately most of my existing wardrobe is stretchy and accommodating. I will need to pick up a few basics within the next few weeks though.

Any nesting going on? Nope. Just planning for the nesting stage – I can’t wait! I’ve spent the best part of the last 2 months on the couch. My energy has picked up this week, so I have been catching up on work and housework. We need to have a big clean out and I’m planning on having a garage sale after footy season.

What am I looking forward to this week? I am finally going back to full time hours (my bank account will thank me!) but I am travelling for work. I am worried about being sick while being away, but I know I have my precious tablets if I need them!

The first trimester continued

After our positive first scan, I began to relax a little bit, however the sickness was getting worse. This was good thing though, as it helped my mind to think that everything was still ok. I worried on the odd days where I felt ok, but the sickness always came back, without fail!

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I felt comfortable enough to make my first (and only) purchase so far – this pregnancy planner from Kikki-k. It has a diary, shopping lists, to do lists, a spot to record a birth plan, and even feeding and sleep records for once bubs is born! It goes with me everywhere.

The weeks slowly ticked by.  I negotiated with work to work part time hours until I felt better. My mornings were horrible but I picked up (with the help of medication) in the afternoons. I was starting to feel better about the viability of the pregnancy after we passed the point where we lost bubs last time. Then I started spotting again at 10 weeks.

It was heavier than the first time but still no pain or cramps. I went back to the doctor once again to ask for a check up scan. My nuchal scan was still over 2 weeks away and I didn’t want to be hanging on to the anxiety for that long. The doctor wasn’t concerned about the spotting, but he was very sympathetic to my situation and gave me a referral. I was able to get in the same day. Damian was away for work and I didn’t want to go alone so I asked my mum to come with me. Again, I was nervous heading into the scan, and again I was afraid to look. Surely the worst had happened again.

But I need not have worried. My little blob had a strong heartbeat and had even grown arms and legs! The technician was great and said she sees it all the time. It is most often the uterus lining being dislodged by the growing placenta. Most people just reabsorb it, but for some people like me it comes out. Once again I was relieved. What a roller coaster!

NOLANALISHA20150708101201089And so the sickness continued. As did the anxiety every time I had a good day. Soon enough I was at 12 weeks and it was time for the magic 12 week scan. I felt more confident going into this one. I didn’t even close my eyes! On the screen we saw what was finally starting to look like a baby! We could see fingers and toes beginning to form. He/she was doing somersaults and waving. The right bits were in the right spots and everything was measuring on time. We were excited to finally announce to our extended family and friends!

So I’m having a baby…

The test

It was mothers day this year when I really knew that I was pregnant, however I was very reluctant to test. We had suffered a devastating miscarriage a few months earlier and were still recovering emotionally. I didn’t want to take the test on mothers day as it would have been heartbreaking if it had come up negative.

Still, I just knew. I had all the symptoms I’d had the previous time, only stronger. Sore boobs that suddenly grew 3 cup sizes overnight, extreme tiredness and very vivid dreams.

I waited until early the next morning to pee on the stick. Sure enough that second line came up right away! I crawled back into bed and waited for Damian to wake up before I told him the news. There was no jumping for joy or happy dances, as we knew there was quite a way to go before we could let ourselves get excited.

I had a day off work that day, so went to the doctor to get the requisite tests and referrals. We knew we were going to need support to get through those first few weeks, so we let our immediate family and close friends know right away. Then the countdown began to our first scan at 7 weeks.

At 6 weeks I started spotting and was heartbroken. It happened at the same time in my first pregnancy and I was convinced it was all over. Fortunately though, there was no pain and it never got heavier. I went back to the doctor to get another blood test and he was happy my HCG levels were rising normally which gave me some peace of mind.

The next day came the sickness. I have never been so sick in my life. I threw up 3 times within an hour of waking up and it would not stop. I took the day off work and called my mum who came and drove me the few hundred metres down the road to the doctor once again. He gave me a script for maxolon and I was able to drink and eat something decent for the first time in days. It didn’t last long and the next morning I was sick again, but this time there was streaks of blood. I called nurse on call and they recommended I head into emergency. My lovely mum came back and took me to the hospital.

We didn’t have to wait long before I was taken to a bed, given a gown to change into and a wonderful drug called Ondansetron. Within 15 minutes the nausea had calmed right down and I was able to eat a hydralite icypole. Then I was able to eat soup. They were satisfied I was hydrated enough and sent me back home after a few hours.

I spent the next week on the couch. I let my managers at work know as they were getting concerned my “tummy bug” was hanging around for an awfully long time! I was existing on crackers, water, sour lollies and cups of soup. I couldn’t cook and I couldn’t stand the sight or smell of meat. My mum and my mum in law very kindly made some meals to keep Damian going.

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Finally I made it to 7 weeks and it was time for our first ultrasound. I was very nervous going in. It was the same ultrasound last time that showed there wasn’t a baby developing. I told the technician I would close my eyes and he could tell me when it was safe to look. It didn’t take him long before he said I might want to check out the screen. And there it was – a tiny little blob with a flickering heartbeat! I cried with relief. Things finally looked like they were going to be ok!