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Week 22 today: I have been thinking recently a lot about my pregnancy, and want to remember all the details that I can. So I thought I would write a blog post about some of the things I have gone through in my pregnancy so far, and I would love to hear your pregnancy stories as well!
We got married in December 2008, and were not planning on trying to have children right away. We waited until about April 2009, and we decided to start trying. I went to the OB for my yearly exam in June, and she had me start taking Folic Acid pills, and I do think that helped a lot. There were a few times that I thought I was pregnant, because I was just so excited, but it didn’t actually happen until July. Unfortunately, I miscarried and we had to decide whether to wait a while or to continue to keep trying. We waited a month and then decided to not get discouraged and keep trying. At the end of September, I took a home pregnancy test after a missed period. It came back negative. I tried not to be disappointed, and waited to get my period. A few days later I decided to try again with a home pregnancy test, and it was negative again. I continued to wait not knowing what to do and a week later I took one more pregnancy test, with a positive! The day I found out was October 1, 2009. My husband and I were so happy, but we both decided to wait until our first appointment to announce it and make sure that this baby was going to make it. We did tell our parents and had them praying the whole time.
Finding out I had Hypothyroidism:
A few weeks after I found I was pregnant I also found out I had Hypothyroidism. We were so worried about all this affecting the baby, and I went to a specialist and got on medication right away. Thankfully, we caught it in time and they told us they were surprised I even go pregnancy because when not medicated hypothyroidism can cause difficulty in getting pregnant. We knew it was meant to be though, and are so thankful it all worked out.
First Doctor’s Visit and Ultrasound:
On October 23rd, we had our first Doctor’s visit to see the baby! I was so excited to see my little one and I was hoping everything was going to look good. I did not get to hear the heartbeat, but I did get to see it, and it was so exciting to see such a little thing beating! Even though it was my 8 week appointment, the baby measured at 6 weeks. Which was fine, they said I probably just got my dates wrong, and went by that instead of the date of my last period. The Due date the gave me was June 15th, 2010.
For awhile I thought I was going to be one of the lucky ones to miss the morning sickness, but soon after my appointment around 9 weeks, I started feeling so nauseous all the time. Luckily I never got sick, but the nausea lasted all day long. As for eating during this time, nothing ever appealed to me, and a lot of things made me gag or dry heave. Thing such as smelling food at the grocery store, or looking at dirty dishes, really started me in the gagging/dry heaving. I think at that time my husband thought I was absolute crazy! Just when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore with the nausea and living on crackers and popsicles, around week 12 it started to ease up and I got my appetite back!
Starting to Show:
At week 12 I realized it was not just me, and I was starting to show! I was so excited, and since then I have taken a belly picture every couple of weeks! I also started giving pregnancy updates through the thebump.com by posting a picture of the fruit size that the baby would be as big as each week! It has been a lot of fun! Here are the corresponding links to all my baby bump pictures:
I don’t know when it exactly started, I think it was around the beginning around week 12-15, but I started having the strangest dreams! I know that it is normal because of the hormones, but my husband and I have had a few good laughs of the dreams I have had. I even had one about my husband liking another woman! I had a few dreams about the baby one about having a girl, and one about having a boy. I had a few scary dreams about the baby dying, and I know it is just nerves. I don’t know how long these crazy dreams will last, but hopefully not too long! I also started getting stomach aches a lot. I thought it was from the medicine I take for my thyroid, but we found out it was just the pregnancy. I thought it was weird because I can count on one hand the number of times I have gotten stomachaches in my life, and these had me in bed, barely able to walk. I talked to my Doctor, and she said it’s not something that happens to everyone, but it’s not abnormal either. I felt better after that, and I haven’t had any in quite awhile now.
We all know that pregnancy woman get some crazy cravings, but so far I haven’t had anything too weird. Through the pregnancy I the things I have craved the most are:
Especially, apples and strawberries! I am not an apple person, but I have eaten quite a few during this pregnancy. The strawberries have been amazing. I can eat a whole pack in two days by myself!
The funny thing about this is, I do not really like popcorn. We have had several boxes of packages of microwave popcorn that my in-laws had given us, and they had sat in he cabinet up until now. Now I think there is only one package left!
I cannot tell you how many times I have craved pizza! I seem to never get enough and have some whenever I can! Either frozen or fresh!
Most recently, I have been craving chocolate and anything sweet I can get my hands on. After seeing a commercial for Kit Kats on tv, I knew I must have one! So I asked my husband to get one for me on the way home, not only did he bring me a Kit Kat, but he also brought me reeses and snickers!! I tried making some snickerdoodles, since they are very sweet as well, but they didn’t come out as well!
I remember exactly the first time I felt the baby kick. I was at 16 weeks, and I wasn’t sure if it was the baby or just bubbles or something! But now I as it continues to be more and more, I am sure that was the first time. We still can’t really feel him kick on the outside yet, and my husband is anxious to feel him so I hope it is soon, but I definitely can feel him almost all the time now!
Finding Out the Gender and Announcing Names:
On January 28, 2010, we were able to have my ultrasound and find out what the gender was! We found out it was a boy, and the pictures were so clear and easy to see, I was so thankful! Adam was moving all around and kicking and was really awake! Everything was looking good, but there was one thing with the heart they will be double checking in March with another ultrasound. They told me it’s nothing to worry over, so I am thinking it is just a precaution. I did not cry at the ultrasound and neither did my husband, but of course we were so happy! My husband is very excited to be having a boy since that is what he really wanted first, and even though I wanted a girl first, I am happy to be having this little boy, already love him dearly!
The crying stage must have started now, because I find myself often crying over silly things such as spilling some juice I was trying to make on the floor. My poor husband doesn’t know what to do with me! He is good though and takes it all in stride. I am surprised it has not started before this, because I had heard women were emotional throughout the entire pregnancy.
The back pain has definitely made its way these past few weeks, and is getting worse. I called my doctor today for some suggestions, because I am having trouble sleeping from it. I had sclerosis before the pregnancy which made my spine already curved in, and now with the baby popping out my spine is curved in so bad. I now that back pain is normal, and I am trying to take it in stride, because I know I still have a ways to go.
Well this is how my pregnancy has been so far. I am at 22 weeks so I am sure more is to come! At the end I will have to make another post about the rest. I would love to hear your pregnancy stories, about things that happened to you, or funny cravings, just leave me a comment!