My 13 Week Update was getting a tad long, so I left a few things to talk about for this week. One of which, is that we celebrated my Mother’s 60th Birthday (Happy Birthday Mommy!!) and it was a really special evening. Time with family is important and it always means a lot to all of us; we really enjoy spending time together.
During this celebration, we asked my Sister and my Brother-in-Law to be our Baby’s Godparents. Since my nieces and nephew did not know about our big news yet, we took this as a good time to let them know that they will have a new cousin. My eldest niece looked a bit apprehensive, and when we asked if she could give me a hug, she slowly said no like she was afraid to… but then she quickly asked to do my hair, so all was well. My Sister showed my Nephew the sonogram photo and showed him where the hands, head etc were. It was very special.
How am I feeling this week? I am still constantly feeling several aches and pains in my tummy area. In this photo -> , the baby was about 2 inches long and by week 14, it is suppose to be around 3.5 inches long so there is a lot happening in there and it is no wonder why I am so sore! My back pain has subsided- that is, until my SO starts rubbing it and it feels like heaven. I don’t notice how tense and achy it feels until I get a bit of relief from it. I rarely feel nauseous anymore. I am getting more & more acid reflux which is unpleasant, but it is nothing compared to the nausea I had been feeling.
I have started to feel my energy returning a bit but there are some days where I NEED a nap. Yes, it keeps me up a bit later at night, but I rather sleep while I can and when my body feels like I need it. I am constantly feeling dehydrated so water is my best friend lately but my diet has suffered this past week.
I have had more McDonald’s than I would ever like to admit and while it’s a bit gross, their poutines have been one of my cravings. I crave cheese curds all the time, which may be a sign I need more calcium so I am trying to eat more cheese and drink more milk but all my tummy enjoys right now is water. I will continuously work on my diet and not make myself feel guilty over the few bad cheat meals I’ve had. It’s all about balance and I am sure my salad cravings will return soon.
I have also reached the itchy skin phase. My tummy gets a bit itchy but it is mostly my chest area that feels itchy the most frequently. Speaking of my chest- WOW. Since I have been small chested my entire life, (a kid called me a brick wall in elementary school… what a cool kid, right?) any change is extremely noticeable for me. Not only am I dealing with an itchy chest but bras are almost useless at this point. The ones I usually wear barely fit anymore and so I try not to wear anything unless I NEED to. If I do wear them, it seems to chafe and the dryness makes it all hurt more. Needless to say, I am extremely excited to go shopping soon. My Sister and I will be making plans to go to Thyme Maternity very soon and I can’t wait. (We went on Saturday, April 9th- post will be coming soon!)
I am still able to wear my old jeans- those are fitting for the most part. They are definitely not as comfortable as they used to be, but for now, they are not bad. A few shirts have become too tight though and I am wearing some of the maternity clothes my Sister had given me. I am very thankful to have those articles of clothing; I feel so much more comfortable while wearing them. One shirt in particular, was a shirt my parents gave my Sister while she was pregnant, and while she wore it when her belly was much bigger and she was much further along in her pregnancy, it is one of the most comfortable shirts I now own. I wore it during my Mother’s birthday celebrations and it is the first family event where I felt like I looked pregnant and not just bloated. My Mom even said that if people didn’t know I was expecting and they saw me, they would be wondering to themselves if I was pregnant. Exciting!
The dreams and nightmares are continuing. I can’t even have a small nap without having crazy dreams. I still don’t feel rested most of the time, but the important thing is that I am sleeping. I have started to notice that my arms and legs go a bit numb while I am laying down, which is also normal from what I have read. It doesn’t happen all the time and it is mostly just a minor tingly feeling so it’s not a big deal. Last week I had migraines four days in a row, which was not fun, and sleep was the only thing that fixed it. I almost have a checklist to go through when they hit: sleep, water, a bit of sugar. If none of those things work, then I just have to wait it out. I haven’t used Tylenol at all yet, but my Sister said that just dealing with the pain is not worth it and to take a Tylenol since I rarely use it anyway. I know she is right but as a person who rarely feels the beneficial effects of Tylenol, it’s hard to convince myself that taking it is worth it.
One last thing I have noticed, is while I don’t get full on nose bleeds, I feel congested a lot more and when I do blow my nose, there is always blood on the kleenex. All normal, ladies! There is more blood circulating through your body while you’re pregnant and the veins in your nose are already very delicate. Nose bleeds would only become a concern if they happen frequently and with a large amount of blood loss. Can’t hurt to mention all of your symptoms to your Doctor! Which, brings me to speak of my second Doctor’s appointment.
April 5, 2016- Doctor Appointment #2
This appointment could not have gone any smoother. My Dr gave us the results of all of my blood tests- all is well! She said that I am immune to Rubella, my thyroid is fine and my iron levels are extremely good for a pregnant woman (she told me I’m at 136, so even when my iron levels eventually decrease, I have a lot of leeway). This was nice to hear since I hadn’t been able to donate blood a few times back when I was a vegetarian due to a low iron count. We then checked my blood pressure which was good and she weighed me (111 lb). She said I was gaining the weight back that I had lost during the first trimester which she was very happy about and my BMI is 18. Yes, that’s a bit underweight but to be in the “normal” range, I would have to be at 18.5 so I’m not that far off and I still haven’t gained ALL of my weight back. It was a great appointment. We set up the next TWELVE appointments, all the way to the end of September. When we reached October she said, “We’ll see where you’re at when we get there- if you go past your due date, we’ll have more appointments to see what the options are.” October- you feel so far and SO close all at once. The next appointment will be on May 3rd, and then on May 10th will be the next ultrasound! One more month until we can do our gender reveal! Exciting! My Doctor said the dizziness will continue throughout the pregnancy, so just take things slow, if I lose a lot of feeling due to numbness while I lay down to mention it to her and the aches and pains are normal. When I spoke to her about how I have non stop dreams/nightmares she said that while it is normal, if it gets to the point of it causing me to lose sleep (only sleeping 2 hrs a night etc) then I need to tell her. There are a few medications that are available to me if I desire but no matter what, I don’t think I would take that route. She said the medications would get a bit complicated when it comes to which ones I can take, when I take them, how close to my delivery date I am… a bunch of factors are involved. I don’t think it will get to the point where that will seem necessary but it is good to know there are options available if any ladies are going through it! Next week, I have to return to do part two of the Trisomy 21 blood tests but that won’t take long.
Tomorrow we are going to sign the lease for our new apartment! I can’t wait.
Stay tuned to hear about my first Maternity Shopping experience and items purchased at Thyme Maternity (best shopping trip I’ve ever had) and to hear about Week 15!
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