Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Week Nine

October 5th-October 11th

Week nine has been full of fun stuff. The biggest difference is how great I've been feeling! The only symptom is a little bit of nausea after breakfast. At the beginning of this week my sister also had her baby! Three weeks early. I already had my ticket to go home around her due date so I will get to see him soon.

On Sunday I had reached nine weeks and tried once again to find the heartbeat. Took me a few minutes but I found it!! I had heard the heart beat last at 6 weeks 5 days. Given my history, waiting a month to hear it again was going to be really hard. Especially when I was used to losing the baby by that time.

Justin had been gone all of week eight and half of week nine. That's life in the military. Actually he got to come home last week for our paperwork appointment. He got home on Wednesday and had the rest of the week off. He hadn't heard the heartbeat yet with the at home doppler so I did it once more for him. The look on his face was priceless.

His birthday was also Saturday. We celebrated a little all week. Olive Garden one night, cake another night. I surprised him with trick candles. It was pretty funny. We went to Rochester to spend time with his aunt and uncle and they took us to Mexican! We had also bought pumpkins. This was for our pregnancy announcement. We had planned on announcing Wednesday the 15th. I had painted the pumpkins and set up the picture. Justin said he wanted to go ahead and announce because we were both excited seeing it all come together and lets face it, I'm a pushover! Plus I was excited as well.

                                                        So here is our announcement picture!

Week Eight

September 28th-October 4th

The first have of this week was miserable. The all day nausea kicked my butt. The second half was so much better. I only felt sick after breakfast for about two hours. My sleeping habits have been hard to change. I can't get comfortable unless I am on my back. I know in the second trimester I should be sleeping on my side only so I've been trying to get in the habit of it. At the beginning of this week I woke up with my back hurting pretty badly after laying on my side... Is it to early for a body pillow?

In addition to hurting my back the first day of the week I was also having major cramps the first two days, with no more spotting. As if anything else could be added to that I had picked up some Activia. Heard it was great during pregnancy when you're backed up. I had one that morning with my breakfast and yes it did work wonderfully. Maybe it is just a coincidence but I felt horrible sick afterwards. I was at the toilet thinking I would 100% be throwing up for the first time this pregnancy.

Tuesday I had an appointment at my OB/GYN to do some paperwork.This was close to the time I had lost two previous babies so I asked for a heartbeat check but had no luck. I was sent for lab work afterwards. Just your typical iron, HIV tests ect. Seven tubes of blood and a urine test. I've passed out after four tubes so I was really nervous going in. This lab has wonderful people though. Been three times in the past month and I hardly feel it. I had asked for wet paper towels before we started and brought water but I never needed it.

On Friday, my home doppler arrived in the mail. It was my sisters and my mom thought I could use it during this pregnancy. My sister found a heartbeat at nine weeks and with only being two days from that, I tried to find ours but no luck. I wasn't worried though. It was still really early.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Week Seven

September 21st-27th 

Oh the cravings. With my second I craved mustard. With my third it was Chic-fil-a. I loved their chicken. Got either the nuggets or sandwich and a fruit cup. Craved it enough that I received a gift card to Chic-fil-a for Christmas. This time around it has been more of a food aversion. I always want cold stuff. It settles on my stomach better. I actually let my dinner sit and get cold one night before eating it. I fell in love with Luigi's Lemon Italian Ice. The lemon helps with my nausea and the cold settles on my stomach so much better.

Before getting pregnant I was a coffee drinker. Loved my coffee. In the month that I've know I was pregnant I have only had three cups and usually I didn't drink the whole thing. A few sips and I was satisfied. I bought these candies to help with the cravings in the beginning: Werther's Original Caramel Coffee hard candies. They are really good if you love coffee

Once again I started spotting at the end of the week. I called the OB and they said if it got heavy to go to the hospital but it lightened up each time I used the bathroom and the next day it was only once in the morning that I seen blood. I did some more reading. When I freak out about the pregnancy I always pray and then do some research. He always has a way of calming me down with just one article. This time I came across one that listed all the reasons for bleeding: Eptopic (already had my ultrasound), Sex (None, my husband refuses since I'm high risk), Lifting (N/A), lots of activity (been taking it very easy since the day I found out I was pregnant), Miscarriage (always a possibility) and one I hadn't heard before.

It said some people don't produce enough hormones. This has been the case with me many times. Although this time I've always tested where I needed to be. As a result at four, eight and twelve weeks, when you normally get your period, you may see some light spotting and some period like cramping. This just made sense to me. The first time I spotted was right when I found out I was pregnant (4 weeks) and now only two days from being 8 weeks.

Week Six

September 14th-20th 

At the beginning of this week my symptoms started to disappear. This happened with my last pregnancy, just a few days before I had seen my OB and when I finally did they couldn't find a heartbeat. I was pretty convinced that, that was what was happening again. I wasn't scheduled to see my  regular doctor until the 18th (Three days later). When I went in I told her about all the symptoms disappearing. She didn't seem that concerned so I asked if she would put in for another HCG test. Especially because I didn't know how long it would take for the referral for the OB to go through and the appointment to get set up. I went and had my HCG test done as soon as I left. The next day I started spotting again. My husband came home from work to take care of me. I told him it wasn't necessary but I guess they sent him home for that purpose. I got a call from the OB while he was home. They had got my referral and looking at my history they wanted to see me that day for an ultrasound! Right before my appointment the labs called with my HCG test results. I was told they came back in the normal range so that immediately took a huge weight off my shoulders. I'm not used to hearing that. The ultrasound showed a baby and a heartbeat measuring six weeks, five days.

I had mentioned having low progesterone with blood work I had done in Arizona and in my last pregnancy. He had said there is no scientific proof that progesterone could help but that it wouldn't hurt either and gave me the choice if I wanted it. I figured since it won't hurt why not at least try it. Since then not many of my symptoms have come back. My cramping has stopped. Actually the only thing that seems to have come back is the oily skin and hair and the tender, enlarged breasts. The oily hair is annoying me more than any other symptom including nausea. I've never had this problem before and not sure how to handle it.

The last time I had progesterone it was taken orally and I hated it! I even cried at how bad it was the first few times. This time around I get the vaginal ones. Each box had 15 packets which had the two pieces you see on the left. You insert the bottom piece into the one with the green cap and remove the cap. You use it just like you would a tampon. Inject the cream and toss out the plastic.