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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pregnancy symptoms: 9.5 weeks

I'm doing pretty well considering this is the first trimester of my first pregnancy. More nausea this week than I've had recently but the seabands, preggie pop drops, and strategies to rest/limit stress seems to help (e.g., I've been working from home when I can so I can put my feet up when I need to, take naps, etc). I'm tired a lot but I let myself sleep 8-10 hours per night (whatever my body wants) and nap 1x per day most days (or at lease lie down w feet up and eyes closed for ~ 20 min). It seems to help. No real cravings but definitely food aversions. Nothing consistent but sometimes some foods just seem icky including things I love (e.g., salmon -- I never thought that would happen!).  Rather than cravings there are times when only certain foods sound like they won't make me barf (and anything else might). so it's less that I really want a certain food and more like it's the only thing that I can imagine eating and not feeling worse. My OB has offered to give me a Rx for the nausea but I don't think it's debilitating so I'll wait for meds unless I feel I really need them. I've been on so many meds to get to this point, continue to be on the hormones, etc that I'd like to do without meds at least through first trimester to give my and my baby's bodies a chance to do things naturally.

I gained weight this week -- I think it's baby weight although it could be lack of exercise/increased eating to combat nausea that's done it. This is the first weight I've gained since preggers and it's 3 lbs. The recommendations are to gain no more than 5 in the first trimester. I want to try to stick to that since I entered this pregnancy with a BMI of 26 thanks to 1.5 years of hormone treatments. Out of concern for the effects of maternal obesity on the baby--I have no worries about how gaining weight will affect my body image etc at this point. I've already wrestled with and beaten down those thoughts during the IF weight gain.

I also have a cold today. DH had it yesterday and is already feeling better today so we're pretty sure it's not the flu. But I'm taking the day off work today to rest since my immune system is weaker than his due to the pregnancy. So I want to try to direct all my energy to fighting this thing so it doesn't affect the baby. Plus it's making me even more tired than usual so I can't really focus enough to get work done anyway. Thank goodness for Netflix. I'll have a Mad Men marathon day today. :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

9 weeks update

here's what going on with my baby this week (from

Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She's starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Your baby's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby's basic physiology is in place, she's poised for rapid weight gain.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

8w4d ultrasound

We had our 8.5 week ultrasound today. We got to hear our bean's heartbeat and see his/her brain (the black spot in the baby's head isn't airheadedness but huge brainage), head, spinal column, and arm and leg buds. Heart rate and size are all good. fyi -- the small sac in the upper left hand corner is a hormone sac that takes care of our bean until my placenta kicks in (~ 12 weeks).

Our ultrasound tech (who has 4 kids) describe
our bean's size/shape as similar to a Teddy-graham. DH now imagines our baby as a mini-bear cooked to a golden crispy brown, which is so cute.

Here's the pic of our little
Teddy-graham. The arrows point (from top down) to head, arm bud, and leg bud:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Week 8 -- what my baby's up to


New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby's hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. You may be daydreaming about your baby as one sex or the other, but the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl. Either way, your baby — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it.

Week 8 bloodwork

You read that right -- I'm 8 weeks pregnant! This feels like quite a milestone as the first 8 weeks as especially high-risk. I'm so excited for Tuesday's ultrasound to get confirmation that our little bean is still doing well. But in the meantime I have to settle for blood tests. My nurse said they continue to look good:


So I get to wean off hte drugs even more! yay! I can stop the estrace altogether (the estrogen pills that I've been inserting vaginally 2x per day) and reduce my prometrium from 3x per day to 2x per day. This is huge for two reasons -- my nurse thinks that I'm probably so bloated because my e2 levels are so high so doing away with the estrace should help with that and wow I would love to be less bloated. Also the prometrium is the pill that I have to lay down for 30 min after I insert vaginally. So my only having to take 2x per day I can do in the AM before work and in the PM before bed and do away with the mid-day pill that was such a pain (tough to find a good time during the day to lay down for 30 mins -- and that's without a child!).

I've been feeling pretty good. Tired a lot. Taking some naps which for me is new as I'm not a napper. Bloated but that's nothing new. The nausea comes and goes. It's not consistent like it used to be which I think may be from reducing my e2 Vivelle patches from 4 to 3. So I'm having a lovely 1st trimester all things considered. :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Week 7 bloodwork

My weekly bloodwork results (sorry I didn't post these sooner -- the lab f'ed up and didn't do them Friday and I was out of town all weekend -- relaxing with DH and dear friends in Pennsacola Beach):

p4: 13
e2: 2332

CCRM nurse said these numbers are good. So we're starting to wean me off my meds (yay!). Starting with switching from 4 Vivelle patches (ERT) every other day to 3 patches. All else says the same for now.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I'd like to introduce you to our baby

We had our 6w4d ultrasound this AM. It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Here's our baby:

And we could see and hear the baby's heartbeat!!! I am in awe that this precious little baby is alive and well inside me.

Tears of joy just started streaming the second I saw the baby and then more when I saw the heart beat. And DH was kissing me and grasping my hands and then taking out his i-phone to record the heart beat then kissing me some more. We were both just so amazed by this!
Heard from CCRM -- heart rate was 106 which they say is a good result. And my nurse says that the size was also good. Yay for my healthy little bean!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

morning sickness

I now have no doubt about it -- morning sickness has set in. For the past few days, I have been nauseous all day long. It's better if I eat every 1-2 hours but I'm starting to find that's tough to do when you want to throw up! Luckily I haven't thrown up yet but the nausea does make it tough to be productive at work.

I've tried sea bands with mixed results. Some days I feel like they may be helping but other times I wonder if that's placebo effect. Today is one of the latter days.

The good news is that morning sickness = pregnancy! And I feel pretty confident now that this nausea is due to pregnancy and not to my medications.

Can't wait to see our little bean during tomorrow's ultrasound!!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Week 6 bloodwork results

Everything continues to look good:
HCG=19,917, p4=9.04, e2=2,449

It's hard to believe our little bean is still in there and still growing strong but the numbers suggest that is in fact the case! I'm to stay on my same medications. Our ultrasound is scheduled for Tuesday.

Week 6

Here's what's going on with the little bean this week (from

This week's major developments: The nose, mouth, and ears that you'll spend so much time kissing in eight months are beginning to take shape. If you could see into your uterus, you'd find an oversize head and dark spots where your baby's eyes and nostrils are starting to form. His emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head, and his arms and legs by protruding buds. His heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute — almost twice as fast as yours — and blood is beginning to course through his body. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs has appeared. His pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his brain, muscles, and bones. Right now, your baby is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Reassurance seeking

Well it's that time again. It's midway through the week and it's been a while since a medical professional reassured me that I am, in fact, pregnant. Thus, time to POAS to reassure myself.

Yep, still pregnant.

I have blodwork tomorrow to see how my e2 and p4 are doing. I'll throw in an HCG test as well because I like to hear that one is doing well too.

Today I'm trying sea bands. The nausea has gotten worse the past couple of days. Morning sickness starts around 6 weeks and given how my body likes to be nauseaus in response to girly hormones, I'm not surpised mine has come early. No puking thankfully and I hope it stays that way. But the neausea does make it hard to concentrate on work. And I'd like to be productive this summer and into Fall so if/when I'm less productive in the Spring and next Summer, it'll all even out. I've read mixed reviews about the sea bands so I'll let you know if they work for me.

Also the bloat has gotten worse. Yesterday I seriously looked preggers. Even in my A-line shirts that I've been wearing to cover the bloat -- a very clear bloat bump was visible. I'm hoping today's bloat doesn't get that bad. Not only is it uncomfortable but I'm headed into the office later today and am not ready for people who don't know I'm preggers to start asking (in case this doesn't work. which I know it probably will but still I'm not ready to deal with that yet).

Of course I love my pregnancy symptoms because they mean I'm pregnant! And they give me some reassurance that the little bean is progressing.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I must know who's going to deliver my baby at 5.5 weeks?!? Seriously?!?

I just called my OB/GYN's office to reschedule my 6.5 week ultrasound from Monday (when I thought I was supposed to do it) to Tuesday (when my nurse actually wants me to do it). My OB/GYN isn't available to do it on Tuesday. So I asked if someone else in the office could do it. The person on the phone told me no because if Dr. B (my OB/GYN) is going to deliver the baby then she has to do the u/s. I told them I have no idea at this point who's doing to deliver. I'm only 5.5 weeks pregnant. She insisted that whoever does the u/s has to deliver my baby. When I told her that I just need the u/s because my care is being coordinated out of state I think she almost lost her mind. She refused to schedule me for an u/s because I couldn't guarantee that the MD who did my u/s would be the one to deliver my baby. WTF?!  I know lots of women who switch from their OB/GYN to a different OB once they are preggers. This is not uncommon. And yet you'd think I'm the most high maintenance pregnant woman in this city!

So I just scheduled an appointment with the imaging center in the hospital that in-network for my insurance. I was hoping to get to do it with my OB/GYN or someone in her office (so we could share the moment with someone who somewhat knows us) but oh well. A tech that I've never met it is. DH will be with me so he and I can share the moment together regardless of who else is in the room.

What a weirdo that lady was. I tell ya, dealing with MD's, nurses, hospitals, scheduling people, insurance companies...It's enough to drive a girl bonkers. Do these people lose sight of the fact that their are in a customer service industry? That they have jobs that involve helping people? Seriously. Shame on them.

Ah CCRM I miss you already and I haven't even transitioned away from being your patient yet!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Child care

I just mailed off my application for the university's child care center. Yes I know my embie's only 5w3d old. But that's how things work down here. As soon as your preggers you need to get on the list because there's a LONG waiting list. So this application will put us on the waitlist for August 2012. If everything works out, the bean will be 4-5 months old by August and I'll have been able to stay at home with him/her from March-August which will be awesome.