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I’m writing this post much later than I expected.  When we first discovered we are blessed to bring another child into our family, I had all sorts of plans to share.  But, as pregnancy goes for me, none of that happened.

As I sat to write, it was the 17th week of this pregnancy, so I’m playing a bit of catch up when it comes to the updates, but hang tight, they’re coming!  In today’s post, I’m highlighting our first months so far.

Take a look at my belly so far:

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Just finding out!

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17 weeks along!

Now that you’ve had your fill of me being pregnant pictures, I’ll share a some on how I’ve been doing, ways I’ve been managing any symptoms, and supplements/food/diets I’ve been following.

How the Baby and I are doing:

Physical

The dreaded ‘morning sickness’ was an all day, all the time sickness for me! I suffered through it to the best of my ability. I vomited daily, had difficulty keeping down fluids and food, had a lack of focus and concentration, and otherwise struggled to make it through. None of the at home or alternative remedies worked for me either. Struggling through the first trimester really isn’t new for me. With Baby Boy, it was hard as well. This pregnancy, my sickness was shorter, but slightly more severe. The next pregnancy we’re blessed with, I’ll likely reconsider choices regarding medical aid.

Mental

In those first months, I suffered with terrible weakness and difficulty focusing and concentrating for long periods of time. I mostly kept to myself as much as was possible, watching movies or shows on Netflix, and attempting to keep Baby Boy safe and fed. I felt guilty, I was depressed at times, and generally just down.

Emotional

There were some definite times when I felt awful, as a mother and a wife. I felt that I wasn’t measuring up. I felt guilty I didn’t have a healthy and balanced meal on the table each night. And I event felt guilty I was unable to keep food or liquids down. I felt guilty the house was in shambles. Thankfully, I never had any negative feelings about the pregnancy or growing baby though. Overall, I knew that at the end of the day, the sickness would pass and I’d feel good again. I knew, from being pregnant with Baby Boy, struggling through the first trimester would be difficult, but it really would end and we’d all be on our way again!

Symptoms, Diet, and Prenatal Care

I don’t think there’s much else to say about my vomiting, exhaustion, lack of focus and concentration, some round ligament pains, abdominal discomfort and muscle aches. Frankly, I’d rather not really revisit all that unpleasantness. Suffice to say, it was bad and it’s been difficult coming out of that, though things are definitely looking better now that I’m about 17 weeks along!

We were able to schedule to work with our very lovely midwife, Damaris Pittman, out of state! We’re all thrilled to work together again and I’m so grateful. This means for every appointment we will be traveling about 100 miles each way. As a family this is a commitment we make, in order to have the care and birth of our choice (or at least as close to it as possible).

I’m sure I’ll be talking more about this as the pregnancy progresses and I share our philosophy regarding pregnancy and birth with all you lovely readers. Nonetheless, that first appointment gave me a bit of a scare for just a minute. We were about 10 weeks along and although I know intellectually it can take just a little bit to hear the heartbeat, even with a doppler, it took no less than 3 minutes (it’s on video) for Damaris to find it this time!

Those 3 minutes seemed to drag on for so very long and I really started to wonder if I’d somehow missed something about my symptoms. But that moment the heartbeat was heard was the greatest sound! In the background of the video, you can hear Monkey Boy saying “hear it, baby”.  That’s just incredibly precious!  Makes my heart melt even now!

As a family….

Baby Boy has been….loving, excited, engaged, and empathic. Hun and I have stayed connected. He really did his best to take care of me and make sure I was trying different things. Hun was gracious in not harboring any resentments and not expecting too much of me. Hun really was great at not “guilting” me about not getting much done or being slow to do anything. I’m honestly, not so sure how he managed to keep it together while everything having to do with our overall home life was falling to pieces as I lay on the couch day after day. Somehow though, we all persevered through and things are getting so much better!

Pregnancy & Baby Talk: The First Months
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8 thoughts on “Pregnancy & Baby Talk: The First Months

  • June 15, 2015 at 11:00 pm
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    I am so sorry, those first few weeks sounded brutal! I was the same way, so sick and barely hanging on. I know it gets better, but it is hard to get through that first hump without feeling like a major mess. Congratulations though and so excited for your new addition soon to come to your family!
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    • June 16, 2015 at 2:37 am
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      Yes, it certainly feels really good now that things are better and I’m able to be a little easier on myself, too! 🙂

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  • June 18, 2015 at 4:37 am
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    Congratulations! I know how awful that sickness can be, I spent about six months laying on the bathroom floor I think, it was terrible! But we persevere and have a new little member of the family when it’s all over, such a blessing!
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    • June 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm
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      Thank you, Amy! And yes, that period of time when Big Big things are happening and we can’t enjoy them because of the side effect of the Big Big thing….and then later, there’s this wonderful, beautuful, awe inspiring child 😀

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  • July 1, 2015 at 6:38 pm
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    Congratulations! How is your iron level, and have you been tested for Vitamin B12 deficiency? I was exhausted and anemic throughout my first pregnancy despite taking iron supplements. When I was pregnant with my second and seeing a different midwife, the first time my iron was low she told me to take an additional, more absorbable iron supplement, and then when my next test showed LOWER iron and I was having diarrhea (the opposite of a normal response to iron supplements), she sent me to a hematologist, who did more bloodwork and discovered my low level of B12. I was already taking B12 in my prenatal multivitamin, but when I added an additional B12, suddenly I had more energy and was able to metabolize iron properly.

    Here are my tips for surviving pregnancy nausea, in case they may be useful to you in the future!

    I’m sorry you have to travel so far to see your midwife, but I hope that you’ll have a wonderful birth experience!
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    • July 2, 2015 at 11:53 am
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      Becca, thanks so much for your info and insight! I know that when I did try taking B12 during that first trimester I would feel a little better. I never thought about having my iron levels tested though. I do know that I’ll likely need a liquid iron supplement soon, because I tend to get a bit anemic in pregnancy. This is probably something worth looking into for when I’m not pregnant…as well as getting back to consistently taking my daily multivitamin/mineral when I’m not pregnant 🙂

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