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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:
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:
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.
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.
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!