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First OB Appointment

We had our first OB appointment yesterday. I’m sad that I’m not going to see my RE anymore, but I really like my OB so I’m glad to be going back to him. Sadly, the appointment was a big disappointment. We saw the doctor for about 5 minutes total. He congratulated us, gave me some prenatal vitamin samples, quickly told me what I can’t eat/do and then sent us on our way. I was kind of hoping we would have a little more time with him. Oh well. My next appointment is June 23 for what they call the “OB history” appointment. He said it will involve blood work and talking to a nurse. I’m guessing they will ask about our family histories and such.

We have an NT Scan (Nuchal Translucency Scan) scheduled for July 6. Basically it’s an ultrasound that lasts for 30 minutes. They measure the clear (translucent) space in the tissue at the back of the baby’s neck. It’s supposed to help diagnose Down’s Syndrome. I have mixed feelings about the test. No matter what it says we will NOT terminate the pregnancy. Also, it’s not 100% accurate. It’s totally possible to end up with a false positive. I refuse to do any invasive testing (Amniocentesis or Chorionic Villus Sampling) that could tell us with 100% accuracy whether there is a problem or not. The risks involved are too great in my opinion.

I’ve been feeling OK. I still have the constant feeling of being really full and then suddenly completely starving. Plus, I’ve been nauseated of course. I ended up buying two pairs of maternity shorts a few days ago because I’ve been so uncomfortable in my regular shorts (even with the Bella Band). The two pairs together were only $15 total, though. Gotta love coupons!

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I had another ultrasound today with my RE. It was great! We saw little Poppy again and his/her heartbeat. We also got to hear it again. It was beating away at 147bpm! My RE was hoping for above 120bpm, so everything is great. She’s releasing me back to my regular OBGYN now. It’s so weird that I’m not going to see her again. She wants us to send a picture of the baby when he/she is born. I’m definitely excited to see my OB again. I’ve already made an appointment for a week from today (June 11). Here’s a picture of today’s ultrasound:

How far along? 7 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Not sure, but I think at most I’ve gained 1 pound

Maternity clothes? Not yet, but I’m kinda wishing I had some. My clothes are pretty uncomfortable even with the Bella Band.

Stretch marks? Not yet, but I’m using a stretch mark prevention cream.

Sleep: I’m still tired all the time. I took a 2 hour nap today!

Best moment this week: Definitely seeing the heartbeat again on the ultrasound!

Movement: Not yet

Food cravings: I was craving Kraft Mac n Cheese. Now, I’m not craving it so much anymore, but it’s one of the few things I can actually eat. Last night I was craving a fried egg, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and mayo sandwich. So yummy! Now, it doesn’t sound very good though. I didn’t have all the ingredients to make it last night sadly.

Gender: No clue yet. I tend to think “boy” in my head, but I say “she” and “her” out loud a lot. LOL

Labor Signs: None

Belly Button in or out? In and hopefully it stays that way.

Wedding rings on or off? On

What I miss: Not feeling sick all the time.

What I am looking forward to: Getting a real baby bump. I’m tired of this ridiculous bloat!

Weekly Wisdom: Drink lots of water or you’ll feel faint!

Milestones: Heartbeat made it over 120bpm! Graduating from the RE.

Yikes!

Today I am six weeks along! Every day that goes by makes me feel a little less worried. Today we had our first ultrasound! The RE said that we may not see a heartbeat because it’s a little early, but we DID! It was amazing. I teared up a little. We saw the gestational sac, the yolk sac, and our little poppy. He or she is measuring at 6 weeks 2 days. Already an overachiever! We saw the little flicker of the heartbeat and we even got to hear it. It was 109 beats per minute. My RE wants to see me again, and if the heartbeat reaches 120 beats per minute she will send me back to my OB. My next ultrasound is a week from today!

How far along? 6 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: ZERO! I’m so proud of myself!

Maternity clothes? Not yet, but they sound like they would be really comfy right now. I will probably just stick with my BeBand for now.

Stretch marks? Not yet!

Sleep: I’m always tired, but sometimes it’s difficult for me to fall asleep.

Best moment this week: Seeing the heartbeat on the ultrasound!

Movement: Not yet!

Food cravings: Not too many really. The main one is Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

Gender: No clue yet

Labor Signs: None thank God

Belly Button in or out? In!!

Wedding rings on or off? On

What I miss: My clothes fitting

What I am looking forward to: Seeing the baby again next Friday!

Weekly Wisdom: Eat when you’re hungry!

Milestones: Heartbeat of 109bpm

Poppy is now the size of a sweet pea.

Today I freaked out again about having another miscarriage. It was not pretty! I used my last pee stick and I feel better again. The line came up immediately and was very dark. Hopefully it makes me feel OK until my ultrasound on Friday or I’ll have to buy more pee sticks!

I had lunch with my friend on Friday, and she told me that she’s pregnant too! I was kind of expecting it and I’m so happy for her. She’s 11 weeks along. So she’s about 5 1/2 weeks ahead of me. She’s due in December. She’s at the pukey stage right now, so she’s been feeling worse than I have. She’s had two ultrasounds already. It’s nice that we’re pregnant together. Now my sister-in-law just needs to get pregnant!

5 Weeks!

I’m officially 5 weeks pregnant today! I’m now past the point when I had my last two losses. I’m feeling pretty good about things now. I will do this pregnancy survey thing every week for fun and so I can look back and see how I was feeling each week.

How far along? 5 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: None so far. Yay!

Maternity clothes? Definitely not yet, although I am wearing a BeBand (Target exclusive Bella Band) because I’m so bloated already.

Stretch marks? No more than the ones I had from puberty.

Sleep: Definitely doing a lot of that. I’m trying to take naps during the day because I feel exhausted in the afternoon. Actually, I already feel like I could take a nap, but I’m meeting a friend for lunch in a little while.

Best moment this week: Just making it to 5 weeks is awesome!

Movement: Hahaha not yet. Way too early!

Food cravings: So far I’ve only had cravings for cheese doodles and nachos. Both of those sound disgusting now though.

Gender: Definitely have a while to go before we find out.

Labor Signs: Way too early!

Belly Button in or out? In! Out is so gross! Hopefully since I have a really deep belly button, it stays an innie.

Wedding rings on or off? On

What I miss: Nothing much yet. Most things don’t sound very good. I will probably miss sushi eventually though.

What I am looking forward to: Seeing the heartbeat on the ultrasound next Friday.

Weekly Wisdom: Constantly worrying about having a miscarriage does no one any good. It’s best to keep busy so those thoughts don’t drive me crazy.

Milestones: Made it past the dates of my last two losses!

Here’s a picture of my 5 week bloat. I’m not a skinny girl to begin with. I can’t wait until I have a real bump.

And here’s how big my little “Poppy” is:

He or she is now the size of an apple seed!

Today I am pregnant and I love my baby!

Today has been a pretty awful day for me. I’ve been so nervous and worried all day today. I just can’t stop worrying that I’m going to miscarry again. I’ve never had a good pregnancy experience, so it’s really hard to stay positive. It doesn’t help that I had four hours at home by myself with nothing really to do. My husband called me when he was on his way home and I just broke down crying. He ended up picking up some pregnancy tests for me. I immediately peed on one and the line came up right away! The pregnant line was darker than the control line! I feel a bit better now. I’m sure I will freak out until I see the ultrasound on the 28th. Of course, then I’ll freak out until I’m 12 weeks. I hope I can eventually chill out and just enjoy my pregnancy.

Anyway, today I am 4 weeks and 5 days. I’m meeting a friend on Friday (I will be 5 weeks) for lunch. She and I were pretty good friends when I was in elementary school, and we were neighbors for about 10 years. Our families have been friends for 19 years. She had a miscarriage last November, so we have been getting together to talk about everything we’ve been through. It’s nice having a friend who understands everything. Last time we got together (April 8th) she said that her period was late but she was too scared to test. Well, since then, she has been posting some things on Facebook that make me wonder if she really is pregnant. She told a friend that she couldn’t get together because she has been feeling nauseated. She also has some friends who have been asking her how things are going and then adding a wink-y face. If she is pregnant I would guess that she is about 9 or 10 weeks. I’m wondering if she will tell me on Friday and if that’s why she wanted to meet. I decided that if she tells me that she’s pregnant, I will tell her that I am. If something happens, I would tell her anyway so I don’t mind telling her early. I’m kind of excited for someone outside of the family to know that I’m pregnant. I want to shout it from the rooftops, but I don’t want to have to “untell” everyone should something happen.

My ultrasound is in NINE days!! I can’t wait! I just want to know that my little “Poppy” is doing OK.

Today I am pregnant and I love my baby.

My second beta came back at 189!! That means that it tripled! We are so happy. I started crying on the phone with the nurse when she told me. Today I am 4 weeks 1 day pregnant. I have an appointment for an ultrasound on the 28th. I will be exactly 6 weeks at that point. I can’t wait to see our little poppy seed on the monitor! My estimated due date is January 21, 2011.

I am still feeling the constant hunger and nausea. I’ve been pretty tired and bloated too. I already bought a Bella Band (a stretchy band of fabric that you wear over your unbuttoned pre-pregnancy pants) so that I can be more comfortable.

Today I am pregnant and I love my baby.