I’ve been finishing up the semester of school and working my way through finals, so it’s been awhile since I’ve updated. I just turned into my 7th week yesterday, so I figured that now would be a good time to talk symptoms and other things before I forget. I’ll try to continue these updates weekly if I can, but for this post it’ll mostly just be catching up.
So, where did I leave off? In my last post I shared about my confirmation appointment and my blood work results. Since then, nothing new has really happened, and I’ve just been counting down the days until the ultrasound. It’s really gone by quickly because of how busy I’ve been. Thankfully, I’ve started noticing some symptoms, so let’s start there…
- sore breasts
- frequent urination
- clear skin
- weird dreams
- bathroom troubles
The most consistent symptoms have been frequent urination, clear skin, bathroom troubles, and aversions. However, most of my symptoms seemed to fluctuate a lot over these two weeks. Some days it was worrisome to feel mostly normal, but after a day or two the symptoms would come back.
Both other times that I’ve been pregnant, my skin has cleared up immediately, and this time is no exception. I still do get some occasional minor breakouts, but they are NOTHING like the severe hormonal breakouts that I have been battling most of my adult life.
As far as bathroom troubles go, it’s been a little unpredictable. Most pregnant women (from what I understand) deal with constipation as the progesterone slows down the digestive system. I’ve definitely been dealing with that as well, but it seems to be alternating with diarrhea (which is usually accompanied by nausea). It’s a vicious cycle, and either way I feel like I live in the bathroom.
Having weird dreams is a symptom that I’d always heard of, but never really believed. And then I had a dream about going to Taco Bell and receiving a half-drank drink without a lid, then going to a basketball game where one team was in mascot-style costumes. There was also a dream about me being used as a human shield while the person behind me went around shooting people with acid that came from their eyes. I rarely remember my dreams, and when I do they’re usually stress dreams, so I definitely attribute these dreams to pregnancy.
Aversions really started during week 6–starting with coffee. *sob* Once I found out that I’m pregnant, I immediately switched to decaf (even though I really don’t have a problem with the 1-2 cups/day that my doctor okayed) just to be “safe”, so I didn’t expect that coffee would suddenly disgust me. But it’s all good. Other aversions include: anything greasy, bread, carbonation, pickles/okra.
The pickles/okra really surprised me since anytime I have a craving for any reason it’s always something sour or spicy (or both). All during week 4 I ate directly from the pickle and okra jars, but I haven’t touched them since. Bread and carbonation I can’t really explain other than it’s a texture thing. I LOVE seltzer water, and that’s usually my go-to when I’m feeling sick, but I just can’t do it. I’ve never really had issues with food textures, and I’m not a picky eater at all, so these aversions are really weird to me.
As tired as I have been, I’ve also been experiencing insomnia occasionally. There have been several mornings where I’ve woken up around 4 or 5 and was unable to go back to sleep. I think it’s a combination of needing to pee and being uncomfortable. Also, I have no idea why I’d be so uncomfortable already, but I toss and turn all night. Sometimes it’s because my boobs are so sore, but for the most part I don’t understand it.
These past two weeks I’ve been really dealing with a lot of fear/worry–particularly about our upcoming appointment. I feel like because we’ve only had disappointments in the past, I’m having a hard time believing like it will be different this time. But it already is different this time. No matter what happens, I can’t let the past define how I experience this pregnancy. I’ve been trying to spend a lot of time in prayer and in the Word, and that helps.
Aside from the worries, I’ve been crying over everything–the Grinch, working on my final project for one of my classes, putting ornaments on the tree…I tear up at the drop of a hat. So far I haven’t had a major meltdown, but I’m definitely more sensitive than I usually am.
Looking Forward To…
My appointment! As of right now, it’s only 4 days away! I really alternate between absolute terror and complete excitement. All I can really do is pray that there will be a healthy baby, growing right on track, with a perfectly beating heart. If you think of it, I’d appreciate you joining me in prayer.
After our appointment we’re going to be telling the rest of our close friends and family, and will start planning our announcement to the “world”. So that’s pretty exciting! We’re looking forward to not having to keep this secret anymore.
I’m also looking forward to having a bump! Even though I know it probably won’t happen for a long time, since I’m definitely plus size. But a girl can dream… I haven’t started taking weekly pictures, but I might start next week.
Next week the update will hopefully be a bit more organized. I’d like to think of a few set categories to discuss in each update, so we’ll see what I can come up with (suggestions welcome!). I’ll try to post my updates on Thursdays, since my weeks change over on Wednesdays. I hope you all enjoyed this mess of an update. Until next time…