I am 17 weeks pregnant today! And the time has just flown by. I have basically documented nothing from the first trimester of my pregnancy which is unfortunate, but I figure it’s never too late so I’m starting now.
Gabe and I found out we were pregnant in a not-so-ideal way. One February night, I awoke around 3:00am feeling really sick. I got up and walked into the bathroom, pretty sure I was going to have to spend the rest of the night hunched over the toilet. My stomach was in quite a bit of pain and I was feeling pretty nauseous. Then, I suddenly started feeling extremely light headed. I was positive I was going to pass out! I got really hot and so I laid down on the cold tile bathroom floor and started yelling for Gabe. But of course I had shut the bathroom door so he couldn’t hear me.
After I yelled quite loudly, he came rushing in, half-awake and in a panic wondering what on earth I was doing on the floor. I gave him a quick synopsis of my symptoms and he was pretty freaked out. After some google searching (why do I ever think it is a good idea to google search medical symptoms? I always end up convinced that I’m dying…) we decided to stick on the safe side and go to the ER. I honestly just thought I had appendicitis or something. Gabe, on the other hand, thought my symptoms were due to pregnancy, and I thought he was crazy! I had just taken a pregnancy test the week before and it was negative. Also, due to some health issues I have, I was pretty convinced it would be a long while before Gabe and I were going to be able to conceive, if ever. I thought there was no way I already got pregnant, just a month after I had gone off the pill.
Thankfully, there was no wait at the ER on this Saturday night. The nurse put me in a room and hooked me up to an IV. At this point, I was already feeling better but I was checked into the ER and there was no turning back. They had a whole gamut of tests they wanted to run.
Just a few minutes after I checked in, the doctor came in with a serious look on his face. They had already gotten the results back from my urine test, and he said, “Well, you’re pregnant.” He then went on to explain that he was quite worried that it may be ectopic. The little twinge of excitement I had quickly diminished when I realized this probably wasn’t just a normal pregnancy due to the symptoms I was having that night. They did an ultrasound but couldn’t find anything since I was so early in my pregnancy. So, after two IV’s, blood work, heart tests, and ultrasounds, I was sent home but told to come back immediately if my symptoms progressed in any way.
Picture taken the night we found out I was pregnant
We drove home and Gabe was excited. I, too, was excited at the prospect of a new member coming into our family, but I was still pretty convinced that something was wrong and this wasn’t going to work out as we hoped. I had an appointment scheduled with an OBGYN doctor the following week and knew more answers would come at that time.
I went to the appointment, and to my surprise the doctor seemed to think that everything was just fine! She had no explanation for the symptoms I had experienced, but she was pretty positive this was just going to be a normal pregnancy. She took my HCG levels over the next few days and everything seemed to be progressing perfectly. Once my levels were high enough to actually be able to see baby, I had an ultrasound and…there was the healthy baby in his/her proper place! Not an ectopic pregnancy! I was so thrilled. I finally felt pregnant and was able to allow myself to feel excited.
Now, much time has passed since the initial scare and things are going great. I was pretty nauseous throughout my first trimester, but that has faded. Baby is healthy, I am healthy, and Gabe is getting by even though I’m sure he’s sick of hearing about how tired I always am. 😉 I’m finally getting some energy now that I’m out of the first trimester!
I found this pregnancy journal idea on another blog, and decided I also wanted to do it to document things! So here is the first entry.
How far along: 17 weeks – due October 13
Gender: To be determined May 23.
Weight gain: 1-2 pounds. Although I can barely button my skinny jeans…I made the plunge and bought my first pair of maternity pants but I’ve been living out these last days of fitting in normal clothes.
Last Doctor’s check-up: April 25. I got to hear the baby’s heartbeat! Heart rate was 153, and baby is healthy!
Sleep: I’ve been sleeping pretty comfortably still, although I can no longer sleep on my back or stomach which is a little challenging for me.
Best moment this month: Starting to see a little bump pop out on my belly! Hence the jeans not buttoning. It’s still small and almost unnoticeable to most people, but I notice it and it makes everything feel more real.
This little bump has just popped out within the last week or so!
Worst moment this month: Springtime allergies have been bringing me down. I’m super paranoid about taking any medications so I’ve been avoiding them, but I have endless headaches and a stuffy nose which isn’t the most fun thing ever.
Miss anything: I miss not being worried about what I’m eating. Ha! I don’t want to ever eat anything that would harm the baby, so I’m overly conscious about what I eat.
Movement: Haven’t felt any yet! Hopefully soon I will feel those first kicks.
Cravings: Any sweet baked goods. So healthy I know. Doughnuts are at the top of my list right now…but I truly have only given in to this craving once! Thanks Gabe for coming in with me to the store when I was too embarrassed to buy a cream filled doughnut by myself…
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender in a few weeks! I cannot wait to know whether we’re having a boy or a girl! I have my suspicions, but I want them to be confirmed.
It is still hard for me to believe that in just a little over 5 months, the baby will be here! I truly believe this child was meant to come to Gabe and I, and was sent directly to us from our Heavenly Father. I’m so excited for this journey and hope you enjoy following along!
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