This post has definitely felt like a long time coming! Keeping pregnancy a secret I think is one of the most difficult things ever! It’s far too exciting. And now I’m sporting a little baby bump.
Anyway, I have written about my struggles with fertility (which I wrote about here), though while I use the term “struggles” I truly consider myself very blessed. I realize it is rare (statisically less than a 20% chance) to conceive with an IUI (inter uterine insemination). Still, plenty of people do all the time, and I was lucky enough to have only one try at it and it worked! I also know the risk of miscarriage which peaks at weeks 6 through 8, so I was definitely a bit terrified and eager to get passed those. Up until 10 weeks I feel like each day was about a year long. No, I’m not exaggerating. But, I got my wish! I always wished there was more time in a day and often think life goes far too fast. Well, I found a way to slow it down! Just get pregnant.
As far as pregnancy symptoms, changes, and cravings go, I have certainly experienced a little of a lot so far. I’m currently 18 weeks along (five months) now. In the beginning, I had extreme fatigue that lasted about 9 weeks. I’m talking I growing-roots-to-our-couch kinda fatigue and knew what was on the TV every hour of every day (between drifting off of course). There was one night my husband and I walked down the street to our local mini grocer, and I had to sit for about 10 minutes on the way back. I’m talking a quarter mile away that is flat–no hills or even a glimmer of any sort of incline. A walk I did all the time and didn’t think twice about. Well, I felt like I ran a marathon. So that answers your question…. have I been working out? Ha! So not like me, but I have also never been pregnant before so…. Now that I’m in my second trimester I do have more energy, so I have started taking advantage of that by actually getting things done and going for walks (this time with inclines!). At about weeks 6.5-8 I had bouts of nausea that would come and go all day. It’s called morning sickness but we all know that time frame alone is a fallacy, and I always felt my best first thing in the morning oddly enough. The nausea is not fun, but again I consider myself very lucky in this category since I did not toss my cookies once and it did not last very long. Most people that get it have it their entire first trimester and some cannot keep anything down.
Given this is a healthy living blog, I will be totally honest with you and admit I have not been as healthy as I normally am. I never (ok, RARELY ever) craved sugar of any kind, ate kale sometimes 3 times a day…and maybe even drank it at the same time, and my diet consisted mainly of vegetables. Now?! Well, I think oranges and orange juice are pretty much the best thing ever. I think the last time I had orange juice I was 15. Citrus has never tasted so good. Food in general has never tasted so good. The only guess I’ve got is that due to a heightened sense of smell that also means heightened taste as well. I want and think about chocolate frequently, but don’t give in all the time. Then again, when you’re thinking about it 100 times a day and give in 50… 😉 I eat as well as possible, which I must say is still (usually) pretty good. I think I just eat MORE and dealing with desires I’m not used to are tough to ignore. And vegetables as a “snack” really does not appeal to me anymore. I know it will, but for the moment they’re on the back burner and appear only in the salads I eat. I’d much rather eat fruit right now, or string cheese. I have heard that people crave more sweets with girls and more meat with boys. Well, I’m having a GIRL(!!!) so I think this is true.
I look forward to sharing more updates, but I would also like to say THANK YOU to all of those who have encouraged, supported, and written me in the months leading up to pregnancy!!! I never felt alone and got to experience first hand how wonderfully supportive women are to each other. We all have our own journey leading up to, during, and post-pregnancy. So thank you. 🙂