Monday, June 25, 2007

Week Eleven

I attended a little family get-together yesterday, and I find it amusing that no one has come to me with suspicions that I may be pregnant, my mother especially. She knows I've completely given up caffeine. She saw me turn down beer and beer bratwurst yesterday. She (and my aunt, who commented on my thinness yesterday) are under the impression that I'm as thin as ever (boy, do I feel chubby right now). In two more weeks, I can tell everyone!

My morning sickness is almost completely gone, so I'm certainly happy about that. I wake up with kind of a dull discomfort in my stomach, but it doesn't get better if I eat, and it doesn't get worse if I don't eat. Perhaps I've just become hypersensitive to the way my stomach feels. I've noticed that before following bouts of food poisoning or stomach flu: for a few days afterward, my stomach just isn't quite comfortable.

So, right now, the only signs I'm still pregnant are that I'm chubby and large-breasted, and that I want to eat all the time. I have another appointment this Friday to see if we can locate the baby's heartbeat. In a way, it seems a waste of $20 (my office visit copay). But now that the morning sickness has abated, it would be reassuring to hear a heartbeat.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Week Ten

My visit to the doctor last week went well. My blood work looked good. I found out my blood type is A+. We weren't able to hear the baby's heartbeat, so I have another appointment in 2 weeks to try again. She also assigned me to a doctor who will be able to do all my OB care including delivery. And I've gained 3 pounds so far, which is reasonable.

My pants are starting to fit a bit tighter. I had hoped I wouldn't need any maternity clothing until the 16 week point or thereabouts, but I may have to go shopping sooner than that. Of course, I should probably tell people I'm pregnant before I start wearing maternity clothes. And I'm still determined not to tell anyone until week 13, so no maternity clothes until then.

I received that book I ordered. It's great! This week, my baby is going from the embryo phase to the fetus phase. It's a little over 1 inch long from "crown to rump," which is how they measure babies in the womb (since they can't stretch their legs out and measure those). It already has fingers and toes. It's amazing to see pictures of development in the womb. So much happens in such a short space of time. has great pictures, if you're interested.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Week Nine

Not much has changed since last week. My morning sickness has become a bit more manageable, so that's nice. I still get queasy when I see food on TV, and I still have to make sure that I eat often.

The skin on my tummy has been a little itchy the last few days. I wonder if that indicates that it's being stretched a bit. I've begun using this lotion that's supposed to help prevent stretch marks. It may not actually help at all, but I can hope, can't I?

I have an appointment for a full exam on Friday morning. There's a small chance that we may be able to hear the heartbeat. That would be awesome, but there's nothing to worry about if that doesn't happen. A lot of women don't get to hear a heartbeat until the 12th or 13th week. At this appointment, I'll talk to my nurse practitioner about being assigned to an OB/GYN. I hope there's a woman available somewhere in town. I just can't ask a man the same questions I can ask a woman.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Week Eight

Wow, week eight already. I think I'm getting better at managing the morning sickness. I just have to keep plenty of bland food around so I can eat all the time. I'm still constantly queasy, but I've been able to bring it down to a 1 or 2 on a scale of 10 for the majority of the day.

My breasts are larger and more sensitive than the last time I complained about them. I've read that some women end up buying nursing bras far before they begin producing anything because of this same issue. I may have to do that, too. I'm going to put it off as long as possible, though.

I'm a little ahead of the curve on weight gain, but I'm not going to worry about that at this point.

I ordered a book called Your Pregnancy Week by Week by an obstetrician named Glade B. Curtis. I looked through it at a bookstore here in town, but I was able to save about $12 by ordering it from a site online. It looks like an interesting and thorough book. The only problem is that, since I ordered it, I have to wait for a couple of weeks before it'll arrive.