Monday, July 29, 2013

The First Trimester

You know those people that have zero nasty first trimester symptoms?  The girls that you envy because they have it so easy their first trimester of pregnancy?

I’ve been that girl.

With Trenton I had no nasty symptoms in early pregnancy.  No morning sickness, no headaches, fatigue was manageable, pretty much nothing to write home about.

I didn’t have any of the above with Charlotte either.  I did have a bit of stress though since I had early bleeding and cramping.  It amounted to nothing, but I was able to see her three times in my first trimester!

Things have been different with this little Poppyseed.  I found out I was pregnant on Wednesday, May 15th.  I called my OB, and they wanted me to go in to have an HCG blood test done and another one 48 hours later.

I went to the hospital lab Thursday morning, and then again Saturday morning before a t-ball game.  Then I had to wait until Monday for results.  I had a miscarriage right around the new year (no, you didn’t miss anything; very few people knew about it, and it’s not something I want to really talk about, so this will be all you hear of it), so the wait for test results was agonizing.

Monday the 20th, I got the call – my hormone levels looked great.  I was indeed pregnant!  My doctor was out of town until after Memorial Day, and I would hear back after the holiday as to when he wanted me to come in for an appointment.

On Saturday, May 25th, we were getting ready to go out to an airshow.  Everyone was ready, and Jarrod was getting our bag together.  I sat down at my computer, and immediately started cramping really bad.  I got up and went to the bathroom and saw that I was bleeding too.  I went upstairs, curled up in bed, and hoped the cramps would stop.  After about 10 minutes, I decided to call my doctor’s call service.  Since my doctor was out of town, I was given the number for the on-call OB.  I called him, and he told me that rather than having to wait until Tuesday to be seen, I should just go to the ER to find out what was going on.

After having blood drawn and giving a urine specimen (and a lot of waiting), I was wheeled up for an ultrasound.  Hospital policy is that the patient cannot see the screen and the tech cannot tell the patient what is going on.  Talk about putting someone who is already stressed on pins and needles!  After getting wheeled back down to the ER and more waiting, the ER doc came in for a pelvic exam.  As he was examining me, he told me that the baby was fine, but I had a sub-chorionic bleed – a pool of blood between the uterus and placenta.  He told me that some bleeds end in miscarriage, and some bleeds resolve themselves and the mom goes on to have a normal pregnancy.  He sent me home with instructions to rest in bed or on the couch as much I could and absolutely no lifting. 

I got a call from my doctor’s office on Tuesday, and they echoed the ER doctor’s instructions.  They also set up an appointment for me to come in the following Monday – June 3rd – the day the kids and I were supposed to leave for Texas.

My appointment on June 3rd went perfect.  I got to see my Poppyseed, who had a good heartbeat for 7 weeks (136 bpm), and the doctor couldn’t see any more of the sub-chorionic bleed (all of my bleeding stopped after 3-4 days).  I no longer needed to lay around all day, but I still couldn’t lift anything over 20-30 pounds.  I was also given my due date – January 20, 2014 – two days after Trenton’s 5th birthday.

I went in again on June 18th for another ultrasound because my doctor just wanted to make sure that everything still looked okay before we went on our roadtrip vacation.  Little poppyseed was a hyper thing!  It was hopping around all over the place and had a heartbeat of 183 bpm.  My doctor told me I was good to go for vacation, and I didn’t have to come back in for another month – right before our rescheduled trip to Texas. 

By this point in the pregnancy, I was starting to have some morning sickness symptoms, but I never actually threw up.  I just spent most days feeling miserable.  I wasn’t really sure how vacation would go.  But it went pretty good for the most part.  I got sick the first night we were gone (I have since learned that high temperatures, sun, and eating too much Mexican food don’t mix).  Other than that, the rest of vacation went well.  Hiking 5ish miles to Devil’s Kitchen tired me out, but I made it.  I couldn’t get in hot springs heated pool, but Jarrod handled two swimming kids on his own perfectly.  And Napa?  Well, Jarrod got lots of extra wine…


Once we got back home, morning sickness symptoms had subsided, but headaches had come in their place.  And two kids who constantly have to be making some sort of noise didn’t help matters much.

I’m still getting headaches off and on, but they aren’t nearly as bad as they had been.

Another pregnancy symptom – pregnancy glow.  Everyone talks as if this is some great thing.  But let me tell you – if your face is glowing so much that you break out like a teenage schoolgirl, it’s not so cool.

I’ve also started getting spells of dizziness and lightheadedness since the last few weeks of my first trimester.  At my 13 week appointment, my doctor told me that this was perfectly normal, and is probably being exacerbated by the fact that I seem to have a hyper Poppyseed with a fast heart beat (165bpm at 13 weeks).

After a somewhat rocky start, I’ve settled in well with this pregnancy.  I’m 15 weeks today, and I’m just waiting for the moment I start feeling little Poppyseed moving.  We also should find out the gender in about 5 weeks.  Get your guesses in now!


Jen said...

So glad everything is going well now. Hugs!

Hilary @ Peanut Butter Spoonfuls said...

Wow, so so sorry to hear about all that you've been through. You must be pretty much out of emotions but I'm so thrilled for you that things are going well now! Maybe a difficult pregnancy will mean payback with an easy kid!?

Ashley said...

Goodness, poor girl! After two symptom-free pregnancies, you sure are making up for it, aren't you?! I remember those early days! And they aren't really a ton of fun ... I think the only thing that made me feel better was sucking on things -- starlight mints and preggo drops. They both soothed the occasional nausea. Hopefully you start feeling better soon!!

Shannon said...

Ugh - what a scary and unpleasant start. But I"m glad everything is going well.

I'm going to guess another girl. Trenton is going to have his hands full with two sisters. ;)

Mrs.B said...

Such a scary beginning but I'm glad you and baby are doing great now. I'm going to say that baby is a girl!

I get nauseous just thinking about the beginning of my last pregnancy.

Marina said...

Twins! A girl and a boy :o)