Whew! I am glad to report that I am healthy and still plugging away at things but it has been hard! A lot more then I would have thought when started on this journey of pregnancy!
Here's my little peanut at 11 weeks (I'm 16 weeks today!) We are having a little boy that we have named Andrew!
My first 3 months were rough! I have been (and still am on) medication for nausea and vomiting. I actually take more medicine/pills then when I wasn't pregnant! I have the nausea medicine (thank god for it!), heartburn pills, stool softener, some Tylenol for back pain and I was trying Unisom (but atlas I just do not sleep as well as I used to - regardless of medications or how tired I actually am).
Everything about my body and what I considered "normal" is a distance memory- its all so different now. I look and feel different. What I didn't expect was the constant worry about the most random things! And it's nonstop worry and concern- I'm sure it's normal.
In fact any symptom I have short of death seems to be "normal for pregnancy"!
We have had all the tests you could have by 16 weeks and everything has come back normal and I am so thankful and happy for that! It's odd but sometimes I actually forget that I am pregnant- I can't wait until I'm 7 or 8 months along and it's apparent there's a baby in here and I can readily hear a heartbeat with the little monitor a friend bought me!
Here's a picture of me today. It's crazy but I am actually the same weight I was 16 weeks ago when I became pregnant. While scale shows the same number my stomach area is definitely different and I notice a little side bump (plus I feel like Dolly Pardon of late!). I actually lost 6 lbs in my first couple of months and have slowly been gaining it back. I was so sick and had horrible food aversions in the beginning.
It has all evened out though and I am looking forward to keeping up the healthy habits I have been sticking to- It helps that Andrew hates sweets (especially chocolate -if I eat even a little I'm in the bathroom) and he also loves fruits (sadly all I want are summer fruits at the moment-apples and kiwi fruits have become my good friends lately but I can not wait for some fresh, cold watermelon and ripe cherries!).
Basically spotty of late. I was so exhausted in the beginning and had issues needing a bathroom close at hand that I kind of just gave up on my exercise streak. Then I became lazy and had no motivation to even go outside for a walk (which was the bulk of what I was doing towards the end anyways).
Well that's just not acceptable and I am going back on a streak of at least 30 minutes a day. Today was Day 1 (I'm hoping to go longer than my last streak of 155 days total).
Day 1 of ?: 30 minutes on the elliptical (it was hard and I felt way out of shape!). I'm sure near the end of my pregnancy I will just be walking but for now I think the elliptical and swimming will be my main choices.
Life in general Update:
Is going great! I'm excited about what is to come and have been feeling much better lately. I hope to blogging more and keeping up on everyone's great start to the new year!