9 weeks today people! And that is a wonderful thing. I am so awed and grateful and excited and happy.
Now for the whining:
I gotta be honest and tell you that I am also tired and miserable. My life has become a battle between which symptom will be worse. It’s nausea vs heartburn. I’m wearing sea bands during the day. No joke, I have bruises from them. I have purchased at least 5 different over the counter heartburn and acid remedies. Nothing really helps. Eating is a chore. I try to find the happy medium between foods that I feel won’t make me sick and foods that won’t give me heartburn. Many of the traditional remedies for one ailment makes the other worse. Right now I’m eating pretty much dairy and carbs. Sometimes meat or fruit. No veggies, no juice, absolutely no tomatoes. My pre-natal has started to bother me too, so I’m down to a chewable adult vitamin and extra folic acid.
And I’m tired. I’ve got clients at work this week which means longer than normal days for me. Also forced cheerfulness and conversation. And frequently, by the afternoon I’m ready to curl up in a ball and cry I’m so exhausted. I come home from work, change into my PJs and stay on the couch for most of the evening. In bed at 9-9:30. It’s rough and thank goodness for Strawberry and her infinite patience and sweetness.
But still, I’m so so grateful. An online friend with the same due date has been experiencing no symptoms and feels fantastic. And yet, it took her 2 years and IVF to get pregnant. Given the choice, I would certainly choose the road that I’ve got. As the cliche goes, I count my blessings.
Next up, our first pre-natal visit with the OB on Friday 9/26. We aren’t sure yet if we’ll end up delivering with the OB. I’m interested in exploring the local birth center. The only real drawback is that it’s a long 45min-1 hour drive away. Travelling there for pre-natal care will be a PITA. My OB is 10 min from my office and 15 min from Strawberry’s. Just one of the decisions that we’ll need to make in the coming months!
i can relate with the “eating is a chore” response.
i was talking to my ob yesterday and she says that usually these things resolve themselves by the 16th week. i know that sounds far off, but it will be here sooner than you think.
The title of your post made me laugh, although I am truly sorry you are feeling so sick. I hope this bout with nausea and fatigue will pass in the wave of your first trimester.
sorry you are feeling crappy 😦 just cause you are happy to be pregnant doesn’t mean it can’t also suck in an day-to-day way… here’s hoping you get lots of naps in between clients. i understand the worry about the food… i have it often, and i am not even pregnant yet 😉
That sounds awful – I hope all those symptoms vanish in the second trimester!
So sorry you are feeling yucky, but thrilled that you have such a great reason to feel that way. Take care of yourself 🙂
9 weeks. WOW!! I am hoping for you to feel lots better soon!! Take care of yourself and lil one 🙂
WooHoo on 9 weeks!!! You are getting closer to the day that the yucky symptoms will ease and you will wake up and wonder where you have been for the past several weeks. 🙂
The beginning of pregnancy is not fun for lots of people.
Our OB is 45 minutes away. And it is a bit of a pain, but worth it for the care we are getting. (The first GYN we went to, close to home, when we were trying was not experienced with frozen sperm, in fact he offered to “procure” fresh sperm for us, creepiness, and we decided that it was worth the drive to the new place.)
That went so quickly! I hope I reach 9 weeks, and I hope I reach it as quickly as you do!
I actually WISH I felt nauseous, I think it would make me feel more pregnant.
feeling like crap is no fun…hopefully you are in the worst of it now (9 weeks sounds about right) and and in a short time it will relent
I drove 45-50 minutes for my prenatal appointments so I could deliver where I wanted to. I would say DO IT. For a good chunk of the pregnancy it’s only once a month, so it’s not too bad if you can manage it. The peace of mind of delivering where you want and with whom you want is worth it IMO.
Nine weeks! You’re getting so close to being done with the morning sickness! If you’re taking your vitamins in the morning try taking them at night instead. I’ve heard of that helping when the vitamins make you feel sick.
Good luck 🙂
I’m sorry you are having so many symptoms….I hope around weeks 12/13 it all lets up a bit!
JKC, that is beyond creepy.
Thanks for the kind wishes everyone, I’m a big girl and I’ll be fine. It’s just nice to vent sometimes.
I am sorry you have been so tired. I hope that you soon turn a corner have a ton more energy. Are you showing at all yet? I don’t know what I would do about your birthing choices – there are so many choices arn’t there. I lean toward commuting to the place where you have the birth you want.
For l babypants- I have a little round firm lower belly. It makes all of my clothes fit diffently. And despite it’s appearance, it is not the same as pudge. Intellectually I know this, but as someone who’s always been a tad concerned about body image, it’s sometimes hard to accept emotionally. I’m a pretty curvy gal so to the outside observer I don’t really look different. We know it’s only a matter of time.
As for birth choices, I have a vague idea of what I want, but at this point I’m not sure who will be the better choice for it. We’ve heard wonderful things about both the hospital we’d be at with the OB and the localish brith center. Our best bet will be to gather info and make a more informed decsion later (but not too much later).
Sorry you’re having a rough time, but glad you’re still able to be grateful while feeling so rotten – thats impressive 🙂
Hopefully the first trimester will be over before you know and things will start settling down soon.