I've been wanting to write a more detailed pregnancy post, but life keeps getting in the way. Here is my first attempt at a belly shot that I took two weeks ago.
So that was 12 weeks, and I am currently 14. I'll have to get another picture up soon. I have shifted into maternity clothes now, I definitely popped out quicker this time than with Tyler. I started growing out of my pants at 10 weeks, and by 13 only elastic waist bottoms fit. I can wear my own tops, as long as they are long, but I have also been wearing some of my less maternity looking tops too.
I feel fortunate to not have bad morning sickness. I do feel queasy throughout the day, but as long as I eat, I am good. Unfortunately, my eating anything that sounds good to me has caused me to gain 6 pounds already. I have been tired, but that could also be because I chase after two 2 year olds every day. I have had only 2 migraines the whole first trimester, compared to about 10 with Tyler, so that's good.
While my first pregnancy was completely uneventful, this time around I am considered high-risk. I guess I should back up and give the long version of how I found out I was pregnant.
Last April I thought I started my period like normal. After two weeks, when I was still spotting, I began to worry. After a google search, I learned I could have cysts, be having a miscarriage, early menopause, or some other messed up hormone situation. The next day, I suffered back to back migraines, a pregnancy symptom for me. I thought I must have had a miscarriage. I decided to take a pregnancy test, thinking maybe levels would be high enough still to show up positive. The test was a clear positive, so I called my ob and made an appointment.
When I got in to the office, I explained that I had been bleeding for over two weeks, and thought I was miscarrying. The tech took me back for an ultrasound. I was shocked when she pointed out the embryo, and even more shocked to hear a heartbeat. I was six weeks.
But why the bleeding? I had a subchorionic hemorrhage. Basically it is a clot or pool of blood that gathers between the uterus and the chorionic membranes surrounding it. It can lead to miscarriage or later in a pregnancy to preterm labor. However, most of the time they end up not causing problems, and the body will either bleed it out or absorb it back into the body. I had one that bled out (boy was that scary, seeing that much blood), but I still have one that is there and being monitored. Because of the hemotoma, I was sent to a high risk doctor.
I have one other complication on top of all this. Seven years ago I had a blood clot in my lungs, so I have always known that if I ever got pregnant again, I would run the risk of getting a blood clot. Therefore, I am on a daily dose of Lovenox, a blood thinner that I get to inject into my belly every night.
Wow this has been long. So I have felt pretty good, but have had a stressful time worrying that all is well with the baby. There has been one positive to all this--I have already had 9 ultrasounds. It was quite amazing to see the baby grow from 6, to 7, to 8, to 9 weeks. Yes I was having weekly visits and ultrasounds. Everytime I hear that heartbeat I can just breathe a sigh of relief. Next week is my next visit, and I will have to update then.