Baby Fever? Not Even a Little Bit

It’s funny.  I have friends that are talking about how they have baby fever.  I see people online make comments about instant baby fever after seeing cute baby pics.  But me?  I can’t relate.  I don’t have even a little bit of baby fever.

We’re done.

I see people wondering from time to time when you know that you’re really, truly done.  Is it possible to have a permanent sterilization method without baby fever hitting and then regretting it? [Read more…]

Six Weeks Pregnant and Bloated (TMI throwback post)

I am 6w3d pregnant.

I currently look 6m3w pregnant. (6 months, 3 weeks.)

I am quite, er, “well-endowed”. I’m so bloated that my stomach is sticking out beyond my boobs. I keep trying to go to the bathroom, and it takes 20 minutes to pop out a raisinette. 😛 My tummy is gurgling from gas. It hurts. The nausea is actually being caused, I think, by the backed-up-ness.

I’m supposed to go to a wedding reception with my husband on Saturday. No one knows that I’m pregnant (save for my best friend, but she lives in a different country, so it’s not like she’s going to tell anyone). My husband doesn’t want anyone to know until I’m 8 weeks.

I really, really, REALLY need to not look pregnant in my cute little summer dress.

Does anyone have any magic, yet safe, cures for bloating to the point of blimping?

Originally published on July 30, 2009.  In the end, there was no cure for my bloating…  I just drank a lot of water and sucked in my belly a lot.  Constipation was an ongoing issue throughout my pregnancy.  Suppositories helped when it was really awful.  And our little secret was kept until we were ready for the world to know.  That pregnancy is now a nearly four year old boy named Norton.

Abdominal Pain during Pregnancy #Throwback

One of the things I love about blogging is that I have a permanent record about how I felt and the things that I did.  It’s wonderful to see how far I’ve come.  When I was six weeks pregnant with Eudora, I woke up with abdominal pain during pregnancy.  I’d had a miscarriage prior to my pregnancy with Norton.  It was awful and traumatic, and I did my best to work past it.  With that in mind, abdominal pain during pregnancy, especially early pregnancy, terrified me.  When I tried to figure out what could cause abdominal pain during pregnancy, particularly low and only on one side, I worried.  My first thought was wondering if it could be early signs of ectopic pregnancy. [Read more…]

Coping with Pelvic Pain during Pregnancy

I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to deal with pelvic pain during pregnancy this time around.  I really was.  That particular pain during pregnancy kicked in towards the third trimester with Norton.  This time?  I didn’t even make it to the eight week mark.

But that’s all right.  There’s one good thing about having dealt with the pain during pregnancy of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction previously: I certainly know what to expect.  I know that there is absolutely nothing medically that can be done to treat it.  But I do know that I can do things to reduce my pelvic pain during pregnancy. [Read more…]

Clumsiness during Pregnancy – When Breakfast Attacks #Throwback

You know, I’m fairly coordinated. I wouldn’t say that I’m going to be the next Laker girl or whatever, but I did my time in dancerettes. I used to be the girl who twirled the flag at football games.  In adult life, I was the petite thing who unloaded trucks in receiving and down stacked her own pallets.  You have to be coordinated to do these things.  I didn’t expect to succumb to clumsiness during pregnancy. [Read more…]

Stress during Pregnancy – I’m Being Unreasonable #throwback

I’m five weeks pregnant and already stressed over it.  I know the cause of my stress during pregnancy.  I know that it’s because I’m completely freaking out over my first prenatal ultrasound being done at the private clinic instead of the hospital.  I know that my hatred of that place actually being so intense that it causes stress during pregnancy is ridiculous.

Going there seems like a bad omen.  That was where I went for an ultrasound with the one that didn’t work out.

I hate their policies.  I hate (the majority of) their staff.  I hate their parking lot and the fee that they charge to park there.  I hate walking into the building.

In short, I hate everything about that place. [Read more…]

What if I’m Carrying Twins? #Throwback

I haven’t even had my first prenatal ultrasound yet, but still, every now and again I think of the possibility of carrying twins.  After all, I do keep feeling that weird rolling sensation, and my research has indicated that ridiculously early (like first trimester early) fetal movement is a sign of carrying twins.

This does not appeal to me. [Read more…]

Six Weeks Pregnant #Throwback

Today, I am officially six weeks pregnant.

Six Weeks Pregnant (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

I seriously wish I looked that good again!

When my husband comes home, he will take the weekly belly pic of me, which will eventually be scrapbooked into a pregnancy scrapbook. Most of these blog entries will probably go, too. (If nothing else, when my kid grows up, s/he’ll realize that his/her mother has always been cheeky, and this is not a new development. 😉 )

At six weeks pregnant, some symptoms are starting to happen here and there. My breasts hurt. I sincerely hope that they do not grow, because if they get any bigger, my breasts will be bigger than my head. 😛 I can already wear my bras as weird hats. (Kind of like a beanie or something? But for someone with two heads? Or maybe a padded helmet and face mask if I go with the push-up variety?)

Periodically, my tummy will feel icky. If there’s something fried involved, then I’ll feel just plain nauseous. But otherwise, the only way to describe it is “an acid-y feeling”. Like the acids in my stomach are going to burn a hole through. It doesn’t matter what I eat or when. It shows up. And it kind of hurts. No heartburn, though. (Has anyone else ever had that?)

Headaches? Varying degrees, but generally there. I had a few minutes last week where my head actually didn’t hurt. However, my ears have been ringing for about a week and a half now. Sometimes, it’s just a quiet hum. Other times, it’s high pitched, loud, and painful. But it’s always there. Even with the TV off and no appliances running, I still have noise. Unfortunately, it’s all inside my head. I hate that there’s nothing that can be done about tinnitus.  There’s less than nothing to do about it at six weeks pregnant.  🙁

But I’m still pregnant, and still looking forward to being a mom again. And this time, I’ll get to be a mom the way I think I should be a mom. 🙂

What was six weeks pregnant like for you?

Originally written on July 27, 2009.  That pregnancy is now a beautiful three year old boy!

Will I Be a Candidate for a VBAC Delivery? #Throwback

I don’t even know if I’m pregnant at this point since I’m still in the two week wait.  But even while I wait, I can’t help but think ahead.  And I can’t help but think it terms of having a positive pregnancy test.  While I wait, I think ahead.  One thing that I ponder is having a VBAC delivery.  Do I even want a VBAC delivery?

A VBAC delivery is “vaginal birth after cesarean.”  It means just what it sounds like it means: trying to have a vaginal birth after having a previous cesarean.  Norton was born through cesarean.  I don’t have any regrets about that; it’s what was best for Norton. [Read more…]

Alcohol during Pregnancy, FAS, and Sterilization

I came across a rather interesting article earlier today, and have spent a fair amount of time pondering it.  I am pro-choice.  Not because I think that abortion is a great thing or a means of birth control, but because I believe that our bodies are our own sovereign territory.  No one has the right to tell us what we can do with our bodies.  (I’m not interested in opening a debate on abortion.  So let’s not go there.)

Of course, alcohol during pregnancy can open up a whole other can of worms.  It’s common knowledge that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a baby to be born with fetal alcohol syndrome.  Of course, how much alcohol during pregnancy will cause fetal alcohol syndrome is of debate.  The North American standard seems to be “we don’t know how much it takes, so let’s just be safe and don’t have any alcohol at all during pregnancy.” [Read more…]