It's Week Twelve And You Can Finally...
Posted on August 15 2018
Whew! I’m at the 12 week mark and I’m so ready to tell my friends and family my adorable news! It’s not that I couldn’t tell them sooner, it’s just that I feel more comfortable waiting until after the first trimester. The risk of early pregnancy miscarriage is greatly reduced after reaching the 12 week mark. I feel like I can finally stop worrying about miscarriage or a tubal pregnancy. I had some spotting during the first several weeks which made me feel concerned. I googled signs and symptoms of tubal pregnancy every single time I had any spotting, which only made my anxiety about it worse. The tubal pregnancy was ruled out at my initial check up, but I’ve still had a small fear of early miscarriage until now.
Also, if I wait until after the first trimester to announce my news, it seems (to me) like my friends and family don’t feel like I’m pregnant forever! (I can just hear my Aunt Thelma asking my mom when she sees me at 8 months pregnant “Hasn’t that poor dear had that baby yet!?”) Thanks Aunt Thelma. On a more optimistic note, my morning sickness symptoms are starting to fade. The nausea and headaches are all but gone and I’m feeling a little less like a hormonal roller coaster! Thank goodness! My darling husband has probably worried about seeing me leaping for joy one minute and in tears the next. I’m getting my appetite back, to the point of having food cravings. Pickles and ice cream? No. Is that really even a thing? I guess it may be for some women, but I’m more about brownies and ice cream, (amongst other crazy things I wouldn’t normally eat.) I was craving french fries the other day. Seriously, greasy french fries. I hardly ever eat french fries. At least I never crave them! I know it’s really important to make sure I’m eating a clean healthy diet so I’m also trying to incorporate a lot of organic fresh fruits and vegetables.
I haven't really started to show yet, but I have a little bit of a rounder or fuller look about me. I’m not swollen, per say, just a little more filled out. (This could possibly be a result of all the brownies and other random food cravings, but I’m blaming it on the hormones.) After all, the baby is only the size of a plum at this point. Although soon I will have to start wearing maternity clothes, which is both exciting and daunting. I’m looking forward to a fresh, classy new wardrobe that flaunts my baby bump! But I also remember how big I got towards the end with my last pregnancy, and how it seemed nothing fit right. I didn’t feel fresh nor classy. I felt so big, swollen and uncomfortable. That was only toward the end so I choose to look forward to the few happy months in the middle when everybody says “Oh, look at you, you’re looking so cute!” And this time I’m going to keep up a good exercise routine, nothing too strenuous, but enough that keeps me in shape. I’m hoping this will also help me lose the baby fat afterwards much more quickly this time. Oh, and not to forget the kegels! How could I forget?
Now that I’m at 12 weeks I feel like I’m finally starting to get my energy back. I was so fatigued during the first trimester. All of the prenatal books say it’s normal to feel fatigued during the first trimester, but to regain some energy during the second trimester, so I’m looking forward to that. I’ve made reminders for myself on my phone to take my prenatal pills because I’m so horrible at remembering. I found a good supplement I really like that doesn't make me feel nauseated, yet has all of the important vitamins and minerals. It’s a whole food supplement with nothing artificial about it. The blood volume of a pregnant woman increases by nearly 50% which means iron and folate supplements are very important. B-Vitamins are also very important, and I notice such a big difference in my energy levels when I remember to take them regularly, especially because I’m trying to cut back on caffeine.
I had my 12 week ultrasound yesterday and I’m so in love already. We got to see the babies profile as well as his (or her) little legs kicking. We listened to the heartbeat which gave me such a comforting feeling. It’s still a little early to feel the baby move yet, but I’m SO excited to feel his (or her) little flutters soon. There’s really nothing like it, reminding you that you’re never alone. We won’t know the gender of the baby until the 20 week ultrasound, and I’m already so anxious to know. I can’t hardly stand it when I go into a department store and see all the adorable baby clothes and accessories. Should I buy pink or blue? I have to talk myself into waiting and not buying either because I want to buy both pink and blue! I’m loving being pregnant again, and I look forward to every milestone as well as cherish every moment, even though I’ve had to endure morning sickness, mood swings, and I’ll get even more stretch marks. My body will never be the same, but then again, neither will my heart!