Week Ten/Eleven (July 16 – 22)
Esitmated Due Date: February 8th, 2013 (Yes! A new due date! Hence why the weeks listed above are a little funky.)
Symptoms: Morning sickness has started to dissipate, FINALLY. I’m also not as tired, which has been a godsend. What’s left of my first trimester symptoms? My breasts are still sore and I’m still getting some headaches. I do still get occasional cramping.
Body Changes: Not a lot has change besides my cup size. I haven’t really gained any weight and I don’t look particularly pregnant except when bloated. As much as I can’t wait to look as pregnant as I feel, I know I should treasure this time when all my clothes still fit well!
Cravings: Salty and carb-y things are my preference at the moment, and chicken as well. Still loving my old pregnancy standby of chicken salad with sour pickles.
High Point: I finally, FINALLY got to see a doctor! I had my first appointment with my OB at a nearby hospital. I really liked her, she fully supports my wishes for a VBAC (assuming all signs point to probable success), and I feel like she cares about my pregnancy, my baby, and me. I was going to look at another practice at another hospital that was farther away, but…well, check out the Low Point below.
Along with my first doctor’s visit, I got to have my first ultrasound. I’ve got a healthy, happy little sprout growing in there! The ultrasound showed a wiggly little bug with a great heartbeat (174 bpm). We had a second ultrasound this past Monday (an official dating ultrasound), and I’m about four days ahead of where I thought I was, so I’ve moved my due date to February 8th, though my doctor’s office will likely keep it at the 12th, just because they seem to like the wiggle room. Anyhow, Monday’s ultrasound showed us an even better picture of the little bug, where she (he?) was sucking her thumb! So sweet! The heart rate as of Monday was 164 bpm (above 140 bpm…girl?).
Low Point: So, we were going to be checking out another practice an hour or so south of us. Well, it didn’t work out. We had a hell of a time trying to get to the place (second time we had trouble getting down there; the hubs insisted if I’d decided to deliver there I’d have the home birth I always wanted…in the car). Anyway, I was scheduled for an appointment at 1pm. At around ten of 1 I knew we were going to be late, so I called the office. No answer because the office was “closed” for lunch. Okay, whatev, I’ll try back at one (there wasn’t an answering system for me to leave a message saying we’d be late). I tried back at 1. No answer. The office was still “closed.” Okay, I tried again at 1:05. No answer. 1:10. No answer. 1:15. No answer. By the time I reached the office at 1:20, I was obviously quite late, but I had tried to let them know. I don’t understand how an office reopens at 1pm, but they have NO ONE answering the phone at 1. I was wicked annoyed. And, because I was twenty minutes late (versus fifteen), I had to reschedule my appointment. It was REALLY annoying to drive an hour to this place, be unable to get in contact with them when needed, and then still have to head into the office, be told (rather rudely, in my opinion) that I was late (as if I wasn’t already aware after the rigamarole to find the place), and that I’d have to reschedule. So, so, so not worth it, and in all my overly hormonal pregnant glory, totally sob worthy once I was safely out of the office and in the elevator. We’re sticking with the closer hospital/OB.
Paranoid Moment: Now that I’ve reached the end of the first trimester (according to my new due date, I’m 12 weeks today!) and I’ve seen our little bug a couple of times and heard the heartbeat, it’s hard to feel too worried, which is great! Of course, as time goes on, I’m sure I’ll find other things to worry about, but all I can do about it is stay positive, think of the best possible outcome, and just enjoy this pregnancy, which I’m finally really starting to do.
What I did to prepare this week: This week I went to speak with my nutritionist again…finally. This is the first appointment I’ve had with her since I found out I was pregnant. My OB recommended I only gain, tops, 20 pounds (oh, boy…). I definitely think I can do it, but it’s going to be difficult. Seeing my nutritionist will definitely be a big help (she was huge in my losing 40 lbs. this year), especially as my appetite comes back.
What’s going on “in there”: The folks of BabyCenter say: “The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.
Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby’s brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.