Thursday, August 21, 2014

First Trimester- A summary

I promise this won't be all pregnancy, all the time (do all bloggers say that? And then go back on their word?), but I wanted to do a "how the first trimester went for me" update.

Month 1:
The two week wait following IVF was the worst. I was on progesterone and estrogen supplements, so I had a ton of "symptoms" that didn't mean anything. I basically just drove myself crazy counting the hours until I could take a test and have a meaningful answer. I got my positive 8dp5dt, cried, but was still in disbelief until 2 blood tests confirmed it. I got ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) from the IVF process + pregnancy hormones. This meant I gained >10 pounds over the course of a few days and had an enormous swollen belly. My doctors monitored it and mine never went beyond moderate, but it was still incredibly uncomfortable. You might recall I went to Firefly Music Festival during that time. That was an adventure with all of my symptoms and my very new, very tentative pregnancy (walking 8+ miles/day, weird food, secondhand smoke, ugh). Here's a picture I didn't post from that time. It's fuzzy (we were walking) but it really shows how swollen I was. That's a good 5 month pregnant tummy right there.

Month 2:
Still on supplements. Still felt crappy. Still had OHSS, plus now I had morning sickness! I puked a couple of times, but nothing too crazy. I yearned for a nap every day, but did my best to keep up some level of activity in the form of walking. The OHSS started to back off toward the end of the month and I was able to go back to some of my normal clothes. My coworkers probably all strongly suspected I was pregnant for Month 1 and 2 (one of them even congratulated me... when I was like 4 weeks, 2 days), but then I shrank and confused everyone. My boobs, however, grew exponentially (they're still growing.. this is weird, but I won't complain!) so that part of me still looked pregnant.

Month 3:
Intermittently crappy. Finally got off the supplements, started feeling a little better. I ran. It felt fine. Saw our midwife (we're planning a homebirth) and got the official ok to run as much as I felt comfortable with. I have run/jogged about once a week since then.

That's about it. Mostly uneventful so far. I have a ton of little symptoms- my heart races when I lay down at night (due to increased blood volume), my normally weak nails are growing like a weed (awesome!), lots of digestive issues (I'll get back to that in another post), charley horses in the middle of the night, and my anemia is back (semi-common for pregnancy but still needs to be addressed- seeing my hematologist soon). However, my symptoms don't really affect my daily life aside from making me more unpleasant to be around (sorry, Nick!). I know a lot of women have far worse pregnancies, and I am so thankful to be "normal" and be able to put the infertility experience behind me. However, it never feels like it's truly behind me. I still have a lot of uncertainty about this pregnancy but I'm trying very hard to just let it happen and enjoy it. This first baby is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and I don't want to wish away the weeks.

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