Pregnancy Journey: Week 8

Size of Baby: Green olive (that hurts me to type that because I’m so nauseous)

How I’m Feeling:
Well I think we’ve determined that already… sick.  As I’m typing this, I just had the worst wave of sickness yet and I did actually vomit (a few times).  I thought I was learning how to manage it better and here we are.  I started taking a B complex (with lots of B6) in the mornings, so I think that the mornings are better now, but around 4 pm the past few days, it comes like a ton of bricks.  I think it might be due to the fact that I’ve been out and about around that time and it’s simply too hot for me.  The heat makes me want to die.  With the exception of today, I think this week might be a little better than last with the all-day nausea feeling.I also have more energy this week.  I think that’s also due to the B complex I’ve been taking, but I don’t care.  I feel like I am able to do a semi-normal amount of tasks during the day.  I definitely don’t feel back to my old self energy-wise, but a little better.  Last week I could have slept all day everyday.  At school, in clinic, we had our busiest day and I did fine!  I even went to the gym on Monday night with David at like 8 pm for a quick workout.

Doctor’s Appointment:  
We went to the doctor on Monday for our first ultrasound.  We got to see the baby and hear the heartbeat.  Obviously the baby is so small right now that it doesn’t look very much like a baby, so we couldn’t decipher much.  The heart rate was very fun to hear though.  The doctors determined the baby measured at 7 weeks 1 day, when I am technically at 8 weeks on the dot.  I know that in their records they have me a week later than I should be due to when I ovulated.  I ovulated on week 3 in the cycle, instead of week 2, so that’s where the calculation is off.   They said that because it’s only a week, they wouldn’t change the due date of March 3.  I have a strong feeling, it’s going to be more like March 12 though.  Oh well… doesn’t really make that much difference.

During the ultrasound, they found a small cyst on my uterus filled with fluid.  I panicked when they told me this because I have no history of anything like this, but they reassured me that it’s very common and that they usually go away on their own.  They are going to re-scan me in 4 weeks to make sure that it’s decreasing in size.  The doctor told me that it’s not a big deal either way though.

What I’m Eating: Meat is definitely on the outs.  I can’t stand to think about it.  I want simple carbs, such as toast with jam, waffles, pasta, and rice.  I never eat this many carbs and I feel a little gross doing so, but I’m just trying to let my body decide what it wants within reason.  If I totally listened to it, I’d be eating fruit snacks with donuts all day.  I’m trying to get nutrients in without making myself sick.  Veggies are a sticky subject.  I try to hide them in my food because I definitely couldn’t stand to eat a salad or stir-fry right now.  When I think about eating, there is usually about 1 food item that I can think of that I could stand to eat.  I can hardly wait until this bad phase with food is over.  

Exercise: I’m still trying to do the same thing as last week; lower impact exercises so my heart rate doesn’t go over 140 bpm.  I am adding in some strength training and I’m going to make myself start going to yoga.  I know that it would really do me some good, so I don’t know what’s so hard about getting there.  Well actually I do.  The classes seem to be either at 5:30 am and I want to sleep later than than when I get to or 5 pm (when I’m usually fighting the nausea) or at night at about 7:30 when I’m way too tired to drive to the gym for yoga.  I know I’ll get through this phase of pregnancy and any of those times will work.

P.S.  My husband deserves husband of the year award. In all my emotional swings, weaknesses, and tiredness, he’s been there for me and has taken perfect care of me. He cooks and cleans and is my nurse when I need it.  I’m starting to feel a little guilty.

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