Getting Through the Months… Week by Week

It’s been a while! The reason? I’m growing a human… and that is tough work. Let’s just say my pregnancy thus far has been far (very far) from easy. It’s been the opposite of a walk in the park.

The First Trimester really felt like a drag. I was so tired (all. the. time.). In the First Trimester, which is 12 weeks total, I had morning sickness almost every day. (Special note: Morning sickness is NOT just in the mornings.) During most of weeks 5 through 10 my diet consisted mainly of chicken broth, saltine crackers, and Pedialyte. Weeks 11 and 12 were quite a bit better and I was able to get back to all of my normal meals (with some exceptions, since now some of my old favorites are revolting).

Week 13. The start of the Second Trimester. What a glorious week! This is the week we got to find out the gender of our baby… It’s a boy! Winston Eli is the name we have picked out, so hopefully it fits him when he arrives in January.

Week 15 was a bit scary. I was admitted to the hospital with shortness of breath and heart palpitations. I was terrified and so was the rest of my family. The first two days of being in the hospital was essentially just monitoring me 24 hours a day, plus giving me bag after bag of fluids through an IV. The doctors could not figure out what was causing my symptoms, but the good news is that Winston was not ever impacted (he was wiggling and kicking when the OB team would come to check on him). His heart rate stayed normal and consistent the whole time (which was a huge relief for me).

Finally, the doctors were able to determine that I have PoTS (or Postural Tachycardia Syndrome) which, long story short, means that my heart rate shoots up to crazy levels when I move (roll over in bed, sit, stand, and walk). They were able to give a prescription that is safe for our baby boy and for me, which I can now take. I was finally discharged and given consent to go back to work, with the condition that I just take it easy.

My doctors told me that the onset of symptoms was probably brought out by my pregnancy, and that they didn’t think I would be one of those moms who had smooth sailing throughout the rest of carrying this little boy. While not really reassuring, it’s good to know that not all mothers have easy-peasy, smooth sailing pregnancies.

We’re to about week 16 now, which pushes us into the 5th month of this little guy in my tummy. I am able to feel him now, but very slightly. It’s like a little butterfly or a couple tiny bubbles in my lower stomach. We read to our little guy every night (at least two books) and I spend about 10 minutes each morning playing him music on my phone (mostly classical).

Hopefully nothing else happens in the next few months- we’ve had quite a rough time lately. But, I wouldn’t change it for anything… because in January I will get to meet our little guy!

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