This post is long over due but better late then never 😉
I’ve had a lot of people ask about the details of my pregnancy so I thought I would summarize the 41 weeks the best I can. Pregnancy for me was really really hard. I don’t want to be annoying and complain because I am so grateful for what I got out of it but the whole process really tested me. I felt like I could conquer anything after going through pregnancy. And if you’re reading this and haven’t been pregnant yet – don’t let this scare you because I know a lot of people that absolutely loved every second of their pregnancy, I just wasn’t one of them 😉 If I didn’t have to go through pregnancy I would have 3 more babies!
Anyways below are some details from my pregnancy. I broke it down between trimesters because when I was pregnant looking through the internet I loved seeing what moms went through each and every stage.
- Fatigue: I was very very very tired during my first trimester. Before I knew I was pregnant I was chugging three cups of coffee a day (I hate coffee!) because I couldn’t stay awake otherwise. I would come home from work and take a two hour nap! Being tired is one of the signs that led me to believe I was pregnant, because my exhaustion was so abnormal.
- Nausea: Just typing out that word made my body tingle! My nausea was awful. I would throw up 10-15 times a day – one day I counted 18 and when I didn’t throw up, all I wanted to do was figure out how to start vomiting to make myself feel better. It was just a vicious cycle. I tried anything and everything to make me feel better (preggo pops, sea bands, ginger tea etc.) and nothing worked! I had no appetite and didn’t want to even look at food – the only thing I could eat was plain bread. I had forgotten what it felt like to be normal and not throw up. It had become a casual part of my day. I had read that some people have it throughout their pregnancy and I was just praying that I wasn’t one of those people and thankfully I wasn’t – around 16 weeks my nausea ended and it was the best thing ever!
- Bump: My bump showed right away. By 12 weeks my stomach was showing and I loved it. If only I could have stayed that size the whole time ;P
- Appetite & Weight: The second trimester was the best. I had energy, I wasn’t nauseous but my appetite sky rocketed! I was so hungry. I would eat and be starving two hours later. So I was eating a lot & it resulted to a crazy amount of weight gain. Every time I would go for my check up, the doctor would address my weight gain and would say I need to get it under control. Ummm…when you are pregnant and starving the absolute last thing you want to do is diet. So the eating continued the lbs kept racking up.
- Aversions: I didn’t have many aversions, just one. Red meat. The thought of a burger or steak would make me so sick to my stomach. I couldn’t even look at it. I absolutely love burgers normally so it was really surprising that I was so disgusted by it. We would go to In and Out and I would get veggie style (which was actually delicious). By the third trimester, I was able to have red meat, I still didn’t love it but it didn’t bother me.
- Back Pain: My lower back started to hurt a lot because of all the weight & sleeping at night became very uncomfortable. Towards the end of my second trimester, I had to move to the couch to sleep just because I felt like it supported my back more. I know a few people who use products such as full spectrum hemp oil to help relieve the symptoms of back pain (due to CBD being a natural remedy), as this can be a lot for anyone to deal with. If I wasn’t pregnant, this may have been something I would have tried. But that is not the case.
A friend of mine recommended that I checked out a site like https://thedozyowl.co.uk/best-mattress-bad-back-uk-expert-buyers-guide/, as it may be my old mattress that could also be making my back pain a lot worse. This isn’t something I thought about before, but now she mentioned it, this would be something I would be willing to look into. Plus, I’ve had enough of sleeping on the couch. Also, this reminds me, one of my friends is a yoga instructor and she has just completed her yoga ytt (yoga teacher training) and she told me that a lot of pregnant women decide to take up yoga to combat back pain. Apparently, prenatal yoga is a gentle way to relieve aches and pains, as well as maintain a healthy body and mind during pregnancy. It is also a unique way to build strength and it can help you prepare your body for birth. If you are considering taking up prenatal yoga, remember to do your research as there are some excellent classes out there.
- Big mama & big baby: By the time the third trimester rolled around I was huge! And Kiah was measuring in the 95th percentile and my doctor was telling me that she thinks the baby will come early and that I should be ready at 37 weeks. I packed my hospital bag and had mentally prepared for the baby to arrive. I wish I hadn’t done that because I didn’t give birth till 41 weeks. One whole month later. And let me tell you that was the longest month of my life.
- Pupps: This was a nightmare. Pupps is a itchy rash that covers your body. Google image it if you dare 😉 1 in 350 pregnant women get it and it happens usually to women who are pregnant with large baby boys. There is a Facebook support group for women with pupps because some become suicidal and many doctors offer early induction because delivery is the only cure. My first patch showed up on December 27th and it rapidly spread all over my body….all over! The worst spots were the spots I couldn’t easily itch – behind my leg, in between my fingers and toes, in between my thighs…it was bad, i’m not exaggerating. I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t wear clothes, the only temporary relief was alovera and taking cold showers. I would take a shower every 2 hours just for a little bit of relief. I just wanted this baby out of me so I could feel normal again. I was itching up until Kiah was born – January 27th. ONE whole month of itching!
- Iduction: My doctor offered to induce me at 37 weeks when my pupps started but I didn’t want to be induced. I wanted the baby to come on his own terms. Fast forward to 40 weeks, baby boy did not want to come out. My doctor said she doesn’t feel comfortable letting me go past 41 weeks because of the size of the baby and that if he didn’t come on his own by then she would need to induce me. I tried everything to get this baby out, even drove over an hour to get the magical pizza that is suppose to induce labor. nada. 41 weeks came around and I ended up getting induced…baby boy came out 13 hours later 🙂
Sorry that was long – I felt like I had to vent about the whole thing haha.
Although it was such a hard and long experience the end prize was the best!!! 🙂 Can’t believe I have to do it all over again for baby #2! How much is surrogacy ;)?