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Go with your Gut

2 Jun

Pregnancy brings so many changes in body, emotions, hormones, not to mention the uncertainties about the Do’s and Dont’s during pregnancy.  To help guide me through those uncertain times I thumbed through What to Expect When You’re Expecting and a really cool book I got in my Welcome pack from my O.B.’s office.

The book I got from the Welcome package went through the different stages of development, what’s going on with the baby and what they look like. I loved it so much and tried to contain myself to only read about the stage my baby was in. What to Expect was more for me and what I was experiencing and I found it very helpful. Anytime I had questions about what I was seeing or feeling I looked to “the book”. 

I had a pretty rough pregnancy. It started with the four months of “All Day” sickness, then I got the news about the possibility of  birth defects, I started gaining weight like a baby elephant and I had the worst pain I ever experienced shooting from my right buttock straight down my leg. If you haven’t experienced the wrath of the sciatic nerve count yourself blessed because the pain is indescribable. The best was I could describe it was by saying I wanted to cut my leg off just to get rid of the pain, YES it was that bad! I’m sure the weight gain wasn’t helping. However, I didn’t understand what was going on with me because I was eating right and getting in exercise but I just kept swelling up. Eventually it got to the point where my feet where too wide to wear shoes and I couldn’t even put on my own socks. I remember one day crying because I couldn’t get them on and when I got to work I sat in the records room trying to decide what I was going to do. I was upset and embarrassed but  I had to ask one of my to put them on for me. When I went to the Doctor he told me to watch what I was eating because I could end up having gestational diabetes. He thought it was my eating habits that was causing the weight gain but I knew I was eating pretty well so things just were not adding up. I was just gaining weight I was swelling and I was severely overheated. My feet would get so hot I tried putting my socks in the freezer to help cool them off, and this was in February! So I went to “the book” and my symptoms were those described for someone with preeclampsia. I called the doctors and they blew me off and I called again and he told me, over the phone, that the swelling was hereditary.  I took it as I was being the hypochondriac that I am known for being and I trusted the doctor. I should have went with my gut!

One day while at work the sciatic nerve pain was even more excruciating than ever, which I didn’t think was possible. I left work early and two days later I went into labor, six weeks early!

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Decisions Decisions

18 May

Finding an OB is a daunting task any time you have to do it. After asking around I decided to go with a recommendation to a practice at a local hospital. I called them when I tested positive with the home pregnancy test and I went in 10 weeks later and had my first ultrasound. I will never forget that image of the little tiny arms and legs flailing all around and after seeing that I was in love with my little pookie!

Unfortunately for me my nausea continued for the next four months! No, I didn’t have “morning” sickness, I had ALL DAY sickness and not even that kept me from gaining. I was eating more fruits and vegetables than ever before and I even had my mom make oatmeal cookies from scratch. I didn’t understand what was happening.

With all that was happening with my body changes and sickness, the biggest blow I got was when I went in to get the results of my AFP + QUAD tests, they were positive and that meant my baby could have Spina bifida or Down syndrome. This is devastating news for anyone to hear but as a 23 year old, first time mom I was just confused. I thought I was doing everything right: eating right, exercising, taking my vitamins and I was young! Over the next few weeks I had a few different ultrasounds, the only good thing about this was the extra pics, and they said the Doctor said the ultrasounds were inconclusive. The only other option to get more definitive results was  to do an amniocentesis. Once they told me the risks versus the benefits the decision was easy: I didn’t do it.

Things Change- It’s just the beginning

2 May

When I first became a teenager I remember being very self-conscious about my body. I wore baggy jeans that I could take off without unbuttoning, big bulky sneakers, and shirts I was swimming in. Even when I got a little older and did decide to “show a little skin” I felt uncomfortable, of course now I would kill to have that body again.

 By my junior year of high school I became a little more comfortable with my body and I embraced it. I appreciated that  I could eat what I wanted without having to workout a lick. Once I hit college I loved to shop because I could go in just about any store and grab a 4 or a 6 and knew it would fit, until it didn’t!

I remember going to buy a pair of jeans, my usual size 6, and they didn’t quite fit. So I figured “well we (my boyfriend and I) have been going out to eat a lot, I guess it’s starting to catch up to me” and didn’t think much of it. Not more than a couple of weeks later I was in the mall with a friend and decided to get some jeans and this time the 8 didn’t fit! I thought “there is no way I am bigger than an 8 that fast?” I think I tried on a few styles before I realized it was me and not the jeans. During the next few days, maybe weeks, I was feeling nauseous, and then the vomiting started as did the processing of what was going on with me. “I have gained weight really fast, I have been really nauseous lately, did I miss a cycle?” I took a home pregnancy test and realized that the weight gain was just the beginning of the many changes I was getting ready to go through.