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Dec 23, 2012 - Feelings    No Comments

Eight Weeks Pregnant

Eight weeks pregnant

Since I’ve come back to my moms house I seem to handle my nausea a little better specially because I don’t cook that much so the smell doesn’t gets to me before my meal time and more because my husband had precise hours for the meals and here I eat only when I want to.

My constipation is not that bad anymore, I go more than a few times a week, but I don’t know the reason for the change. I am still bloated and had a some cramps, but the spotting stopped after a few days of taking the pills my doctor prescribed, I don’t know how long I have to take them, but till my next visit I will finish the ones I took.

My belly grew a little, probably because this week my uterus starts to stretch to make room for the baby. I don’t feel any new symptoms so that is that for my eight week.

I’m glad Christmas is coming, the tree is ready, the presents are warped and ready, the traditional food is getting ready in the oven and we are watching Christmas movies on TV. I got a little upset on my mother today. I wanted to help with preparations for the traditional meal, sarma, and she repeatedly said that I don’t have to, that is better that I let her, cuz mine don’t look that good, even if I only got to do two and one of them didn’t look like hers. I raised my voice and told her that it doesn’t matter how they look I only wanted to do something together for this Christmas, she can throw mine afterwards if she doesn’t like, but is important for me to do something together.

I probably overreacted because I miss my husband, I’m sad that the is not with us (me and the bump) and he will arrive no sooner than 27th December, so probably the hormones got to me, but I stopped myself from crying and we finished the sarmas together.

New measurements:
Weight before: 59.3 kg
Weight eight week: 59.7 kg

Bust measurements before: 87 cm
Bust eighth week: 90 cm

Waist before: 67 cm
Waist eighth week: 74 cm

Hips before: 92 cm
Hips eighth week: 92 cm

Dec 18, 2012 - Feelings, Health, Problems    No Comments

First Ultrasound

First Ultrasound

I came to Bucharest on Saturday, alone because I had the appointment yesterday and we decided I would remain here for the holidays and my husband will join me later. He couldn’t come with me because he can’t spent so much time away from his family because they need him.

I was not afraid of the doctors appointment, I was excited even, I was just afraid of the taxi ride, I didn’t know the area where the hospital is situated and didn’t know how much money it will take me for the ride. But I made it there in time, just 5 minutes earlier, and took a chair in the waiting room. I waited like a half an hour and realized I had forgotten my entire medical file at home. I was ready to go to the hospital an hour before my actual departing time, but emotions and stress made me forget my most valuable file at home.

So I waited there, trying to remember what tests I did and what I didn’t do, try to remember all the questions I wanted to ask her and I finally enter the cabinet. She greeted me with a smile, she asked about my age, about my last period to know how many weeks I have and, of course, about the test file, which I didn’t have. I tried to give her some tests I remembered but she writes me a blood test reference and she advise me to only take those that I didn’t took, of course.

She puts me on the examining table, takes a few samples for some tests I was sure I didn’t take, and gives me an internal ultrasound. She looks on the monitor, moves the stick inside me around a few times, and she turns on the sound a couple of times, the second time I heard it loud and clear “Bump….Bump….Bump….”, it sounds like 70 beats per minute and I panic. It should’ve sound like “BumpBumpBump”, 110 to 160 beats per minute to be a healthy baby, so my eyes start watering.

The doctor is not happy, I see she doesn’t like what she heard but she stays calm. She says she wants a pregnancy confirmation and a transvaginal ultrasound to be sure we can continue the pregnancy, cuz there is a risk that the heart will stop and she wants to make sure as soon as possible. She also gave me some pills prescription, vitamins, Folic Acid, something for spotting, because it didn’t stop from last Sunday, and No-spa, just in case I have any kind of pain I can take 1 to 4 capsules per day.

She gave me her business card which I lost cuz I couldn’t focus on anything else, I took the ultrasound picture with the little bump barely visible and left. It was good I had the agenda with me, I wrote everything she told me, when to come see her again, where, what to do next, when will I know everything is ok, and stuff. I went to the reception and try to get an appointment as soon as possible for that ultrasound and lucky me they had one opening at one o’clock and it was one o’clock.

I stayed in line though, cuz there were some other women there more pregnant than me. I gave my husband a call and told him everything, I wrote him a few messages cuz I didn’t like other people to hear that I was scared and sad and lost and all alone. I shared a few tears which drew attention, but I tried staying strong and said to myself if I’m positive my baby will be fine.

My husband made a quick researched on the internet, told me some women treated the slow pulse with pills, like magnesium and calcium and the pulse went up a little. But that meant that the baby could have some heart problems, treatable, but nevertheless. I was angry that I’ve done everything that I could to make my body healthy for the conceiving, then made sure I ate healthy and enough, and eat fruits and take vitamins, and this still could happen.

When the doctor called me in, my tears were gone and I was relieved that I didn’t had to wait that long to know. He quickly asked my name and get down to business. He put the ultrasound on my belly and in a couple of seconds I could hear loud and clear “BumpBumpBump”, 128 beats per minute. I was so happy and then more happy when he told me to look on my left and there, on a TV with a 65 cm diameter, I could se the little peanut. The doctor measured his head, body, everything and congratulated me.

I thanked God everything was fine and when I went to pay for everything I didn’t care how much it was, I was just glad it was over.

Today I’ve done the blood tests I was supposed to, and the result will come on January 7, 3 days later than my next doctors visit. Hope it will not be too late and that there will not be more surprises.

Dec 16, 2012 - Feelings, Health    No Comments

Seven Weeks Pregnant

Seven Weeks Pregnant

I have the same problems like last week. I can’t get rid of the nausea. I know I can eat, even if I don’t feel like it, even if I feel I can’t hold the food in I know I will not throw up afterwards. The problem is that I don’t know what to eat, I can’t think of any food that will not make me sick thinking of it. The meet sounds to heavy for my belly, and I don’t like thinking of the smell, the chicken is the one meet that doesn’t smell bad but it doesn’t smell good either. The fish would be the worst thing and the last I can think of cooking, even if I know some will be very good for my pregnancy. One day I will have to go past my aversion and eat some to see what happens.

Tomorrow is my first doctors appointment. I have a list of things to ask her.

About chickenpox I have to ask, even if I had it when I was little, my sister in law could get it from one of her friends and I don’t know what happens to the baby inside me.

About iodine I have to ask because of my mother-in-law, she keeps nagging me that she took iodine when she was pregnant and why am I not taking any. I tried to explain to her that now the salt has iodine and it is not like 28 years ago where you could not find that in salt and that is why you had to took supplements.

I also have to ask her about other vitamins I have to take. I want to know if drinking a large cup of chamomile tea could harm anything and what can I take, pills or other remedies, for nausea and constipation.

I have to tell her that I need a C section because of my eye problems, and I have the recipe for my glasses to show her I know what I’m talking about and I have to ask her when will the C section be scheduled and what to expect.

I’m a little scared cuz I will be all alone but is something that I look forward to cuz it will be the first time I’ll see, maybe even hear, my baby. As my husband said, I will not be alone, my little bump will be with me. Wish us luck, we both will need it!

New measurements:
Weight before: 59.3 kg
Weight seventh week: 59.1 kg

Bust measurements before: 87 cm
Bust seventh week: 90 cm

Waist before: 67 cm
Waist seventh week: 72 cm

Hips before: 92 cm
Hips seventh week: 92 cm

Dec 11, 2012 - Health, Problems    No Comments

Nausea and Cravings in Pregnancy

We all expect to be nauseated when we get pregnant, we also expect to have some cravings, but what I didn’t expect was to be so nauseated that I can’t even think of putting food in my mouth and also be salivating at the food on the table at the same time. I don’t know how that works, what am I suppose to listen to? Can eat it and risk vomiting a little later? Or should I try something that will be easier for my stomach to process?

This days I’m not in the mood for meat. Is like I had enough and I sense I need vegetables. I ate tomato and onion salad with a boiled egg and a noodles chicken soup yesterday and it was a refreshing meal. But because it is winter, fresh vegetables are not that common on the market anymore, this season vegetable is meat so it will be hard for me to avoid meat forever. I discovered that any kind of meat goes down easier with a garlic paste we use to make in our country so I will try more of that.

I don’t crave any food in particular, but the thing that I most want this days, just because we use to make it in the winter and I always like Christmas with this particular beverage, is hot red wine. We boil red wine, the redder the better, with a few spoons of sugar, a piece of cinnamon, 5 to 10 pieces of clover and a few slices of apple, which you can eat afterwards and they fill with sweet red wine. But as I said NO to ALL alcohol when I begun my journey is hard for me to pass the holidays and say no to that, but I will, is just gonna be hard.

Nausea makes me tired, is depressing and exhausting to fell sick all the time, and I’m trying to avoid it after launch with a 3 hours nap in the afternoon. When I woke up, everything seems to be good, for a half an hour or so and then we’re back to nausea, then dinner comes and after that nausea comes again.

I know peppermint tea helps with the nausea, but because I’m a little constipated I don’t think is such a good idea. I will save this for when the vomiting episodes start. I also heard something about ginger root tea that relieves nausea and doesn’t have the constipation factor, but they don’t have reliable information about using it on pregnant women. Maybe it is safe to use in small quantities so you would have to ask someone who really knows this stuff.

Dec 9, 2012 - Feelings    No Comments

Six Weeks Pregnant

This is getting harder and harder. Today was my first spotting day, hopping it will be the last. The constipation is awful, I used the bathroom Thursday and today and I was so happy about it. I am begging to enjoy the little things, like bathroom trips, more and more. Thursday caught me by surprise, lucky me I was at a private clinic with my husband and they had bathrooms, even more luck when I discovered they had no toilet paper and I found a napkin barely used in my pocket. I was so sad that I had thrown another one just minutes before I left the house, I promised myself never leave the house without napkins ever again.

The breasts still hurt, but not that much anymore because I bought a sport bra that supports them very well. At first it was uncomfortable because it itched, it has some seams right on my nipples and when I moved it rubbed on my skin. Actually is the bra from the photo above. I found a solution to my problem and now I’m wearing the bra on a cotton t-shirt with no seams on my boobs. My husband is calling me the girl version of Superman, cuz he wore his underwear on top of his pants and I’m wearing my bra on top of the t-shirt. I don’t mind a little mocking as long as my boobs have the support they need and it doesn’t itch anymore.

I’m also a little moody from time to time, but if I think about it I can pull myself together and don’t overreact. But who wouldn’t be in a mood if you’re bloated all the time, constipated and nauseated. I figured out that I feel more nausea before a meal but not in the middle of a meal or afterwards. So is true that is better to eat more often and smaller portions, but I avoid doing that cuz I’m afraid I will get too fat to quick.

Even if I don’t visit the bathroom that often I can’t figure out why I am still under 61 kilos. I am not complaining I just don’t know were the food is going.

Weight before: 59.3 kg
Weight fifth week: 58.0 kg (because of my diarrhea)
Weight sixth week: 60.2 kg (because of my constipation)

Bust measurements before: 87 cm
Bust fifth week: 90 cm
Bust sixth week: 90 cm

Waist before: 67 cm
Waist fifth week: 71 cm (because of the bloating I suppose)
Waist sixth week: 72 cm

Hips before: 92 cm
Hips fifth week: 92 cm
Hips sixth week: 92 cm

Now I call my belly “little bump” even if it is because I’m bloated is still good to know someone is inside me.

Dec 6, 2012 - Health, Problems, Tips    No Comments

Constipation in Pregnancy

Constipation is a real pain in your behind if you are pregnant. I had diarrhea the last weekend and I managed to fix it with toasted bread, mint tea and bananas in just two days, one more day and I would’ve gotten to the doctor. Fixing this problem resulted in going back to the problem I had before diarrhea, which was constipation. So from Sunday I couldn’t go to the bathroom at all, this is my fifth day.

The first two days I was afraid of eating fruits and fibers as I didn’t want the diarrhea to return, I lost 1,5 kilos in the weekend and gained 2 back the first day of my recovery, but now I have to try harder, soon I will explode if not.

There is a type of yoghurt that contains fibers and fruits and helps a lot with it but I didn’t know I needed till last night when I realized four days past and nothing. I think I was more afraid of the diarrhea, cuz it kept me awake, I had stomachache in the middle of the night followed by bathroom trips.

But now I can’t tell you what do I hate more, being constipated, that means bloated, feeling heavy, nauseated because I feel full, in pain when gas tries to get out or when diarrhea hits and making me feeling nausea because of stomachache, sleepy because it wakes me in the middle of the night, cold because the bathroom is cold, but lighter because eventually there will be nothing else to get out. Sorry for too many details.

Dec 2, 2012 - Feelings, Health, Problems    No Comments

Five Weeks Pregnant

At 5 weeks pregnant is not much to see but I will begin to take a picture of my belly every week so that I will see the rate at witch my belly grows. I will also have this weekly post with all my symptoms and everything I’m going trough.

Symptoms: I already started to feel nausea, and had some bloating issues accompanied by constipation, but as I was trying to resolve constipation, diarrhea hit me, like a truck hits a fly on the highway. I had severe stomach ache and had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, several times, two nights in a row. I had some mint tea and bananas, but I’m not in the mood of eating this days because of my nausea. It was a pain to cook but luckily my husband helped and did a great job too. Unfortunately I can’t eat what I had in mind, I have to stick to the tea and toast.

My breast are tender and they grew from 87 cm circumference to 91 cm, my husband can’t stop smiling at them, but he’s sad he can’t play cuz they hurt. Sometimes is a moderate pain, sometimes sever, I always have to get a hold of them when I go down the stairs. Another of the symptoms is headache but that doesn’t bother me that much.

I tried sleeping on my left side the last few night, first try was a mess, my arms kept going numb and tingly and had to turn around because of the pain, and my right arm hurt all day that day, but the next day, don’t ask me why I was fine and didn’t had any trouble with the numbness all night. I think it was because I kept my arms straight not under me or my pillow and the pressure was not like the first time.

Weight before: 59.3 kg
Weight at now: 58.0 kg (because of my diarrhea)
Bust measurements before: 87 cm
Bust measurements now: 90 cm
Waist before: 67 cm
Waist now: 71 cm (because of the bloating I suppose)
Hips before: 92 cm
Hips now: 92 cm