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

Nov 29, 2012 - Feelings    No Comments

Telling Your Family You’re Pregnant

Telling your family you’re pregnant should be fun. The day we found out I’m pregnant we figured that we have to tell my mother-in-law that we will, from now on, be careful about the cats and we will bring our own tablecloth when we eat with them so that we avoid the ones that she keeps in the bathroom next to the place the cats eat. But before telling her that, I wanted to tell my mom first.

So I gave her a call in the morning, asked her what was she doing, she went on about some plans she had for that day, and finally I saw a brake and took it. I asked her if she had some beads the size of a pea cuz I wanted her to send me some. She works in the confection area so it was a normal request. She said she thought she had but didn’t know for sure. I asked her to check and she got angry she said her food is getting cold and that she will check later. I said she will be sorry for raising her voice, and she immediately apologize even she didn’t know what I was talking about. Then I said, I needed a bead because that’s the size of her grandson in this very moment.

– What? What do you mean? she said.
– I said your grandson is the size of a pea.
– Wow, are you serious? That is so wonderful, I’m so happy, I don’t know what to say, congratulations! But why do you need me to send you my beads?

After a minute I stopped laughing and told her it was just a pretext to show her the real size. She wished us all there is to wish and I made her very happy, told her about this blog witch she can not read because doesn’t know English, and I remembered her food was getting cold and we said goodbyes.

Telling my mother-in-law was more pleasant than I expected. My husband started with some good news about his business and then he asked her if she wants more good news or should we wait for tomorrow so that both days will have something good. We told her anyway and she congratulated us, but apologized that she can’t kiss me cuz she tasted the food she was making and said it will be sticky. I didn’t expect a kiss from her anyway she is a little reticent when it comes to touching other people, or hugging, or kissing. But it went well and I felt good about telling her, she even asked us some questions about doctors and stuff and she reacted very well at the news that we will avoid using her tablecloth.

I’m planing to tell my brother about this on his name day. Saint Andrei is tomorrow and we always tell him Happy Nameday even if his name is Adrian. Instead of wishing him Happy Nameday I will say congratulation for being an uncle.

And that is it, I don’t want to tell my friends or anyone else yet, I want to wait till I’m 12 weeks pregnant at least. We want to be sure everything is ok.

Nov 27, 2012 - Problems    No Comments

How to Sleep During Pregnancy

I am used to sleep on my belly so when I know I will have a bump that will prevent me to sleep my way I’m getting worried. I tried so many times to sleep on my back at least, before I got pregnant, and it was frustrating. Once I lasted an hour or so, couldn’t fall asleep and decided to give up. I just remember turning on my belly and after that waking up in the morning.

I read that is best not to sleep on your back either, it can cause problems with backaches, breathing, digestive system, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure and decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby, the perfect position is on your side, left side is best because it will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby. But don’t stay in one position all night, you have to switch sides from time to time.

Some tricks that I did not try but read about are to keep your knees bent and put a pillow between your legs. For back pains you have to add another pillow under your belly. For your heartburn you can support your upper body with pillows and you can also try this for shortness of breath.

Some recommend a pregnancy pillow but others say that having enough pillows propping your back and one between your legs is enough and you can save some money not buying that. I will try the pillow advice tonight. Better try everything now when I still have some time.

Nov 25, 2012 - Feelings    No Comments

I’m Pregnant

Congratulations to me! I’m pregnant. Today was supposed to be my first day of the menstruation but because I usually have some spotting right the day before and I had a feeling I was pregnant, I took the test today.

Then I dressed up, put a ribbon on my belly, took a bottle of champagne for kids, no alcohol just juice with lots of bubbles and showed him the test. He was so excited, he kissed me and he hugged me tight. He had happiness leaking from the tips of the ears, that’s how happy he was and I am too. I had no problem conceiving, I followed the rules, took the vitamins, done everything right and it happen.

I was a little worried about the home pregnancy test (or HPT) because the second line was not that clear. But I searched the internet and found out that is normal because the HCG is at a lower level at the moment, but it is present and you can consider yourself pregnant. If you see any traces of a line in the period specified on the test you are pregnant, if you see them after that period, usually after 10 minutes, and before that was nothing there, I’m sorry to tell you, you are not.

It’s no need for you to go take more tests, you can make the doctor appointment, he will tell you from that test alone that you are pregnant. It is best to wait two more weeks after the day your period was supposed to come, because you will be in your 6th week and that means you will hear the baby’s heart.

I can now schedule my appointments and continue to enjoy my last days without nausea and watch my eating and take my vitamins. I’m 4 weeks pregnant and I’m happy.
P.S: And that is really me and my test in the pictures.

Nov 20, 2012 - Problems    No Comments

Expecting to See if I’m Expecting

I’m expecting to see if I’m expecting and it’s so hard. Friday I should get my period if the fertilization didn’t work, so till then I can’t even know if I’m pregnant or not. I’m monitoring my symptoms with that new app my husband got me, I’m Expecting app, and I don’t even know if I can be happy I get those symptoms or not. If my head hurts or my breast are tender I could see the pain, the discomfort in a good way.

The app is still so cool. It explains every week what my body is going trough and the stage my baby could be in. Now my baby could be the size of a poppy seed. Which is cool cuz I love poppy seeds.

We are planning to go to Bucharest for New Years and I was thinking of founding myself a gynecologist there who could help me give birth. I will not be able to visit her so often but maybe every two months will be ok. I could do blood tests here, or schedule my visits so that I can do all the tests the same day and my mom could pick them up. Hopefully she can help me on the phone if I need any advice.

But I still have to wait to see what the pregnancy test shows, then I would make my appointment. The time is passing so slow and it is so hard to wait not knowing.

Nov 15, 2012 - Health, Tips    No Comments

Herbal Teas During Pregnancy

There are herbal teas and non herbal teas. The non herbal teas mostly contain caffeine which they can be healthy if you are NOT pregnant, because of the antioxidants, but the baby in your belly can’t process the caffeine as an adult can.

However the herbal teas are caffeine free so that is not the issue. But you should be proper informed about which herbal teas are good and which are not. Like my previous post there are good herbs and unsafe ones that you don’t want to mess with. Usually the teas labeled as Pregnancy Teas contain good herbs that can help during pregnancy, like red raspberry leafs.

A list of herbs that are used in teas and how safe or unsafe they are:

  • Red Raspberry Leaf (Likely Safe) – Rich in iron, this herb has helped tone the uterus, increase milk production, decrease nausea, and ease labor pains.  Many of the “Pregnancy Teas” commonly contain red raspberry leaf to help promote uterine health during pregnancy.
    There is some controversy about whether this should be used throughout pregnancy or just in the second and third trimester, so many health care providers remain cautious and only recommend using it after the first trimester.
  • Peppermint Leaf (Likely Safe) – Helpful in relieving nausea/morning sickness and flatulence.
  • Lemon Balm (Likely Safe) – Has a calming effect and helps relieve irritability, insomnia, and anxiety.
  • Ginger root (Possibly Safe) -Helps relieve nausea and vomiting.
  • Dandelion (Insufficient Reliable Information Available) Rich in Vitamin A, calcium and iron; dandelion root and leaf can also help relieve mild edema and nourish the liver.
  • Chamomile (German) (Insufficient Reliable Information Available)High in calcium and magnesium, also helps with sleeplessness and inflammation of joints.
  • Nettles (Stinging Nettles) (Likely Unsafe) High in vitamins A, C, K, calcium, potassium and iron. Used in many “Pregnancy Teas” because it is a great all-around pregnancy tonic. (*Note on the safety of nettles: Natural Medicines Database gives nettles a rating of Likely Unsafe, even though it is used in countless pregnancy teas and recommended by most midwives and herbalists. This may be in relation to which part of the nettles plant is used, the root or the leaves, and how much is used. According to other sources, the use of nettles is encouraged during pregnancy because of all its health benefits.)
  • Rose Hips (Insufficient Reliable Information Available) – Very good source of Vitamin C and helps boost the immune system.
  • Alfalfa (Possibly Unsafe) – Has Vitamin A, D, E and K; particularly good in later pregnancy to boost Vitamin K, which helps prevent postpartum hemorrhage.
  • Yellow Dock (Possibly Unsafe) – Used to help treat anemia in pregnant women due to the high level of iron. Also contains Vitamins A, C and calcium. *(This may also be used as a laxative–talk with your health care provider about the use of yellow dock during pregnancy).

Source: American Pregnancy Association – Herbal Teas

I will get myself some red raspberry leafs for sure when the time comes, on my second trimester. I now drink very large cup of Chamomile tea every morning for the past few years, because all I know about it is that it is healthy to drink it. Is good for digestion, for when you have intestinal cramps and pain, for nausea and for digestive tract infections and airways, when you have a cold. So maybe the Chamomile here is not the German one they refer to, first because I’m not in Germany and second because there can be more types of the same plant.