Morning (all-day) sickness sucks!

Aug. 15th, 2006 11:30 am
lyssac: (pregnancy)

I hate it, hate it, hate it.

Ok, so I have been unwilling to admit that I have morning sickness, because, really it has been pretty mild to date. I have periods (ok almost constant) of nausea, and tons of food adversions, but nothing too overwhelming. I have only thrown up a few times, and then only small amounts.

That changed yesterday. It started out as heartburn in the mid-afternoon, which I blamed on a spicy piece of chicken that I had for breakfast. I took some tums, and was ok for a little while. However, as the day progressed, so did the heartburn, and with it, the nausea. My stomach was one completely acidy mess. Finally, I lost. I ran for the bathroom, and threw up for like ten or fifteen continuous minutes, but all it seemed to be was this acidy stuff, that burned my throat and was not dissimiliar to dry heaves, with a tiny bit of orange juice and water mixed in. (Sorry if that's too graphic.)

Despite the fact that I haven't thrown up since then, the feeling as never really gone away, even now. A couple of times, I even went and sat on the floor in frront of the toilet, just in case, because it felt like I would vomit. Worse than the nausea, is this burning sensation that really hurts, and nothing seems to touch, not tums, not pepto-bismal, not eating, and that is what is making me nauseaus, so traditional remedies are out. ugh.

I thought this was supposed to start getting better about now, not worse....

::pouts:: I don't feel good.

10 Weeks ( +1 day)

Aug. 13th, 2006 01:45 pm
lyssac: (pregnancy)

Well, I guess the pain the other day was a good thing. The consensus was that it was probably round ligament pain, ie. my uterus growing and stretching. I qam inclined to believe it, since the pain stopped the next day, mostly, and that night I noticed a change in my "bump."

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that if I pushed on my abdomen, just above me pubic bone, that it felt hard. Well, now I can feel that same hardness from the side - a little bulge about the width of my fist and sticking out about half an inch or so. I am taking it as a good sign. If I am growing, then as far as I can tell, so is the baby. So yeah - me.

As I mentioned in my last post, this is the farthest along that I have been in any of my pregnancies, including the time that I waited to miscarry in 2004. I am more than one-quarter of the way through my pregnancy. March seems both so close and so far away, with less than seven months to go until my due date.

Speaking of growing, I forgot to mention in my post last week, but I had to start wearing maternity/nursing bras again. I had one from my last pregnancy, and went and bought another at Wal-Mart (the biggest size they had [42DD]... ugh). However, the strangest thing happened; I went to Deal$ (a Dollar Tree kind of store) and they had nursing bras there, of all things - and get this - the only size they had was mine (my non-pregnancy size, 40D). I bought three of them ($1 each) and they are more comfortable (and more flexible) than the one I bought at Wal-Mart for quite a bit more. On top of that, they are the adjustable kind (D-DD-F), and the band is also more adjustable (I have it on the smallest hooks right now) so I will still be able to wear this for quitre some time, even if I get huge when my milk eventually comes in. Talk about a major deal - and made just for me :)

So big boobs, a growing belly, and a still pregnant me... I am continuously in awe of the fact that there is another person growing inside of me - not just a son or a daughter, but a whole other person... growing... inside... of me. It is absolutely mind-boggling.

The Most Pregnant Ever...

Aug. 10th, 2006 12:07 am
lyssac: (pregnancy)

Today, I will be 9weeks 5 days, and that's the longest I've ever been pregnant, though I still worry about the possibility of miscarriage. This is a bit of a milestone though, and one I have been waiting for. Today also marks 7 months exactly until my due date.

However, all day yesterday (Wednesday), I hurt - down in my lower abdomen and cervix. It's a really achy, burning kind of muscle pain, and my cervix really is sore, but it's generally sensitive. It's pretty painful, especially if I sit up for a while. I am trying to take it easy, but it's really uncomfortable.

It's not a severe/sharp pain, but more like really bad menstrual cramp type of pain, with a slight burn in the muscles, and not that long ago, it started spreading all the way up to my navel. I asked some of my friends about it on the board I hang out at and the general consensus is that it maybe a growth spurt kind of thing - the round ligaments growing and stretching with the baby. I just know that it's very uncomfortable, and I want to stop worrying about this baby.

I also feel icky with nausea and heartburn.... I want to feel better - I've got to clean my house, it's getting filthy. Though, hey, it should go without saying, that I will put up with this for 7 more months, if it means a healthy baby in the end... excuse me while I go take some more tums.

9 Weeks

Aug. 5th, 2006 12:18 pm
lyssac: (pregnancy)

I feel icky - not sick, so much, though I am, kind of. My sugar's have been in the low-normal range. I had to have the waitress bring me some orange juice last night at Barnhill's because I had waited to eat, and was shaking really bad, though my sugar was only in the low eighties, I start having hypoglycemic symptoms when it is.

My blood sugars have all been well, recently, but food is an issue. I am being extremely picky. Mealtimes are hell. I don't want anything, or we don't have a huge selection in the house... Salads with oil and vinegar dressing, and soups. If I wasn't pregnant, it would be a great diet. Right now, it is just a chore. I am either starving or stuffed. I hate food - hate it, hate it, hate it.

Ooh, I also like goldfish (the crackers) I bought two bags a few weeks ago - one of pretzels and one of whole grain cheddar, and they make good snacks here and there. I'm not overdoing it - I still have some of both.

I guess this post is mostly about food. I don't really have much to talk about. I'm pregnant, but it's pretty early, and who knows what's going on in there, since I am not vomiting on a regular basis or anything. *shrug*

I am working on my baby quilt though. It's a cross-stitch pattern with teddy bears and moons, with "I see the moon. The moon sees me. God Bless the moon. God Bless me." I really like it, and it's coming along.

I also have a crochet baby blanket around here somewhere that I should be working on. It's really funny; my husband teases me because this thing is huge. Forget a baby, this will cover a twin size bed when I am done. lol. I may start a different one, but I am determined to finish this one.

I need more crafts, interesting things to do, and puzzle books. I love logic problems. I've gone through three books of puzzles since I got pregnant.

I also got my registries mostly straightened out. I know it's early, but I like to plan for things. I also have to figure out how much money we are going to need for stuff. It is highly, highly unlikely that I will have a shower or anything, so they are mostly for my benefit anyway. I have three of them - Wal-Mart, Target, and Babies R Us. Maybe that's excessive, but there isn't too much on each one, and I like to shop around. Besides, I figured if anyone did want to buy anything, they could choose whichever was more convenient for them (or my amazon wishlist, to keep me occupied until the baby comes).

The end for now.... *yawn* (still so tired, too.)

8 Weeks

Jul. 29th, 2006 04:25 pm
lyssac: (pregnancy)

Well, this week was largely uneventful, though I did have some symptoms. I am exhausted and having trouble with insomnia again. I have also taken to taking an antacid each night before bed, because my heartburn has started to recur. (Ow, Ow, Ow - and two right now.... that hurts.)

I also had some sort of stomach bug this week. Let's just say that neither end of my gastro-intestinal track was happy and leave it at that. I have also sworn off of greasy/fried foods.... uuggh. My current favorite meal is the Simply Chicken from IHOP. It's a low-carb, low-fat, low-calorie meal consisting of (steamed?) broccoli, a pan-fried/grilled boneless skinless chicken breast, and a tossed salad with oil and vinegar dressing.... yummy. I bought salad fixings and vinegar last night at Wal-Mart.

I am on a definite "fresh" food kick - though I did ask for old-fashioned, orange powder, mac n cheese today.... it wasn't too bad (too much butter - not liking greasy, as I said) and then there was the aforementioned heart burn that almost made me regret it.

I also had what Leland is calling my first official craving this week. I made him take me to Sonic for a Creamslush (a soft-serve/icee combination that was lovely). I think I have had more food aversions than actual cravings. My grandmother used to tease me that I ate so weird that if I ever got pregnant that I might eat "normal." Leland says she is right. The biggest loss - spicy foods. Normally, I love them; right now, can't stand the idea. Weird.

My pelvic area still hurts from time to time, and I am looking forward to the second trimester when the baby moves up a bit. I have found is that at least a small part of my problem is that I sit on my tailbone, with my pelvis tucked under, and there just isn't much room in there. I have been trying to lay down/stretch out when the pain gets too bad, but it is easing off. I was looking back over my livejournal yesterday, and I noticed that I had the same kind of pain last time, around this point, so maybe it is just normal for me and pregnancy.

That's it for now. Kind of a long post considering I didn't think I had anything to add. I do think I am reconciling myself to being pregnant, and I hope that I don't have cause to regret it.


Jul. 21st, 2006 04:43 pm
lyssac: (baby)

Not much going on here. I'll do a more comprehensive update tomorrow, but basically, I don't really feel pregnant right now. It's this strange limbo in the first trimester. The time is crawling by; I don't really have any symptoms that couldn't be easily explained away.

So, I found this cute little countdown graphic, to help me keep track of the time until the baby is due... except LJ doesn't like the html code, so you'll have to go here to see it.

Rock Hard Abs... lol

Jul. 16th, 2006 11:19 pm
lyssac: (pregnancy)

I noticed today, after I was cleaning the fridge, that my belly was rock hard, just above my pubic bone. I guess that's the top of my uterus. I can't feel it as much when I am laying down, but there is no mistaking it when I am standing. I even had Leland feel it.

My shorts/pants started to get a little snug earlier this week. It's not weight gain, as I said, I've only gained just over half a pound. Since I was a size 16 or so pre-pregnancy, I though that it would take me longer to notice any difference for the "padding."

Hopefully, it's a sign that everything is going as it should and the rugrat is healthy and snug in his/her home for the next 7 and a half months.

6 Weeks

Jul. 15th, 2006 06:36 pm
lyssac: (pregnancy)

This was an up and down week. Leland got hurt on Monday, I spotted a little on Tuesday and more on Friday. I also had some pain in/near my left ovary on Friday. However, I would say that I am doing ok overall.

It's still early and the last week has seemed to take forever, but at the same time, I am almost half way through my first trimester. I am sure that it will seem to fly by later, when the baby is due, or when he/she is here, but right now, March seems so very far away.

Health Status:
My Hemoglobin was 13.1, so that means I am not anemic. My prenatal vitamins seem to be doing their job.

My current weight: 219.2 lbs. (5' 7")
Total Weight Gain to Date: .6 lbs

Not a good day...

Jul. 11th, 2006 08:02 pm
lyssac: (journal)

I thought yesterday was a bad day. Leland and I ended up spending eight and a half hours in the emergency room because he hurt his back somehow. He lost his assignment at Staffmark because of it. He is out of work again, but hopefully, he will be able to get another assignment next week.

However, when I woke up today, I noticed that I was spotting a little. It just ruined my day.

5 days... that's how long it's been since I found out I was pregnant. I was so sure that maybe this time things would work out, and I would finally have my baby. I'm not a happy woman right now.

I know things aren't necessarily over, yet, but this is the same thing that I went through last time. Weeks of spotting and cramping and waiting for the inevitible.

Damn it...

5 Weeks

Jul. 8th, 2006 10:44 pm
lyssac: (pregnancy)

Today, I passed the five week mark, there are no real symptoms yet, but I feel exhausted. I also get some heartburn, if my stomach is empty for two long, and some occasional nausea that could be stress.

I am trying to quit smoking, which is harder this time around than any other time. I had one today, but hope to quickly change that to none at all.

I added a couple of new pics to my website, one each of me and my husband. I'm not crazy about how I look, but it's there.