11 Weeks pregos!

11week4How far along? 11 weeks and 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: lost about a total of 8 pounds over the last several weeks, but thankfully gained two back so I’m still down 6 pounds from my prepregnancy weight

Maternity clothes? Not quite yet…with the weight loss my pants still fit, but I feel like they are getting a little snug in the waist, but loose around the thighs.
Sleep: Still sleeping like a baby…except I wake up a bit earlier now with morning sickness
Best moment this week: I had one nausea free day last week…for a whole day I thought the morning/night sickness was over!!! But boy was I wrong…
Miss Anything: Being able to cook without getting sick from all the scents in the kitchen. I love to spend time in the kitchen. Cooking dinner after work is my way of unwinding so I can’t wait to do it again.
Food cravings: Anything salty or carby…basically I live on Cheez-It’s, plain noodles, rice, and Gatorade
Have you started to show yet: My pelvic area feels a little more full…I’m not really showing but feel bloated
Symptoms: Still battling the nausea but like I said before, it’s partially reassuring because I know our baby is growing
Looking forward to:  Can’t wait to see your little booger at our 12 week ultrasound next week!

At 11 weeks, our baby is the size of a small lime or large strawberry. Our little one is about 1.6 inches long with a 1:1 head to body ratio and weighing about 0.25 ounces.11week1 11week2 11week3

 

 

6 Weeks…Nausea, Nausea and more…

How far along? 6 weeks and 4 days
Total weight gain/loss: initially lost 5.3lbs over the last two weeks but have gained two over the last few days
Maternity clothes? With the weight loss my regular clothes fit even better
Sleep: Sleeping like a baby….maybe a bit too much! I fall asleep right after work and wake up 9-10 hours later to go straight to work again!
Best moment this week: Ironically the nausea…at least I know my hormones are continuing to rise which means our little booger is healthy and growing
Miss Anything: My evening glass of vino with dinner
Food cravings: Nada. Tolerating food is a challenge at this point
Have you started to show yet: Nope. Still too early
Symptoms: As I mentioned before, I still have the ongoing nausea and occasional lower abdominal cramps. The cramping is normal. As your uterus is growing, its making space in your body. Though I’m not showing, my uterus is growing so it’s pulling on my round ligaments.
Looking forward to:  Our 12 Week ultrasound!!!

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(My hub made me put makeup on to take some cute pics with some pregnancy sticks and distract me from the nausea ;-))

Everything has been great so far…except for the nausea which is expected (at least for most). The nausea really takes a toll on your body. Unfortunately, again like most women, my nausea does not only come in the form of morning sickness. It actually comes in spurts throughout the day. It peaks when I wake up and then dies down a bit throughout the day and the escalates around 4PM and throughout the night. Maybe my body knows I’ll be seeing my husband in a few hours and I can milk him for all his pity ;-). Along with the nausea comes an impeccable sense of smell…whether you like it or not. Unfortunately, as a result, I cannot get within five feet of my refrigerator. The combination of smells and site of food just make my stomach go wild so I have been avoiding the kitchen at all costs which is very hard for me because I’m usually the biggest foodie and I love to cook. My husband has been so supportive. He’s stocked our fridge with sparkling water and this weekend took at the refrigerator and cleaned it all out. He basically threw everything out and scrubbed it down, but unfortunately I still can’t get near it!

Over the last week, I’ve been experimenting with different things to help the nausea. Here’s what worked and didn’t work for me.  For work, I packed little snack packs of pretzel sticks. I seem to tolerate salty a lot better than sweets. I’ve been munching on those with sparkling water throughout the day. Also fruity gum seems to work wonders! People say ginger candies help with nausea; I bought some from Mother’s Market which is an organic super market nearby, but not only did those candies not help, they made the nausea ten times worse. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work for you so give it a try. Lastly, three days ago I discovered my new found love for fruit smoothies. Jamba Juice, which makes blended fruit smoothies seems to be a great source of calories and the cool smoothie helps keep the nausea in check. What helps your nausea????? pretzels

Kate Middleton’s Pregnancy

I may be a little late to congratulate the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William on the news of their first pregnancy, but I thought this is a great opportunity to discuss hyperemesis gravidarum, the condition which had the Duchess hospitalized ultimately leading to the early leak of their pregnancy news. Unfortunately or fortunately, pregnancy and its possible complications does not differentiate between royalty or a normal gal… it can hit anyone hard! Kate was (can potentially still be) suffering from a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum, aka uncontrolled vomiting during the early months of pregnancy. Most moms-to-be experience “morning sickness” which is basically nausea and sometimes vomiting generally in the morning and during the first few months of pregnancy. Those suffering from from hyperemesis gravidarum have non-stop nausea and vomiting during the earlier months of pregnancy. There is no “cure” for this, rather only supportive treatments such as vitamin B6, antiemetics such as Zofran (ask your physician) or most importantly staying hydrated, whether that is by increasing your oral intake or having to get get admitted to the hospital for IV (intravenous) fluid hydration. Unfortunately the most common and dangerous side effect of hyperemesis gravidarum is severe dehydration. If you are pregnant and have excessive nausea accompanied with vomiting, it is extremely important to get medical attention immediately. With uncontrolled vomiting, you lose a lot of the hydration and nutrition in your body. Severe dehydration can have serious consequences both for you as the mommy and for your unborn child; in severe cases that are not treated, you or your baby can die secondary to dehydration. I am very happy that Kate got the medical attention she needed. I hope that she is feeling better and the rest of her pregnancy continues with ease!

(Photo credit: People.com)