Hey! Long time no see. If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed an absence of posts for the past 2-3 months. You may have also seen that P and I recently announced our pregnancy! The lack of posts is mainly because I was using all of my energy to keep my most recent bland meal down and stay awake at work. The first trimester is pretty rough. But, I’m now in my second trimester and feeling better and plan to get right back to blogging! First up, a recap of the last few months.
We found out we were pregnant in early December. I had originally taken a pregnancy test but was not convinced it was positive. I waited a few days and then tried again. It was still inconclusive. (If you’re trying to get pregnant, don’t buy Walgreens brand tests!) Luckily, I had a few other brands lying around and so I tried two more times… and both were positive!
We started planning how we were going to tell our family. I bought an ornament for my mother. Unfortunately, a week or so later, I had some bleeding. We went to the OB and our scan showed a sac but no embryo. We decided to do bloodwork and I had the first set drawn. The first set looked great but the second set did not show an improvement in my beta hCG (a pregnancy hormone that should almost double every 48 hours). I spent the following weekend sure that I would have a miscarriage. I returned to the OB for a scan feeling very apprehensive. Much to my surprise, there was an embryo with an already visible heartbeat! I was so relieved but remained anxious for the rest of the first trimester.
In the mean time, morning sickness came out in full force. Over the holidays, I started eating plain lightly buttered pasta and popping a Zofran any time I had to be in a car for more than 15 minutes. I had my 8 week OB visit and they performed a repeat ultrasound. This time, the baby looked fine but I had a subchorionic hemorrhage (which I had never heard of). I became the worst patient and googled every symptoms for the next four weeks praying that everything would be okay. Though my OB did prescribe Diclegis, which is an anti-emetic that is a combination of an antihistamine and vitamin B6 approved for pregnant women. This was a lifesaver!
We finally had our 12 week visit and the baby looked great! Our first screen came back negative and the subchorionic hemorrhage was gone. We decided to start sharing our wonderful news!
We found an amazing photographer, Jess Edwards, to do a mini session for our announcement. Not only did we love working with her but we are also in love with our pictures! I haven’t decided if I’m going to want maternity pictures yet but I’m glad we took pictures early on in the pregnancy.
So how was your first trimester? Any tips for the next two trimesters?