Sunday, February 28, 2010

Photo: week 7

Stop laughing at my shoes.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Week 7: Friday, February 26, 2010

Symptoms: extreme sensitivity to smells, cravings, fatigue, Raynaud’s attacks, cold sensitivity, diarrhea, nausea, breast soreness

Week 6 seems to have been the week that the nausea kicked into a higher gear, and it’s continuing this week, so far. No vomiting yet, but I am very uncomfortable most of the time. I keep snacking, which seems to help ease the nausea, but I’ve become quite particular about what I want to eat. I’m sort of worried, because I haven’t gained any weight yet. I’m afraid that between this nausea and my now-poor blood circulation, the embryo (if it’s there) isn’t getting what it needs.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Week 6: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Symptoms: extreme sensitivity to smells, cravings, fatigue, Raynaud’s attacks, breast soreness

I went back to the doctor today for my official “new ob” visit. In light of my symptoms a couple of weeks ago (see Monday, February 1), they did a repeat transvaginal ultrasound. This time, a gestational sec was observed, as was a yolk sac. However, neither a fetal pole nor a heartbeat was detected. The sonogram technician didn’t seem concerned about it; she said today would be the absolute earliest anything would be seen anyway. But the doctor was indeed concerned and is having me return in another 2 weeks for a follow-up ultrasound. Also, I have to do a 24-hour urine collection this coming weekend to check kidney function (because of my hypertension). Yay.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Symptoms: fatigue, cramps, Raynaud’s attacks
Waist: 29.5 inches

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Week 5: Sunday, February 14, 2010

Symptoms: cramps, irregular appetite, Raynaud’s attacks

We had a record snowfall here in Dallas on Thursday, February 11. As a result the electricity in our home has been out since then. At one point, as many as 206,000 people were without power in North Texas. I suspect we’ll be among the last to have our power turned back on. In the meantime, I’ve been staying at my parents’ house while Joey has chosen to stay home.

I had some menstrual-like cramps last night, which alarmed me. Other than that, I still haven’t had any truly uncomfortable symptoms. My appetite is strange, though: I often feel like I have no appetite, but then I’ll feel like I absolutely HAVE to eat something or I’ll die! No off-the-wall cravings, yet.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Symptoms: diarrhea, Raynaud’s syndrome, slight fatigue

My theory is that my “morning sickness” is taking the form of diarrhea, occurring mainly in the evening. That’s fine with me! It seems like my Raynaud’s is progressing, though. I’ve had several episodes in the past few days, but none have been as severe as the original episode on January 29. Other than that, I’m just reading books and trying prepare myself mentally and physically for what’s to come.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Stylin' and profilin' in my Nike slippers from, like, 30 years ago.

Symptoms: cramps, lower back pain, diarrhea

So far, the only GI disturbance I am having is diarrhea. I’ll take that over the alternative! I haven’t yet experienced the fatigue that everyone talks about. I often wonder if this pregnancy is progressing normally, because I have had so few symptoms…but then again, I shouldn’t complain, I guess.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The OB called today and said my HCG level was nice and normal (yay!). I go back to the OB on February 17 for the official “new OB visit.”

Week 4: Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Weight: 130 pounds
Symptoms: breast tenderness, back aches and pains, headache

I had my blood drawn today for the second part of the HCG test (see Monday, February 1), and I also received my first RhoGAM injection. While at the OB’s office, the tip of my left middle finger turned blue again (see Friday, January 29); the nurse instructed me to call my primary care physician immediately. I did so, and I went directly to that appointment; the official diagnosis is Raynaud’s syndrome (or phenomenon), most likely a symptom of the pregnancy.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Waist: 29.5 inches
Weight: 132 pounds
Symptoms: breast tenderness, cramping, spotting (light and brownish), headache

The doctor’s office called me today to tell me that my blood type is A-, which means I’ll need to receive RhoGAM injections beginning tomorrow. My HCG level was 134 when they drew my blood yesterday.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Symptoms: cramping; light, brown spotting; breast tenderness

After getting a positive result on a home pregnancy test yesterday morning, I began spotting this morning (light, brownish), and it looked similar to what I believe was implantation spotting on Tuesday, January 26. I was alarmed by this and called the doctor; I was then advised to come in this morning. A transvaginal ultrasound revealed very little evidence of pregnancy, but the in-office pregnancy test did yield a positive result. He drew some blood to check my blood type and HCG level. I was advised that my blood would need to be drawn again in 48 hours to check for a doubling of the HCG level, which would indicate a normal pregnancy.