- How far along? Fourteen Weeks, I made it to the second semester. Woohoo!
- Baby Size? Size of a Lemon
- Total weight gain? 3lbs, really packed it on this week
- Maternity clothes? I tried on my fat jeans yesterday and they would barely button. I think I will have to start using the rubber band trick. So scary to not be in control of your pant size anymore.
- Stretch Marks? I haven't grown enough to see any yet.
- Best moment this week? We found out the sex of the babe today along with our Panorama results. The results were perfect. All negatives and low risk for Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome, and eight other syndromes. I also turned the big Three Oh! Big changes. We will be sharing the sex of the babe soon.
- Miss anything? Working out, I haven't been able to work out due to my nausea but I really miss it. Plus, having a little bit of a difficult time with losing control over the weight management of my body.
- Food cravings? Grilled cheese and tomato sandwich's. Delish!
- Babe Movement? Not yet, but this week baby is sucking its thumb and wiggling its toes.
- Food aversions? It's hard to find food that sounds appetizing but I can't name a specific aversion this week.
- Gender? We know and will be sharing soon!
- Labor signs? Not yet, but looking into prenatal classes.
- Symptoms? Stronger nails, bleeding gums, fatigue, nausea, and gas. Lots of it, but its the baby not me.
- Sleep? Love sleeping with Murphy my body pillow but the hubby has started to steal him away at night for cuddle seshes. Excuse me...what is going on?! Still waking up to use the restroom, and waking up super early to eat and then go back to bed. The babe wakes me up around 6am starving.
- Belly button in or out? In.
- Wedding rings on or off? Wedding band on, engagement ring off.
- Happy or moody? Feeling super happy this week. All is well!
- Looking forward to? Heading to my hometown this Saturday where I will be telling all my family and friends. I am so excited to drop the bomb.
My 48 hours of feeling good were very short lived. Unfortunately, I ended up in the hospital yesterday after a bout of non stop nausea and vomiting. I could no longer hold a sip of water down or a bite of a cracker. After spending days curled up on the bathroom floor I felt something needed to be done. I called the hubby and asked him to take me to the hospital. He called my doctor to update her with my situation and she said that my nausea and vomiting is perfectly normal but that I was probably dehydrated and needed an IV. I still don't understand how this could be normal but she was exactly right. They ran multiple test and all came out great. We even got a new photo of the babe at 13.2 weeks and all is perfect! However, I was dehydrated so they pumped me full of fluids and I immediately felt better. They also injected my IV with an anti-nausea medicine and something to help coat my stomach. I woke up this morning feeling like a million bucks. However, I was also given a very bland restricted diet for the next couple days. I am limited to baby food, chicken noodle soup, and a select variety of fruits and vegetables but the skin must be peeled and they must be cooked. No greasy or fried foods and no sauces, spices, or sugar. I am also drinking lots of HydroPlus, which is an adult Pedialyte. I am 13 weeks 3 days today, so I was told that the nausea should slowly be easing off in the next week or so. Let's hope thats true because I don't want to end up back in the hospital, although they were extremely friendly and nurturing, they even brought me homemade chicken noodle soup and hot tea to see if I could hold it down after my IV. I was also given Klopra and told to take it for the next ten days. I am not big on taking pills. I never even take a Tylenol for a headache. I'm more of a natural remedy kinda gal so when I was given the Klopra I immediately did research online to find out the use, side effects, etc. I found out it is the drug given to cancer patients after chemotherapy to help ease the nausea. I also read in bold letters that it is not safe for expectant mothers because they do not know the outcome of the unborn child if taken and it has a strong side effect of Parkinson like symptoms. This was very alarming, however this is a common drug given to pregnant women everywhere to ease the nausea which I don't quite understand. I refuse to take it because I would rather have a healthy baby and endure the pain. Look at that, I am already acting like a mom.
I went shopping today for the first time in a long time. I'm starting to feel much better and can get out and about more often. I was roaming around in Zara Home and decided to wander toward the baby section which by the way has the cutest nursery items. I found this adorable and super soft blanket with elephants printed on it. Everyone knows I love me some elephants! I decided the babe had to have it plus it is gender neutral. I have now officially purchased my first item for the babe. Yay!
I had yet another dream about my baby. Once again, it popped right out as a boy (I must have been doing my daily squats). At least this time the nurses let me keep him. I have been feeling girl vibes as I have mentioned before so this really sparked my curiosity and I decided I would go ahead and try one of those cheezy, yet supposably reliable Chinese Gender Predictors online. I found my Chinese Gender Predictor at TheBump.com which has been my saving grace considering I know zero about pregnancy or babies. It was super easy to use, I just plugged in all the information and Bam! It's a Girl! At least, it has a 50% chance of being a Girl.
I have been reading a lot about Genetic Testing lately. The CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling) test is something that is offered to most pregnant women nowadays. Especially if you are over the age of 35. It is an evasive genetic test that is performed between weeks ten and twelve. Ultimately, a trained doctor will get a sample of your placenta tissue (usually through a really long needle through your belly button, eek!). This sample will be tested for chromosomal abnormalities. As with almost everything, there are a lot of side effects to having this procedure. Just to list a few, higher chance of miscarriage, a few days of bed rest, no sex, heavy lifting, or flying. You might experience cramping, pinching, or bleeding. To CVS or not is definitely not an easy decision, and you're smart to do some research before deciding. I dove head first into the internet and also reached out for personal experiences from other moms on community boards widely available. I found that everyone has their own personal opinion on whether or not to CVS and I was just going to have to come to my own conclusion. That's when I read about Panorama Testing. I went immediately to the website and did endless days of research. I found that Panorama Testing was a fairly new procedure and non-evasive (ding, ding, ding!) Also, it poses no risk to me or the babe. It has a 99% certainty whether or not baby has genetic disorders and we get to find out the sex of the babe in ten to twelve days after testing. The test is a simple blood draw from the mom and a simple swab of the mouth from the dad. Sounds perfect! I asked my doc about it at my nine week check up. She said that she didn't personally offer the testing but that she was super excited that I was interested and had done my research. She contacted the Panorama provider in our area and made an appointment to have the procedure done the following Monday (I would be ten weeks along which is required for the test). Monday came and it took maybe a total of five minutes and we were on our way with the rest of the day. I look forward to sharing our results when we receive them. If you are interested in Panorama Testing please visit their website to learn more at PanoramaTest.com
Please note, you should talk to your doc openly about any genetic risk to your babe and carefully consider all your options.