- How far along? Thirteen Weeks
- Baby Size? Size of a Peach and weighs half a pound.
- Total weight gain? Again, I lost 2lbs this week from the constant pukies. I am now back to my pre-pregnancy weight but my bump is definitely much bigger. You can actually see it in the pic this week.
- Maternity clothes? My clothes are fitting just fine this week but I have a feeling after my nausea is gone for good I will be making up for the weight loss.
- Stretch Marks? No visible signs yet.
- Best moment this week? Surprisingly, going to the hospital is my best moment. It was so nice to get some relief from the nausea for the first time in weeks.
- Miss anything? Energy...can I have it back please?! I can't wait to feel normal again.
- Food cravings? Chicken noodle soup has been a major craving this week. I feel like it helps to settle my stomach. I don't like the chicken necessarily but I crave the salty, tasty, broth.
- Babe Movement? No movement but it loves to remind me its in there by the constant nausea. Fun Fact: This week the babe forms vocal chords and teeth.
- Food aversions? None and all at the same time (it's complicated), but I have a very limited diet this week so pretty much sticking to lots of liquids to stay hydrated.
- Gender? I definitely think its going to be a girl but will be happy either way as long as its healthy.
- Labor signs? I can barely get passed the first trimester sickies much less think about labor pains. I'm Officially Scared!
- Symptoms? Constant horrible nausea, vomiting, morning sickness...whatever you want to call it and fatigue. I am always feeling so sick that I haven't had a chance to notice other symptoms. Oh but I did notice I don't have to shave my legs as often. Hair grows much slower than normal. Weird!
- Sleep? I am supposed to only sleep on my side which is very difficult for me. I am normally a stomach sleeper, so I wake up throughout the night and find myself laying on my back and have to turn to my side because the ladies are getting pretty big and sore. It hurts to roll over on my stomach when I sleep and it's awkward to sleep on my side but I'm trying.
- Belly button in or out? In.
- Wedding rings on or off? Wedding band on, engagement ring off.
- Happy or moody? Neither, too sick to be either happy or moody.
- Looking forward to? This weeks doc appointment. I love seeing the babe moving all around. It helps get me through the symptoms.
A Bump In The Road
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.
Babes First Item
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.
To Test...Or Let It Rest?
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.
Last day before heading back to Bogota and the fatigue has really hit me after a fun but exhausting week touring Cartagena and Medellin with our friends.
At Ten Weeks my Bump and I are taking it easy. Feeling amazing now that the nausea has subsided and really getting to enjoy our time away. Thinking this has a lot to due with the decreased altitude here in Medellin. Oh and I thought I would mention, due to the increased hormones, your skin tends to burn much easier. So layer up ladies!