Aug 16, 2011

Preggo Posting

I'll add the lovely requested side profile shot later today, I swear.

Anyway, if you are one of my three male readers, or someone who has no interest in the details of my pregnancy (much like I would have been four months ago), please skip this post.  It will bore the living daylights out of you, I promise.

Warnings out of the way, here we go!

How I'm Feeling:
  • I will be 16 weeks pregnant by the end of this week.  No more nausea!!  Whoohoo!! I'm still tired as all get out, and feel like I have mono.  I think it is time to either get my iron tested, or get on some sort of sleeping medication so I actually rest at night instead of my current ungainly rolling from side to side all night.  So, if 16 weeks is not my magic number for feeling better and entering this alleged honeymoon period, I'll be calling the doctor ASAP.
  • My appetite is super strong, and I like everything but chicken.  Which is weird, but whatever.
How I'm Looking:
  • I'm not in maternity clothes yet, but their time is creeping closer.  I had to pack 2/3rds of my closet away since they no longer fit.
  • I've gained about eight pounds, I guess?  I've got a belly for sure! Male readers please avert your eyes.  My boobs are absolutely enormous.  Just huge.
The Complications:
  • I discovered before I got pregnant that I have a heart-shaped uterus, which I thought sounded downright adorable.  It's not.  However, I was lucky to know going into pregnancy that this would be an issue.  Therefore, I have not run, or jazzercised, or bounced, etc. since right before I discovered I was knocked up.  I miss it dearly, but know it is all worth it!
  • Walking and swimming (and water aerobics, hee) are my primary forms of exercise.  I am supposed to shy away from hills, which really limits your options in East Tennessee.
  • Originally, I was going to have to have cerclage, which is basically a stitch in your cervix to keep the baby from falling out (or you know, to prevent incompetent cervix issues, a.k.a. to keep the baby from falling out). 
  • After a consult with the high risk doctor (oh law, that deserves its own post- it was CRAZY in there), it was determined that I don't have to have the surgery! Well, at least not yet.  I get an ultrasound every 2 weeks, instead of 4 weeks for the next few months to monitor the length of my cervix.  I am just thrilled to pieces about this plan!
  • My due date is February 3rd, but I have to have a Cesarean because of the whole heart shaped uterus thing, so we're looking at January 26th.
Hmmm, I think that wraps it up.  Feel free to ask any questions!  Thanks so much for all of your words of love, encouragement, and congratulation!


  1. You're the 3rd pregnant person I heard who has had NO appetite for chicken! I think that's so funny! I wonder what it is about chicken?! Congratulations on your pregnancy. I hope you start feeling better soon!

  2. We have so much in common! My due date is January 31st and I grew up in East Tennessee. I lived in a town called Halls, about 20 minutes outside of Knoxville, for 18 years! Glad to hear you don't have to have surgery. Take care of yourself and get lots of rest.

  3. I am 23 weeks along and while I don't have a heart shaped uterus I do have what's called a short cervix so there are some concerns about keeping the baby in long enough. My Mom had the same issue and started dialating way early. But they were able to keep me safely inside until 36 weeks. I too am on the no bouncing, hiking, vacuuming(?) regiment. My husband is so sweet about it. He sits me down everynight in a chair with the cook book and has me walk him through making dinner. The man is horrible at chopping an onion but it's so sweet how hard he trys to make dinner so I stay off my feet!

  4. So glad you're feeling less nauseated!

    I nearly had to have that cerclage done myself, and I'll say one of the few benefits of being considered "high risk" was that I got more ultrasounds done than the average bear. Here's hoping you get to avoid the procedure yet get more ultrasounds / visits with baby too.

  5. Clearly I love this post. I found some of my energy this weekend (Saturday) and then clearly lost it by taking two naps on Sunday. Apparently I over did it. I ate fish this weekend, which has been repulsive to me so maybe I am making the turn?

  6. This is so great! I hope you enter your honeymoon phase soon! Much Love is being sent from Charleston! xo

  7. My food aversion is steak. I thought it would go away after the first trimester when I didn't feel like puking every five seconds, but as I enter the third trimester I still have no desire to eat it whatsoever.

  8. Ok so for some reason I missed that you were pregnant! Congratulations!! That is SO exciting!!

  9. I missed this too!!! congratulations:)

  10. Glad to hear your nausea is going away... that is the worst! Mine lasted pretty much all the way through... but I remember feeling better during the middle of the pregnancy... then as you get bigger and bigger it'll start to wear on you.

    I had to have a c-section too for a whole different reason... but if you have any questions about it - I'd be happy to help. I was kind of freaked out about it the day before, but it wasn't bad at all.

  11. Congratulations! I was diagnosed with hyperemesis, so unfortunately my morning sickness lasted all 40 weeks. Hopefully yours will get better! One of the perks of being high risk = more ultrasounds. = )

    So funny...I suspected you were pregnant since you'd been blogging a lot less.

  12. Congratulations on your pregnancy. I'm glad to hear that they saw any issues early. I just lost my baby at 23w5d due to an incompetent cervix. I had no idea I had it until 22 weeks. I was on bed rest and then hospital bedrest until I went into labor and my baby did not make it. It sounds like you are in excellent hands, but if they tell you to get the cerclage, I hope you do for it. I plan on getting on the next time I get pregnant, which will be soon I hope.

    Wishing you a perfectly healthy pregnancy and a gorgeous, healthy baby at the end!!!


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