Disclaimer: I completely understand that these updates might be emotional triggers for those of you still waiting on your miracles to arrive. I understand if you want to skip over these each month. Right now, I plan to do these updates every 2 weeks because I do want to document this pregnancy. I’m going to continue to honor and bring awareness to infertility as well. I hope you continue to join me on this journey.
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Tomorrow is my first OB appointment and ultrasound, and I’m all sorts of nervous. I’ve never had an ultrasound this early, and I know it’s very unlikely that we’ll see a heartbeat yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing what is going on in there. I was originally scheduled for my first appointment to be in 2 more weeks, but it was decided I should go sooner rather than later.
I decided that for this pregnancy, I’m going to take the Mama Natural approach and focus on the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual experience of creating new life. Every 2 weeks, I’ll share how I’ve been feeling, what I’ve been experiencing, and what I’m praying over this baby. At the end of each post, I’ll have some sort of extra focus, whether it’s what supplements I’m taking, what I’m reading (and what I think about it), what apps I’m using, recipes I’m relying on, morning sickness remedies, etc.
It has been almost eight years since I got my BFP with Zoey… EIGHT! That means that eight years ago this month, I was going through my 7th round of Clomid, going to follicle ultrasounds, triggering, and praying hard for it to take. So yes, I’ve been pregnant before, but it feels brand new for me. It’s amazing how much I’ve forgotten about pregnancy and how things have changed since then, from the “rules”, to the apps available, to the gadgets and gizmos in the store. Things have come a long way.
Without further adieu, here is my first Pregnancy After Infertility update.
Week 6 Update
Baby is the size of a sweet pea!
I’m so excited that I’ve been feeling first trimester symptoms! GIVE ME ALL THE SYMPTOMS! After praying for a baby for more than five years, I take every discomfort as a blessing and praise God for the opportunity to feel like crap in exchange for creating new life. Normally when I feel awful, it’s due to PCOS symptoms and it feels so unfair. To feel this way and know it’s for a good reason makes it so much easier! Before my BFP, I was already feeling pretty fatigued and my breasts were extremely sore. I was also soaking my bed every night with hot flashes and my blood sugar wasn’t as easy to control. I’m pleased to say those symptoms have continued and intensified a bit, especially the excessive sleepiness. It’s not unbearable – I’m just taking it day by day. The worst part of the day is early morning when I first get out of bed – I’m extremely sore, have a pit in my stomach, and feel emotional. Otherwise, the rest of the day is ups and downs, but a joyous reminder that I am in fact pregnant! Throughout the day I sometimes get some cramping in my uterus, but it goes away relatively quickly and isn’t accompanied by any spotting, so I know this is perfectly healthy. Also, naps are amazing. I get them in whenever I can!
The part that breaks my heart? I started having aversions to coffee immediately. Wah! I’ve completely switched to drinking hot tea instead. Something about the bold flavor and the smell of coffee is just not appealing right now. I’m not getting sick or anything – just put off by it. Hot tea is my favorite at the moment, and I’m enjoying all kinds of loose leaf varieties without any sweetener. Glenn makes it for me in the french press, which is glorious! I’m not really into many sweets right now (other than sour gummies) and actually want to pass on most carbs, which is interesting. I’m thoroughly enjoying lean protein and as many veggies as I can get right now. Salad is my best friend! I’ll take it!
I feel completely overwhelmed and blessed that I can say I am pregnant right now. I wake up in the morning with tears of joy in my eyes as I feel pregnant and thank God for reminding me that new life is here! I think if I wasn’t feeling symptoms, I would be worried, but each morning that I wake up feeling symptoms gives me such joy.
The only thing that brings me sadness right now is longing for my cat Vesta. We’re in our 2nd month since she passed, and it’s still a pretty raw wound. When I was pregnant with Zoey, Vesta was extra cuddly and always in my lap. She was such a comfort through the whole experience and I miss her so badly right now. When I’m on the couch at night, I wish she was right there with me. It’s strange, I know, but I miss her deeply and wish she was here to experience this pregnancy with me. In a way, I am grateful she passed when she did and not after this pregnancy began. I’m not sure what kind of emotional state I’d be in if the tables were turned.
God has taught me so much about who he is and what he can do these last couple of weeks. I am in awe that he chose this time in my life to allow this new family member to join us. When we tried and tried to get pregnant, and science wasn’t working for us, he showed who he is. Every day, I’ve been covering this miracle baby in prayers (literally placing my hand over my womb and praying out loud), and I want to share what those prayers look like so you can join me:
- For healthy growth and that baby snuggles tightly in my womb.
- For a strong heartbeat to develop
- For no signs of miscarriage and no scares (I had some bleeding at 8 weeks with Zoey and an ER visit)
- As the placenta starts to form, that it grows to be ONE healthy, solid organ and attaches in a place far away from my cervix, with a perfect cord, and no risk of vasa previa present
Those have been my concentrated prayers the last couple of weeks (especially the last one). Will you join me in bathing this baby in these prayers?
How I’m Staying Healthy
I’m a firm believer that pregnant doesn’t mean broken, and it’s not automatically a serious medical condition until it truly becomes one. My first pregnancy became a serious condition before I knew what hit me, and I am praying that doesn’t happen again this time. While I can’t control what ultimately happens, here’s what I’m doing to try to be a good steward of my body:
While I’m in my first trimester, I am taking three different supplements, and may end up adding a 4th and 5th if needed. For more info on good supplements to take during pregnancy, check out this Mama Natural video where I got my info: What Supplements I Take During Pregnancy
- Prenatal: I’m taking the Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal because I love that it is completely derived from food with no fillers. The pro is it also has probiotics and some enzymes for digestive support. This is so important when pregnant because the extra progesterone can cause all sorts of gut issues. The con is that I have to take 3 per day to get the full dose. However, I will say that these are super easy to take and spacing them out means spacing out absorption.
- Folate: I’m taking an extra 800 mcg of Solgar Metafolin (L-methyfolate). My prenatal already has 800 mcg of folate, but because I was lazy prior to pregnancy and hadn’t taken any vitamins in months, I want to give baby the boost he/she needs in development. After the first trimester is over, I’ll probably cut out the extra 800 mcg and just stick to the prenatal.
- DHA Omega-3: I’m taking Life’sDHA supplement (which I wrote about here) and I love it because it is a vegetarian form of DHA and omega-3, which means no burping fish oil for me! This little supplement is easy to take and also supports development of the brain, eyes, and heart. I plan to take this throughout my entire pregnancy. In fact, I just doubled my dose from 200mg to 400mg because let’s face it, “prego brain” has officially begun… I need the brain support as much as this baby does right now.
- Magnesium: I don’t take this yet, but it is supposed to help with digestive issues, so if the prenatal’s probiotics aren’t enough and I start having trouble, I’ll add the Nature Made Magnesium Citrate or a magnesium oil to the mix. In the meantime, I do brew my own kombucha, so as long as I can stomach it in my first trimester, I’ll drink that periodically for the extra probiotics in lieu of taking another supplement.
- Vitamin B6: I don’t take this yet either, but if I start showing signs of nausea beyond just food aversions, I will definitely order the Solgar Vitamin B6 pronto! This is supposed to help keep sickness at bay if you take one 50mg pill before each meal. I don’t have any experience with it yet, but if you do, I’d love to hear about it! I’m getting to the point where I’m about ready to add this to my regimen… the good news is I’d only need it during the first trimester, and then I’d be able to cut back (unless I end up experiencing sickness the entire pregnancy!).
Exercise and Chiropractic Care
I am determined to exercise this pregnancy for a few reasons:
- I don’t want to gain more weight than what is actually necessary, which is entirely too easy to do. The saying “you’re eating for two” can lead to a downward spiral of unhealthy weight gain and a slew of other unwanted medical problems. It looks like my healthy weight gain goal is supposed to be 20 lbs and I gained double that with Zoey. Didn’t help I craved carbs with her…
- While I may not be able to control it, I don’t want gestational diabetes. Having PCOS means I am more likely to develop it. I got a free pass with Zoey and didn’t have trouble, but that was 8 years ago.
- I want to be strong for giving birth. I’m desperate for a VBAC… and the only way I can be strong for birth is if I treat this pregnancy with the respect it deserves and try to stay active.
As for chiropractic care, that is something I didn’t take advantage of when I was pregnant with Zoey, and it means I developed sciatica at 11 weeks and it never went away. My body was a mess. I also think my overall health could have been better had I gotten regular adjustments. On July 3, I woke up in a lot of pain. My upper back and neck were hurting pretty badly after sleeping extremely heavily, and I spent the day applying diluted peppermint oil to my muscles to relieve the pain. I knew I needed to start chiropractic care immediately so that I could experience a better pregnancy sooner rather than later.
My first prenatal adjustment was Thursday, the 6th, and it went extremely well. Obviously, I was nervous because it has been a while since I’ve had an adjustment and I hate anything dealing with the neck, but I felt so much better. I was a little sore later that evening and had a minor headache (completely relieved thanks to a headache blend essential oil roller I purchased at the chiro office), but the next morning I didn’t have any issues or pains. My body felt looser and much more comfortable than it had previously. I go back again this Thursday for another adjustment, and then we’ll assess how frequently I really need to go.
I’d love to hear what you recommend for staying healthy in pregnancy, especially workout videos that are easy to follow. I want to take as natural of an approach as possible this go around and am open to your thoughts! What apps are essential? What supplements do you recommend?