I am pregnant!!
I’m nine weeks along today, and my baby has graduated from being an embryo to being a fetus. Yay! I also had my first midwife appointment today, so I figure I might as well round out this monumental day by announcing it to you guys.
I actually would have announced it weeks ago, but I’ve been so tired that the thought of sitting at a computer has seemed like an enormous waste of energy. On days that I’ve actually had extra energy, I’ve used it to catch up on chores, go for a walk, or just get out of the house.
Growing a human is so much work! Today I joked to my friend, who is doing some bodybuilding in preparation for a CrossFit competition, that I was bodybuilding, too, only I didn’t have to do any workouts. We both lament that eating enough protein and calories has become a chore. I long for the day that my appetite feels normal enough that eating becomes pleasurable again.
I have had some “morning” sickness, which of course comes on at any ol’ time of the day. I had some mild queasiness early on, but right at 7 weeks (just like last time) the nausea kicked in. But, it’s been manageable this time around, unlike last time where I ended up on anti-vomit medicine and an IV in my arm. I have not vomited yet, which is a huge victory for me. However, with my son, the morning sickness peaked at 12 weeks, so I figure I still have three weeks left for things to get worse. I do, however, have some insights on what causes morning sickness for me and some really great morning sickness combat tips that I will be writing up in another post!
Because of the morning sickness, my appetite has ranged from mediocre to terrible. In the earliest weeks my appetite was great and I ate a lot, but then the queasiness killed it. I have been trying really hard to continue eating healthy foods. While I have not been able to consume liver for a couple of weeks now, my vegetable intake has decreased dramatically, and I can no longer eat my two eggs for breakfast every morning, I’ve still been eating mostly traditional foods. I’ve definitely been more lax than I would like to be, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do to get your basic macronutrient nutrition into your body.
I’m getting outside less the worse I feel, especially on hot days, but I’m still doing way better than last time when I pretty much lived in my bed. I go for walks when I feel well enough. I’m grateful the weather has been fair enough to have the windows open a lot. I feel like I can never get enough fresh air.
My mood has been pretty decent. Yes, I am more emotional than I was before I got pregnant, but not unreasonably so. On days I don’t get enough rest or food I definitely lose my edge a bit and can get snappy, but that would be me on not enough food and rest anyway. Most of the time I am very calm.
So far this pregnancy is looking a lot better than the last one. I’m definitely fighting for it to be good. Getting enough nutrition and the right nutrition seems to really make a difference for me, which is something I was relatively clueless about last time.
I know nine weeks may seem pretty early for me to announce my pregnancy to the world, but I just can’t go on without having my readers know. There is a reason I’m not blogging as much! But at least I can post plenty of pregnancy-related status updates on Facebook now!! Hurray!!