Tuesday, 20 January 2015

My First Trimester...


So I'm sure your all aware by now that me and Dan are having our first baby! If you didn't know, SURPRISE!!! In my last post, I asked if you'd like to see some baby related posts and quite a few of you said yes, so I thought it would be fun to include a few posts here and there. Now I haven't written these types of posts before, obviously, so I'm not sure how I'll do but I'm going to give it a go anyway as it will be nice for us to look back on in the future.

Finding Out...

A lot of people say 'you just know' when your pregnant but that certainly wasn't the case for me, I'd had a strange month, body wise - aches, pains, twinges etc in my stomach and pelvic areas but I have IBS and PCOS, so they are pretty common ground for me! On Saturday 8th November, Dan picked me up from work and we headed to Sainsburys to get snacks, a pregnancy test and of course a bottle of wine, it was Saturday, I needed wine and of course, I wasn't pregnant, surely! The only reason I actually bought a test, was because I was 4 days late, now 4 days isn't a lot, but for the past 10 days I had been having the worst period pains I had experienced in a long while! I've always had really bad periods, the kind that leave you in bed, unable to leave the house, eat, drink or even work, however since taking tablets to control my cycle, I hadn't had those pains. I had stopped taking those tablets a while ago, they were affecting my hormones, my anxiety and my IBS, so I made the decision to come off them, and luckily the pains didn't seem to come back with too much of a vengeance, I still had the pains, but they were finally bearable, I imagine, like the kind of pains women usually get, if they have no underlying problems. So of course, having these horrendous pains for 10 days, after so long of not having them so bad, I just assumed my PCOS had come back to bite me in the ass! The girls at work had been urging me all week to take a test and I finally gave in, but only so that I could rule out pregnancy and go to the doctors first thing Monday to see if there was a problem with my cysts, I honestly didn't even know if I was able to have children, so being pregnant just didn't seem like an answer. I ran straight upstairs when we got in, so that I could get the test out of the way, ready for my pizza, film and wine with Dan and his mum. I did my test and within seconds, there was those little two lines, perfectly clear. I told Dan and we sat in shock for a little while, we decided not to tell anyone, including our parents until we had been to the doctors, as the pains were still quite bad and we wanted to check everything was ok first. That night was pretty strange, sat eating pizza, watching a film, of course, I didn't get the wine I so badly wanted, and all me and Dan could do, is keep looking at each other and smiling, we had a little secret and nobody knew yet, it was nice to keep it like that for a little while!

Monday came and I rang the doctors straight away, they couldn't get me in until the afternoon and I was just itching to go, 3pm came and me and Dan headed to the doctors, I don't think either of us spoke much the whole way, I think we were both nervous and both still in shock! I explained my pains to the doctor and she had to bring another Doctor in too, they both examined my stomach and both agreed that because my pains were mainly in my right side, that I needed visit the early pregnancy unit that week to rule out an eptopic pregnancy, they took my bloods to check my HCG levels were progressing as they should and these would be taken again at the early pregnancy unit to confirm the results. Although the doctors  both wanted to rule out an eptopic pregnancy, they both agreed that because I looked healthy and didn't have a temperature or flu like symptoms that the risk was probably quite low, which made me feel at ease. After leaving the Doctors office, we then went to tell our parents! At this point I was around 5 weeks pregnant...

Our first Hospital Appointment...

Wednesday came and we headed to the hospital for 9.30am, upon arrival, we were told that my HCG levels were showing high enough for them to try and scan me, I was told to go get some food and plenty of water and to come back for 11am. We decided there wasn't any point going home so we went and got a drink at Costa and a bacon cob and just enjoyed each others company for a little while. We then headed back to the early pregnancy unit ready for our scan where I had a consultation first, I expressed my concerns and it turns out it's actually good to feel sick, I'm not sure if that was a relief to hear or not. The ultrasound made me nervous, I've had them before due to my pcos but this time the sonographer wasn't very talkative and she pressed on so hard I wanted to cry, it took her a while before she said anything but I was relieved when she found the sac as it turned out baby was in the right place and an eptopic pregnancy was ruled out. They booked us in for another scan for a fortnight later to check baby was developing properly and then I headed back to work.  Finding out I was having a normal pregnancy, all I wanted to do was sit with Dan all day and talk about it, spend time with him and enjoy our news, work was the last thing I wanted to go to.

The second scan came around so quickly, this time I think everyone was more at ease, we were in and out pretty quickly this time and everything was perfect, baby was growing as expected and we even got a scan photo!

Symptoms...

It was almost like a switch flipped overnight in my body, I took the test on the Saturday and evening and started with symptoms first thing Sunday morning! I woke up in the early hours to empty my bladder and the nausea had already kicked in. I have to say, going from sleeping all night every night to waking up 2-3 times every night to go to the toilet was a bit of a shock to the system but I guess it's baby's way of getting you used to those sleepless nights! I also went through a phase of waking up to go to the toilet and then not being able to get back to sleep again, sometimes I would wake around 3.30-4am and Dan would come in around 6am from work and I would still be wide awake, he would literally have to take my phone off me and force me to try and sleep as I was already suffering from being so tired. Being so tired started to get me down, I literally wanted to do nothing and this lasted right through my first trimester, I would get up, go to work and then come home and go straight to sleep or spend the whole night just slumped on my bed doing a whole lot of nothing! I didn't even have the energy to do anything with my weekends and the days all just blurred into one. 

My appetite went almost immediately, I woke up with severe nausea every morning so I couldn't stomach breakfast and come tea time, I was too tired to cook and the smell of food made me gag, so I would just have something light or whatever Dan was willing to make me! Luckily I ate quite a lot at lunch, it was the only time my appetite peaked and I think most of that was down to just wanting an hours break at work to rest. Around 10-11 weeks my nausea started to settle and my appetite started to come back and I craved sausage rolls constantly, some days I ate 2 or 3 and I ate them until I was sick of seeing them!

Our First Purchases...

Just before our scan, I was too excited and wanted to buy something for the baby, I know 11 weeks is too early to really buy anything but we saw a little pair of booties in Asda and we had to get them. Then at 13 weeks, a couple of days before the scan, we decided to pick up a pair of babygrows, they were in the sale at Asda and we decided rather than sharing the scan picture as our announcement on FB, that we would take a photo of the outfit so we settled on the babygrows in the picture above.

Our 13 week scan...

I couldn't get excited about the first two scans due to the nature of them, however this one couldn't come quick enough, there was a six week wait from my 7 week scan to my 13 week scan and the time inbetween really dragged! By the time it came around, I almost didn't feel pregnant anymore, I hadn't seen anyone for so long, midwifes, doctors etc and with no movement or bump yet, it kind of just felt like it was all a dream! I'd come down with the flu three days before the scan  and although I was so excited, I actually didn't even have the energy to get ready to go but I'm so glad I dragged myself there. The sonographer was lovely and made me feel at ease, seeing the baby on the screen was so surreal, I couldn't get my head around the fact that the baby on the screen was inside me! The sonographer said that the baby was anti-social as he/she wouldn't pose, the baby was facing downwards and she couldn't get a good picture. The sonographer tilted the bed so that my head was lower to the ground and my feet were up, she made me cough but still baby didn't want to move too far. We were still happy to take any picture she could get and in the end it was a fairly good one, at least we had one to show people.

So that pretty much sums up my first trimester, it certainly wasn't the easiest and how people can keep it a secret for so long, I have no idea, what with all the symptoms and excitement combined I just couldn't do it. One thing I have learnt is that pregnancy isn't all smiles and happiness, you do feel well and truly rubbish and quite often, you just want everyone to go away and leave you alone but it is normal and it does get better! It's definitely a rollercoaster but it's the best kind!

If there's anything else you want to know, just ask! I hope this may be some help to some of you or at least just kept you entertained for a little while!


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