This post was written on Sept. 27 and I titled it this way because it’s somewhat amusing to read this now, just 10 weeks later, and realize just how uninformed I was about this whole pregnancy business. Exercising? Eating healthier? Yeah, not anytime soon. Thank you, nausea.
I bought my first pregnancy magazine – Fit Pregnancy – on the return flight home. There are so many great tips and articles in there. Too bad it’s only published every other month.
I’m obsessing a little about our due date. Not that it matters because something like only 20% of babies are born on their actual due date, but due date calculators are so fun! For instance, if I use the date of the first day of my last period (Aug. 20), then the baby is due May 26. If I use our conception date (which I’m only pretty sure about because of the ovulation strips, which is Sept. 8) then the baby is due May 31. Do you know what falls between May 26 and May 31? Yes, Memorial Day, but…my 30th birthday! I’ll turn 30 years old on May 27 and there’s a very good chance my baby could be born on my birthday. Or, to my mom’s delight, on her 50th birthday which will be June 3. And if I go a few days early, there’s a good chance my baby could be born on our 6 year anniversary, May 22. Call me crazy, but as much as I didn’t want to share my birthday with our anniversary, I’d be totally okay with sharing my birthday with my baby. And I would think my mom would feel the same way about sharing her birthday with her first grandchild. Either way, I’m super excited about possibly having a Gemini baby. Geminis are crazy, but fun.
I’m also obsessing about how to tell the parents. I don’t think I can wait the prerequisite 12 weeks or whatever it is to be considered “safe.” I don’t want the entire world to know, but I would like to tell my parents and Ryan’s parents. I had grand plans of telling both families at the same time this weekend when we’re all together in Louisville for the Marshall vs Louisville football game, but Ryan’s mom hasn’t been feeling well and it’s looking pretty likely that they won’t come at all now. Still, I’ve been looking at Pinterest for pregnancy announcement inspiration. I’m thinking a photo of us with chalkboard sign announcing it could be really fun but we’ll see. I’m also considering special Xmas cards this year to announce it.
So far, the only symptoms I’m having are a few light cramps every now and then. Nothing major. I’m a little dehydrated from traveling so I’m remedying that as we speak (chug, chug) and as far as cravings go (I know, SUPER early, but…) I’m only craving salty foods. Cheese, chips, tortillas…the things that sound best to me are pizza and Taco Bell. Obviously not very healthy. But sugar or chocolate is not a craving AT ALL, which is sort of weird for me because I usually crave sweets after every meal. Maybe my “boy food” tendencies right now are an early indication? Time will only tell. As for fatigue, I’m tired but not more than usual and definitely not as tired as I expected to be considering I had my last latte five days ago. No more caffeine here. My boobs have definitely been sore though. But then again, not more than some months when I’m experiencing severe PMS. No morning sickness yet, but when I’m tired I start to feel nauseous, which tends to happen around dinner time. Then again, I’m technically only about 5 weeks right now, so I hear the morning sickness stuff doesn’t even start until at least week 6 or so, and lasts until the 2nd trimester, so I guess I have THAT to look forward to. I do feel especially bloated, but that’s probably due to a) poor diet and b) lack of exercise ever since my foot fiasco. I’m going to get back into exercising though. I need to strengthen my legs and back for the extra poundage, my core for the intense laboring, and my arms so I can carry the baby and all the stuff that comes with it once it’s born. I won’t try to lose weight, but I will be watching what I eat as far as nutritional value and light cardio and strength training to keep things healthy around here. Oh and lots of water. I’m horrible at staying hydrated but the baby will require it.
Oh and today (Sept. 27) I scheduled my first appt with my OB. Oct. 25 is the date so hopefully all is confirmed and no issues arise. And according to BabyCenter, we should get to hear the first heartbeat in early November. That’s going to be a big moment for us and I just can’t wait!