My morning sickness was so horrible, for both of my pregnancies. With my first one, I lost almost 15 lbs during the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy. It literally started the moment I woke up until I went to sleep. Sometimes it was constant and other times it would sneak up on me when I least expected it. I would actually cry when I knew I had to take my vitamin, but being my first pregnancy, I made sure I strictly followed all orders.
Click the title of this post, "Morning Sickness and the Dreaded Prenatal Vitamin" above, or "Read More" below to see some options I was given to help keep us both stay healthy and sane throughout one of the most miserable parts of pregnancy.
I've been having a bit of a pity party for myself over the last few days thanks to the bed rest blues. After 5 years of monthly let downs while trying to get pregnant, this coming Thursday (Thanksgiving), I'll be pregnant for 32 weeks.
Of our 32 weeks of pregnancy, we've spent the past 12 on strict bed rest, the last 4 (to present) continuing our bed rest in the hospital. I'm homesick, achy, tired, and jealous of all the "pinterest pregnancies" that everyone else gets to have. I miss my dogs and pretending I'm not home when I don't feel like dealing with anyone who knocks on my door. I want some alone with my husband for the last time in a LONG time before this baby gets here.
I'm so unbelievably thankful for my munchkin, but I'm in a real funk right now.
Please click the title of this entry "Bed Rest Blues" above, or "Read More" below to see more of my pregnancy and bed rest story
After 5 years of negative pregnancy tests, a polycystic ovary syndrome diagnosis, multiple urologist appointments, and losing almost 110 lbs, we're now 23 weeks pregnant.
Be sure to click the title of this post "Finally Pregnant" above, or "Read More" below for more of our story.
Dear baby, you may not understand yet just who I am. But I cannot wait to hold your hand.
To hug you and kiss your beautiful face and show you around this wonderful place.
I'm the one whose heart you've been hearing from inside.
The one you'll run to when you want to hide.
We've waited and prayed for you, your daddy and me.
And any day now you'll be joining our family.
Not even born yet, but oh the joy that you're bringing!
Just hearing your heartbeat is like angels singing.
I can feel you kicking and dancing in there.
Making my belly move around everywhere.
I'm the one who will kiss boo boos and wipe tears away.
And the one who will love you more and more each day.
I'm the one whose finger you'll soon wrap your tiny palm,
Upon your arrival, you can just call me mom.
Congratulations, you're pregnant! Buckle up, the months ahead will be the most amazing, the most terrifying, and the most "twilight-zone feeling" months of your life. Just know, you're not alone. Here is a guided tour through real life pregnancy. Although some women say they felt beautiful, confident, and sane their entire pregnancy, I find it hard to believe. Myself, and almost every mother or mom to be, I’ve talked to has experienced all or most of these symptoms and some even more.