After returning home from our honeymoon abroad, Jason and I decided it was time to start a family. We’d been together for nearly eight years, married close to three, and it felt like the right time. This being our first, I decided to document my experience trying to conceive, what I learned along the way, and my weekly progress growing our family one finger and toe at a time. This is my pregnancy diary.
By my twelfth week, things started to turn around for me emotionally. Jason was home, we finally felt comfortable sharing our news with our extended family and friends, and pregnancy was starting to feel more exciting and less daunting.I also had the screening ultrasound this week (the ultrasound portion of the California Screening Tests that check for Down Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities), and screened negative for Downs. Jason got to be there for that ultrasound—making it the first he saw in person—and it was so fun watching him see our baby for the first time!The highlight of our week, though, was our camping trip to Zion National Park with our best friends. I used to go to Zion every summer with my family, but this was a first for Jason and our friends. We stayed at Watchman Campground, hiked The Narrows and a handful of other sights and trails, lounged around in the Virgin River, and relished in a weekend away from city life.By the end of the trip I was truly spent, but it was so much fun! Here are a few of my favorite shots. In other pregnancy news, I'm VERY happy to report that my eating habits have pretty much normalized. I'm not super hungry anymore, and I'm actually getting full quicker than usual. So much so that I lost a pound this week. Now, I'm in no way trying to lose weight or worry about what I gain while pregnant. But doctors suggest it's healthy to gain five pounds in the first trimester. As of week 11, I had gained seven and was worried that my overeating would cause me to nearly double the healthy amount by week 12. But, when I managed to get a hold of my hunger, I lost a pound. It just goes to show how important a balanced diet is, especially when pregnant.
By week 13, I was finally 90% back to my normal self, so there's very little to report! My energy was almost back to pre-pregnancy level, the unsettled stomach I experienced had all but dissipated, and most of the small symptoms I had "collected" over the last couple months were completely gone.Most excitingly, though, is the fact that my anxiety is entirely gone! I know that there will still be times that I feel a sense of overwhelm, but there isn't a sense of dread that accompanies it anymore. This feels like a HUGE weight lifted off my shoulders, and I couldn't be happier to be happy!
I'm happy to report, once again, there was nothing new symptom-wise this week! We had an ultrasound and got to see Baby bouncing around, work was busy, there was nothing good on TV. Life was normal again!Until I came down with a cold. Now, I'm generally pretty sickly as it is, but 2016 has been a good year for me and I haven't gotten sick but one or two times. And, to this point, I was actually quite surprised I hadn't gotten sick while pregnant yet. So when this summer bug hit, it came on very quickly, and very intensely. Within hours of feeling "a little off," I had developed nasal congestion (which inflamed my ear canals, making it hard to hear), post-nasal drip, a sore throat, a runny nose, a fever, and a cough. When pregnant, there's very little you can take to ease the symptoms, so you're really just left to suffer through it until it runs its course. Even those medications that my doctor cleared I was still weary of, so I'd only take half doses and only when my symptoms affected my ability to rest (which I feel is much more detrimental to the baby than a few milliliters of Robitussin).I was very aware of the fever, though, because that can hurt the baby if it reaches temperatures above 103 degrees Fahrenheit. I took Tylenol to keep it down, and even took cold showers and used ice packs. It never got over 100.5, so I'm sure the showers and ice packs were overkill. But I wasn't going to risk it.While I was still fighting this cold as week 14 came to a close, we ended it on a high note! We had our gender reveal party planned for weeks, and I wasn't going to let anything—even a nasty cold—prevent us from finding out the sex of our baby! Watch the video below to celebrate with us!