First time to write about my pregnancy in this blog.
Yes, I am pregnant, and today is my 12w and 2nd day according to the app I’ve been using. So, I would say the first trimester is almost over.
I’ve been having a pretty easy pregnancy compared to people who have really hard time. Though, it wasn’t really easy for me for a couple of weeks. My first morning sickness came at the 7th week, and it went through until 10th week. For those three weeks, I felt constantly nauseous, had headache everyday, and lost appetite greatly. It never happened in my life I lost weight without pushing myself really hard. Since the morning sickness became a friend of mine, I have lost 5lbs, which probably sounds not a lot, but it was a big surprise to me, how I do not want to eat anything. I was lack of energy, hard to work. Working more than a few hours were just impossible. (Thank God I don’t commute every day!) When my first morning sickness struck, I was just about start to a new project, and this pregnancy thing drained me a lot. It was the most physically challenging period of time in my 31+ years of life. Although it became mild after 10 week, morning sickness did not completely go away, I’ve been feeling nauseated at least 10 hours a day, and still did not eat that much. Some smells like shampoo, body lotion, instant ramen, all sorts of meat, etc.. nearly killed me. I wanted to know so badly when it is going to be over.
Until yesterday night, I felt so sick. Usually, when I am in New Haven, I feel much better. But this week, it was exactly opposite. Yesterday was not so pleasant day at all. I left Yale at noon-ish, but got home at 6pm. Driving 3+ hours and spending extra 2 hours without any reason at Walmart (I will never change oil there), I was COMPLETELY drained.
However, this morning, I felt much better, and even after lunch (that’s the time I usually develop morning sickness symptoms) I still feel good. It hasn’t been like this for the past 6 weeks. AWESOME.
wow, this post is really about complaining my morning sickness. Well.. in my defense, these are what I experienced in most of my first trimester.
My first prenatal visit was scheduled at 10th week, which means, I hadn’t seen doctors/nurses for 7 weeks since I found this. If I were in Korea, I would have visited OB/GYN department at least 2 times, and had ultrasound already. But here, I had to wait with a great patience. I was hoping to see the ultrasound image and hear the heartbeat at the first visit, but they didn’t do ultrasound. Instead, because I asked to the nurse practitioner, she tried to find the heartbeat with Dopplex, and we heard the heartbeat of a tiny little baby growing in my womb.
The ultrasound is finally scheduled for chromosome abnormality test this coming Monday. My initial thought was I may not need it, but hubby was strongly urging we do this. And I think he is right. I am hoping to see low-risk, but who knows what will happen. I will probably tell friends/boss when the test result comes out. Maybe at the APS march meeting, I’ll begin to tell people about it. I didn’t want to spill the beans too early, but it would not be a good idea to wait to tell my boss when he could actually see the bump. Frankly, I’m worrying to tell my boss, although he is the nicest person I’ve ever met. Because, I’m here for working, not for a baby…
Before I am pregnant, I did not know it is not so easy to be a mom. Morning sickness? I’ve heard of it, but hadn’t thought it through what the consequences are. Miscarriages? I thought it rarely happens, but the percentages are way much higher than I thought. All the prenatal tests worry me too. Moreover, after the delivery, how could I continue to work? How much money do we need more? etc etc….
I’m sure I will do it well. I am just realizing many things I never thought of.
Anyway, I’m just happy I am not feeling nauseated today. That’s good enough for now!
update: the chromosome abnormality test came out great. I have less than 1/10000 possibility of carrying baby with Down’s and Edwards’ syndromes. (The high risk cutoff is 1/308.) The doctor said she would not recommend any further chromosome abnormality tests in the 2nd trimester as I got the lowest number available.