Jul 5

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My Pregnancy: Weeks 1-20

I know that I have already posted a couple pregnancy posts, but I am just so excited that I want to shout everything from the mountain tops for everyone to hear. I also want to document everything that I can and as I don’t have a journal, this is the best place for me to do it.

I honestly can’t believe that I am halfway through this adventure already. I am very anxious to meet our little one and for the next part of life to begin.

First and foremost, I want to say that I have been extremely fortunate to have had a fairly easy pregnancy so far. At least as far as side effects go. I’ve had virtually no morning sickness. There was one week around weeks 7-8 where I felt nauseated constantly, but I did not throw up at all. The only time I’ve come close to vomiting is when I was sick while away in Ontario and it was almost 24 hours where I didn’t eat anything. I dry heaved a bit, but that’s all. Note to self was to eat even if not hungry!!! Baby needs nutrition!

During weeks 4-5 and one of the main reasons I suspected I was pregnant, I had the most dreadful cramps. At first I thought I was getting my period, but I had never had such painful cramps in my entire life. Like I thought I was going to die cramps. I would break out in a sweat, but would also be cold at the same time. The pain was so bad I thought I would throw up (but never did!). The fetal position was the only tiny bit of relief. Peter would soothe me as best as he could but nothing really helped. The cramps would last about 5-10 minutes and then pass. The worst was when they happened at work because it’s not as if I could have lay down on the floor for 10 minutes. So I had to push through them. Whew, if they are any indication of what contractions are like, I’m really not looking forward to labour a whole bunch.

During weeks 15-16 I had a dreadful sinus infection. Apparently they are common in pregnancy, especially if it erupts from a cold. As I was sick during week 14 and then flew home, the combination of the air pressure while on the plane and the cold made my sinuses explode. As I had never had a sinus infection before, I didn’t really know what was happening. After more than a week of agony in my head, I finally conceded and took some over-the-counter decongestant (with permission from my midwife). I had an appointment with the doctor for antibiotics because it was well into 2 weeks of infection, but it cleared up just in time. I was glad because I really didn’t like the idea of taking medication like that while pregnant.

Even before I became pregnant, I knew I wanted a midwife instead of a doctor. I have a friend who is due in July with her third baby and she has had a midwife for 2 pregnancies. She has always gone on and on about how she loves having a midwife and that it’s a way better alternative to a doctor. They are 100% qualified (in fact, a lot of them are nurses) and can prescribe drugs and anything needed for the birth. Plus, they visit your home 3 times after baby is born to make sure things are going smoothly. With a midwife, the experience is a lot more personal. They spend more time with a client and seem to genuinely care more. At least, that is how it appears. Anyway, I was sold on the idea! Plus, I really don’t particularly like my doctor and I needed a change. So the first night I found out I was pregnant, I signed up to get into any of the midwife clinics in Calgary. Within a week, I was placed on the wait list for every one. I couldn’t believe they were all full already. I tried not to get discouraged, but as the weeks went on and no news, I was beginning to succumb to the fact that I would have to stick with my doctor. As my Mom is a nurse, just incase, she put her feelers out at the hospital with a friend in the maternity ward. Just letting them know that I was looking to get a midwife and any help would be great. Well the saying really is true: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Within a couple weeks of my Mom asking around, I was enrolled to see my midwife at the end of week 11!!! I’ve had 3 appointments so far and am very pleased with my care. I look forward to the remainder of this journey with a midwife.

I wonder what the next 20 weeks will bring for my pregnancy. I hope it goes as smooth as the first half. I haven’t felt the baby move at all, but it often takes awhile for the first pregnancy. Plus, I have an anterior placenta (it’s at the front of my uterus) and that means it could take even longer to feel anything! I just want to feel it every day so that I have reassurance that everything is okay. However, I am starting to get a bit of a belly bump and am excited for people to start noticing! It’s looking a lot more like a bump rather than fat now! Haha. Here is my first bump photo:

First bump - 19 weeks

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4 Responses to “My Pregnancy: Weeks 1-20”

  • Lissy
    July 6, 2014 @ 10:34 am

    aah, you’re half way through and I’m 2/3 of the way through already! crazy! time goes by far too quickly!

  • Cat
    July 6, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    That’s exciting that you’re halfway through now! I’m glad that it’s been an easy pregnancy so far! I thought it was interesting to read about side effects you did get and at what point. That sounds like it’d be useful info :) The cramps sound terrible though!

    That’s great that you were able to get a midwife! It does sound like it’d be a lot more personal than just going to a doctor. I didn’t realize how hard it’d be to get one. I hope things continue to go well with your pregnancy!

  • Dez
    July 6, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

    Congratulations on your pregnancy!!!!!

  • Manda
    July 6, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

    You are so adorable! Congrats!

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