My Pregnancy Journey
I am actually really excited to be writing this blog about my pregnancy thus far today! I am going to be completely real and transparent through this whole thing so if any of you get uncomfortable with periods, pregnancy or women health talk I suggest you stop reading now.
For my story to make complete sense I am going to go back in time to about my sophomore year of high school. I started developing some unsual symptoms when I would menstrate and these symptoms started causing some concerns. I was losing a lot of blood and my cramps were so bad I would be completely bed ridden for the duration of my cycle. I tired heating pads, Midol, Ibuprofen, yoga and all the other wives tale tricks to help with servere periods, but as time went on things only got worse and worse. I went to a few different doctors and they all just said I had heavy periods and left it at that. At the end of my junior year it got to the point of being completely unbairable and as if by a miracle, right at the same time, I found an incredible doctor who seemed to have answers for me. Basically he said my uterus was on overdrive and didn’t know how to ever shut itself off. Because of this it was constantly shedding its walls making my uteran walls very thin and damaged. My doctor immediately put me on birth control to start helping my uterus rebuild itself. While none of the other doctors had helped me every single one of them had said the same thing, I would probably have a hard time getting pregnant when the time came. This was something that was hard for me to swallow even though I wasn’t near that time in my life.
My senior year then came and went and while being on the birth control my symptoms got emmensly better and my body started to heal. Then a couple more years went by and I met Tanner and we got married. I knew that I wanted a family but because of my history I was uncertain of how that would go for us. I talked to my doctor and she informed me that since I had been on birth control for so long it would probably take at least 10 months before we could get pregnant. With this in mind Tanner and I decided when we thought we would be ready (10 months in the future) and decided when I should go off of my medication.
Because life never goes as planned we got pregnant right away and I unfortunately miscarried that baby very early on. I was absolutely crushed and this miscarriage was really hard for me. I thought back to when all those doctors had told me I would have a really hard time getting pregnant and accepted that this was probably going to be a long journey. My doctor encouraged me to not get discouraged as this was normal seeing as how I had been on the pill for so long. Tanner and I talked and decided we didn’t want to give up and were going to keep going on this journey. The next month I found out I was pregnant again. I was causiously overjoyed. I just didn’t want to miscarry again. After visiting our general health doctor I was told that I was a high risk pregnancy and was given a list of about one million things I could not do. I followed this list strictly and also called my OB/GYN to make our first appointment where I would be 10 weeks (I was 5 at the time).
As time went on morning sickness hit me like a truck. It started off with just throwing up in the mornings and having constant nausea. That turned into throwing up multiple times a day which then turned into throwing up any time I put any food in my mouth. I had a 12 day period where I didn’t keep a single solid down. I tried everything everyone suggested to me (I will be writing a blog about morning sickness tips later) but nothing helped me. Eventually I stopped keeping liquids down and my doctor had to proscribe me some medications to help. These medications definetely helped dull the nausea but I still felt fatigued and sick for a really long time. Now (at 17 weeks) my morning sickness is almost all the way gone. I still have days that aren’t the best but I am getting my energy back and am finally keeping down (almost) everything I eat!
We found out at 15+5 weeks that we were having a girl and we were absolutely overjoyed. This is my first pregnancy so I am not going to pretend to know anything or even close but I did want to share some final thoughts of things I have learned thus far.
Every woman is different and that's okay! Some women might start showing at 8 weeks some might not show until 20 weeks. Some women might not get sick at all and some women might not be able to get out of bed. The point is just because you’re pregnancy is different than someone elses doesn’t mean anything is wrong with you.
It’s okay to not enjoy it. I know what?! Enjoy every moment right? Well it’s hard to enjoy it when you’re puking your guts out or cant get out of bed or when every inch of your body aches. That's okay. It’s okay to be discouraged and feel down.
Okay sorry for the super long post but I just wanted to make sure I covered everything and document everything for myself as well!