I know, I know. You just found out yesterday that I’m pregnant, and I’m already posting an update! Well, I’ve known for quite some time that I’m pregnant… and I have to let some of this info out! Also, this week was my first midwife appointment, so we got to see the little girl/guy and hear his/her heartbeat. He/she measured at 6 weeks 5 days on Tuesday. I thought I was in week 8, so I wanted to figure out how the timing got “off.” Sorry for the details, Dad.
My cycle is usually 30-31 days long, so I ovulate about 17 days into my cycle (not 14). Generally, implantation of the fertilized egg into the uterine wall happens a few days later, but in my case it took 14 days (which is longer than normal but doesn’t really mean anything). I had implantation bleeding on the day I was supposed to get my period, and didn’t get a positive pregnancy test until 6 days later. If I counted time based on the calendar, I’d be around 8-9 weeks… but based on all that other stuff and the ultrasound, I’m at 7 weeks now. The health teacher in me just couldn’t help but try and figure out all the nitty gritty details.
7 Week Stats:
Weight: up 3lbs
How do I feel? Sleepy and puffy but not bad. No cravings and no nausea. I have a little bit of a rot gut feeling at times, but that doesn’t stop me from eating (although I think it makes me want more carbs). I’ve gained 3lbs because I’ve been eating more in general—I think I know way too much about pregnancy nutrition, and I’ve been making sure to fit in all the nutrients I need. This causes me to eat more than I usually do, plus I’m a little more tired than normal so I’ve been a little less active.
Exercise: I’ve been walking an hour a day or doing a yoga class. I’ve skipped a couple days due to low energy. The first trimester seems to be the best time to take it easy and follow my body’s cues rather than pushing through it. I think Pilar and I are going to do a pregnancy yoga series (videos) so I’ll share some of that with you.
Side note: I realize 7 weeks is a bit early to be telling the world about a pregnancy, and I thought a lot about this before I broadcasted it. I have a few very very close friends (including my mother), who have had miscarriages, and I know that un-telling people about being pregnant is an awful thing to go through (in addition to going through the experience of miscarriage itself). I also have a lot of information to share about pregnancy, and it all of a sudden feels manageable and exciting for me to do since I’m pregnant myself… I didn’t want to wait to get started, even though I’m breaking some unwritten rules. I’ve never been much for following social rules, and I am aware of what I’m doing here–it feels like it’s worth the risk at the moment, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think miscarriage is a big deal. I do.
My ultimate goal as of today is to devote the time during my pregnancy to organizing the information, knowledge, and resources I use in coaching and teaching about pregnancy lifestyle and turning it into a book. I have a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, advanced degrees in public health and community health promotion, and several certificates in areas of nutrition, mind-body skills, yoga, TRX, and other fitness areas. I’ll talk more about this soon—I picked up a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and I was honestly horrified at some of the advice. It made me sad and a bit sick. I also reflected on the need for more pregnancy lifestyle resources at my first midwife appointment. Don’t get me wrong UCLA Medical Center is top notch, and I’m thrilled that it’s a teaching hospital because I just love that for some reason. But, had I not done a bunch of research before I went, I would have been quite surprised about a few things and I would have left feeling a bit confused.
First, when did they invent vaginal ultrasounds? Seriously, in the movies they always do the belly kind, even when there’s no baby bump. I have discussed pregnancy at length with so many people and nobody told me this until Kristina mentioned it a few weeks ago. No one actually explained what was going on during the ultrasound, even though there were several people observing. At 35, I just chuckled, but at 20 I may have cried a bit and felt violated and uncomfortable.
I also left the appointment having received just one piece of lifestyle advice. Take a prenatal vitamin. No counseling on what kind, or any tips on nutrition, exercise, or anything. Oh, I also got offered free genetic counseling and a bunch of screening because at 35, I’m considered “Advanced Maternal Age.” At least the midwife told me I don’t look 35 (but really, I love being 35, so why wouldn’t I want to look my age?). They also gave me a packet of information about diseases and autism.
Dave and I celebrated with lunch out after the appointment, and he’s been doing all kinds of cute and nice things for me since then–he even told me he’s my servant for the next 7+ months (muhahahaha!). I finally told him it’s all cool—I feel good and I really appreciate the clean kitchen and stuff, but he doesn’t have to wait on me hand and foot. Turns out, the guy was a bit traumatized by witnessing the manhandling of my woman parts (not that he actually saw it—paper blankets cover a lot!)—the whole speculum/pap smear thing left him feeling very thankful for his man parts. During it, I grimaced a bit, and he rubbed my arm as if to console me… I busted out laughing. Men have no clue what women go through!
On that note, I’ll leave you thinking of ways to invite your man to your next gyno appt—it does wonders for the bathroom being clean and the trash being taken out!
Tell me about your 7th Week!