Raising a Blended Family

A Symptoms Post

on February 3, 2012

Okay, so, I stand corrected on the hearing vs. seeing the heartbeat thing.  Good to know, ya’ll. 🙂 Either way our appointment is in less than a week and if we cannot yet hear the heartbeat, I hope we will be offered the choice to see it!

Pregnancy is treating me really well so far.  Most of my symptoms are mild- much to Shorty’s disappointment.  I think if I actually ever do barf she’s going to do a happy dance.  She told me last night that she lovingly wants me to get sick because it will be a sign that everything is going well.  I lovingly told her that I can do without that particular sign, thankyouverymuch- the few rounds of nausea I’ve had so far are enough to convince me that morning-sickness land and I would NOT make good friends.

I have been having to get up in the middle of the night to pee- and I learned very quickly that ignoring the need to pee in favor of going back to sleep just means that I’ll inevitably have The Dream.  You know The Dream.  The one where you have to pee, so you go into your bathroom, sit down on the toilet, and you’re JUST ABOUT to tinkle…. when suddenly you wake up TERRIFIED in your own bed because you’re on the verge of wetting yourself!  Ah, glory.  So needless to say, fear of wetting my own bed has been a pretty good motivator for me to actually get out of bed and make the hike (alllll the waaaayyyyy) to the downstairs bathroom to pee at 12 and 3 am, rather than just ignoring it and going back to sleep as I did  pre-pregnancy.  See? 6 weeks in and I’m already learning.

Cramps continue on and off… and normal or not, they still worry me.  I worry about their strength- they do not make me breathless or scream in pain, but they have been enough on more than one occasion for me to wince and say “ow” out loud, causing Shorty to glance at me with an inquisitive look until I gesture and grimace so that she understands it’s just a cramp.  This seems in excess of the “mild cramps are normal” mantra I have read about everywhere regarding cramps in the first trimester.  Second, I know we should be safe as long as we don’t see any blood, but *TMI ALERT* pregnancy seems to have bestowed upon me an excess of thick, lotiony CM that feels REMARKABLY like blood until you can do a visual inspection by running to the bathroom and pulling down your pants.  And since every time I get a strongish cramp, I get more CM discharge… you can imagine the endless cycles of running to the bathroom to check.  It makes me feel neurotic to do so and I try not to, but since actually looking is the only thing that can prove it isn’t blood…. I look more often than I don’t.  /END TMI ALERT. Third, it seems like sometimes the stronger cramps are brought on by sudden movement- if I get up too fast, or twist a certain way, or something.  That doesn’t seem normal either.  So needless to say, I will be asking the Dr. about all of this come Wednesday.  I have Dr. Googled my little heart out on the subject, and I think it’s time to consult a real medical specialist now.    If nothing else, for some reassurance and so Shorty can point at me and say I told you so. 🙂

And that’s about it, symptom-wise.  Oh, and the exhaustion.  But then, there’s always the exhaustion.

PS- I have another post in my head I want to do about some of the things that have come up due to me being a first-time preggers and Shorty having been there, done that.  I promise that post will be here soon.


8 responses to “A Symptoms Post

  1. weddedwife says:

    I hope that you do not suffer from morning sickness. It doesn’t seem like a lot of people enjoy it. LOL.

    I don’t think you were giving TMI…I would run to the bathroom every time as well. Better safe than sorry. I do hope that it gets easier for you regarding the cramping I hope it goes away.

  2. Amy says:

    i was thinking the other day about how we’re always like “watch out!! tmi coming..beware…” but really, anyone reading blogs about ttc is (most likely) looking for as much info as possible about pregnancy, steps to getting there, body symptoms, etc. i feel like we should all really stop warning/apologizing to people in advance. right? hope you continue to feel good, and hope all goes well at the dr.

  3. Michaela says:

    *giggle* My girlfriend said the exact same stuff about me being pregnant (I hadn’t had any symptoms at all, only some mild cravings)

    “Most of my symptoms are mild- much to Shorty’s disappointment. I think if I actually ever do barf she’s going to do a happy dance. She told me last night that she lovingly wants me to get sick because it will be a sign that everything is going well.”

    I hope you bring along a picture for us from the doc appointment. Can’t wait to see your little baby. Oh, and do you take belly pics too?

  4. A C = B says:

    I can totally imagine doing the same obsessive checking thing. It makes sense considering that you and Shorty were very intentional about this pregnancy. I can’t wait to see the pictures as you get them!!

  5. candice says:

    i still get cramps. and those other sharp pain craps when i turn to fast also. as for the morning sickness. everything can still go well without being sick. You always here from everyone how people were so sick every day for months. you dont hear to much of us (you and i) talking about no vomiting, but there are lots of people who have healthy pregnancies without having to barf.

  6. Jen says:

    I just came across your blog and first off CONGRATS! Secondly, I had some pretty strong, take your breath away cramps too at first. They were so bad that I was convinced I was starting my period and miscarrying the baby. Every time I went to the bathroom I readied myself to see blood but nope. Everything was just fine and my son was born last October 🙂 I hope you manage to skip the morning sickness though. Mine kicked in around week 7 and last until week 14.

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