I’m long overdue a pregnancy update. I’ve decided this time I really need to chronicle more of my pregnancy- the previous times I was afraid of leaving negative memoirs to my children (i.e. Today I woke up and threw up, then tried to drink water and threw up again…)so I kind of skipped journaling much of my prior gestations. This time I have to make sure I don’t forget because I’m determined that I am 100% done and our family of 5 will be complete (unless adoption opportunities come up in the future).
Typically I carry my pregnancies really low, with plenty of agonizing hip and pelvic pain to go along with their low placement. This time I have felt a brand new sensation of getting kicked in my ribcage already. I felt movement remarkably early (by week 11 or so) and the baby’s primary happy dance reaction was to my eating watermelon. Watermelon was pretty much my best friend for most of the first trimester because it was the only thing I could reliably hold down. Funny because typically I don’t even like the smell of fresh watermelon, let alone eating it. Fruit in general has been quite a wonderful experience and I can’t get enough of sweet oranges and apples.
My usual hip pain (which usually kicks in by the end of the first trimester) was absent until this week. Thankfully a trip to my chiropractor and massage therapist has relieved much of the pain, allowing me to actually walk normally instead of waddling about. The ligaments in my pelvis are extremely soft in pregnancy so my chiropractor was a bit surprised at how far out of place my left hip had become (she repeatedly asked me what on earth I’d been doing to make it do that lol but I assured her it’s just what my body does). I’ll be spending lots of time there and will hopefully do an interactive visit to share here in the near future.
As far as cravings go the strangest one of all has been milk. I can drink glasses and glasses of it and it tastes so wonderful. The strangest part is I have never once in my life been a regular milk drinker (choosing instead things like yogurt, cottage cheese, and green leafy vegetables as my calcium source). I also have become fast friends with Cherry 7Up, another oddity since its been several years since I even looked at a soda let alone drank one.
While I’m holding down food much better, it seems like as soon as my gag reflex calmed down suddenly ptylism (excessive salivation) kicked in complete overdrive. If there’s one thing I can’t stand is the sight of spitting so its pretty horrible when I gross my own self out. I’ve finally had to give in and carry a cup around with me, I really can’t figure out how my body is staying hydrated when I’m spitting out so much liquid day in and day out but I’m not questioning it. I’ve had a few people to share their own spit cup stories so it at least makes me realize I’m not a complete freak of nature.
Overall I’m in much better spirits but have learned to not overdue it. My photography business is on hiatus until the baby is born because its too difficult to know day by day if I’m going to be up to shooting (plus balancing a spit cup while trying to take pictures is a little distracting). I’d actually gotten quite down about how much of my life I’d completely given up during those weeks when all I could do was lay on the couch in between times hugging on the toilet. It’s looking up and I might even make it to a couple of holiday events if all continues doing well. Having my parents near has definitely been a neat experience and I’ve found out that many of my more hormonal moments during this pregnancy are direct reflections of what my Mom went through when she was pregnant with me. My Dad has also been very kind and drove around Dallas finding the best watermelon possible to make sure I had all I could eat.
With both of my previous pregnancies I had some serious food aversions but this one has a new aversion in the making- computer time. It’s strange but I get on for a few minutes and then want to shut the screen down and walk away. Very odd behavior, I have suddenly developed a new appreciation for movies and books. I’m terribly curious to find out what this new little one’s personality will be like, if this pregnancy is any indication we may be in for a very interesting future.