I can’t say that this pregnancy has been flying by, but as I creep closer and closer to the end of the first trimester, I am realizing just how important it is to take in every moment. I can’t say for sure, but there is a big chance this will be my last pregnancy and I really want to make sure I soak it all in — the good and the bad.
I didn’t usually experience a whole lot of symptoms in the first month of pregnancy. The month was always nearly over by the time the pregnancy test told me the good news, but those first 6 weeks still present the occasional symptom and evidence that changes are happening. I have been through this a few times before so I thought I knew exactly what to expect, but I was still on my toes and caught off guard a few times.
Pregnancy Recap: Those First 6 Weeks 1 of 11
A recap of my pregnancy in those first 6 weeks.
Basal Body Chart Looked Off 2 of 11
In my other pregnancies, it was easy to see pregnancy before a test showed it from the basal body charting I was doing. This time, it was more complicated -- maybe from the high Clomid dose, but my temperatures were rocky and unpredictable.
Negative Test 3 of 11
I took a pregnancy test at 14 days past ovulation. I had no idea what my luteal phase was because it had been so sporadic with my infertility. It was negative and I was sure that was the end of the cycle for me.
Positive Test! 4 of 11
It was 18 days past ovulation and I knew that since I did ovulate, I should get my period within the next day or so. I had a test at home and when I have one, I use them so I took one in the morning. I was sure it was going to be negative, but wanted a glass of wine and felt better checking again.
It was positive.
Shocked! 5 of 11
I was honestly so shocked. I was convinced that the cycle was over and I could not believe it. I ran to my husband to see if he could see that line. I took a picture and texted my mom and my friend and they confirmed I was not just seeing things.
Started My Meds 6 of 11
I already had everything at home for when pregnancy would happen and I started my progesterone supplements and Fragmin injections into my abdomen that day. It was a long time since I had to give myself an injection so it took some getting used to again.
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Getting My Fit On 7 of 11
I had been on an exercise routine for a few months while trying to increase my fertility and now that I was pregnant, I found that exercising helped combat the pregnancy tired I had.
Cramps, Ouch! 8 of 11
I forgot how common cramps were in the first few weeks of pregnancy and I was concerned. With my history of loss, any cramp had me on edge and I had to keep reminding myself that it was normal and okay.
Nausea, oh my! 9 of 11
And without a lot of warning, BAM! I was hit with nausea. It was bad at first in the evening, but slowly over the next few weeks it turned into nausea and vomiting -- all the time.
First Dr. Appt 10 of 11
I had my first doctor appointment with my OBGYN who had been treating me through infertility. He was my doctor for my last pregnancy and it was nice to have the happier appointment verses the 'what do we do now' infertility type. I had a blood lab requisition done and got an appointment for an ultrasound in the week after.
Nausea Relief 11 of 11
Thankfully here in Canada, we have a government approved medication just for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. It works in a time-released fashion and you take it pro-actively. I got a prescription for the Diclectin again and finally got some relief.
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