After three years, multiple IVF cycles, a devastating miscarriage, and countless setbacks … Aela’s road to motherhood has been anything but easy. Follow her story on Babble and don’t miss the latest chapter in her journey below.
I don’t know how women keep their pregnancies a secret until the end of the first trimester. With so many weird things going on with my body, I can’t imagine what lies I’d have to tell to explain them all.
I’m 8 weeks in, and most of my OHSS symptoms have disappeared (except for the bloating, which has lessened, but is far from gone). But a whole new set of symptoms specific to this pregnancy have popped up — making me think that it’s going to be one thing after another with this time around. And that’s just fine with me, as long as this Little One stays put this time!
1. Food Aversions
This began in the 5th week. Certain food smells, the thought of certain foods, and pictures in my news feed of randoms foods all made me gag. Garlic was the worst, as was pretty much all seasoning. I found myself barely getting down yogurt, dry waffles, and grilled chicken. The gag-inducing aversions have lessened, but now my taste buds seems to be switching from salty to sweet.
Oh, the waves of nausea come and go with no rhythm! I could be feeling totally fine one minute, and then totally ill the next. Surprisingly, mornings seem to be fine. Midday is usually when it hits. But none of it has been with any regularity, so I can’t say definitively where it comes from. Or why.
3. Constantly Hungry
But strangely enough, I am always hungry. I need to eat about every 2-3 hours, otherwise I feel like I haven’t eaten in a week! My portions are definitely smaller than pre-pregnancy (I think because the OHSS is still making my stomach so bloated, so there’s not as much room for my stomach to expand), but I’m seriously eating all the time.
I’ve never been a napper. In fact, my sleeping habits have been very much the same for decades. I go to bed early. Take about 30-40 minutes to fall asleep. Sleep soundly. Wake up fairly early. Now? Now I’m napping. Like hardcore, pass-out-in-4-minutes naps. And the average nap is at least an hour. Plus, my overnight sleeping is serious too. I’m generally going to bed at about 9pm, and sleeping right until 7:30am. Enjoy it while it lasts, right?
5. Lower Abdominal Pressure
This could be from the OHSS. but I’m not entirely sure. The pressure in my lower abdomen is fierce, affecting my pubic bone and my rectum. Sitting is uncomfortable, and the pressure gets worse as the day goes on. I know all sorts of everything is shifting inside of me, but I’ve been told I have a retroverted uterus, so I’m thinking this might have something to do with the pressure.
6. Blotchy Skin
I have pretty sensitive skin to begin with, and a mild case of rosacea — but, ew, my skin has been seriously blotchy on my chest, belly, and face. I haven’t gotten any breakouts yet, just redder than usual.
7. Constant Peeing
Between the lower abdominal pressure, my expanding uterus, and all the water I have to drink for the OHSS (and for the pregnancy in general), I’m in the bathroom all the time. I’m actually amazed how much urine my body can produce in a single day.
8. Darker Facial Hair
My lovely mustache is no longer light-colored, but is instead sprouting random dark hairs. And I’m finding more dark-haired stragglers on my chin! I don’t think I’m going to be one of those women who gets to experience the beloved “pregnancy glow.” But, ya know what? I’s all good. I’m just so grateful to finally be pregnant.More On