Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Still Very, Very Pregnant!

I went in yesterday for my second hCG blood test.  As I mentioned last week, the nurse wants to see my levels double each visit.  Yesterday's levels were:


Very good levels and way doubled from the initial 1228 on Friday (by the way, I slept for 12 hours last night)!!  

My girl, Shannon, gave me the ubiquitous 'What To Expect When You Are Expecting' how-to-guide to pregnancy a few years ago (unfortunately my copy does not have the hip mom in denim, but some frumpy lady resting in a wooden rocking chair--Shannon, I swear I'm not complaining).  I've been reading a little bit of it each night.  

I'm on 'Chapter 6:  The Second Month:  Approximately 5 to 8 weeks' and enjoy the 'what you may be feeling' section.  Here's a list of physically what I may be feeling:

  • Fatigue and sleepiness (yup. . . but that's nothing new, I've always had the sleepy gene--my big sis's term)
  • A need to urinate frequently (again nothing new, always felt this way)
  • Nausea, with or without vomiting and/or excessive salivation (no, no and yes)
  • Constipation (a very cruel symptom. . . and yes)
  • Heartburn, indigestion, flatulence, bloating (yes to bloating and probably flatulence. . . now starting to wonder why I decided to share these symptoms with 'ya'll')
  • Food aversions and cravings (yup, seems I lost my sweet tooth, don't like greasy and fried right now, all about fresh veggies, fruits and grilled proteins. . . not my typical pre-pregnant diet at all!)
  • Breast changes:  fullness, heaviness, tenderness, etc. (hallelujah to bigger boobies!)
  • Occasional headaches (nope)
  • Occasional faintness or dizziness (yup)
  • Tightness of clothing around waist and breasts, abdomen may appear enlarged, probably due to bowel distention rather than uterine growth (yup, not a pretty sight right now)
In other news, I'm back in school full-time and only have about 4 more weeks to go before winter break!  I've got a paper to write and some errands to run.  Plus today's my girl Ash's birthday!  Happy Birthday Ashley!!  


Meig said...

Hahahahahahahaahaa! TMI doesn't begin to cover this post. :D

Just kidding, Em. I love every gurgling detail. Can't wait to see your kid's faces when we tell them the story of their conception, birth, and their undoubtedly embarrassing toddler-hoods.

Love ya!

Zoo Keeper said...

From what I understand what you just shared does NOT EVEN begin to cover the TMI that comes with being pregnant/ childbirth. And since I'm a TMI-kinda girl anyway I'm not put off by it. Let's face it - how many women get pregnant and go through this (or something similar)?? I mean, really... it's all natural...

wow, I might have lived in CO longer than I thought... ; )

Shannon said...

Gosh, you know, I totally forgot that I gave you a copy of that book! I'm glad it's finally getting some use - even if it is an edition or two old - the info is still the same.