We did it!
We survived the first trimester!
I honestly don't know how we made it this far. There was a lot of love and support from Zach, easy days with the pups, plenty of naps, and as much as I hate to say it... prescription drugs for nausea.
Here's a look back at weeks 1-14, showing what all we did and how we made it!
Our story isn't exactly the same as everyone else, so our "moment of conception" was sitting in the Utah Fertility Center procedure room in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Our sweet little embryo was even hatching as she was implanted! It was such an amazing day.
We had to wait TWO WHOLE WEEKS to see if everything we had sacrificed paid off! Actually, that's a lie. As most of you know, I'm not a patient person, so I started testing a few days later. I knew that it wasn't always a guarantee and so many things could happen, but I honestly couldn't bear to hear anything different than "you're pregnant!". We had our transfer on Tuesday - I took the top test on Saturday and the bottom on Monday.
We got the results two weeks later after our blood beta test on a Friday afternoon... we're pregnant!
Our levels were looking good, so our RE scheduled a second beta test a week later. Results were perfect!
We had an ultrasound a few weeks later, and just look at that little one! She had an impressive HR and looked amazing. :) We were over the moon!
Two weeks later, we had our last appointment at Utah Fertility Center and we graduated! Our little gummy bear looked perfect, and we were shipped off to our OB for regular prenatal care. We miss this office still - everyone was always so informative, patient, and just the sweetest! Before we left we signed the tree - once our girl gets old enough we'll take her back and show her her name!
*This is also when my morning sickness became absolutely terrible. Up until this, I had tried Unisom+B6, preggo pops, ginger candies, sea bands... and absolutely nothing helped. My OB then prescribed something a little stronger and safe for the first trimester, which seemed to help... for a few weeks!
I was able to stop my PIO shots (yes! but ow) once I hit 12 weeks - which I was on for 13 weeks, and my butt still hurts from all those!
I couldn't wait any longer. We've known since December the gender of our embryos and it was getting increasingly difficult to hide it!
YAYYYY - A GIRL!
We had our first appointment with our OB, and I'm so glad that we chose the doctor we did! She's absolutely the best and is always listening to our problems and concerns. I still didn't look pregnant, but I sure felt it!
The exhaustion was real, morning sickness wasn't going away, and food aversions kept piling up. I still can't eat In-N-Out (boo!) but I'll always be willing to eat a jar of Mt. Olive pickles!
*Around 12 weeks, my nausea grew increasingly worse, so my nurse was able to prescribe better medications to help function since I was almost at the end of my first trimester. I was constantly on prescription medication to control it - and I still am! Morning sickness doesn't go away once you hit your second trimester apparently, which I've found out the hard way.
Happy 13 weeks! Here we are in Moab, Utah at Arches National Park! She decided she'd like to pop out over our weekend away, which was fine with me - finally - I looked pregnant and not just bloated.
Hello, second trimester! We're so glad to see you! We still love our naps, and are exhausted after we climb steps or vacuum the living room, but hey - we'll get any kind of energy spurts we can!
After being so immobile during the first trimester, it's a welcome surprise to not only WANT to do stuff like clean and organize, but finally be able to!
- Don't be afraid to call your OB/nurse and let them know what's going on - whether it's about a weird cramp or severe nausea, that's what they are there for. They would so much rather you call for something you think as "silly" than to not call at all.
- Know what makes you feel better - whether it's apple sauce, rice, sourdough toast - keep stock in it and don't ever run out! When there's only a few things you can stand to stomach, don't be afraid to eat them morning, noon, and night. You need those calories!
- Try everything your doctor suggests - whether it's Unisom+B6 for nausea, magnesium for leg cramps, an ice cap for headaches, or drinking plenty of water when you can't even stomach it... it's for a good reason! You have to remember your body isn't yours anymore and sometimes their suggestions really do work!
Happy Mother's Day, everyone!
Enjoy your day!