My Pregnancy Journal

All about my 3rd pregnancy*

Thoughts, information, pictures, etc.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

1st Midwife visit

Blood work was all fine. Urine was fine.

Melanie did a pelvic exam and said that my uterus feels 8 wks :D So, that seems fine too. I go back next month, when I'm 12 wks. I'm sure I'll get to hear the heartbeat.

She gave me no problem about me wanting to refuse the prenatal shot of RhoGam :D woohoo :D We actually spoke for a good hour or more. Jeremy and Ursula stayed in the waiting room.

8 Weeks

How your baby's growing: Your baby is now 5/8 of an inch long, about the size of a kidney bean. She's constantly moving and shifting, although you won't be able to feel these womb wiggles for several weeks yet. Her embryonic tail is disappearing, and her eyelids practically cover her eyes. Still slightly webbed, her fingers and toes are growing longer. Her arms have lengthened, too, and her hands are now flexed at the wrist and meet over her heart. Her knee joints have formed, and her feet may be long enough to meet in front of her body. With her trunk straightening out, her head is more erect. Breathing tubes extend from her throat to the branches of her developing lungs. The nerve cells in her brain are also branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. Though you may be daydreaming about your baby as one gender or another, the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl.* Note: Experts say every baby develops differently — even in the womb. This developmental information is designed to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing.How your life's changing: You haven't gained much weight yet, but parts of you are certainly growing — like your breasts. You'll soon need bigger bras with better support than your old ones. You may notice your waistline expanding as well, forcing you to pack away your favorite jeans. Less obvious is the increase in your blood volume; by the end of your pregnancy, you'll have 40 to 50 percent more blood running through your veins to meet the demands of your baby. Your need for iron increases with your blood volume. Take your prenatal vitamins to make sure you're getting the extra iron you need so that you don't become anemic.Feeling tired? Hormonal changes, in particular, can cause you to feel sluggish. And it's not uncommon to be having trouble getting a good night's sleep at this point, especially if you're uncomfortable at night or getting up to use the bathroom repeatedly. Frequent nausea and vomiting can certainly cost you energy, too. If you can, try to get between nine and ten hours of sleep at night, or take naps during the day.Pregnancy Tip: Walking to beat fatigue "Taking a short 15- to 20-minute walk helped me cope with the overwhelming fatigue that hits you in the first trimester. It was the only way I made it through a day at work without a nap!" --Gabriela

Friday, May 13, 2005


I'm still really tired and nausaus :( This is the aggrevating part of pregnancy, IMNSHO (well, that and widening hips that makes all clothes in my closet harder to fit). I am hungry, yet, NOTHING turns me on... can't decide what to eat... want to throw it up...

Went to the health unit last week. Have another appointment there this coming Thursday, to pick up my WIC vouchers.

Went to the CNM that I went to for Ursula, Melanie Weaver, to pick up an order to do blood work... got that over with. Have an appointment with her this coming Wednesday.

Received a letter from the D.A. to find the father of my kids... lmao... this is from the Medicaid form... because we aren't married. So, they sent me some paperwork to fill out and an appointment with them on the 23rd of this month. It would prolly be helpful if Jeremy came with me to that appointment.

NOW, my question is, how will I get to these appointments??? I have no vehicle... Jeremy will return to work Monday.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

6 weeks Pregnant (according to LMP)

This week, your baby is about the size of a small lentil bean. Her brain, muscles, and bones are beginning to take shape. Her hands and feet resemble little paddles, with thick webbing still in place between her developing fingers and toes. And her tiny heart has begun beating. Though you probably won't actually feel anything for another ten weeks or so, she's about to make her very first movements. See what your baby looks like now and find out why you're feeling so moody, what to do if you can't stomach your prenatal vitamins, and more.

How your baby's growing: The cells that will make up all of your baby's body parts and systems are dividing furiously as her body begins to take shape. Right now she's about the size of a small lentil bean (4 to 5 millimeters across). If you could see through your uterine wall, you'd find an overlarge head and dark spots where her eyes and nostrils are beginning to take shape. Shallow pits on the sides of her head mark her developing ears, and her arms and legs appear as protruding buds. Her hands and feet look like paddles, with thick webbing between the developing digits, but her fingers and toes will soon become more distinct. Below the opening that will later be your baby's mouth, there are small folds where her neck and lower jaw will eventually develop. (Inside, her tongue and vocal cords are just beginning to form.)Your baby's heart (which is starting to divide into the right and left chambers) is beating about 100 to 130 beats per minute — almost twice as fast as yours — and blood is beginning to circulate through her body. Her intestines are developing and tiny breathing passages are beginning to appear where her lungs will be. She's also starting to build muscle fibers and, halfway through this week, she'll likely start moving her tiny limbs. Unfortunately, you'll probably have to wait until you're several weeks into your second trimester before you get to enjoy feeling your baby's calisthenics.* Note: Experts say every baby develops differently — even in the womb. This developmental information is designed to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing.How your life's changing: If you haven't already, you may soon find yourself riding pregnancy's emotional roller coaster, feeling moody one day and joyful the next. Disturbing as this may be — especially if you pride yourself on being in control — what you're going through is completely normal and will probably continue throughout your pregnancy. Up-and-down emotions are partly caused by fluctuating and (in many cases) very high levels of hormones. But hormones aside, your entire life is about to change — and who wouldn't feel emotional about that?Spotting (finding spots of blood on your underpants or toilet tissue after urinating) or bleeding is common in early pregnancy, but sometimes it can be the first sign of miscarriage. If you have any spotting or bleeding, call your doctor or midwife right away so she can determine whether your spotting indicates a potential problem.Pregnancy tip: Breakfast of champions "My prenatal vitamins made me sick, so my doctor gave me a prescription for fruit-flavored, chewable prenatal vitamins and suggested I take them with meals. They really helped." — Janice

*Not counting the time I believe I miscarried, the day before Thanksgiving 2003