11 weeks pregnant!

I am now 11 weeks!  So excited to be so so close to 2nd trimester!

Cravings: Donuts…unfortunately, I cannot curb this craving unless I make my own gluten free versions…which I don’t want to do because I’m lazy and because then I’d eat them all.  Ice cream.  Beef.  Cheese.

Aversions: Still not liking the sound of seafood at all.  Salsa.  

Symptoms: Acne/rosacea.  Bloating/gas.  Tender breasts–this week I’ve had sharp pains in them that almost take my breath away a bit.  Fatigue.  Leg cramps.  Round ligament pain.  Some cramping connected to back pain.  And the pregnancy brain continues.  🙂

This week has been good.  I went and got tested for the UTI that we thought I had, and I’m in the clear!  The only thing that concerns me is that I have still had the cramping/back pain that I had a few weeks ago.  It’s only on occasion, but still enough to concern this first time mama.  I did a bit of research and found this article, and I think I have posterior pelvic pain.  I really feel this explains my symptoms, as the last time I had the cramping was after a long day of walking.  I’m going to be paying close attention to when I get them and what the triggers might be.

In other news, we are on school holidays!  It’s wonderful being a teacher in Australia, because after every term, you get at least 2 weeks off.  So, hubby will be able to go with me whenever we try to find the heartbeat again!  I’m really looking forward to that.

The other good thing is the bloating has gone away enough that I’m at a healthy amount of weight gain.  And, I’m showing in a way that doesn’t make me feel fat.  I mean, I probably just look a bit chunky at this stage, but I feel like with out the bloat, it’s legit baby showing.

I know I wrote a post about my acne problems, but I’m starting to think it’s rosacea.  My face is always red in certain areas.  It’s a patchy, rosy redness that looks splotchy and creepy.  It’s uncontrollable so far.  When I wear make up, it evens out enough, but I’m still hoping it goes away in the next few months if my hormones level out a bit.  

I hope you all are having a wonderful week!  It’s miserable and rainy here–and so so cold!  Enjoy your warmth in your corner of the world for me!

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Acne management during pregnancy

I have had problems with acne since the young age of 8.  Since going gluten/soy free, however, my face cleared up.  The only times I would break out were when I did have gluten or soy.  So, because of this, I have freaked out a little when my pregnancy has caused me to break out quite a bit in the past week or so.  I kept thinking if I had gluten or soy then it was a problem for the baby, because a symptom of celiac is miscarriage.  I think, however, in this case, it’s simply the change in crazy hormones.  

Many of you probably know that during pregnancy, acne medications/harsh chemicals are discouraged and prohibited.  I haven’t wanted to go the benzoyl peroxide route, so here’s what I’ve done that seems to be helping so far: 

  • Washing my face only at night.  I have the blessed position to not have to wear make up every day, so in the past few days, I’ve just washed before bedtime.  This seems to be helping control the break outs.  
  • Use tea tree oil.  This is easy to get in Australia.  You can buy it at any grocery store.  I’m not sure, though, where you can buy it in the U.S. (or other countries).  Sorry!  Maybe check a health food shop or a whole foods type market?  Anyway, tea tree oil is an excellent solution to acne.  In fact, it’s one of the best things you can use.  I spot treat each blemish after cleansing each night.  With out fail, the blemish is magically smaller the next morning.  
  • Drink lots of water.

Do you ladies have any tips to add to this list?  Hope this helps!

Weeks 8-9 Sick and pregnant

Cravings: Not a whole lot.  Most foods sound okay to me now.

Aversions: Finally going away!  Still don’t like carrots or broccoli.  Any strong smelling vegetable, really.

Symptoms: Tender breasts, uti, bloated, acne, heat rash on back, fatigue

 

Oh man, what a whirlwind of a couple weeks.  Morning sickness is finally starting to loosen its grip on me, which is awesome.  I feel like now I can finally eat right again and go back to my healthy diet.  Not much was going on for 8 weeks, which is why I didn’t write anything, but this past week has been super eventful.  I caught a cold of some sort, and let me tell you how much it sucks to not be able to take any medicine.  I’m usually the type that pops a couple of pills and keeps on going, but I couldn’t do that this week. I had to cancel all my lessons and take it easy.  On top of that, the ensemble choir I’m in put on a theatre restaurant this week, so I had rehearsals until 10:15 or so and then had to drive the 40 minutes home.  Luckily, though, last night was the last show, and I’m relieved to get my life back a bit.

I went to my midwife appointment on Friday, and we talked about some of my symptoms.  I can’t remember if I wrote about it, but a few weeks back, I was getting period-like cramps that were connected to back pain.  When I mentioned this to her, she said it wasn’t normal and she thought it might be a uti.  So, I’ve been taking the relief medicine she suggested and drinking cranberry juice.  I’ve also been upping my water intake, because I think that might have something to do with it.  It scared me a bit, though, because that was 2 weeks ago, and I was thinking it was normal.  And now I’m scared that it might be out of hand and we just don’t know it yet.  Of course, when you look up info on having a uti when pregnant, people are like “IT COULD SPREAD TO YOUR KIDNEYS AND YOU MIGHT DIE.”  Argh.  I guess if it was going to do that, it would’ve done that already, though, and my symptoms would’ve gotten worse and not better.

Anyway, she also got the doppler out and tried to find the heartbeat, but since I’m still early, baby is small enough to hide and seemed to be comfortable out of the way of heartbeat.  Disappointing.  Ah, well, she said we could pop in in a couple of weeks and try to find it again, and I think we will do just that.  I think it will make it more real to hear it for myself.  When we couldn’t find it, I kept second guessing whether I’m really pregnant.  Is there really a baby in there?  But, I’ve had heaps of symptoms to answer “yes.” I guess there are some advantages to getting that dating ultrasound, but I do feel I’ve made a good decision in waiting until the gender scan to get an ultrasound.  I’m just not too stressed about the actual due date.  

Tomorrow, I’m 10 weeks, and I can hardly wait until the second trimester.  Each week that goes by is another week that baby is alive and growing and another week of relief for me.  

Hope you all have a great week!

Morning sickness 101

Have you ever gotten sick from something you’ve eaten?  I would venture to guess that most of you have.  Did you ever want to eat that thing again?  Well, if your answer is “no” then you’ve pretty  much got what morning sickness is like.  The thought of some foods make you want to hurl just thinking about them.  And, I’m finding, each day is different.  One day, I’ll eat something that sounds okay and the next day or a few hours later, the thought of eating that food makes me want to hurl.  

Here’s what’s helped me so far:

  • Candied ginger.  A little after a meal or before you can get to some food seems to settle things a bit.Image
  • Eating every 2 hours on the dot.  Even if I don’t feel like it.
  • If you think you might hurl from eating something DON’T EAT IT (even if you’re trying to be polite to someone).  Chances are, you will hurl if you eat it.  
  • Powerade has seemed to help when I can’t stomach the taste of water anymore (although I do try to limit this because of the sugar/sodium).
  • Carbs, carbs, carbs.  Bland carbs.
  • Watching movies/t.v. has distracted me, at times, from how terrible I feel.  However, don’t let this distract you from using the toilet or eating when you  need to.