Monthly archives: October 2001

Where’s My Energy.

Ugh! Where is my energy? Who stole my energy? Sleep is my weakness! Not only that, but anything that requires standing on my feet for more than 52 seconds makes me wanna pass out. When did this start you ask (or maybe you didn’t)? This started today! I’m folding clothes and my legs just feel weak. I need to sit (for an hour). I had only been standing about 1 minute. Run down the stairs to get something….need to sit at the bottom. Run back up the stairs…need to sit at the top. I haven’t done this much lying around in ages.

Today I felt ill. However, I figured out why. My stomach was empty. I remember reading somewhere that you shouldn’t let your stomach get empty or you will start to feel a little sick. Well, I’ve been doing a good job of keeping my tummy full….except for today. Today I didn’t have breakfast…and then a wave of nausea came over me. And by this time you can’t eat because everything smells gross. So, I have to wait it out. I still feel a little sick now…waiting on it to pass so I can stuff my face. Naw! I won’t stuff my face. I’ll be gentle. : )

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Pregnant Rambles.

Well, Ray has a cold and I have been avoiding him like the plague! During pregnancy, it is a no-no to take many medications. Especially during the first trimester. I had a cold when I was pregnant with Shan. I was about 6 months along at that time. The doctor told me I could take this cough medicine…but it didn’t do the job. It was supposedly safe for use during pregnancy, but it wasn’t as good Nyquil that’s for sure!

I received my Preggie Pops and have already started using them. I really don’t get too nauseous. Only very slightly, but the pops seems to work great. I am hoping (praying) that I don’t get “full blown” morning sickness. yech!

I have offically started my 4th week of pregnancy (according to my pregnancy journal). Which means the doctor will tell me I am 6 weeks along. Confused? Me too. It is a bit confusing, but let me give my brief explanation. Most likely you become pregnant during ovulation, which happens (usually) 2 weeks (or halfway between) your menstrual cycle. Doctors, however go by the date of the first day of your last menstrual cycle, which usually adds 2 weeks to it. huh? I know. Therefore, you will really only be 38 weeks pregnant, although the doctor will tell you 40 weeks. And just to confuse you more. 40 weeks is really 10 months of pregnancy. So you are pregnant for 9 full months (meaning you complete that last month). Click the links in the paragraph to get a better explantion. Hey…I ain’t no doctor, man! : 0 )
(*edit – links are no longer available)

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Go See the Doctor.

I made my first ob/gyn appointment. I hate the first few appts. I always feel so violated, but by the third or fourth time, you’re usually used to it. Another thing is, after the first ones, the only thing they do (if you aren’t high risk) is take your blood pressure, take a little blood, measure your tummy, weigh you, and ask you some questions. (maybe let you listen to the baby’s heart beat.) These appointments don’t usually last that long. My first appointment is November 1 @ 9:25 am. The first one is always a doozy. You get the blood work, questions, blood pressure, they weigh you, breast exam, pap smear, std testing, and all kinds of other scraping and prodding that I will never get used to *shudders*. You are usually there for a while. I remember being there for 3 hours one time.

I also called my cardiologist. And for those that don’t know, I have SVT. SVT is a general term describing any rapid heart rate originating above the ventricles, or lower chambers of the heart. SVT is an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm. I developed this after the birth of Shaelyn. My heart is pretty regular most of the time, but maybe once or twice a year it will beat fast for no reason. I can just be sleeping or sitting. It will probably come down on it’s own, but I take medication to make the heart beat come down faster. I don’t think it has ever gone over 150 beats per minute, although some people with SVT have calculated their hearts beating 250 beats per minute! I have a mild form. I wanted to ask the cardiologist if I have an “episode”, is it okay to take the medication that I have on hand while I am pregnant. So, I am waiting for him to call.

The taste in my mouth has started slightly. Just slightly. I get this awful taste and bleeding gums. So far it’s not really bad, but I know it can get to the point where it last all day. *gross* I’m still praying that I don’t get morning sickness this time. : )

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I’m Pregnant Again!

Well, this is my first entry in my pregnancy journal. I haven’t been to the doctor yet, but I did take a pregnancy test. The EPT test. And you know how accurate those are! That’s the same test I took when I was pregnant with Shan and Shae. Why did I take the test? Well, I was supposed to get my period on Friday (the 19th), it came, but was only a few drops. Well, it usually starts light, so no big deal right? Wrong! The next day it was totally gone. Now that is not normal. My cycle is usually 5-6 days. So, Ray got me a test and well…it was positive. I have calculated my due date as June 26-28, 2002. I am pretty excited about it. I can’t believe my third child! I have already started looking around the house to see what things I still have and what things I need. The symptoms I have now are frequent urination & hunger. Ray says it’s all in my mind. But I think I had it before, but I just didn’t make the connection, you know. I have hunger cramps now. ha! I was hungry a lot with Shan. A whole lot! Even early on. I would get up at 3am and make a bowl of cereal or cream of wheat. My pregnancy guide said being hungry this early on is a possibility, so…it’s not all in my head. : P

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