We’re having a baby! 🙂
Finding out you are pregnant can be scary, exciting, worrying…a mixture of emotions depending on whether it was planned or not. Don’t worry whatever you feel as there is lots of help and other people that will be in your situation.
When we found out I was expecting we was excited, scared, nervous…we had been planning to have a baby and trying for a while so even though it wasn’t unexpected news it became a lot more real.
I did a pregnancy test 4 days in a row and the line was getting darker each day which confirmed my pregnancy.
I was about 4 weeks when we found out. We had a scan at 8 weeks so we got to see the baby early and know that it was growing well. We got to see the tiny heartbeat too.
From about 5 weeks my boobs were tender and I was feeling more tired than normal.
From 6 weeks the sickness started. I wasn’t sick but was feeling nauseous throughout the day. I kept trying different things to help with the sickness but nothing really helped. It subsided straight after eating for a while but then it came back.
In my 8th week it was really bad – there wasn’t a moment in the day I didn’t feel nauseous.
After my 8 week scan I found out I was almost 9 weeks so my due date had been brought forward.
My best friend bought me a book (The day by day pregnancy book, by Dr Maggie Blott) when I told her I was pregnant and it has been a great help for me and my partner as there is new information to read each day and it keeps him involved in everything as your other half may start to feel left out as everything is about you and the baby.
I would recommend this book to anyone trying to conceive as it has helpful information in right from the start.
I also have a pregnancy planner that we complete together week by week to record appointments, how I am feeling and any cravings etc. It is really good to keep a note of everything and gives you something to look forward to before the next scan or appointment.
I registered with my midwife at 6 weeks and had my booking appointment at 9 ½ weeks.
When registering with the midwife she runs through all medical history details etc and fills in your book which will be yours all throughout your pregnancy for all appointment notes to be documented.
I got my 12 week scan booked in and opted for the blood test for screening for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes. The blood test only lets you know if you are high or low risk but this is something my partner and I wanted to find out.
The scan went really well and at the end we got to take away a couple of pictures of our growing baby.
It was after our 12 week scan we decided to announce our news to the world.
I feel I was quite lucky in my first trimester in that I had no physical sickness. Some days I didn’t not want to get out of bed and felt so nauseous which is horrible but I managed to keep going! Some days are really hard but I found getting up and getting some fresh air really helped. I also had to eat little and often and although I didn’t really go off any food as such in a big way I found a few things that worked well for me (mainly carbs) ginger biscuits etc did not stop the sick feeling for me.
As we had quite a lot of social things going on over the next few weeks and a 2 week summer holiday we decided not to have an early scan to find out the gender.
To find out the next part of my journey and the gender of our little baby – look out for my second trimester update (or check out my Instagram for the details)