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How Are You Feeling?

post #1 of 38
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Well, I'm now 4 weeks pregnant (woohoo!) and feeling pretty normal. A bit more tired and hungry but generally the same. I had cramping for a few days but that's pretty much subsided to minor twinges now and then. With DS the nausea and EXTREME hunger hit during week 5 and didn't let up until about week 18. Wow, that was fun: needing to eat a full meal every 2 hours while simultaneously wanting to vomit ALL DAY LONG. 

 

So I've been planning and cooking a lot and putting it all in the freezer. I'm kinda scared about how I'm going to manage DS all day if I feel like I have the flu for a couple of months. Last night I got up at midnight to pee and 2:00 to pee and eat a snack. Reminded me that when I was preggo with DS, there was this awesome documentary series on and if I was lucky, my pee/eat break would fall during that hour. So I'd flop on the couch, cram my granola bar and cheese stick down while ignoring my nausea and watching my show, then go back to bed. smile.gif Oh the memories!

 

Last pregnancy I had restless legs incredibly badly but I''ve been taking cal/mag/citrate and iron for that already so hopefully that won't be a problem!

 

How are YOU feeling?


Edited by sere234 - 3/4/12 at 8:27am
post #2 of 38

Sere234--Oh I remember nightly snacks as well! But mine were from hunger, not from nausea! I also had restless leg syndrome and LOTS of leg cramps in my other pregnancies, and am not looking forward to them again.

 

My breasts and nipples started getting a little tender last night and are moreso today. In the past my morning sickness didn't hit until about 6 weeks, and went away by the 2nd trimester. The nausea/vomiting was worse last time (with my son) than it was with my daughter, not sure if that means anything. I've also had some back soreness and round ligament pains ?? already, and man, once my uterus found out it was pregnant it decided to stick out! I feel like I'm showing already, though it's probably just me! I've felt bloated and gassy too, boy do I sound fun!! :)

post #3 of 38
I've been feeling crampy/round ligament pain on and off already too. I was not expecting it this early, but it seems to come and go--better in some days than others. I've also been having major intestinal/bloat related symptoms. I've got a bit of a bulge already and spend a lot of time with my pants unbuttoned...but it has nothing to do with baby yet.

I've also been worrying more than I should. I tend to get caught up in the what if __________ (fill in bad scenario here) mental loop. I'm doing better than with my first pregnancy since I dont't have as much time to focus on it. Still I'm having to force myself to relax, let my anxiety go, and be positive. I just hate the first trimester waiting to hear the heartbeat part. It's hard to believe I'm really pregnant sometimes!
post #4 of 38

So these are funny symptoms I've had starting exactly a week ago!  I tried to ignore all of them as to not get my hopes up!
 

1. INSANE dreams.  So crazy I don't even want to go to bed anymore because they're so nuts and seem to last forever!  With my first babe (Grey), I only remember having crazy dreams near the end of TRI2 cause we didn't find out his gender and all my dreams were about whether he was a boy or a girl!
2. I craved a can of frosting, gross right?  I could seriously eat a whole can of frosting.  I won't, but I wanted to and still kind of want to. Never had any cravings with Grey.

3. My hubs says I had "super senses" when I was preggers with Grey.  I could smell anything from anywhere.  I walked in from the garage the other day and said "pewww grey pooped!" to which DH replied "YOU'RE PREGNANT!"  :) He was right!  I just have always had a super sensitive nose!
4.  (this one made me take a test today).... bloating after every meal.  I NEVER get bloated nor did I before I had grey... when I was pg with him, I got bloated after every meal during the first & second trimester.  THIS KEY SYMPTOM made me test today and I got a BFP! :)

 

post #5 of 38

Other than feeling like I have PMS, I have been waking up with horrible night sweats. Like I will be freezing and wake up soaking wet in sweat and hot. That never happened with my 1st pregnancy. No sickness yet. I ate eggs this morning which the smell made me so sick with #1, so I am happy that it didn't bother me today. It could be to early for me yet to get sick, I hope I don't get the horrible headaches with this pregnancy. Every pregnancy is different, right?

 

MadTown16- I totally hear you with the anxiety. I feel like a hormonal stress ball lately.

 

Juliee- I also have been having crazy dreams. 

post #6 of 38

I've been feeling either hungry or nauseated pretty much all the time. I had hoped nausea would stay away but so far it hasn't. I had terrible migraines with my first pregnancy and am already afraid of what this one will be like. We may end up telling my family earlier than we had planned because I might need more help.

 

I KNEW I was pregnant a week ago but didn't want to get my hopes up. My symptoms were cramps, some nipple soreness when DD nursed, and, the kicker, I have a different smell... vaginally.... when I'm pregnant. I always have super nose even when I'm not pregnant and can smell myself whenever I sit down to pee. Last week I got two whiffs of "pregnant odor" and knew it. :)

 

I'm more nervous about miscarriage this time than I was the first time. I know SO many women who have miscarried that it's a more realistic fear for me. Hopefully we'll all have sticky babies!

post #7 of 38

 

I'm feeling all right! A little crampy. These cramps are different from menstrual cramps, though. I have terrible menstrual cramps that feel like my uterus is wringing itself out. Not missing those at all :) I read that pregnancy cramping comes from the uterus growing, so I guess it makes sense they feel different.

 

Really mild nausea. When my stepDD was little she used to say her throat felt "soggy" when she felt a little queasy. It's kind of on that level. And bloating! The other night after dinner I actually had to unbutton my pants. I'm going to try not to eat so much at meals and eat more in between. I have ADHD and I'm terrible at building in time for little things, so I hope I'll do okay with this.

 

My breasts are a little bigger. That was actually the first thing that made me suspect I was pregnant, but since we've been TTC for a few months and I've had some disappointments I didn't get my hopes up too much. They aren't really bigger in a way that's noticeable to anyone but me. I've always had small breasts (barely an A) but they're just a little...fuller. I dunno.

 

Right now I'm starting to read up on all the Stuff Pregnant People Shouldn't Eat or Do and it's kind of bumming me out. I never know when to take health precautions seriously. I've always tried to eat sustainably and healthfully, but I've never obsessed or felt guilty if I wasn't 100% on top of my game. Now that I'm pregnant it seems like the stakes are higher. I'm particularly annoyed about soft cheeses and cured meats! I love both of those things! Dammit! And I wonder, too--some French women must be eating soft/raw milk cheese during pregnancy. Same thing with Italian women and salami or prosciutto, or Scandinavian women and smoked fish, or Japanese women and raw fish, or Thai women and lemongrass. I could go on. What do you all think? I want to do what's best for the embryo but I also don't want to drive myself nuts obsessing over my food and my lifestyle. Can you tell I'm a n00b? ;)

post #8 of 38

CityMama, the first thing I noticed that made me wonder if I was pregnant was a different smell, too -- I wasn't sure if I was crazy! I'm glad I'm not the only one.

 

I've also had a little cramping, more sensitive sense of smell, a little round ligament pain, and my breasts are starting to feel sore, especially when I nurse my son, as well as a bit of queasiness. I've also been going to bed early and taking naps most days.

 

I'm sort of hoping for some strong symptoms soon, just so this all feels real to me. Remind me of this when I start complaining about nausea, heartburn and crazy gas wink1.gif

post #9 of 38


 

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Right now I'm starting to read up on all the Stuff Pregnant People Shouldn't Eat or Do and it's kind of bumming me out. I never know when to take health precautions seriously. I've always tried to eat sustainably and healthfully, but I've never obsessed or felt guilty if I wasn't 100% on top of my game. Now that I'm pregnant it seems like the stakes are higher. I'm particularly annoyed about soft cheeses and cured meats! I love both of those things! Dammit! And I wonder, too--some French women must be eating soft/raw milk cheese during pregnancy. Same thing with Italian women and salami or prosciutto, or Scandinavian women and smoked fish, or Japanese women and raw fish, or Thai women and lemongrass. I could go on. What do you all think? I want to do what's best for the embryo but I also don't want to drive myself nuts obsessing over my food and my lifestyle. Can you tell I'm a n00b? ;)



It is kind of a bummer that so many things are "off limits". During my first pregnancy, there were some things I decided I was more worried about than others, and thankfully, everything turned out well. I'm glad I was aware of all the "rules" and kept them in mind, but sometimes a pregnant woman wants what she wants! For example, I LOVE turkey sandwiches and craved them more than ever, so I ate one pretty regularly, but not every day, like I otherwise might have. I limited myself to a reasonably small cup of coffee when I felt I had to have it, had a small glass of wine to celebrate my best friend's wedding in my third trimester, etc. If you don't think you can live without soft cheeses, make sure it is pasteurized, which is easy to find if you live in the US and probably Canada. The main thing I worry about with cured or deli meats is whether there are added nitrates/nitrites. Also, I think sushi is pretty okay, as long as you aren't choosing a high-mercury fish.

 

These are all my personal convictions, though, and everybody has their own comfort level with these things! This post is really just to say that in my opinion, there is a little room for flexibility and the rules are only there to protect from the worst case, usually rare, scenario.

post #10 of 38

I am a little bit over 5 weeks, and the nausea has really hit me today.  Ugh. 

 

Pretty much ever since I found out, I have been really tired and just felt kind of out of it. 

post #11 of 38

I was thinking about the "no-no's" today too. Soft cheeses are fine as long as they are pasteurized and almost every cheese in the US is. I can't live without my goat cheese! I'm big on "everything in moderation" as a motto for pregnancy and life in general.

 

I just went out for ginger ale and lemon drops because I've been feeling so nauseated. I hope it's the sign of a strong baby!

post #12 of 38

Madtown and citymama- I'm doing a lot of what if's too. Silly me thought #2 would mean less anxiety. So far it has only meant less time to research everything I should and shouldn't do so #2 is getting much less attention - already! :p

 

I was tuned into pregnancy cuz when implantation occurred I felt crampy aches. Then 3 days later I got my first faint BFP line. These days I don't have full out nausea but I feel unsettled (best way I can think to describe it). And I'm tired but with dd I'm also tired. I'm on 100mg of prometrium 2x a day because my progesterone was borderline low. Anyone else on prometrium?

 

Im training for a half marathon at the end of march and read some online resources which say its fine so long as I don't exhaust myself so that may add to feeling tired but I think it may also energize me. I think the running will be good though to build some muscles which will hopefully support baby as he/she grows. 

 

post #13 of 38
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I was thinking about the "no-no's" today too. Soft cheeses are fine as long as they are pasteurized and almost every cheese in the US is. I can't live without my goat cheese! I'm big on "everything in moderation" as a motto for pregnancy and life in general.

 

I just went out for ginger ale and lemon drops because I've been feeling so nauseated. I hope it's the sign of a strong baby!



I just bought some ginger ale today, too! I don't need it just yet but I wanted to be ready for when the nausea hits.

 

I had some light brown spotting when I wiped for 5 days, pretty much from the moment I tested positive. Thankfully that has stopped. I know brown spotting is normal and common in early pregnancy but I would just rather not have it at all. I've had some light cramping on and off. I already have the bloated stomach by the end of the day and the tender breast. My face is also starting to break out a little bit which I did not have with dd. I've also been craving salty stuff so I've been eating a ton of chips.

post #14 of 38

For me the cheese thing is not a huge deal because most of the cheeses we eat are hard. Fetta is a bit of a staple though. I still eat it but I buy it pre-packaged. I wouldn't buy it cut from a block at the deli. One of the main issues with things like that is the potential for contamination through handling so doing it this way makes it an acceptable risk for me.

 

I'm feeling fine at the moment. Occasional twinges like things are growing or shifting around and sore nipples when LO first attaches but other than that, pretty good. Last time the nausea started at 5+1/40 though so still 3 days to go whistling.gif I think I've been a bit hungrier than usual too and I've noticed LO wants to change sides more often when she's feeding so I did wonder if my supply has dropped a little bit.

post #15 of 38
It seems like there's always something that's off limits during pregnancy that I had no idea about... Lemongrass! I never knew that (or don't remember). Guess I'll stop cooking with it and take a few of my teas out of rotation for the next nine months.

I never completely gave up soft cheese, lunch meat, or caffeine during my first pregnancy. I just kept it in moderation and got them from stores or restaurants that I trust.
post #16 of 38

I'm five weeks, two days.  Crazy dreams, sore breasts, more tired than usual and insomnia are my biggest symptoms.  Also, I have been a vegetarian for twelve years and have been craving beef jerky so bad I had a dream that I had four different kinds!  No food aversions or sickness yet, but I did start spotting yesterday morning and haven't stopped yet.  Red with little clots but not much blood at all.  This is my second pregnancy, I have a son who will be five soon, and he was born via C-section after our homebirth took a turn for the worse.  I've read that bleeding is common in up to 40% of pregnancies in the first trimester and even more common if you've had previous pelvic surgery.  Haven't been checked out yet by a doc but my midwife said to just watch the amount and see if volume increases.  Kind of a wait and see thing, which sucks!  Really hoping it stops soon as I've put myself on bedrest and am just chilling out, eating healthy, taking extra vitamin c and raspberry leaf tea.  As crazy as it sounds I would be so relieved to have some nausea or vomiting like I did with my son, I hear the sicker you feel the better your hormones are working and that would be such a good sign at this point.  Hope all you mamas are feeling great and getting plenty of rest.  My little Scorpio soul is testing me already :)  Just hoping she/he sticks!

post #17 of 38

I'm 5w1d -  have had very slight on and off nausea the last few days, which is unusually early for me since I don't get that until 6w+...

Nipples are very sensitive and sore, and have been since O.  Some burning/pinching/twingey feelings in the uterus.

a little more tired at night than usual.  I've been trying to get to bed earlier since I have to up at the crack of dawn with the kiddo's...

 

 

 

post #18 of 38

Mildy nauseated and tired earlier than usual, although I am having rather shallow sleep, interesting dreams, and waking up earlier. I do not enjoy anything sweet right now.  I am gluten sensitive, so I have invested in a large bag of gluten free little pretzels and am eating at least 4 when I wake up.  Also drinking chamomile and ginger tea.  I also have mild cramping and am taking a 2:1 ratio of crampbark and wild yam. It has helped.  Planning to make a calming and nutritive tea blend of nettles, lemon balm and hawthorne for the day time beverage.

post #19 of 38

Nausea.  Nausea.  Nausea.  :(  I had it extreme with both my previous pregnancies (I had hyperemesis).  I had to go on diclectin (we live in Canada) with my second as with my first it was 4 months straight and I couldn't get out of bed...ended up in the hospital on an IV for 4 days so I didn't want that again with #2.  Now with #3, I've had a prescription written up in case I need it.  I don't like medication at all - I never take it!  I'm a chiropractor and I believe so firmly in trusting the body to do what it needs to do, when it needs to do it.  But without being able to even lift my head off the pillow, I cave....

 

Other than that, feeling good.  A little tired but that's expected.  I'm more mentally nervous.  We're good with 2 and now that I know we'll be OUTNUMBERED I am freaking out a bit.  :) 

 

Plus, nervous to tell people that we're pregnant.  I'm sure it will go well, I just know no one is expecting this announcement so....I'm nervous.  Anyone else?

post #20 of 38

I think I have more anxiety this time around because I know what I have to lose. I also know SO many women who have miscarried on their 2nd/3rd/4th pregnancies so that freaks me out a little bit.

 

That being said. I'm trying to be as gung ho as I was the first time around. I did not have a shred of doubt that my first pregnancy would go perfectly, and it did. I'm trying to keep that same attitude for this one!

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