Name (screen name or real): Karen
Number of kids/partner: No kids/not married. I've been with my partner for 2 1/2 years.
General location, if you want to share: Columbus, OH. I'm working as an LPN for a women's healthcare provider, and attending school part-time for my RN. My goal is to become a CNM!!
Other things you could include, depending on how much you want to share...
Hospital or home? I made an appointment with a CNM practice. They don't do home births, but they work with the only hospital in the area to offer waterbirths. I may see them for more "traditional" prenatal care, and move to the local CPM/home birth group, depending on my risk factors and living situation. Right now, I'm living alone in a 1-bedroom apartment with a lease that ends 2/1!
Team blue or pink? I had a dream a few years ago that made me think I'm going to have 2 girls...so I'm thinking it's a girl! But I'll be happy either way!
Earliest symptoms? I've been working hard at losing weight over the last few months...mostly cutting calories and exercising HARD. Before I took the test, I noticed that my appetite was increased, so sticking to the calorie plan became almost impossible. Also, I would feel completely winded and need to pause during workouts, even though my endurance has been pretty high for strength and cardio. Last week, I started feeling extremely tired, especially around 8pm every day, and started noticing breast tenderness.
Surprise or TTC? Surprise!! Everyone I know is pregnant or TTC right now, so I kind of feel like maybe all the baby-energy rubbed off on me!
Tell us what matters to YOU. I'm in pretty good shape, and am pretty muscular, but I'm still overweight. My goal in this pregnancy is to stay healthy, keep exercising, and stay on top of my weight gain in a healthy way. I'm not trying to be on a diet or cut calories while pregnant, but I'd like to sit down with the CNM in a few weeks and make a sensible nutrition-management plan.
I still haven't told him yet! (Or anyone else) My fear is that he will be upset and freaked out...I'm sort of freaking out too, but I feel ready and excited! Last week, I took the test on Tuesday, and my period wasn't even supposed to come until Thursday. Finding out I was pregnant coincided with finals week for 2 really hard classes, and I kind of needed to focus on those exams before I had to worry about his reaction. Another stressor in my life lately has been planning a baby shower for my best friend. I'm actually headed over to set up her house in about an hour, and some out of town friends are staying with me. I'm NOT ready to tell anyone yet, so I'm hiding the pregnancy clues around the house (books, vitamins), and I'm going to have to come up with an excuse for not having champagne at this thing. :D