Week 9: My Pregnancy Journey.

Now that my exciting news is finally out, I’m planning on writing about lots of different pregnancy topics.  In addition to that, I thought it would be fun to do a weekly update with current likes, dislikes, cravings, pictures, etc.  I know it will be fun for me to look back on down the road, and hopefully you guys will find it interesting as well.  So much of what I find online is the same generic info, and I thought I could try to provide something a little different – a “real” look at pregnancy week by week.  Here we go!

How Big is the Baby?

I am a total sucker for the “your baby is as big as a ____” emails that I get every week.  What can I say?  I like progress, and I love food analogies.  I am very proud to report that last week’s raspberry has now graduated to be the size of a GRAPE!  I am so proud.

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How I’m Changing

As you can see, there is no baby bump at all yet, and I don’t imagine there will be one for a long time.  But it’s still fun to take progress pictures, right?  The most noticeable change so far is in my BOOBS!  I have never had big boobs in my life, so the promise of potentially going up two cup sizes is pretty exciting to me.  As this point I’ve probably gone from an A to a B – nothing crazy dramatic, but still noticeable and strange.  Oh, and they hurt.  A lot.

As for my weight, I’ve actually lost weight since becoming pregnant – probably about 3 to 4 pounds total.  I think this is a result of not eating nearly as many calories due to massive all-day nausea.  From what I have read though, this is normal and not something to be concerned about this early on in pregnancy.  I have no doubt I will gain it all back!

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What I’m Eating

Sadly, this list is short.  Right now my favorites are bagels and cream cheese.  If I felt it was healthy to eat a bagel for every meal, I would.  I try very hard to mix in other foods though.  A few other tolerable things are bread, cheese, tomato soup, pizza, frozen peas, ice cold oranges, and grapes.  Preferred drink is lemonade, or anything fizzy with citrus.

What I’m NOT Eating

Everything else!  Literally looking at raw vegetables (like salads!) makes me gag.  Hummus is another stomach turner.  Other former favorites – like olives, avocado, peanut butter, beans – are all way off the list.  I am hopeful that my love for these foods will return, but for now that have all been banished to the back of the pantry.  Even coffee (decaf of course) doesn’t sound good anymore.

How I’m Feeling

Excited and a lot less anxious, now that we’ve heard the heartbeat.  I am feeling so much more relaxed!  Every week I have read that I am supposed to be simply dying of fatigue, and I kept thinking “Not me – I feel great!”  Until this week.  Now I feel like I could nap all day long – although I haven’t been letting myself give in to that very often.  But I can generally tell that my energy levels are lower this week.

Other than feeling tired, the all-day waves of nausea are starting to wear on me.  It’s hard to dislike eating, especially when I know it’s important for TWO of us now!  Each day is different though, and I know it’s all for a good reason.  Ginger chews are definitely helping.

I think that’s it for week nine!  I’m actually sort of late on this one since I’m half-way through week nine, so week ten should be here before we know it!  I wonder what the grape will be next week…

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