Ultrasound Update

*Pregnancy update

First of all, I want to start with an apology and a thank you. I’m almost a day late with this update and it’s very shitty of me. I also want to thank the amazing fellow blogger who checked in on me. Do you realize you are even more thoughtful then some of my real life friends? I’ll never take for granted the support I’ve gotten from this community.

Those of you who read often know I had an appointment yesterday and I should’ve updated as soon as I came home, but I just couldn’t (even though I got great news!). I ate a bag of cheesits and drank a Gatorade then went to bed.

So here’s how it all went down.

As soon as the wand was inside me the tech exclaimed, “I see a heartbeat!.” This sparred me the usual anxiety as they shift the thing around to get a better look and to do measurements. Baby measures 6 weeks 3 days (2 days behind if my calculations are accurate, but I’ll take it!). Heart rate according to the tech was 144 bpm, but according to my doctor who called after we left, 120 bpm. I’ll take those too. Whichever one it is.

In talking to the doc, we both compared and contrasted this pregnancy to my last. This was when things stopped progressing last time. When I saw a heartbeat of around 90 bpm. At this point last time, I still had absolutely no pregnancy symptoms. Now, I feel very much pregnant and am treasuring each craving, each woozy feeling, and all the exhaustion (as best I can). I know I’m far from out of the woods yet, but yesterday was an important milestone for us.

Now let’s talk about food. I’ve been having serious problems with it. Yesterday was my healthiest day all week because I actually managed a giant spinach salad with mushrooms, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds, hard boiled egg and feta cheese (how I usually eat). I was pleased it didn’t leave behind the horrific metallic taste I get when I eat almost anything else.

Here are some of the strange “anything else’s” I’ve eaten in the last few days:

-dark chocolate squares for breakfast several times

-Egg rolls & half an ice cream sandwhich for lunch

-An entire box of 100% fruit Popsicles throughout the last week. 

-Two cans, yes two, of the ever revolting Chef Boyardee Ravioli (I haven’t eaten canned food in probably 10-years, let alone the Chef).

-Taco Bell

The chocolate squares aside, I eat none of the foods listed there regularly, if at all. And now the thought of them repulses me. I bought a bag of bagels, had one, now can’t even look at them.

Today I resolve to pull it together. Cheesits and gatorade for dinner are no way to treat a developing fetus. I’m headed to the farmer’s market to buy as much fresh fruit as I can carry (I’ve noticed a connection to metallic taste and processed food so I’m going to try to stick with fresh stuff where I can).

Guys, it feels so much more real when you see the beating heart. It’s so hard not to get lost in fantasies of names and baby faces, of how this thing will be half me/half him. But I’m going to allow it for a second. I’m going to ride this wave of happiness through the weekend and put off my worrying until Monday.

 

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  1. Josie

    This is so exciting, I know exactly how you feel… We got to see our bean’s hb on Wednesday, I totally ugly cried in front of the doctor! Was really glad to see this update, thinking about you!

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  2. bloggerkuwait

    Omg honey! That’s such uhhhmmaaaaazing news I can’t even tell you how excited I am for you!! Truly truly, this pregnancy is amazing and may it bring you so much more happiness down your way. Looking forward to happier news each time you have an appointment! Keep us updated…and those pregnancy cravings? They make no sense, but you can’t fight it! I sure havnt been able to ☺

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  3. JustMe

    So happy about your ultrasound!! Congrats on a wonderful heartbeat 🙂

    And about the food…my midwives I see are all very strict about diet. But even they said, just eat what you can to get through the first tri. Also, it’s really your own health you’re worrying about…the baby does a good job of getting the nutrients he needs.

    I ate a lot of those Pasta-a-Roni boxed pastas. So terrible, right? Also, fruit made me so sick and I couldn’t handle it. I remember it was so nice to get back to normal.

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  4. Lindsay

    Steph! This post makes my heart melt. I felt the same way with food aversions starting at week 6 and it got so bad I couldn’t stomach the grocery store for weeks and weeks. All totally worth it, hang in there and I’m gonna keep checking in. Let me know if you need anything

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  5. gradualchanges

    Congratulations! I’m so happy you have good news. I know that for those of us who have lost a pregnancy that worry will never completely go away but try to let it fade and enjoy every minute of this one. As for food just try to eat as best as you can and be sure to keep yourself well hydrated.

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  6. lamentingthelentil

    Yessss!! I’m back to civilization and so so thrilled to return to this update. And, truly, eat whatever you need to right now. That baby is an A+ parasite. It’s getting what it needs. I’ve been daydreaming of baby names and faces, too. I feel like it’s wrong. Like I’m doing something I would get in trouble for if I got caught by the infertility police. But when you see that heartbeat, it’s unavoidable.

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