First Trimester

Trying to get pregnant is an exciting time in a woman's life, but it isn't always easy. From counting menstrual cycles to buying countless pregnancy tests, getting pregnant is often an experience in and of itself. We want to hear about all of your experiences, from your first pregnancy test right up to your first pregnancy symptoms. And feel free to share your conception secrets with other hopeful couples!


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First timer


My husband and I have been married for about a year and a half. I'm an attorney and had just started a new job a year ago. We moved into our very own house a month ago. We figured we would stop actively trying to prevent pregnancy and see what would happen. So, I peeled off my patch for the last time. We weren't really trying, it was more like, well we'll see if anything sticks (so to speak).

I think there was a part of me that figured it was going to take a few months and that it certainly wasn't going to happen right away. I mean I had been on some form of birth control for the better part of the last 4 years. Surely, it takes a while to start ovulating again after you go off the pill. And everyone always says that there really are only 2 days out of the month that you can actually get pregnant anyway.

So, the day when I think I should get my period comes and goes. Then a week comes and goes. Then ten days come and go. Again, I figure, it's going to take a little while for everything to fall back into place without the help of chemical interference. Twelve days comes and goes and no sign of any period.

So, one Sunday afternoon, my husband is working on the house and I decided to trek to the drugstore where I stare down a shelf full of pregnancy tests. I select one and take it home. The little window read "pregnant" so fast I didn't have time to brace myself. I called my husband into the bathroom and we looked at each other and looked at the stick and then looked at each other some more.

Quite frankly, I'm conflicted about how I feel. I am excited about this and this is something that we have both wanted. I just thought I would have more time to enjoy married life and the freedom to do as we pleased. I am a little sad to say good-bye to the childless years but am embracing the fact that there will be someone new in our life.

I've never liked change. But, this is a big change. And I think this is a change that I am going to love very much.

Lisa






2nd child

This will be my second child. I am 32 and my little one is 14 month. I am due Nov. 30, 2006. This one is totally differnet. I have had morning sickness and major constipation. ugh My first one I didn't having any symptoms except gaining 70 pound. Best of luck to all of you.

lisa Kane






I Just Found Out I'm Pregnant

Hello to all - I just found out yesterday that I'm pregnant. Doctor says I'm 4 weeks and 6 days. My husband and I are SO excited. We have been married for five months (12/10/05) so it was a total suprise!!!

I'm so happy but scared at the same time. I already love my baby so much that I just can not explain. Every time I feel a cramp, etc. I get really nervous. I am so bloated that I feel fat already. I"m glad to hear that this is normal.

Don't want to complain because it is definately worth it all. I'm so thankful that God has granted us to be able to get pregnant. I think it's a common fear for women to think that they'll never be able to get pregnant. I'm looking so forward to the days ahead.

Congrats to all of you and May God Bless

Kristie

Kristie






Any happy stories for spotting women?

Hi, I am pregnant for the second time - the first time I miscarried at 5 weeks, and I am now at 7 weeks on my 2nd pregnancy. I have had some light spotting for the last couple of days - mostly pink, though the other morning it was a little red - and not really enough to even use a panty liner. No cramping. I went to the midwife today and am going to get an ultrasound on Monday - but that is 4 days away. I know it is possible that a miscariage is in the works, but I also hear that half of women who have spotting don't miscarry. I guess I am just wanting to keep a positive outlook and hearing from anyone who has had spotting and a successful pregnancy would help.
Thanks!

E






First Pregnancy

My name is Angela and my husband, Andy, and I have been married for 7 years. We waited a long time to start having children because I wanted to make sure my teaching career was underway and we could buy a house. We bought our house 2 years ago and so at Christmas time we decided to start trying.

Just before Easter I started to have my suspisions that I was pregnant. A good friend of ours was turning 30 the next day so I thought I should find out for sure before I went out to "celebrate" with him. That Wednesday night I bought a "two" pack pregnacy test. I took the first test as soon as I got home and it was positive. I was in shock! Just as I got the results, my husband called and needed me to pick him up at work. It was so hard for me to not blurt it out as soon as he got into the car. We got home and I told him. He immediately made me go to the bathroom and take the second test so he could see it for himself.

At that point in time I realised I had been spotting for the last couple of weeks. The next day I took myself to a clinic and after a 3 and 1/2 hour waiting period they told me that I would have to go back the next day for an ultrasound. We had to go out and celebrate my friend's birthday all night without saying a word (and my husband ordering me non-alcoholic drinks on the sly!). I had always told my mom she would be the third person to know (behind myself and my husband)

We went to the ultrasound the next day and they told me everything was looking great and that I was 6 weeks and 3 days along. I was shocked that they could narrow it down to the day!

One week later I was playing volleyball (something my doctor told me was fine to do in the first trimester). During warm up I jumped to hit the ball and came down off balance. I twisted my ankle. This meant a second trip to the clinic in 1 week! The doctors chose to not do an x-ray to see if it was broken. They told me they could but why take the risk. They had me in a cast for two weeks, then in a removable splint. I am going through physio to get the strength and balance back but things seem to be going well.

We have since told the family and all of our friends. I go to my first gyn. appointment tommorrow.

Things in my life are finally coming together!

Angela







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