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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Here we go again!


Hello everyone! I'm 33 years old and 7 weeks pregnant, very happily but nervous.

I have a 4-1/2 year old son who was born 6 weeks premature (I had a placental abruption), and he developed a life threatening intestinal infection at one week old. He spent the next 11 weeks at a state children's hospital 3 hours from our home recovering from the infection & undergoing multiple surgeries to repair his damaged intestines. He came home on a feeding tube (I should have been given an “honorary” nursing degree with all I had to learn to care for him at home), then he had reflux until he turned a year old. Everything seemed fine after that and we thought we were finally out of the woods. He didn't even have any lasting effects from the intestinal problems. Little did we know that he also had a profound hearing impairment all that time (caused by the antibiotic he needed for the infection), which didn’t get diagnosed until he was 17 months old. My husband & I had always planned on having two children, but our son’s newly diagnosed hearing impairment put the brakes on trying for another baby for quite awhile.

Fast forward three years, and now our son is doing fantastic. He received a cochlear implant at the age of 2-1/2 and with lots of speech & listening therapy, he can now hear at near normal levels, and he talks just like any other kid. We did all of this without the use of any sign language, so he could learn to hear without any visual aids. He was doing so well that about nine months ago, we started trying for baby #2.

Well, you never know when infertility might creep up on you, and it did for us. We struggled for so long just trying to decide if it was a good idea to have another baby, with my history of pre-term birth and the problems we had with our son. Then the infertility made us wonder if that was a sign that we shouldn’t try for another one, and to just be content with the one we have. No offense to anyone who has just one baby, or if you’re an only child yourself, but my husband & I both have siblings that we adore and we wanted so badly to have a second child. We compromised on the issue by agreeing not to undergo any major fertility treatments like IUI or IVF. If it came to that, we would just be happy with the one we have. We were even trying very hard to avoid Clomid, fearing multiples. I figured if I couldn’t carry one to full term, how could I handle a multiple pregnancy? So, about three months before we were going to start Clomid if nothing else happened, it finally happened!!! I had been diagnosed with PCOS and my doctor put me on Metformin to help regulate my periods, and within three weeks, I was pregnant! Now we know our second child was meant to be and we couldn’t be happier.

I’ve already had one ultrasound, and everything looks good. I’m only pregnant with one, which is what we hoped for, and it’s developing very well. We’re telling our family members the good news this weekend for a Mother’s Day surprise, and our son is going to announce it for us that he’s going to be a big brother. I’m due on December 26, so unless this one comes earlier than planned too, we’ll have a very nice Christmas gift this year. :-)

Good luck to everyone out there!

Buffi R.






6th time around

A week ago my husband and I found out that we were pregnant again. We have a lovely 3 yr old daughter and after her we've lost our last four children to miscarriage. I am so excited, but very nervous!!

The doctor has me on some Progesterone treatments to help me carry the baby for the first trimester, but I'm only 5 weeks pregnant now so I have a ways to go yet.

I'm not sure if it's the hormones or not, but I'm only 5 weeks and look like I'm five months, which is very embarrassing.

Congrats to all of you and good luck!


Amanda Kay






So sick...

I've been desperately searching the web for any alternative or new advice on morning sickness. I'm now about 8 and 1/2 weeks along. I've been incredibly sick since I was probably 2 weeks. My boobs got tender immediately and I began throwing up everyday.

After about 2 more weeks or so my husband and I got into an argument because he thought I was just being a hypochondriac. I told him, "I'm sick. I must have a virus or something because I am not faking this." He came home with a pregnancy test and I just knew I wasn't pregnant. I took the first one. Positive within seconds. So was the second, then the third and fourth that I demanded he go back to the store and get as I sat in the bathtub sobbing like a child.

I've never been so sick in my life. It's hard to keep anything down, it's hard to stand longer than 15 minutes. I feel awful all night long. I've been throwing up twice a day and have now lost 10 pounds. My dr. is concerned. He told me if I can't keep anything down for more than 24 hours at a time he's going to admit me to the hospital. He also told me he wants to send a nurse to my house to set up a Zofran-pump.

So I've missed tons of work and used up some my FMLA time already. I guess I'm just surprised at how sick I've been. I also feel like women who have already have babies can tend to be less understanding than people who haven't. I seem to be getting a lot of moms who think it's funny that I'm sick. Like it's a rite of passage and that if they can't laugh at me I won't be a good mom. That's just me being sensitive.

But the only people who seem to believe that I'm incapacitated due to illness are my doctor and nurse, and my boss thank God. I just wanted to share my story. I know there are more women dealing with this and I hope you all feel better.


Whit






Military baby

May 03 2007 - So I just found out I was Pregnant two days ago. I am currently in the United States Marine Corp and so is my fiancé. My fiancé was set to leave for California yesterday for 5 months of training so he wanted me to take a pregnancy test before he left. I didn't think I was pregnant, but I have been complaining of breast tenderness and my appetite has increased. I feel some dizziness sometimes and I've missed my period by about 3 weeks. I had good reason to think that I wasn't pregnant because I had gotten the birth control shot and the symptoms that I'm having are the same symptoms that are listed as side effects of the shot so I wasn't pregnant! Was I?

So it was my fiancé's idea to do the test. I only did it to shut him up because "I wasn't pregnant". To my dismay the first test came up positive and then the second, as well as the third. So I freaked out for a couple hours and then I let it settle in....I'm having a baby.

My Fiancé is very supportive and is ready to start a family with me. My only major concern is our careers. I'm worried that we may get split up or stationed too far away. And when he get's deployed to Iraq sometime next year, I'm going to be alone with the baby.

My Main job in the marine Corp is going to change while I'm pregnant because it's currently a mechanics job (GREAT! I'll probably be a "paper pusher" for 9 months). And I just can't wait until he comes back to me so we can get married and start this family that we were blessed with.

My theory on life is that GOD never throws you anything that you can't handle, so I know we can get through this. I might be a little hard to be married and have a child in the military but we HAVE to handle it like adults and make it work. I'm 21 and my fiancé's 19, were both very young but abortion or adoption are just not an option for us no matter how hard it'll be. So I'm currently reading up on "all things pregnancy" and am actually starting to getting excited about the future.

I am a very optimistic person naturally and think that any situation is what you make of it so I'm gonna stay positive and make the best out of this one.

Good Luck Ladies!


Anna USMC






This is all so surreal

Well I found out last week that I was pregnant. And I think I took three tests that night cried after each one. Then took another in the morning so that I could get that fresh urine. And they were all positive. Shocker? Hell yes.

I'm 23yrs old and my parents have been deceased since I was 12. My grandmother raised me on her own but we never saw eye to eye on things. I went away to college when I was 18, got to complete my degree. I moved in with a roommate after graduation. And I now work entry level for a reputable company related to my degree.

My next dream was grad school, and still is.

I have a great boyfriend who has yet to disappoint me. He arranged for us to stay with his parents while we save to actually put something down and purchase a place of our own.

Am I ready? Maybe, Maybe not

But will I be fine? Of course, this is something to enforce and push myself further not just for me but my baby and soon to be husband.


jen







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