Saturday, July 7, 2012

*Navalgazing* Reflections at Seventeen Weeks Pregnant

This week was fairly uneventful as far as the pregnancy goes.
We're in PA so it's been a busy time visiting with family, but we've also had a lot of help watching The Bean from Jen's parents.

I guess the biggest (potentially) pregnancy-related update is that I've been getting some pretty wicked headaches.  It's also been 100+ degrees here, so the heat could definitely be playing a contributing role.  I've had to take Tylenol a few times and even napped a couple of afternoons to try to keep the headache at bay (which worked while lying down, but not so much once I got up).  The weather is supposed to break soon, so hopefully I get some relief. 

Of course, I looked up "headaches in pregnancy" on Google and then proceeded to panic about high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes and the like.  Rational-me has tried to calm panicy-me and seems to be doing a doing a pretty good job for the time being.  Hopefully I get some more reassurance after the next midwife appointment (a week Monday) and ultrasound (the following Monday).

I've been thinking about the ultrasound quite a bit.  I'm excited to find out if the baby is a boy or a girl.  There are positives to both situations, so I will be happy either way.  I'm also a little bit anxious.  It was at this ultrasound that we got our first concerning news (the spina bifida scare) when Jen was pregnant.  Fortunately that turned out not to be an issue, but it still caused a lot of stress at the time.   And then there were the concerns about The Bean's growth and the subsequent ultrasounds and early induction.  Anyway, even though everything turned out just fine, I'm finding myself worrying that something will be wrong and we will have to go through a similar situation with this pregnancy.  I don't want that.  At the same time, it is weird to think that this may be our last ultrasound if everything is okay and proceeds as hoped for. 

I know that probably sounds crazy.  I blame the hormones. 

Now for this week's belly shot, which was actually taken at exactly seventeen weeks!

10 comments:

  1. What a cute baby belly!!!! The heat around the area is horrible and the headaches probably do have something to do with that, but Kris got headaches a lot too when pregnant with LM. Try a bit of peppermint oil on your temples, it is natural and helps a lot. Good luck with the scan!

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I believe we have some peppermint oil at home, so I'll have to get that a try if things don't clear up by then.

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  2. Hopefully the midwives will reassure you your headaches are from something fixable (like dehydration or just heat or tiredness)!

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  3. I also went through a period of bad headaches. Drink tons of water and get some rest :) Keep your blood sugar stable by eating every 2-3 hours as well. Blood sugar fluctuations can cause headaches (they do in me!).

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    1. I've been trying to increase my water and eat a better the past few days. Our first little bit here I was eating kinda' junky and wouldn't be surprised if that was contributing to the headaches.

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  4. i've been getting bad headaches too...and now you've got me worried!

    i hope your ultrasound is stress-free and completely reassuring.

    love the belly shot!!! :)

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    1. Oh no! I didn't mean to do that!!

      I hope you post your ultrasound results too!

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  5. love reading your blog :)

    You've been tagged in my latest blog post!

    http://2aussiemammas.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/being-pregnant-meme.html

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    1. Thanks. I'll have to go check that out!

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