Pregnancy

We had a baby….it’s a boy!

WE HAD THE BABY!!

Jamison DeCrise was born August 25th at 10:32 pm. Funny story is that his older sisters birthday is August 24th. So my children’s birthdays are back to back. Clearly my husband and I need hobbies in December.

So here is how it started:

I went into an appointment at my OB\GYN office for a routine NST (non stress test). At this point I have been 4cm dilated for a week and was over it. I was 37 weeks pregnant and MISERABLE. My OB offered to strip my membranes to help speed up the process. Now I know that sounds intense and trust me it was. Typical when you get your membranes stripped it can jump start labor within 24-48 hours. Not with my kids. My kids like to run out of me. The minute I left my appointment the contractions started happening. I went home and surprise there goes my mucus plug. Now when I have previously googled images of mucus plug it looked like a chunk of mucus. Nothing special. Not the case. (Insert really graphic imagery) Your mucus plug is like the blood clot you get at the end of your period mixed with mucus and way bigger. I felt so dirty as it was coming out. Like I felt like I was on my period. GROSS ūüė£ūüė£. Now also leading up to this point I was having “contractions”. I use quotes cause what I thought were contractions were nothing compared to my actual contractions. Best way to describe it is pain in your lower back and uterus. It takes your breathe away and that’s how I knew it was the real deal. Decided to go to the hospital at 1pm ish and they monitored my contractions and checked my cervix for dilation. When I got to the hospital I was at 5cm. Over 2 hours I had progressed to 6cm and that is when they decided to admit me!! ūüôā

The delivery

Once admitted they took me back to my delivery room which is HUGE!!!! My husband is on his phone (like always) and the nurses go ahead and call anesthesiology to give me that liquid goodness called an epidural. Boy once that epidural kicked in I felt AMAZING!!! I was able to snap chat and update my Facebook followers. They then went to break my water. It took some time to break my water, it took some time cause my cervix was so high still. But they got it done. Once my water broke it sped up the process. Then it was time to push. I pushed 9 times before my prince was here and perfect!!! And I didn’t feel a thing which at the time was the best part.

After delivery

A lot of people want to know, what happens after delivery. You have this gorgeous baby and no idea what to do next. I’m here to give you the honest truth.

  • Your boobs get HUGE: once that breast milk comes in your boobs are hard as rocks. Even the slightest tough hurts. They say to pump or self express a little to help baby latch on. At first when you pump you’ll only get like 1-2 oz out. But after a while you’ll be able to get more and that engorgement will go down.
  • HOLY HEMORRHOIDS: yes. They hurt. A LOT. like I was scared to poop the first week after delivering my son and they offered stool softeners but I can’t swallow pills so I had to tough it out. They offered tucks pads for the hemorrhoids and they are amazing. Use them.
  • Contracting while breastfeeding: Every time you feed, your uterus will contract back to its original size. The more kids you have the more it hurts. Like mine hurt so bad I vomited. But it only lasted a few days. All is good now.
  • Sleep. What is sleep: I highly recommend utilizing the nursery at the hospital cause once baby comes home with you, you’re never sleeping again. The first few nights at home I didn’t sleep. Baby wanted to feed every hour on the hour and since we’re breastfeeding I was the one who had to get up with him. Thankfully I can now get 3 hours straight at a time.
  • Your period is back: so clearly you’re going to bleed for a few “days” after delivery. I quote days cause that’s what they say but it’s a lie. I’ve learned that the more I do, the more I bleed. When I’m lazy, the bleeding stops. When I walk around the house or do a little activity the flood gates open. Literally. Take it from me. If you can rest in bed, do it. You just popped out a baby, rest up.
  • Back pain and other pain: when I pushed out my son I used muscles that I didn’t even know I had cause I couldn’t feel a thing. Days after I delivered I realized my back muscles were so sore from pushing and using those muscles. The amount of back pain and groin pain from pushing is CRAZY. It’s ridiculous what your body goes through to deliver a baby and the pain you have to deal with afterwards. All I can do is take pain medicine and hope it goes away. (I’ll keep you guys posted on that)
  • Visitors: you had a baby and everyone wants to visit him or her. Don’t feel obligated to have them in your house at once. It can be overwhelming. You’re finally home with a new member of your family and your house is PACKED. Insert minor panic attack. Lay some ground rules. One set of visitors at a time, set visiting hours at your home, kick people out when you’re tired. You come first and if you’re not up for visitors, it’s ok. When you’re up for them let them know.
  • Postpartum depression: this is a real thing and it happens and no one likes to talk about it. If you feel extra sad or down, tell your doctor. Women go through this every day and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. I suffer from anxiety prior to becoming pregnant and I’m just waiting for my hormones to drop to see if I’ll be affected by PPD or not. I know if it happens I’ll let my husband know and my doctor.

So that’s what I got so far!! I should have more time to update this blog so stay tuned and follow my journey into motherhood of 2 kids!! XoxoJen

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Pregnancy · pregnancy loss

Going from “if” to “when”

If you read one my previous blogs you would know that I went through a still birth. It is something I would never wish on my worst enemy. I'm not here to talk about that experience again. I'm here to talk about the "after" pregnancy experiences.


I've been pregnant 3 times since my still birth. I always hate going to the doctors office and talking to a new nurse about my pregnancy history. They're always like "so this is what number pregnancy for you?" Then I have to describe my still birth in detail and my miscarriage. They automatically look at you like you're going to burst into tears and at that moment they decide to monitor you extra closely.

The entire pregnancy you're paranoid that you're not going to make it past the 1st trimester or deliver a crying baby in the 3rd trimester . "What if there is no heartbeat again", "what if there is no fetal movement". These are the daily questions that have gone through my head with my daughter and now my son.



IF.

That is the question I asked my self during my first trimesters for both pregnancy. "I wonder IF I'm going to make it past the 1st trimester" or " I wonder IF I'll hear a heartbeat." I remember with my daughters first ultrasound when we heard the heartbeat I started crying. I couldn't help it, I was so cautiously optimistic that I didn't want to believe it. My husband and I were cautiously optimistic the entire first trimester with my daughter. Trying not to get too excited, not let too many people know so I don't have to tell them if it doesn't work out. Once I hit 14 weeks a big sigh of relief happens and I started to enjoy the journey and tell people about our big announcement. Now when I say "enjoy" I mean like not expect a miscarriage but remember I don't do well being pregnant.


When.

Now is the fun part. I passed the scary 1st trimester and have enjoyed the fabulous 2nd trimester. Now it's the 3rd trimester and you can't believe you made it this far. For me with my daughter it was the longest 10 weeks of my life. The 3rd trimester starts at week 28 and I delivered my daughter at 38 weeks. During the whole last trimester I asked "When". Now that I know I can carry this baby past the first trimester, when will she come. Will she be ok when she gets here, will she be born alive. When will it happen and how do I know I'll be good at this parenting thing.

It's scary. Pregnancy is one scary thing that is not easy. Not everyone can carry a child and after loosing one, it makes it that much worst the next time around. Being 34 weeks pregnant now with my son, whenever he doesn't move I find myself shaking my belly to make sure he's still alive and moving. I'm paranoid that I'm going to loose my son. Everyone says "he's so much safer in you than out in the world" [insert eye roll emoji] that doesn't bring me comfort especially if I lost a child who passed away in me and I had to deliver him knowing he'll never cry.

How does one get past that? How does one get over the "If" and "when" questions. These are questions I find myself asking as the days to my second child being born draws nearer. Every kick brings comfort but every lack of movement brings me anxiety. Still dealing with it, and it's ok. It doesn't make me crazy. It makes me human, and a mother.

Fashion · Pregnancy

Fashionably Pregnant by Zoe Bixby

Who says moms to be cannot be fashionable? Sure, nine months of un-comfortableness isn’t exactly a huge motivator to want to be fashionable while pregnant. However, with these celeb inspirations, and easy, comfortable clothing options, it’s going to seem a lot easier to accomplish.

Most mommy’s to be aren’t exactly in the mood to sit and stare at their closet wondering what to throw on for the day. That is why we have decided to come up with a list as to what you need in your maternity closet, which should make things a breeze when it comes to choosing your daily outfit. Comfort is obviously the number one factor to maternity clothing. You don’t want to be wearing skin tight dresses, or skinny jeans that cut off your circulation. You want to show off that glowing baby bump off, but in a subtle way. So, here we go. Look over this list, and all of your questions will be answered.

The Maxi Dress

A maxi dress is a necessity in every woman’s closet, pregnant or not. A maxi dress is so chic, and comfortable. The two main things you need your maternity garment to be, and it’s both! Showing off that baby bump in a classic maxi dress on a warm summer day, will be giving all of the other pregnant women inspiration to go out and find their own maxi dress. Look at you, a trend setting mommy.

The Wrap Dress

The classic wrap dress is something everybody loves. The material is always soft, and expandable, which is perfect for you! The dress is also something you can adjust to accentuate that beautiful bump, and show the world you’re one stylish mom. This is perfect when you and your man are going on a date, or even when it’s a girl’s brunch. It’s so versatile and should always be your go-to when you have an event to worry about.

Bold Prints

Bold prints are a lovely thing when it comes to showing off your curves. Every woman who is pregnant deserves to feel beautiful, because you are! What better way of feeling like a star, than showing the world you’re hot and you know it. Bold prints in tops matched with a cute, stretchy skirt with a classic sneaker is the way to go. Looking stylish, and sexy, your mom definitely did not look this good when she was pregnant with you.

It’s time to not only empower women that are pregnant, but also show them that you can still look amazing in this nine-month time span. It can be done so effortlessly, and because of that you can also feel amazing about it. Now, go on mommy to be, get your effortlessly chic maternity attire and work that pregnant belly!

Pregnancy · pregnancy loss

To have truly loved and lost

This time of the year is supposed to be a special time for mothers and mothers to be.¬† it‚Äôs a time that loved ones recognize all that you do, have done and will do.¬† Mother’s day is a reminder to celebrate your mom and tell her that you love her a little extra on this day.¬† For a period of time I hated this holiday.¬† Not cause I hate my mother (well, that‚Äôs for a different post) but because it reminded me that I wasn‚Äôt a mother.

In January 2008 I was a mess.¬† 21 years old living in York County, PA.¬† Drank like it was no ones business and was dating a not so good guy.¬† That month I lost an Uncle, a good friend to drunk driving and found out I was pregnant.¬† Abortion was not the option for me, I decided I was going to raise this child and turn my life around. And that is exactly what I started to do.¬† I dumped my boyfriend, got a job as a claims clerical clerk and I began turning my studio apartment into a room fit for a prince.¬† Yes, my prince.¬† His name was Jaiden.¬† And I felt like I knew him before I met him.¬† I knew that he loved listening to my 80’s playlist first thing in the morning we got ready for work. We loved eating cinnamon raisin bagels as we got to work.¬† 3pm was always lunch time and he would not let me go late.¬† Always kicking me at that exact moment.¬† And when ever I was upset he would almost caress me from the inside to remind me that he would never hurt me.¬† That is how I got through the summer of 2008, just me and my baby boy (who I thought was a girl for the LONGEST time until I saw that boy part).¬† Just when I got to a point where I have done a complete 180 on my life, my life changed.¬† It was September 15th.¬† I woke up like I did every day, played my 80’s music, got my bagel and began work.¬† It was a Monday and we were dealing with Hurricane Ike claims so we were busy here at work.¬† Before I even noticed it was 3:30 pm and I had missed my lunch.¬† I was thinking “that can’t be possible, Jaiden always kicks at 3 to remind me” but this day he didn‚Äôt.¬† So I push in on my stomach cause I knew if I did that, he’ll get annoyed and push back.¬† Nothing.¬† I shake my belly and still no movement.¬† I’m trying not to freak out at this point.¬† I go and grab a Pepsi and a glass of cold water cause that is what the OB tells you to do when the baby isn’t moving.¬† Drank both and still nothing.¬† Call my OB still panicked and they tell me to go to straight to the ER.¬† I call my friend Pam who worked at the local restaurant down the street and asked if she could pick me up and take me.¬† I tell my supervisor what is happening and let her know I’m going to the ER.¬† The entire car ride Pam is trying to talk to Jaiden and reassure me that everything is ok.¬† I get to the ER and the rush me straight to labor and delivery and hook me up to a fetal heart monitor.¬† I’m in there with just Pam and a Nurse.¬† She uses a Doppler to look for a heartbeat and then she quickly calls in for reinforcements.¬† At that moment my room gets completely filled with nurses and doctors and the OB on staff comes in and takes my hand. She starts crying and the rest gets silent.¬† They couldn’t find a heartbeat.¬† I was in complete disbelief.¬† This can’t be possible.¬† He was just there the other day, he was just kicking and caressing me last night.¬† what do you mean there is no heartbeat.¬† I began crying uncontrollably, my friend Pam is crying, there Is no dry eye in the room. They have to admit me and induce me to deliver my son.¬† My dead son.¬† I call my sister and my mother who lived over an hour away to come up. They give me an epidural to help with contractions and all I keep thinking is that maybe he’ll come out and be alive and he’s just punking me. Or I’m thinking “what did I do wrong, was it something I ate, was I doing too much activity?”¬† These are the thoughts going through my mind until the next when I finally get to deliver my boy.¬† (side note, my mom really wanted them to give me a C-Section. Like who really wants to be in labor for almost 24 hours with a child they will never take home??)¬† but I delivered my boy at 36 weeks pregnant, he was 6 lbs 15 oz and perfect. But he didn’t cry, he never opened his eyes.¬† I held my dead son and I felt empty.¬† They said the cord was around his neck and that is why he passed.¬† Damn Jaiden.¬† You were so active you got caught in your own cord.¬† I buried him a week later and had to ‘move on’ as certain family members told me. But how can I move on? My older sister just had her baby and I don’t want to be around him cause he makes me miss mine.¬† i have friends that are pregnant and even though I’m happy for them I am jealous cause they got to hold their children after delivering them and I didn‚Äôt.¬† I fell into a deep depression and no antidepressant could help me.¬† I often asked God “why would you take my child from me? What did I do to deserve this?”¬† I hated God for the longest time.¬† I hated anyone that was pregnant and had a healthy child.¬† I began drinking again cause that’s all I could do to numb the pain.¬† I moved in with a friend and we would go out and drink and have fun and never talked about Jaiden.¬† But in all this craziness i did have one friend that I could always talk to about him.¬† Her name was Charli.¬† and the reason I could be so open with her was because she’s been where I was. Never as intense as me but she had also loved children and lost them.¬† She understood my anger and she let me be angry, but she never left.¬† Till this day she is still one of my best friends because she was and is still there.

The First mothers days past after Jaiden past and everyone who has kids are getting their “happy mothers day” shout out on MySpace (cause that was huge back then)¬† and I forget who told me this but they said “just because your son isn’t here, doesn’t make you any less of a mother”¬† and they were right. ¬†I did everything that any normal mother did while pregnant. ¬†I went to my OB appointments, I took my vitamins, I ate all the right food, I stopped drinking. ¬†I did everything right. The only difference Is, my child isn’t here and their’s is. ¬†I wish I could say “in that very moment I changed my life around and beat depression and lived happily ever after” but that would be a lie. It took me some more time but I started to look as Jaiden coming into my life as a good thing. ¬†He turned me into a mother, which made me have to grow up which was hard for me to do at that time. ¬†I didn‚Äôt want to let him down. ¬†I enrolled in school to start the Winter of 2010, I moved back home for 90 days before school started (I couldn’t handle more than 90 days, trust me if you know my family then you know why) to save up to get my own place once school started. ¬†I got a car, paid cash all by myself and later that year I met my now husband. ¬†I honestly can say that none of that would’ve happened if I never got pregnant with Jaiden. ¬†He was the first domino and all this good began to happen because of him. ¬†I still think about him every day and every mother’s day I still feel like he’s with me watching me, thinking “omg my mom is a hot mess. I’m soo embarrassed” and I laugh cause if I don‚Äôt, I’ll cry.

I thought after Jaiden that I’ll never want to have kids again or won’t be able to. ¬†I thought my body was cursed. ¬†Once my husband and I got married we got pregnant right away but essentially had a miscarriage. ¬†I thought to myself “Oh God, not again. ¬†Am I not meant to be a mother, just say so now.” And I went through the whole “if your pregnant, I hate you. ¬†Or the “everyone that has babies I’m throwing mad shade at you cause twice now I should’ve had kids and God took them from me.” ¬†Again, Charli was there as a great support system with her whole “been there, done that and now I have kids and you will too” mentality which sometimes is super annoying if you’re depressed but looking back now is 100% effective!!!! Right around December of 2014 I had a dream that I was at a picnic with my in-laws and there was my niece (who now I know as Annabelle) and another small child who looked roughly a year younger. ¬†She had the curliest hair and best smile. ¬†Olive complexion and she was playing in the water with her cousin. ¬†She runs up to me and calls me Mommy. ¬†I woke up from that dream with such love in my heart not knowing what it meant. ¬†Who is this little girl in the water with curly hair? ¬†Why is she calling me mommy? ¬†Did I adopt her? ¬†Is this Gods way of foreshadowing cause I really hate surprises. ¬†Come to find out New year eve 2015 we found out we were pregnant. ¬†I was ecstatic and also terrified. ¬†If I have one more miscarriage or stillbirth I’m getting everything taken out. I can’t go through it again. ¬†But I think Jaiden talked to the big guy upstairs and was like “Look, my mom is a hot mess. ¬†Is there anyway you can give her constant reminders that she’s pregnant so she doesn‚Äôt freak out?” ¬†And God was probably like “say no more”. ¬†It was the WORST PREGNANCY EVER!!!! ¬†Vomit, spitting in a bottle, round ligament pains, swollen ankles. ¬†You name it I had it. ¬†But I can honestly say that I got that little girl from my dreams. ¬†Born at 38 weeks, Bexley Celine Sanger. ¬†she now looks EXACLTY like the little girl I dreamt about and makes me feel complete again. ¬†She has her guardian angel looking after her and I can feel it every day.

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The¬†question often gets asked “is it better to have loved, then lost. ¬†Then to never have loved at all?” ¬†The answer is yes. ¬†If I never had Jaiden, I would have never met Charli, never met my husband and never have had my daughter. ¬†I would’ve never graduated college (finally) and who knows where I would be but I know I wouldn‚Äôt be here. ¬†Someone always asks “do you have any advice to moms who are going through or have gone through what you have?” ¬†There is nothing I can say to make a grieving mother feel better. ¬†We don’t want to here “everything happens for a reason” or “you will be a mom someday, when it’s your time”. ¬†Fuck that. ¬†No one in their right mind takes comfort in that. You know what I say ” this shit sucks. A lot. You do what you need to do to grieve and I’ll be here. ¬†you want to go get drunk and cry on the bathroom floor at the bar? ¬†I’ll drive. ¬†You want to not talk about it ever? ¬†Let’s talk about how messy these chicks look at the mall.” ¬†Everyone grieves differently and in their own time. ¬†But when you are ready to talk about it, I’m here because I’ve been there. ¬†And what I can say is don’t lose hope. Because if I gave up, I wouldn‚Äôt have the girl i have today. ¬†And I would also say “just cause you don’t have your baby doesn‚Äôt make you ANY less of a mother. ¬†You are the best mom and you will have your prince or princess. And because you have lost, you will love them so unconditionally. “

Pregnancy

Its OK to ask for help, ladies…

Sorry I’ve been quiet. ¬†My family was in the process of moving. ¬†And we moved into a lovely 3 bedroom, 2 full bath house in Olde Town East. ¬†Everything was going great until I pulled a big muscle in my back that has me on bed rest for the next few days. ¬†Now I know what you must be thinking…”why would you move those heavy boxes pregnant?” ¬†well, my theory is that If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself. ¬†For obvious reasons, I was wrong.

I think that this is the one time in a women’s life that it is o.k. to be lazy. ¬†We are growing a living human child in our womb and we are their sanctuary. ¬†We need to do whats best for our child during the next 40 weeks. ¬†If that means putting our feet up from time to time then do it. ¬†No one is going to call you lazy, and if they do then who the hell cares. ¬†You are doing whats good for you, and you’re child.

This is the time you lean on your friends, family and significant others for help. ¬†That’s what they are there for. ¬†Believe it or not. ¬†If you are moving like I was, hire movers. ¬†Trust me, next time we definitely will. ¬†It may cost you¬†money but its better to spend a bit then get hurt in the attempt. ¬†In the meantime, relax and put your feet up and enjoy the process (after you are done puking your guts out and finally get your energy back).

Some things you can/should do while pregnant to make sure you are happy and relaxed are as follows:

  • Go get a prenatal massage. ¬†I went to Massage Envy in Grandview, OH and it was the best hour of my life. ¬†Definitely recommend getting at least one massage per pregnancy. ¬†(It only cost $55 if its your first time!)
  • Treat yo feet. ¬†You better get some pedicures while your pregnant. ¬†Especially if you are like me and are pregnant during the summer. ¬†Don’t matter how swollen your feet are, they still deserve to look pretty.
  • Get your hair did!!! You have lovely, thick hair growing right now thanks to all those extra hormones and prenatal vitamins. ¬†You better get a trim here and there and look FABULOUS!!! I see my girl miss Hair Davinci every chance I get. ¬†Sometimes a fresh hair cut can make you fee amazing.
  • GO SHOPPING. ¬†I’m the type of person who will think twice about buying myself a new outfit but will drop some major dollars on my child. ¬†So go shop for your child. ¬†If you want it, buy it. ¬†And buy all of it. ¬†Even if your spouse says no, buy it anyways. ¬†Then cry, so he doesn’t get mad. ¬†I do it all the time, sorry Matt.
  • If you want to eat it, then eat it. ¬†You know the saying “happy life, happy wife” well “a happy preggo is a well fed preggo.” ¬†So if I want to eat that slice of cake well shit pass me that extra slice. ¬†If I wanna go pick up an ice cream cake from the grocery store well then get a fork and eat with me. ¬†Don’t tell me no “You know you don’t HAVE to eat for two literally” and you don’t HAVE TO be up in my food. ¬†I have an excuse to eat a little extra at the dinner table, whats your excuse? ¬†(Insert judgmental head tilt…currently eating Papa Johns pizza for breakfast. ¬†No fucks given.)
  • Binge watch Netflix…all the shows…in one sitting. ¬† While you are sitting on your “lazy ass” on the couch, watch you a good show and laugh, cry, scream and shout. ¬†And don’t feel guilty. ¬†(I literally watched ’13 reasons why’ in 2 days…thanks bed rest)

Okay, that is all I have for this post.  I promise to keep up to date more often.  What are some things you like to do to be relaxed while pregnant???

 

xoxo

Jen

Pregnancy

What to expect when you’re expecting and the things you never expected you had to expect.¬†

Congrats!!!! You are pregnant ūüôā

Its the most exciting time in your life and you want to scream it from the top of your lungs!!! ¬†But if you are me when I was pregnant with my first, you probably went out and purchased all the “what to expect…” baby books and have a board on Pinterest about this exciting journey. ¬†But just like me, there are things that your OB or those books don’t tell you that I wish they would’ve known about being pregnant.

Every pregnancy is different and this post isn’t meant to scare you. ¬†But its to inform you how different everyone’s pregnancy can be and to give you a heads up on what you may expect that you NEVER thought you would.

1- Saliva….So Much Saliva

When I hit around 11-12 weeks with my daughter, I noticed that i had a lot of saliva in my mouth. ¬†If I were to swallow it, it would make me vomit. ¬†The only choice I had was to spit it out into a bottle that I have since named “Spitz” ¬†The saliva lasted until AFTER I DELIVERED. ¬†Note the frustration in my voice right now. ¬†So optimistically with my second pregnancy I prayed that this issue didn’t happen again. ¬†But of course, it did. ¬†This time it hit me around 6 weeks. ¬†6 WEEKS?!?!?!?! ¬†Why??? Not everyone knew I was pregnant and now I have to walk around with a spit bottle. ¬†Everyone at work thought I was chewing tobacco (and I work in a tobacco free work space). ¬†I had to then explain to everyone that I’m not chewing tobacco and that I was actually pregnant and this was a symptom. ¬†The look everyone gave me was like they didn’t believe me. ¬†Like, why would I lie about this?? Think about it and google it. ¬†Even my OB confirmed that when you have your second kid so close to your first, any symptoms you had previously come back cause your body remembers what happened last time. ¬†No idea why it hit me and not other people I know. ¬†Maybe its cause i’m black. ¬†Like seriously! ¬†The only people that I know who have dealt with it were African American women. ¬†UGH. Thanks kids.

2- Always hungry or Nauseous…No in between

The first trimester for me was TORTURE. ¬†Couldn’t eat anything but watermelon with my daughter and clementines with my second (its a boy BTW) . ¬†Nothing sounded good until week 8 and then I didn’t know what I wanted. ¬†But I know I wanted something. ¬†Cant eat fast food (even now, i’m 17 weeks pregnant and the thought of a burger from McDonald’s makes me want to go vomit), loved green beans for a whole week straight but now the thought of it is not appetizing. ¬†Its like you cant win. ¬†Your either hungry or vomiting. ¬†That’s how I was at least. ¬†Then I have those friends that can go through their entire pregnancy and eat whatever they want and feel fabulous. ¬†I hate you ladies. No offense. ¬†Nothing personal, strictly jealously.

3-  Breast sensitivity and VEINS

My boobs look like an old school globe. ¬†So many veins. ¬†I could probably point out where the United States is on my boobs. ¬†And to add to that, they get so sore and BIG. ¬†Like my bra’s do not fit. ¬†I even added an extender and that’s not enough. ¬†I’m like a wide load over here. ¬†So frustrating. I know i need to buy a new bra but I really don’t want to spend the money now just to have to buy one in a few weeks. ¬†Guess i’m going to be letting the girls hang loose!

4- Migraines

Migraines are the worst when you are not pregnant but add a baby in your belly and you have a migraine its even worst. ¬†Why? ¬†Cause majority of the medicine that you can take for a regular migraine you cant take when you are pregnant. ¬†Migraines can knock me on my ass for days and I just need to lay in the dark on the cold floor and keep the sunshine out. ¬†When I get a migraine now I want to cry cause usually I could pop a Excedrin Migraine but now i’m S.O.L. ¬†Luckily for me I can take a Tylenol and be o.k. but I do have a few friends that have had it so bad that they have to go to the ER to get an IV for meds. ¬†Just remember to keep hydrated and that should limit the amount of headaches/migraines you have. ¬†Some of them are unavoidable unfortunately, just keep your OB in the loop for the best treatment options.

5- Who’s Tired?!?! ¬†Me, always Me.

Growing a child is EXHAUSTING. ¬†Like if I could just sleep all day, I would. ¬†I remember calling my husband from work crying cause all I wanted to do was sleep and I had hit my caffeine intake limit for the day. ¬†If I would’ve known how EXHAUSTING it is to grow a baby I would’ve slept way more before I got pregnant. ¬†Hey, at least my husband is getting a lot of sleep, right?!?! ¬†That was COMPLETE SARCASM. ¬†(insert eye roll emoji here). ¬†And speaking of exhaustion, when you do get up, you get so dizzy from getting up so fast you have to sit back down. ¬†You cant win. ¬†Thanks kids, you’re amazing.

I could go on and on AND ON but i’ll stop there for today, here are some other AMAZING symptoms to look forward to in the first trimester:

Nasal Congestion (never had it personally, but my friend has and its TERRIBLE)

Cramps (you think these are bad, wait until round ligament pains happen)

Swelling (you blow up like a blimp)

Sciatic Nerve Pain (leg pain is the WORST)

Indigestion/Heart burn (dis is too much)

Sweating (I sweat everyone….even DOWN THERE)

Doubled blood flow (brush your teeth, insert blood, and minor freak out)

Constipation (I don’t always have to poop, but when I do its every 5 days and its the size of a skittle)

If you experience any other symptoms that you NEVER expected you would have to deal with during pregnancy, let me know your struggle so you don’t have to struggle alone.

xoxo

Jen