Weight Gain: Unsure… I didn’t weigh myself this week.
How I’m Feeling: This week was full of ups and downs. I was getting settled in my house, took a 5 day trip to Seattle and went to a new doctor for an ultrasound I was referred to. I also got some not so good news from my midwife when I was in the middle of my Seattle trip. I never realized how much I would miss home. I loved visiting my friend, but I really missed Otis and David a ton!! I was really homesick.I had more bouts with back pain again. I think from all the excitement around here lately… driving, moving, stress, etc., my back just acted up more times than I would have liked. It finally felt better at the end of the week, but as I write this (week 24 day 1), I am feeling it bad. Otis and I walked this morning and he jerked me and definitely pulled my pelvis in a weird way. I had “nervy” sharp pains as we walked the rest of the way. I got my first prenatal massage today (I should be writing this for next week’s review) and it didn’t really make that big of a difference. I’m hoping time will heal all wounds.
My family has a gene for a blood clotting disorder called a factor V mutation. I got 16 vials of blood taken at the midwives appointment a last week to determine if I have it too. Well in fact I do have it along with something else called a ANA mutation. I’m sure totally sure what all this means yet. I have another doctor’s appointment with an internist tomorrow. The midwife told me to go see him to determine what, if any, treatment needs to be done. Pregnancy makes you at a higher risk anyways to develop blood clots, so this is something they don’t take lightly. I was upset when I heard all this news, but I guess it’s better to know than be surprised. I was in Seattle and all I wanted to do was come home and jump into David’s arms. The blood work also showed that I have anemia. I have had it since the beginning of my pregnancy (which I suspected), but my Phoenix doctor never told me. Now I’m taking ferrous sulfate, a form of iron, each day to get that number up. I’m sure I’ll feel so much better in a couple weeks after that takes effect.
I still have heartburn. It definitely got better and then through traveling, I encountered too many carbs and sugar and it’s back in full force. I gotta get eating healthier again and I’ll be fine.
Due to the recent events, I’ve been really emotional this week. I cried like a 2 year old when I heard the blood work news. It’s not that bad, but this isn’t something that labor will cure like so many pregnancy symptoms. It’s something that I have to think about for the rest of my life. I know that most everyone has issues in their lives too… I have never been so excited to get home as I was on Sunday and then Monday, I was just grouchy. I think a lack of sleep over the past 5 days, emotional turmoil and pregnancy hormones got the rest of me. This is probably another reason my back pain is worse. Even before I was pregnant, this was the case. Stress=Bad for me.
Doctor’s Appointment: I had an ultrasound to determine the “real” due date since there has been a discrepancy. The interesting thing is that these doctors couldn’t decide what it is either. Aiden is measuring at a March 3 due date, but with the period and ovulation, he should be a March 10 baby. I guess he’ll let us know when he’s ready. I have another one tomorrow with the internist (pray for good news). I might fall apart if it’s bad.
What I’m Eating: I ate too much sugar and sweets this week in Seattle. I am really craving salad and lighter foods now. Nothing really new to report on the food front. Oh yeah. We bought a Keurig machine and both David and I are addicted. I have hot chocolate every.single.day.
Exercise: Still walking every day… same ol’
What I Miss: I miss just being able to visit the doctor for my yearly check up and call it good. I hate going to doctors and now I have to go once a week I feel like. They make me nervous.