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Congratulations and welcome. So, due Dec 15 makes you about 5, maybe 6 wks pregnant, right? Early pregnancy was the scariest time for me (though it's all a bit scary). I was told in wk 4 it might be an ectopic pregnancy and so had an ultrasound in wk 6 to determine whether my pregnancy was at all viable. I had some nausea starting in week 5 and terrible morning sickness daily starting at 7 wks for two solid months. Very early, before the MS started, ginger tea helped. But then it seemed no matter what I ate/drank (including toast and water), I'd get sick and relief only came once I had vomited. I was also very easily exhausted during my 1stT.
Despite some additional, challenging life circumstances; a rash I had for a week or so; and a fairly dramatic weight gain (20 lbs, almost all of which has been during the 2ndT), my second trimester has gone relatively smoothly. I had already decided I would try to have the baby whether or not my screenings showed increased risk for DS. The 2nd T was off to a good start with an NT scan that blew my mind. During the scan my LO actually spread out all his fingers as if he was showing them off or waving. A month later, I found out my screenings had cut the risk of DS from about 1 in 50 based on my age (42, and 43 by my due date) to 1 in 447, and the risk of another chromosomal abnormality was 1 in 1700. He appears to be a typically developing baby boy. Further, the MS has been entirely gone for at least a month (mine did persist a bit longer than what's commonly reported), right now I'm even managing not to be too bothered by the daily heartburn, and my energy level has been much higher than it was early on.
I tell you all this to say, hang in there! It may be a bumpy ride for a little while but it is possible to get through it. Let us know how things progress.
Hi Vickie. Welcome and congratulations on baby #4! Sorry to hear you're suffering from MS already. :( I found that complex carbs worked best for me, although I think it's different for everyone. I ate lots of bread, bagels, crackers, pasta, etc., -- although I will confess that all the carbs resulted in my gaining a lot of unwanted weight early on in each of my pregnancies... During early pregnancy juice was an ideal beverage for me but as the pregnancy/ies progressed, I found that it often gave me heartburn. Again, everyone's different so if it works for you, go with it! May 13 seems like it's far away (trust me I know -- my due date is May 16 and everyone keeps telling me "Oh, you're almost there!"; funny because to me, it still feels like it's so far away, LOL!), but try to just take it one day at a time rather than focusing on the weeks between now and your first appointment.
BTW, I'm Joan, am 42, and am pregnant with #3. We have two young girls, a five year old and a two year old. This baby is a boy. I'm one of those women who doesn't exactly like being pregnant so I'm anxious to meet this little guy so I can start feeling better and start losing some of the 60+ pounds I've already gained (I gained this much with each of my other pregnancies and subsequently lost it all so I'm hopeful by this time next year I'll be back into my thin clothes...). Anyway, thanks for introducing yourself and don't be a stranger. I look forward to seeing you posting around. Best wishes to you.
Sorry to hear about the m/s. I have no suggestions as nothing really worked for me. It finally got to the point where my husband insisted that I call my OB or he was going to do it for me (LOL). (He's a paramedic and works part-time for a family-run pharmacy.)
I was throwing up all day and was into week 14, so my OB did prescribe a generic form of Zofran (anti-nausea med). I will say that the OB nurse recommended drinking room temp water instead of ice cold and to sip instead of guzzle (I would usually guzzle after vomiting and then throw up the water.).
While I know longer need Zofran (probably didn't after 16 weeks), I still throw up and experience nausea from time to time. In fact I got sick last Saturday AM. I've noticed that if I stay up too late and then get up very early the nausea and vomiting returns. Fortunately, I stay at home with my 2 little ones (5 and 3) so I do have the luxury of sleeping in until 7; something one may not be able to do if working outside of the home.
Hang in there!
Valerie (Mom to Mary Catherine, age 5 and in vitro blessing), and Benjamin age 3 a bonus baby.
>>it is so good to have someone to communicate with as i seem to be the only 40ish woman within 50 miles of my small town pregnant.<<
You're not alone in that either. I haven't run into anyone else in my area and age range who's pregnant, though I regularly notice a whole slew of 20-something's (or younger) who are expecting. Funny how much more you notice others who are pregnant when you're in the same condition.