Sunday, May 12, 2013

UPDATE: I'M PREGNANT - The First 12 Weeks!



Hey Guys!

For those of you who follow me on my social media networks (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), you already know about the big announcement I made on Mother's Day: I'M PREGNANT! 

I haven't been making new blog posts or videos for about a month now for this reason. My health and well being have been my number one priority since I discovered I was pregnant April 5th. I've been watching and reading a ton of my favourite vlogger videos and blogger posts of the ladies who documented their pregnancy. I noticed that many didn't start talking about it until they were the typical 3 months along. I made my announcement when I was 11 weeks, but it was because I was dead set on making it on Mother's Day. For those of you who are interested, I plan on discussing, in detail, how my first 12 weeks of pregnancy have been like since this is something I would have found quite useful when I was going through the early weeks.

My husband, Charles, and I have been trying to conceive since the beginning of this year. In the past, I always wanted a beginning of the year baby (i.e., one to be born January), but when it was announced at my work that I would be making the next Full-Time hire, January 21st, I knew that now was the time to at least start trying. I read that it typically takes the average couple 4-6 months to conceive, but it only took us until March! I started taking prenatal vitamins in February and I swear that's what helped me conceive in March because I wasn't taking them prior. My birthday was on March 31st and just before then I was scheduled to get my period, which I thought I was getting because I started to spot. I spotted for about 3-4 days, but my period never actually started. I kept thinking to myself, "This CAN'T be my period". I took my first pregnancy test and it came back negative, however, in the back of my mind, I knew that I was pregnant. I decided that if my period didn't get going in the next week, I would take another test. I didn't even wait a full week because one morning I felt like crap, I was about to call into work, but decided to take my second pregnancy test and it came back POSITIVE! I was so extremely happy and even though Charles and I had been trying, I couldn't believe it. I was in tears and called Charles inside the house. He thought something was wrong and was all concerned until I choked out we were pregnant. I don't think I've ever seen him more happy in his life! I will never forget the joy and excitement I felt that day, and it has been with me ever since. I feel so extremely blessed to be able to have conceived so fast and have had a relatively easy pregnancy so far the past 12 weeks. 

When reading up about the spotting I had, it was consistent with women who have "implantation bleeding" (when the egg implants itself in the uterus). About 30% of women have this, and I was one of those women. When I got my period in January and February I was extremely discouraged, even though everyone was telling me you don't get pregnant RIGHT AWAY. When March happened and I started spotting I was really upset, but it wasn't my period! My advice to those trying to conceive, try not to think too much about it or you'll just be discouraged. Whatever is suppose to happen will and at the time it's suppose to. I truly believe that.

In terms of symptoms, I've honestly had it pretty easy compared to other stories I've heard and women I have talked to. I had a few days where I had "morning sickness", but I never vomited, I was just REALLY nauseous. Week 8-9 were the worst for me. That was when I had my nausea and I was EXTREMELY tired. I could barely keep myself awake during my 9 hour shifts and being on my feet ALL day was a battle in and of itself. I couldn't get enough sleep and one night I went to bed at 7! I had a bit of acne one week, headaches (mostly because I cut out coffee completely), crazy vivid dreams, EXTREME thirst and I'm currently suffering from heart burn at night. The worst thing for me was the weeks I had the lack of energy. At 9.5 weeks I FINALLY felt like myself again and had the energy to work and get back to my normal day-to-day life routine (minus blogging, and vlogging of course). I haven't had any cravings and my eating habits have stayed relatively the same. I honestly am disinterested in food because nothing tastes great, or nothing tastes bad, which is good because it means I can eat really healthy! Even now I'm sitting here trying to think of some of the symptoms I've suffered, but there hasn't been too much I've had to deal with, and when I have, it hasn't lasted too long. I'm still having crazy dreams and am very thirsty. Also, in the very beginning I had to urinate more frequently, but that has subsided considerably (even with the excessive amounts of water I've been consuming to quench my thirst). 

Around 5 weeks, when I found out I was pregnant, I started using creams and oils on my body to help hydrate my skin and allow it to stretch in the coming months to help prevent stretch marks. I know I will get them because I did during puberty and I'm prone. They are not very noticeable, so I hope they don't become more prominent again. Whatever the case may be, I will do what I can to prevent them, but I'm not too concerned if it happens, it happens. All you can do is try your best and the rest is out of your hands! I'm just overjoyed to be able to have a baby and am still in disbelief every day. I think everything will start to settle in more once I feel movement and see my baby for the first time on the ultrasound. I would be having my first ultrasound next week, but had to push it back a week due to my work schedule. I HONESTLY CAN'T WAIT! I should have just kept the first date and called into work, but figured I should save my call-ins for later in my pregnancy when it's harder to move. LOL. 

I almost forgot. Right at the beginning I also had cramping. This is what made me think I was going to get my period because it was a lighter version of my usual menstrual cramps. It also concerned me because the cramping lasted for a good 2 weeks and in the back of my mind I was just hoping it wasn't anything serious (i.e., an impending miscarriage). I also had cramping and a bit of spotting again after my first prenatal appointment when they gave me a pap and stabbed my cervix (lol). It lasted for a day and a half, then stopped. I guess it is pretty normal to bleed after a pap, but my doctor never said anything about it. I plan on telling him it happened at our next checkup. Another dead give away that I was pregnant, was how sore and swollen my boobs got. I've already gone up two cup sizes and that's the only noticeable change in my body thus far. I have a tiny little bump, but it mostly looks like I'm bloated or had a big meal. LOL

As I said previously, I've taken the mindset of whatever happens is meant to happen and I'm trying not to worry about every little sensation and discomfort my body may be going through because every women's pregnancy is different, and this is just my body's way of reacting to pregnancy!

I wish I could have sushi and a beer, but obviously those things are out. Really, I could care less because I'M PREGNANT! I'm so happy I can finally say it out loud to EVERYONE! I'M PREGNANT, I'M PREGNANT, I'M PREGNANT!!!!!!

Let me know if you guys would be interested in weekly updates (i.e., symptom report, belly photos, possible pregnancy vlogs). 


P.S. - Sorry this post was so sporadic. I kept remembering random symptoms and things I've been going through as I was writing. I also read about "pregnancy brain" and seriously think I have a bad case of it. Most of the time I'm in my own little world and totally out of reality and keep forgetting things because I'm just not really paying attention. LOL


47 comments:

  1. I'm so happy for you Cheryl! I remember when you announced that you were getting married and you said you'd stop taking your BC pills, but that was YEARS ago, and in the back of my mind I was wondering when you'd announced you're pregnant. Good luck to you and Charles! Be healthy and I wish you an easy pregnancy :)

    Btw, I totally teared up when I read the part where you told Charles.

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS!! You will be a fantastic mother!

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  3. Congratulations, that is so fantastic! I wish you a really happy and healthy pregnancy, and even though I'm not planning on getting pregnant any time soon, I love reading/watching stuff on it just to accumulate knowledge for the future, haha.
    Congrats, again!

    Blindly Beautiful

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  4. I'm SOOO happy for you!
    My and my hubby are trying soon!

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  5. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee so happy for you! Congrats love!
    I'd be really keen to read about your weekly progress! Especially since I've been a long-time follower - I'd love to follow this next chapter in your life :D

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  6. Omg!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!! How exciting for you both!

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  7. Congrats hun! :) That's so great! xx

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  8. Congratulations for you and for Charles too !!!!! !!!! :)))))))))))))))))
    And yes, I am interested in this beautiful period of your life:)

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  9. Congrats in the biggest way Cheryl! Bringing a life into this world is one of the most precious, loving, beautiful things we can do as women. I am so happy for you and wish you the best pregnancy. I wish I would have been blogging when I was preggo so that I could remember everything I went through so I can have some tips for my second baby when we do have it. Make sure you research your birthing plan and whatnot before the big day. You want to make sure you know what you want going in, or you might be pressured into something you didn't approve of at all. Sending all my hugs, welcome to the Mom club! XOXOXO!!!

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  10. congratulations Cheryl!
    I am so happy for you! And I'll be happy to watch some pregnancy videos and posts!
    Love from France
    xoxo
    Sweethoney

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  11. Congratulations!! Pregnancy is a beautiful thing! I also had nausea but never vomited and the reason i found out i was pregnant was because i was so tired. I had crazy heart burn too and i couldnt get rid of it x

    http://lillyandme12.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Congratulations! What lovely news :) xx

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  13. I am a November baby as well! Congrats!! How exciting :) You will be a wonderful mother! xo

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  14. Oh my god!! I've been reading your blog for ages and I'm SOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU! You will be the best (and prettiest) mom ever! Best of luck! :) xx

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  15. Congrats! This is such an exciting time for you and your attitude towards the entire pregnancy experience is very healthy. I wish you and your hubby and your little bean all the best!
    A few little tips, for nausea, try some ginger candy or sucking on something sour like a lemon or lime. They are both natural cures for nausea. And try Bio Oil to ward off stretch marks. My sister is prone to stretch marks as well but she used Bio Oil once a day every day starting from her second month and didn't end up with a single stretch mark.
    Can't wait to read more about your pregnancy as it progresses!

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  16. Congrats on your little bean! Take it easy as well. Bless you and your family to be.

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  17. OMG! Big big congratulations to you and your husband! I'm so happy for you! <3

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  18. Congrats!this is so wonderful!!!Do update often!
    and best of luck :) !!!

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  19. Congrats to you and your husband! Praying for you to have a healthy pregnancy!

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  20. OMG YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!

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  21. I would love to see weekly updates! I just had my daughter 3 months ago after two years of trying with my husband, you are so lucky and blessed :) its amazing what your body is capable of and you will get so much more excited each day that its get closer to holding your baby in your arms good luck on everything!

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  22. omg i am so freaken excited for you!!!! i had wondered why you had not posted anything in a while (i love watching your vids and reading your blog, ive learned a ton from u!) and this explains!! please please keep us updated on your pregnancy. i actually got teary reading this post thinking about how excited you and your hubby are!!

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  23. WOAHH this is so exciting!! : D Congratulations! You guys will be wonderful parents!

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  24. Congradulations cheryl, I know how you feel and felt the same way when I first found out and I too was excited during my pregnancy. Now my daughter is 2 years old and ill tell you it doesnt get easier!!

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  25. Congrats Cheryl! You are blessed and so fortunate!
    Keep us updated on all the baby news! How exciting :)

    Courtney

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  26. Congrats!!! I am very happy for you. I wish you the best of luck on your pregnancy. Enjoy every second of it because it goes by so fast.

    I know what you mean when you said you will get discouraged when you will start your period. My husband and I been trying since the beginning of the year and no pregnancy yet. I thought I was pregnant in March because I was 4 days late but when I took a pregnancy test and came back negative I was so disappointed. I was crying for hours. I just couldn't stop myself from crying. I took it really bad. Now, I feel that it will happen when God wants it to happen. I try not to think about it as much and just let it be. I do get sad when I start my period every month but I don't take it as bad as I did a few months ago.

    On a happier note, I am very happy for you both. I send you both many blessings :-)

    Veronica

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  27. Never commented on your posts before but I've watched you and read your blogs for a very long time. I am so happy for you, CONGRATULATIONS. I have a 4.5 year old daughter, best in the world and it will be for you as well. All the best x

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  28. Aww, it's weird, we don't know each other but I am so so so happy for both of you !
    Please do not forget to make some "Pregnancy updates" <3
    Much kisses

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  29. Congrats to you Cheryl and your husband! How exciting. I'd love to see weekly posts from you on how everything is going! xoxo

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  30. Your symptoms sound exactly like mine in the beginning!! I remember being so tired I actually did call into work two days in a row because even the thought of getting out of bed and getting ready was exhausting! I slept all the time but I was still tired.
    I remember having cramping also and I kept running to the bathroom because I thought I was getting my period but nothing came. Then my doctor told me it was normal because the uterus is growing and making room for the baby. I didn't get any actual vomiting from morning sickness either but I did get really nauseous at times. Even now I tend to stay away from foods that are too "seasoned". I've been sticking to more bland foods for some reason.
    I'm 21 weeks by the way :) I would LOVE to hear more about your pregnancy as it goes along!!

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  31. Congratulations to you !! :)
    Would be great to see you doing updates, amy be with at least photos on FB or here. Take Care.

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  32. Congrats! being a parent is amazing. It has so many joys. You will make a wonderful mom.
    I had the same bleeding and slight cramping with my daughter. I got super worried I was going to lose her. My dr did an ultra sounds and saw that everything was ok. She is my 2nd child. I have a son who is 10. Both pregnancies were different. Cravings will come and go.
    Being tired will be very common :) but you will have days where you will have a ton of energy and will get a ton of stuff done.

    I wish you a very healthy pregnancy :) Cant wait to see your cute baby bump when it pops out hehe.

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  33. Congratulations on the Pregnancy!

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  34. 3rd para totally made me cry. Congrats

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  35. Congrats!!!! I totally had "baby brain" and with my son now 2, I still do! I remember all those same pregnancy symptoms too! I actually wrote a post about it, read it here if you want :)
    http://mommy-inthe-making.blogspot.com/2012/10/whats-it-like-to-be-pregnant.html

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  36. Oh my gosh!!!! Congrats girly!!! I screamed when I read this!!! HAHAH I act like I know you personally but girl I am so happy for you!!! I'm a fan of your blogs and videos and this is such lovely news! Warm wishes<3

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  37. I want you to do updates on your pregnancy!! Pics etc. I plan on getting preg in a year or so!
    I'm SOOO happy for you!! Congrats!

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  38. Hi Cheryl, I'm new to your channel. Congratulations and wish you all the best! As a mother of 3 beautiful daughters, I tell you it's the most amazing gift G" can give us. So take care of yourself and enjoy it to the fullest :}

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  39. congrats! how exciting! i'm 39 weeks pregnant right now and trust me it only gets worse.. i'm dying! but this is my 2nd im sure you will do fine! how funny my first daughter was born 11/30/11 which is your due date! good luck!

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  40. your life will never be the same sweetie, never and you will never be happier! i promise you that! the symptoms you've gone through are all normal! i knew i was pregnant b/c i had huge sore boobs (more than usual) and was DOG exhausted. if you need any support or have any questions, please contact me (especially when you're newborn arrives). there's a lot people don't say and i have no problem discussing it all. you conceived in a good amount of time, we took a year but that's the average, meaning some people get pregnant the first try or the 15th try. as soon as I stopped thinking about it, boom, pregnant, haha. Cheryl, you are going to be a great mom, i didn't even take the prenatals until i found out i was pregnant. don't let anyone absolutely anyone make you feel bad for any choices you make! so happy for you and wish you the VERY VERY best. God bless your little miracle.

    xoxo

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  41. Congratulations! :)

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  42. Congratulations! :) maybe we could follow each other on Bloglovin and/or GFC, Facebook?

    Please leave me a comment on my blog and I will follow you!

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    You can also like my Facebook page.

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