Before I hop into my 4-8 weeks pregnancy update, I wanted to share a bit of a background story in how we found out that we were pregnant again.
Finding Out We Were Expecting
My husband (Adam) and I found out we were expecting in mid-March 2018 and it was a completely different experience from when we found out we were expecting in late-September 2017.
Before I took a pregnancy test in September 2017, I remember feeling really off. This included feeling warmer than usual and having a weird taste in my mouth but I figured I was just getting sick. One early (very early) morning, I decided to take a pregnancy test and it was positive. To say I was shocked is an understatement and I cried tears of joy. I had already planned to tell Adam we were expecting by giving him a gift bag that included a onesie and the positive pregnancy test. Although Adam was excited when I did give him the gift, he probably would have appreciated it a bit if I had given it to him during normal waking hours versus 5:30am on a Saturday morning.
In mid-March 2018, I had no indications that I could be pregnant before taking the pregnancy test. In fact, the day before I got the positive test, I was hysterically crying to Adam that I didn’t think I was pregnant and I didn’t know when we when we could try again because my cycle was on the longer side on a regular basis but had been even longer after my miscarriage. Well color me shocked when I took a pregnancy test the following day and it came back positive. There was no huge fanfare or surprise gift this time and I just walked out of the bathroom with tears in my eyes and showed Adam the test. Part of me feels guilty about giving into my fears of something terrible happening with this pregnancy and not celebrating it as much as I did the first time around.
4-5 Weeks Pregnant
For the first two weeks after finding out I was pregnant, I had no symptoms. Things continued on as normal besides not being able to enjoy a glass of wine ever so often. Then week 6 hit.
6-8 Weeks Pregnant
When I was 6 weeks pregnant, my symptoms rapidly increased and the nausea kicked in. My ob-gyn recommended some over-the-counter medicines to take and other remedies to do. Honestly, the remedies worked well enough to take the edge off. I ended up just dealing with the symptoms because I didn’t want to take prescription drugs. (Disclaimer: this is nothing against anyone that needs to take prescription drugs during pregnancy. It was just something that I wanted to try to avoid if possible).
In terms of what foods I liked and didn’t like, all foods were in the do not eat category. Before I was pregnant, I told myself I would eat completely clean and exercise throughout my pregnancy. Yeah, that kind of went out of the window and Pizza Bites and Trix cereal became my saving grace. It was a miracle I didn’t gain weight.
My need for sleep increased ten-fold. I would sleep all night, then fall asleep during my commute to and from work, and then nap when I came home. I also had to stop going to Pilates because I was just too sick and tired to go.
Adam and I were looking forward to seeing our baby for the first time via ultrasound. Since I had anxiety about the pregnancy, my obgyn scheduled an ultrasound when I was just over 6 weeks pregnant. At that appointment we got to hear our little one’s heartbeat for the first time. We had a follow-up ultrasound when I was just under 8 weeks pregnant everything was perfect. At this point, I was passed the time that our first baby had passed away so the anxiety had lessened. On the other hand, I also knew I was not out of the clear yet.
8 weeks pregnant was also around the time that I started taking photos and here is the photo below.
At this point, both Adam and I thought we were having a boy and couldn’t be more excited to welcome this baby into our family.