This post is a little delayed. When I publish, I am 25 weeks. Our anatomy scan went well, and things have gone pretty smoothly since!
I remember reading a lot of pregnancy blogs when we were struggling with infertility. Some days, I had the hope and headspace to read them. Other days, seeing them made me feel alone. I debated on whether or not I should share blogs like this, but in the end, I thought maybe this could give some hope to others who will one day be pregnant but are still struggling.
Next week, we will have out anatomy scan! I can’t wait. I’m so excited to see the baby again, and have surprisingly little anxiety about it. Two days after the scan, we will have a private ultrasound with my mom and I just can’t wait for that! We are going to do a 3d scan and get a look at his face, which is what I’m most excited about. I know it sounds absolutely nuts, but at our 12-week ultrasound his profile looked so much like Ryan to me so I’m excited to see if it still does! Because this is an IVF pregnancy we have already had FIVE ultrasounds, which I know is not the norm.
Other than a scare caused by fibroids, everything has gone smoothly. As I mentioned in our announcement blog, the first trimester was a little rough. I was so tired and felt sick most of the time. But, pretty much the moment week 14 hit, I had that burst of second trimester energy everyone talks about!
Now I am 20 weeks, and still feeling good. My main symptoms have been heartburn, craving fruits, lots of emotions, and much more energy in the second trimester.
My general approach to being pregnant has been to stay low stress, eat when I’m hungry, stop when I’m full, and get in some kind of movement everyday. I have been really surprised by how little you can eat in one sitting when pregnant, and how often I am hungry. There have been multiple nights where my hunger wakes me from sleep!
On the topic of food, I have had countless cravings and aversions. I could not eat a single tomato the entire first trimester, which is pretty unfortunate because I had five tomatoes plants and so many heirlooms that I never even tasted! I went through a pretty intense phase of craving fruit, especially oranges and blueberries. I literally ate pounds of each for a couple of weeks! I would say I have generally craved fruit more than anything.
I don’t love being pregnant, but I do love that I get to be pregnant with this baby, if that makes any sense. I don’t feel like I’m glowing and I don’t love the bump. But, that’s ok. I’m still so grateful to be here after years of waiting, and I know all of these growing pains will eventually result in him being in my arms.
In a way just being halfway through is kind of crazy. I still have 20 more weeks to go?! But, in another sense, I am not ready for the baby just yet and I know he isn’t ready to get here so it makes waiting a little bit easier. I love that we are having an April baby. The weather will be warming up just as he arrives. I have visions of lots of family walks around the block in the stroller and wearing him.
Until next time!
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