How have we hit 12 weeks already?! Time is going so quickly! I haven’t been to the doctor recently, so I don’t have a baby update. I’m scheduled to go in at 14 weeks for my next checkup. Today’s update is mostly just about how I’ve been feeling.
I’ve been feeling pretty good! Other than some fatigue, I’ve only had a few other minor symptoms. Recently I’ve been feeling as though I can’t take a deep enough breath. I won’t be doing anything to warrant feeling winded, but it’ll just feel like I can’t get enough air. So I take these huge breaths, which ends up making me yawn 24/7. I’ve also been feeling a pulling sensation in my lower abdomen/pelvis. After a little research, I’m fairly positive it’s my round ligament that I’m feeling. As baby grows, this ligament is being stretched in order to help maintain the position of my uterus. It’s not painful, just uncomfortable. If I sneeze, cough, laugh, or tense up my stomach in any way I can feel it. Really, as far as symptoms go I have been incredibly lucky. I am so, so grateful for that.
I caved and bought a pregnancy pillow. I always thought they were stupid. Why not just use a body pillow, right? WRONG. I’ve already started to get uncomfortable if I lay on my back for too long. I kept rolling over in the middle of the night, which means that uncomfortable pulling sensation would wake me up. No thanks. The pillow is awesome. It wraps from under my head, all along my back, and up between my legs. It keeps me on my side all night, which means the only time I wake up is to pee. I also bought an exercise ball. I have every intention of using it to help prepare me for labor and delivery. I’ve been finding different stretches and exercises that help make the process easier for mama. We haven’t bought anything for baby just yet. I think most of our purchases will probably be put on hold until I’m back out in California. I’m hoping to avoid transporting a million baby things across the country.
We have yet to formally announce our pregnancy. We both agreed we’d rather wait until my next checkup. After we hear the heartbeat one more time, then I think we’ll feel more secure. It’s hard to believe there’s a little human growing in there when I’m not really showing and my symptoms are so mild. I wish I could listen to the heartbeat every single day!
Well, that’s all for now! Tune back in at the 14 week mark for the next update! I can’t wait to share the news with everyone!