I announced over on the Chelsea Gold Nutrition social media channels that... WE'RE PREGNANT!!!!
This post has been a few weeks coming thanks to some major life curveballs over the past month (thanks morning sickness), but friends, I am so excited to share that we are expecting a baby in October!!
There is a lot in this post, so get ready!!!
Let's rewind a little so you can get the whole story. In December 2020 I was diagnosed with a few new things that shook my world. In all honesty, one of the most upsetting things I've need through. I could tell things were off again. During some routine bloodwork we found that my TSH jumped up to a dangerous level, my TPO antibodies were higher than ever before, I developed insulin resistance PCOS, my cycle was extremely off, more gut health issues and the list goes on, on top of Hashimoto's. This was heart breaking.
After finding all of this out, I changed my life around a lot. I went on new medications, supplements and started re-doing an elimination experiment to see if I had any new sensitivities. All of these changes helped tremendously. I noticed major differences and my life and things were looking up again.
Once this happened, B and I discussed me tracking my cycle and ovulation. We knew we wanted to start a family soon-ish, so we decided, due to these new diagnosis and probably having some issues conceiving, that we would just let nature take it's course and see what happens.
I know we are VERY lucky that this happened so quickly. I still cannot believe it!!
Before I jump into the rest, I want to preface this post with a trigger warning. I know that for anyone struggling with infertility now or at any point, it can be extremely painful to read about experiences like mine. I have friends around me who struggle with their fertility, friends who have miscarried early and late in their pregnancies, and I’m very conscious that pregnancy is a miracle, a blessing, and an absolute gift, and I never have and never will take it for granted. While I want to share my story, I also want to be sensitive to others who may not have as simple of a journey as I have had so far with pregnancy and fertility. I’m sending you my love and strength.
HOW DID YOU FIND OUT?
We found out on January 29th. It was a Friday night, I was only 7dpo (days post ovualtion)... I think. So, I took a pregnancy test... even though I promised I'd wait 2 weeks. I saw a line and freaked out. I then proceeded to take 100 more tests because I couldn't believe it!
WHEN ARE YOU DUE?
October 14th 2021
HOW FAR ALONG ARE YOU?
When I post this, I will be almost 14 weeks!
WERE YOU TRYING?
Yes and no. We decided to stop using protection due to my new PCOS diagnosis and then I started tracking my cycle using BBT. I knew we wanted to try to have kids in the next few years... we did not expect it to happen this fast.
If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!
HAVE YOU HAD ANY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS?
Yep! All of them. Morning sickness, nausea, fatigue, food aversions, cravings, bloating, headaches, constipation, cramping, acne, boobs grew like 5 sizes, insomnia, excessive discharge, 'pregnancy brain', strong sense of smell, frequent urination. I really haven't left my bed in 7+ weeks. Things are starting to get better now!
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR HASHIMOTO'S?
I recently started on thyroid medication due to my new hypothyroidism diagnosis. Once I found out I was pregnant I called my OBGYN and Endocrinologist and got blood drawn. Pregnancy increases your thyroid needs and you want your labs in optimal ranges for a healthy pregnancy, so I get checked every 4 weeks and usually get a medication adjustment. I'll write more about this in it's own post soon!
HAVE YOU PICKED OUT A NAME?
If it's a girl, yes. If it's a boy, we have a few contenders.
I'm going to be really transparent here (this is a judgement free zone). Everything got thrown out the window when the morning sickness hit me like a ton of bricks. All I could keep down was GF pretzels, GF bread, cheese (my body doesn't like cheese, but its the only protein I could stomach), carrots, apples, sour candy and salted pumpkin seeds. Eating was really tough for me from week 6-12.
So far I am having strong aversions to all proteins, vegetables, anything that smells, room temp water.
DID YOU WORK OUT?
Nope, I really haven't left my bed. Things did start getting better around week 12.5/13 and I tried to move around more. I do try to walk at least 10-20 min per day.
ARE YOU SHOWING YET?
Yes, a little bit! I took this pic a few days ago
DID YOU DRINK COFFEE/HAVE CAFFEINE?
ARE YOU DRINKING ALCOHOL?
ARE YOU GOING TO FIND OUT THE GENDER?
Yes!! I go in for that ultrasound soon!
A FEW THINGS THAT SURPRISED ME:
TIPS FOR FIRST TRIMESTER:
Give yourself a lot of grace. This is all new and your body is changing fast. Go with the flow and take the time you need!!
Have any other questions? Ask below <3