More Symptoms

Bemusings of a Baby Life:  More Symptoms

My symptoms in my 4 – 12 weeks of pregnancy.

For all you ladies who would like to know what to expect when expecting!  I sure did!

  1. Cramping

    This concerned me at first.  Especially since they felt almost exactly like medicated period cramps.  Medicated is the key word and why I wasn’t as concerned as I could have been because I was not on any medication.  None-the-less, I wanted to be sure my body was rejecting the baby.  After a little reading I decided I was normal and shouldn’t fret.  In my reading I learned that this kind of cramping signifies the expansion of the uterus.  My body was just making room for baby.

  2. Dizzy spells

    Sometimes I get dizzy when I am malnourished or ill and stand up too fast.  When I’m in a really sad condition I may even see stars as my world spins.  Well, with this baby growing up in my belly I find that I am almost always malnourished and in a really sad condition so I happen to see stars a lot lately.  Don’t worry, I don’t fall over, but I am surprised I haven’t yet.  To solve my problem I finally got in the habit of carrying food around with me everywhere.  It helps.

  3. Hunger

    This doesn’t feel like I’m starving.  It also doesn’t feel like I’m just, plain hungry.  No, it feels like my body has become a monster and taken over my mental facilities in desperation to get food instantly.  Finally learning to keep food with me 24/7 also helped this problem.

  4. Rashes

    I usually get alligator skin when the dry winter hits.  I think because of that and pregnancy hormones my skin is breaking out in rashes at random.  They are particularly permanent and angry on my shins and hands but sometimes they also attack my belly, my elbows and my bum.  These rashes aren’t just any ‘ol rash either!  Picture being bitten by 50 mosquitoes almost on top of each other, feel that itch, then compound that itch by 10 times because that’s what my skin feels like.  The itch is absolutely insatiable!  My secret to ease the pain: coconut oil.  It doesn’t immediately dull the itch but if I put it on and determine not to touch my warring skin I win the battle and the itch subsides until the next attack.

  5. Cravings

    I rarely experience the raw sensation of wanting something so bad it won’t abate until I devour whatever item holds my attention.  On the occasion I do come up with a craving it is much to the disappointment of my hubby.  He loves fulfilling my cravings.  I just think he wishes more of my cravings were things he wanted to enjoy with me.  So far my cravings have been things like cheese and crackers, miso soup, sushi, fried rice, prunes, beer cheese soup, carrots and ranch dip, and blueberry muffins.   If he had it his way I would only crave pizza and ice cream 😉

  6. Crying

    I don’t cry.  Now I’m pregnant and I get teary reading books, watching movies, witnessing a mildly tender moment, and in moments when I feel intensely loved.  But look out if I’m stressed then the whole dam breaks loose and the flow doesn’t relent until my teary reservoir is emptied.  The tears have never flowed like this!  There is no stopping it.  They gush out.  It’s like I have extra fluid and the only way it can be released is by crying it out.  Also, this is ugly crying.  I am a hyperventilating hyena and by the end of it I’m sporting some pretty serious pot head eyes.  And yet, I’ve decided I’m ok with this.  Growing up my mom would get teary when she was proud of me, when I really did something great for her, or when I was in tears.  Crying like that is a gift, and I’m excited to be able to give my sappy mommy heart, tears and all, to our little baby.

Symptoms I did not experience in my 4 – 12 weeks of pregnancy.

  1. Nausea

    Ok, I was not entirely spared.  Occasionally I experienced a queasy sensation rumbling in my belly.  But, based on the horror stories I’ve heard of other women’s pregnancy woes, I have nothing to complain about.  I have not vomited and I figure that would have occurred by now if it was going to happen.

All of this being said.  I am far from miserable.  All of my symptoms pop up every now and then and I consider them a blessing because it is a reminder that I am carrying a precious one around in my belly.  Without symptoms I might actually be concerned the baby was having trouble.  So thank God for pregnancy woes! 😉

The Day I Almost Blacked Out

So unfortunately my next couple of chronological blog posts have to be postponed.  It is essential I obtain the videos that will go with them before I share.  So, for now, lets skip ahead a couple of weeks to our next story…

Bemusings of a Baby Life: The Day I Almost Blacked Out

-Written December 13, 2013 at 14 weeks.

I have an incredible opportunity this Christmas season to use my photography talents to make a difference among the homeless.  Tomorrow I am giving my time to take family portraits of some residents at House of Mercy.  And, actually, I only reveal my gift to you because it is important to the ridiculousness of the scenario I ended up in yesterday.

Anyway, as a part of the gig I decided to donate new clothes to the residents.  So, at 4:30pm yesterday we all showed up at Target to pick out their photo shoot outfits.  First, I set the requirements: everyone was to get one whole outfit for their shoot.  Then I set them loose and checked in periodically to see if they had any questions or concerns – I figured they would feel freer if I didn’t hover the whole time.

On one of my check in encounters I was chatting with one of my new friends when I flashed over with heat and sweat.  My world spun rapidly and my heart pounded dangerously.  In an instant I stopped my chat in the middle of a sentence as my world was sucked into a black hole.  I crumpled my upper body onto my shopping cart and waited for the world so slow down.  It didn’t.  I cautiously worked my way around my cart, sat down in the middle of the men’s section, and put my head between my knees.  I laughed at myself as I realized the hilarity of the situation.  One one end, my homeless friend was nervous for me and amidst my haze I heard him tell me he was some sort of medic so “I was in good hands.”  At the other end, I could feel the stares of the other passers by, especially since me and my cart were in their way.  I felt no shame.  Even if they didn’t know it, I knew my choice was either to crouch on the floor like a lunatic or actually pass out.

Finally, the danger subsided.  With my head screwed back on straight I was able to feel my stomach rumbling angrily.  Moral of the story, clearly an empty stomach for this pregnant lady is more dangerous than just risking turning into The Hungry Hungry Pregnant Lady… if left unattended too long I will actually black out from the hunger.  Also, now I keep granola bars and apples in my purse at all times!