So far, it’s actually working well. I have never before made it past 7 or 8 weeks without throwing up, and I typically throw up a lot starting right at 5 weeks. 10-20 times/day for the first 4-5 months is normal for me…so I am thrilled to say that I have not hung my head over the toilet once!
On a scale of 1-10, where 1 is “I didn’t notice until you asked” and 10 is waiting for the last heave so you can wipe your mouth and stand up, my nausea has hovered mostly between 3 and 4. It’s just enough to sap my motivation and make bed the most comfortable place, but not enough to give me grounds for complaining. I’ve had brief spikes toward 6 or 8, but that goes away quickly if I’m careful to eat beans and lots of protein and veggies, and stop before I’m full. Never empty, never full – that’s where my stomach is happiest right now.
I don’t crave pickles, but I’m beginning to understand where the stereotype comes from. My food settles better if I eat something acidic with every meal and snack, and sometimes pickles are just the easiest and most obvious choice.
This is a first for me, but I’m very sensitive to smell. Dirty diapers are a no-brainer – somebody else has to do them right now or the baby will need a bath after I ralph on him – but I can’t even stand to look in the fridge because the smell of food when I’m already nauseated is the least appealing thing in the world. Perry and the girls have learned to recognize my whiny “I’m sick” face even before I complain and just bring me a small snack. I’m so thankful for that!
I’m beginning to show, just a little. It’s not enough that a stranger would know or even suspect that I am pregnant, but I am definitely getting thicker around the middle, and I can feel my uterus growing. I read that it should be a little larger than a grapefruit at this point, which is exactly how it feels.
Of course, the baby is growing too. I’m not in this alone. At this point, the baby should be a little over an inch long. Click the image to see more photos and details on development at 10 weeks. Precious!
I need to call my midwife and schedule my first checkup. She says she likes to start around 10 weeks and – oops! That’s right now! There’s no hurry (many midwives start later with experienced moms) but at this point she should be able to find the heartbeat, and I can’t wait for that!
Can I see a show of hands? Who else is expecting? How far along are you?