10 weeks: it’s all about the nausea {Pregnancy update}

I was 10 weeks pregnant yesterday and this is my first update so far on the blog.  Call it pregnancy brain.  I’m forgetting a lot, spending most of my time focusing on two little words: don’t puke.

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?


  1. Just stumbled upon your blog when I googled morning sickness. I am 10 weeks with mu first and have been miserable 🙁 I feel the nausea all day long and half of the night. The puking has gotten bad and it makes my throat bleed 🙁 I guess that makes me a 7 or 8 on your scale. Haven’t found anything that helps just yet. But I am going to test out some pickles lol.

  2. I am just blown away by how many families there are out ‘there’ in blog land that have more than 4 children. I thought that was rare these days. Wonderful and God bless you everyone.

  3. Congrats!! I am right behind you. I will be 10 weeks this week…..also really struggling with being nauseated. Praying that by 12-13 weeks, it will have disappeared. This will be 14th pregnancy…I lost a little one 2 1/2 years ago, early on…so I am a little more nervous. I am a newer reader and have been enjoying your posts!

  4. Bleh- you would think that after so many children your body would be “used to it” lol! I’m pregnant with number 6, and it actually seems to have gotten worse! I love you blog- just found it. We are also in a “small” house by today’s standards. No storage, in less than 1900 sq ft. With our 5 current children. It’s a challenge, and we’ve gon back and forth about buying/building a larger home, but we also don’t want to over stretch our budget. So it’s squished living for now 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your life with us!

  5. Love to see all these “large” families. Yeah! I’m 15 weeks with baby #6.

  6. Congratulations!! I’m expecting number 9, and I’m 18 weeks today. Due on Aug. 26th, but will probably go a week early because I will be having my 7th c-section. Never had morning sickness with any of my pregnancies. Hope you get through easy this time. Just found your blog.

  7. Me too! I’m 28 weeks with #3. I found acidic things very helpful with this pregnancy and my first. I would poor balsamic vinegar in a dish and dip bread in it, but really I just wanted to drink the vinegar. My morning sicknees wasn’t so bad this time, mostly because we were visiting family out of town for 3 weeks, so I wasn’t doing the cooking. I highly recommend moving back in with your mommy so she can take care of your littles and do the cooking during morning sickness! Okay, so I probably won’t get to do that again, but it sure was nice.

  8. Congrats, you are incredibly BLESSED! I am in my 6th week, expecting my 6th baby here on earth. I just went through 2 miscarriages, which were my only miscarriages. If this one makes it, I’m doing cartwheels out of the hospital. We told our children right away this time so they could start praying. I think it would be a sweet memory for them to know they helped pray a sibling into existence. 🙂

  9. Kristi Whitaker says:

    I am 17 weeks with baby #6. Congrats to you and your family.

  10. I have a sometimes blog, but I have not shared with some of my family members who read it yet. We are 5 weeks with baby #3 🙂 We have a 3 year old son and a 18 month old daughter. My mother-in-love is in the hospital dealing with some issues right now, so we did not think now would be an appropriate time to share with someone who might not be as excited as we are about this sweet blessing. How do you deal with family members who are critical of your family size. You know the ones who like to get that little “Are you done?” ,”You’re not pregnant, right?!”, “You don’t need anymore children right now.”, “Good grief, not again!” jabs? I know that many of your family members share your beliefs, but are there any that do not agree (very loudly)?

  11. I have been following you for a couple of months now and have been completely encouraged and inspired. I feel blessed to have found your blog! I have told many other woman about you and how awesome you seem. And the men I have told think your gun carrying is especially awesome!

    I am 31 weeks pregnant with #6. I am so excited to read about all the other expecting moms with large families. My oldest is 13 and youngest is 3. I have had all c-sections (GRRRRRR!!!) so this is very likely to be my last. This was my second best pregnancy morning sickness wise. I am sooo grateful!!! But the exhaustion was/has been awful! My poor other children, husband and house. It has made me anxious to deliver this baby which, of course, send me into a cycle of guilt for wishing the amazing experience of being pregnant again away. However, my family has been too neglected the past few months. So sad.

    Congrats to everyone! New babies are the best thing EVER!

    • Hi Audra,

      I just found this blog last week. I’m 18 weeks today with baby number 9. It will be my 7 c-section. Babies #2 and 3 were v-bacs. My oldest will be 19 in July and my youngest is almost 19 months old.

  12. We are 10 weeks also! Thank you for posting pix, a good reminder for the reason I feel so “green” sometimes! As this is #10, there are also 9 other small people reminding me how exciting this is…when I look at the whole family I am convinced that “green” or not, it is all worth while.

  13. I understand the morning sickness you are going through. My son is now 5 months but it was exactly this time last year that I could not go a day without throwing up.

  14. Sarah Avila says:

    Reading about all you pregnant mommies is making me want to have another! hehe!! Lord willing, we will have more, and in His time! We have 6 beautiful blessings so far and my youngest (twins) just turned 1 a few weeks ago.

    Congrats and blessings to all you pregnant mommies!

  15. I’m 9 weeks and jealous of your “haven’t puked” status! My first appointment with my midwife is in a week and I can hardly wait. We’ve got an almost 2 year old, and had a miscarriage last fall. So after that, even though puking is miserable, it is reassuring. This baby is worth it. 🙂

  16. Katherine says:

    We have 5 kids (15, 8, 4, 2, and 1) and I am currently 36 weeks pregnant. After several years of infertility and four miscarriages, I feel very blessed to have a big family. I just started following the blogs of you and the other three moms. I have enjoyed reading your updates. It is nice to know there are other large families out there. Sometimes the negative comments about having a large family can be overwhelming. I am hoping to gain some inspiration and much needed organization tips by reading your blogs. Congratulations to you and I hope the nausea passes soon!

  17. Last time I was pregnant I didn’t call until I was about 5 months along. My midwife said, “I was thinking about calling you just to check but I didn’t want to bug you. But I just had the feeling….” I told her to call next time. I’m such a procrastinator…

    Congratulations on your new little one. You are passing me up with this one. 🙂

  18. Hannah H says:

    27 wks pregnant with our third, its our 1 St boy, we knew right away it was a boy because I had very little nausea unlike when I was pregnant with the girls. Our oldest daughter is Olivia who will be 4 in May and our 2nd daughter Faithful will turn 1 next week. We let the Lord plan our family and felt that this baby was a blessing even though they will only be 14 mo apart. So we are naming him Nathaniel, it means gift of God. Not everyone was receptive to us having another so soon,well our church family is, just not all of our bio family.
    Anyone have experience with how to lovingly deal with unsupportive family? We live close together so its seems tricky ……

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