Well, we made it to nine weeks and I am so thankful. What a history of recurrent miscarriages brings you is a nervousness with each positive pregnancy test, that something may go wrong again.
When you find that you are bleeding that nervousness makes way for full blown fear.
Thank God that we were reassured when I was able to go for a reassurance scan at the hospital at 6 weeks and they found a heartbeat and a baby that fit it’s dates exactly. I’m sure, when that happens I float out of the place!
Since then I’ve been constantly nauseous and found that I can’t allow myself to even begin to feel hungry, or the nausea becomes forty billionty times worse. The downside to this is that I have gained weight like nobody’s business. My goal is to get over this sickness hump then get things back under control. At the moment my main priority is keeping my stomach contents under control, and preferably, keep them internally contained.
The tiredness is still at the knock-you-out stage. The latest I’ve managed to stay up til is 9pm, though most nights I end up falling asleep on the sofa at around 7.30pm. I’d like to think that Michael misses my company during these evenings. I considered asking him if this were true. Then I thought that the reality may result in my becoming a quivering, hormonal wreck at the PC. Then I won’t be able to finish this post and you’ll
both my readers all my readers will be sad. So we’ll stick to my theory, shall we?
So, quick round-up of the symptoms this week = Sick, Tired and Fat.
I’ve been applying natural progesterone cream (NPC) twice a day since finding out I was pregnant. By rubbing a small amount on your stomach, upper thighs and breasts twice a day, it absorbs into the body and increases the bodies level of progesterone. This, in turn, decreases the chance of early miscarriage.
I wasn’t completely convinced of the properties of NPC until my previous pregnancy. I had just gone through two more miscarriages (numbers seven and eight) and decided that it was worth a try. Again, I began to bleed but again, like this pregnancy, later found a baby with a strong beating heartbeat. That baby was Oliver. So if you’re nervous about the possibility of miscarrying in the early stages of pregnancy I’d say, give it a go. It won’t do any harm, even if you feel sceptical about whether it will work or not.
I’ve also continued to pray daily to St Gerard Majella for a healthy pregnancy. I believe wholeheartedly in his intercession as the patron of expectant mothers and there are several prayers which can be said to him for those seeking motherhood, for sick children, for patience or for labour. As saints go, he’s got to be the top guy for me!
After having a think about it, Michael and I decided that this time we’d do something different and have booked a 4d scan. It isn’t scheduled until July 1st, when I’ll be around 26 weeks pregnant. At the moment that seems so far away! Still, it’s something to be looking forward to, and a first for us. We’ve never splashed out on anything like this before and the pictures seem to be amazing! I’d love to hear from you if you’ve had it done and what you thought of it.
Next week brings my first appointment with Mary the Midwife who was amused at seeing my name once again on her desk. A booking-in appointment with six children in tow for the ride will be fun (!), and hopefully not very long!
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