Monday, 30 May 2016

Paralyzed & Pregnancy: 8-10 weeks update

Welcome back to this week's pregnancy update! I'm really excited to be sharing this journey with you guys! I have to admit that I completely forgot to get a belly shot in aannny of these weeks. It's not all that interesting though because there's still no real 'baby belly' (just a bloat belly), but I do promise that next time, I'll be sure to share the 'bump' alongside my rambling! 

Paralysis and Pregnancy: 8-10 Week pregnancy update by Welcome to Mommyhood #paralysis, #paraplegic, #pregnancy

How are you feeling? Symptoms? 
Oh man. I seriously forgot how sick I was when I was pregnant with Y but my husband reminds me that yes, it was just as bad. It's so hard to find food to eat. Even when I am starving, just about nothing sounds good and many things are hard to keep down. I've been going for bland food like bread or pasta with nothing on it. 

Also, exhaustion. I just want to sleep all the time. Except at night. Go figure. 

By the middle of week 10, the nausea has started to subside somewhat. It's always the worst first thing in the morning and after dinner. 

It's funny though with pregnancy. It's probably the only time in our lives when we deliberately do something to ourselves that can make us so ill, causes so much pain, but is still such a beautiful process. For now, I'm just trying to get through the days and am really looking forward to the second trimester when my nausea pretty much went away when I was pregnant with Y. I'm really hoping it subsides again! 

What I know will stick around for the entire pregnancy is the constant need to pee. Oh my goodness! 


Watermelon. I neeed it, but can't seem to find it in stores yet. It's rough. Other than that, I haven't really had cravings, but I do like really, really spicy foods. Not that I crave spicy food, but adding heat to meals makes them sound less icky if that counts? 

Maternity clothes? 

Not yet, but I'm definitely noticing changes in my body. I had massive amounts of bloat that subsided around week 8, but closer to week 10, I noticed that my belly is really growing. It's not yet at a point where others can see that I'm pregnant, but I'm noticing it in how my clothing fits. I already spend the majority of the day in fuzzy pajama pants. 

What do you miss? 

Sleep. I cannot sleep. Even though the babe is still so small, and even though I am exhausted, it's so hard to get comfortable and get a good night's rest. I guess my body is starting to prepare very early for sleepless nights once baby gets here. 

What are you looking forward to? 

Shopping. Okay that sounds strange. Of course, I am so excited to feel the baby move, to find out the sex, and all of those amazing things that come along with being pregnant. But really, I just want little one to get here and cannot wait to hold him or her. 

Before all that can happen, we need to get a lot prepared. I need to have things planned and organised or I kind of panic, and am already starting to worry about getting everything done. We will be modifying a lot of furniture ourselves to accommodate my wheelchair. So getting everything purchased, modified, set up etc is going to take time, but I am really looking forward to the process! 

How my paralysis is impacting the pregnancy? 

So far, it's not. Well, kind of. I have appointments at the hospital every 2 weeks and have more frequent ultrasounds. I also had spotting during this time, which was very scary, but had nothing to do with my injury. My doctor really isn't concerned and she said that it's likely due to good circulation within the uterus based on what I had described to her. 

Baby is developing exactly as it should, and my due date hasn't changed at all. The only annoying thing as far as my paralysis at the moment is that the gynecologist has really high examination tables that I cannot easily get on to. That's okay for now as I can get on there with a lot of effort, but as I get bigger, I'm not going to be able to do that I think. Luckily, I'm very petite (5 feet 1 inch) and my husband is very strong and tall (6 feet 1 inch) so he should still be able to lift me, but I prefer to do everything myself because I'm stubborn like that. 


Aside from the annoying symptoms, I'm doing really well! Baby is growing well and is now also out of the embryo phase. By the end of week 10, baby actually looks more like a baby than a tadpole. We had an ultrasound during week 10 and it was amazing to see the baby. We had heard the heartbeat during our 8 week appointment, but now we could see him/her moving around, as well. It was amazing! 

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