Hey all! I cannot tell you how excited I am to have finally shared the pregnancy news with you! It feels like I can finally let you in on a part of my life that I’ve been dying to share!
Since I made the pregnancy announcement at 15 weeks, I wanted to play catch up and show you whats been going on from weeks 8-12. So, without further ado, here is my pregnancy update for weeks 8-12.
Pregnancy Update Weeks 8-12
Baby’s Size (& My Size)
Baby is the size of a raspberry & I gained 1lb this week. (I spy my insulin pump)
I totally spaced taking a picture this week. But I had no changes in belly size from the previous week. Baby is the size of a pecan & I gained 0lbs this week (100% attributed to morning sickness and food aversions)
Baby is the size of a grape tomato & I gained 0lbs this week. My whole body, especially my face felt very puffy and bloated this week.
Again, no pictures, sorry guys! I need to get better at remembering to take belly shots! Baby is the size of a strawberry & I gained 0lbs this week.
Baby is the size of a lime & I gained 0lbs this week
Blood sugars weren’t the worst, but also not the best this week. Between struggling with morning sickness and food aversions, eating my normal foods (which I have perfected the bolus for) is almost impossible.
I was able to get a smoother BG line, even though it was a tad on the higher side. But no complaining here! Still great numbers.
Yeah baby! Now we’re talking! I finally started to feel better around this time. My eating was more normalized and my BG reflects that. Pat self on back!
Still doing really well! Although Endo wants my average at 120, I can see that I’m getting there. Very proud of my numbers here.
There is that noontime resistance kicking in. Again, not bad, but I noticed that I would hover in the 150-160 range no matter how much I bolused. Time for an increase in basal!
My insulin needs haven’t been very eventful this first trimester (thank goodness).
In the beginning of my first trimester I experienced slight resistance, I think from leftover ovulation hormones (see how ovulation effects BG here). I have a setting in my pump for when I ovulate, which gives me about 50% more insulin overall. I noticed that during the first trimester I continued to use this setting until about 8 weeks pregnant (so for about 5 weeks after I ovulated).
After 8 weeks I was back down to my pre-ovulation ratios and have remained there since. I did have a few days where I couldn’t keep my sugars up, but I think that was because I wasn’t eating very much due to morning sickness.
It was also right around the 8 week mark that I noticed I didn’t need to pre-bolus. This is because pregnancy slows down your digestion so that your body has time to break down and absorb as much nutrients for baby as possible. Due to the slow digestion, a pre-bolus would actually drop me. So I was bolusing most of my meals shortly after eating them.
I also noticed that exercise drops me like WOAH now. I am able to get away with eating a 15 carb snack/meal without a bolus if I’m going to be walking around/exercising for at least 30min. Pretty sweet!
I didn’t have any symptoms until 7 weeks…I actually thought I was one of the few lucky ones who would skirt by the first trimester without any morning sickness. But boy was I wrong!
Nausea kicked in hard last week (week 7) and is still going strong – entirely without vomiting, my boobs are a bit sore, and I always have to pee!
Feeling very bloated (all over). Fatigue is kicking in. Nausea is getting better but I’m still nauseous for about half the day (typically the second half of the day). Thankfully, still no vomiting. However I do still have aversions to the thought (and action) of preparing the food; which makes meal planning nearly impossible.
No change from last week. Still have that all-over-bloated feeling and I started to feel the round ligament pain. If feels like someone pinches your belly – a quick pain, then gone.
Nausea is getting better, but headaches have been added to my list of symptoms. But my constant peeing has taken a break. I feel like I’m back to my normal pee frequency.
Nausea is almost totally gone, but headaches have really ramped up! I’m still getting random round ligament pain and stomach feels uncomfortable if I move a certain way. All other symptoms have pretty much faded.
8 -10 Weeks
It’s not a specific food, but the general thought of preparing food, any kind of food, makes me sick to my stomach. So much so that I can’t even cook or prepare meals anymore. Justin has taken over this task for the time being, which means our meals look like this
I can finally start preparing food again. It still makes me a bit queasy, but I can power through it if I don’t think about it. Cooked vegetables, taco meat, pork, and pickles are starting to become a slight turn off.
Update…TOTAL TURN OFF on taco meat, pork, and pickles. Still struggling with cooked vegetables, especially broccoli.
FRUIT, eggs, and basically anything that is junk & loaded with carbs (pizza, mac n cheese, french fries).
Fruit, egg sandwiches, vegetarian sushi, cereal
Fruit, yogurt, pickled green beans, peanut butter & jelly
Fruit, chocolate smoothies, peanut butter & jelly, pistachios
Fruit, chocolate smoothies, hot dogs, broth. This breakfast is what I craveeee every morning.
Waking up about 1-2 times per night (to pee).
Still waking up to pee, but other than that the sleep is pretty solid. Had two pregnancy dreams – both times I was having girls (one time it was twin girls)
Falling asleep really early (like 8pm) because of severe headaches and nausea in the evenings. But I sleep solid throughout the night, haven’t been waking up as much to pee.
Still going to bed early and sleeping solid until about 5am. Then I toss & turn until 7am. Not waking up to pee at all!
Sleep has never been so amazing! Dreams have been great too.
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