Week 5

So now that most of us know we are pregnant by this week, let’s talk about “The Glow,” that everyone says you have… It’s crap.  What they’re probably seeing is that you are completely pale from either throwing up or being nauseous all the time, and then your cheeks are flushed from constantly being overheated.  Pregnancy is not the glamorous, demure thing people describe it to be.  Ladies, let’s blow the lid off of this conspiracy.  Pregnancy is messy and out of control and straight up exhausting in every way.  Don’t get me wrong, it IS a miracle that leaves you awe struck and in wonder every day as you fall more and more in love with someone who isn’t even here yet.  But still, your body is a hot mess.

I have read that the glow could be attributed to an increase in blood flow, making your face appear brighter.  During your pregnancy, your body increases your blood production by about 50 %.  Mostly this is because you will lose so much blood during delivery that your body is preparing.  But then again, the blood flow leads to the whole overheated, flushed situation too.  I’ve also read that the glow is a result of hormones.  But doesn’t everyone blame everything on hormones?  So really I think the glow is a myth people made up to make pregnant women feel better.  I have been told all three pregnancies that I have the glow, and I’m calling Bullsh*t.

Week 4

My appointment was finally here!  I went in on Friday morning, October 27th.  They did a pregnancy test, which was negative.  Gave me my pills.  Told me to take them on Sunday after my period, which was supposed to start any minute.  And sent me on my way.  I drove straight to Las Vegas, because who wouldn’t want to spend Halloween weekend with their hubby, pregnant-free in Las Vegas!?!

The first weird thing that happened was that right after I got there, Nate and I went to dinner, and I could barely keep my eyes open.  I was so tired!  Usually the adrenaline of seeing Nate and being in Vegas would keep me dancing all night!  I decided I would just take a little cat nap and then we could go out.  Next thing I knew, it was 9am the next morning!  Strange.

The second weird thing that happened was that I was strongly craving fried chicken.  I couldn’t get it out of my head all day.  Once it was placed in front of me at dinner that night, the smell made my mouth water.  However, once I took my first bite, my stomach churned.  And every bite after that made me want to hurl.  I could not eat it at all, as much as I wanted to.  Weird.

We had an amazing weekend even though I continued to feel randomly nauseous and tired.  I drove home on Monday, and realized Tuesday morning that I hadn’t gotten my period yet.  Hmmmm.  I decided to take another pregnancy test, and it was positive!  OMG!!!!!  I must have stared at that thing for five straight minutes.  My first thought was, “It’s already inside me?!?”  I was just in complete shock and awe that something can happen so quickly, and change your life forever…for the better ❤

 

 

 

Weeks 2 & 3

At some point towards the end of week 2 and the beginning of week 3, you ovulate.  This is when you are actually fertile.  Nate decided to surprise me and come home for the weekend right around this time.  We had completely forgotten about my pill dilema… our bad.  Also, I had the misconception that you are only fertile right before your period.  I had this little cartoon image in my mind of an egg waiting to be fertilized, and when she is stood up, she breaks.  Thus, your period.  I was wrong.

So after our weekend visit, I had technically conceived.  My body just didn’t know it yet.  You see, your body doesn’t know it’s carrying a fertilized egg until the egg actually implants into your uterus.  This would happen within the coming week.  That’s when you start secreting the hormones that would actually show up on a pregnancy test.  This leads us to week 4.

Week 1

So the first lesson I learned about pregnancy is probably the most important; how you actually conceive.  I know this sounds silly.  But seriously, did you know that you are actually only fertile for like three days per month?  And that those days fall smack dab in the middle of your last period and your next period?  I didn’t.

Week 1 of my first pregnancy, Nate and I were coming home from an amazing vacation in Hawaii!

It was such a fabulous vacation that I completely forgot that I was on my last pill pack, and hadn’t scheduled an appointment yet to get more.  We got home the last week of August, and I scheduled the earliest appointment I could get for October 27th.  This wasn’t going to be a big deal though because coincidentally, Nate was traveling to Las Vegas for the whole month of October for work.

You see, once you get pregnant, they start counting your 40 weeks on the day of your last menstrual period, or LMP.  They do this because it is too hard to know exactly when you might have conceived, but obviously not hard to remember the first day of your last period.  So this brings us to week 2.

Hey Everyone,

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It’s been a long time since I was on Laguna Beach, The Real OC.  Ten years in fact!  Wow, how time flies.  What have I been up to?  Well, after graduating high school, I gave acting a shot.  I went on a few auditions, and I was really enjoying it.  Then one day I was set up on a blind date, and it was love at first sight as they say.  So I traded in my weekly drives to LA for drives to SD to be with him.  It’s been my fairytale.  We fell in love, moved in together, got a couple dogs, and then got married.  I have plenty of pics of all of this on my Facebook if you want more deets 😉

Eight months after getting married, and to our complete surprise, I got pregnant.  Which brings us to the point of this blog.  I just recently found out that I am pregnant with our third, and I have just learned so much that I want to share.  I’ve been saying throughout my previous two pregnancies that I was going to write, “The sh*t they don’t put in the book” book, haha.  So here it is…