So first let me re-cap the last 3 months of this beautiful pregnancy. I am amazed at how completely different all three of my pregnancies have been (so far), but also how similar. This one is once again completely different, but oh so familiar.
The First Three Months //
I found out I was pregnant about half way through our Israel trip, which meant that I got pregnant pretty much straight away when we got there. Once I found out I just prayed to God, and asked him for this one to be a bit easier than traveling pregnant with Eli had been. Due to my health each and every one of our babies is a bit of a miracle, and it amazes me how little effort is required to make them!
So the first 12 weeks of pregnancy have been… easy! I felt a bit queasy, we spent a few days on the couch, and I went to bed a little earlier than usual, but mostly I was symptom free. I mean, I only threw up when we all go food poisoning. I haven’t had any bleeding or huge sickness, which I’ve had with the others, and I attribute that a lot to being on thyroid medication now. I think being on the medication has kept my hormones even and less volatile. My parents arrived for the last 2 weeks of our Israel trip, and I was probably at my worst at this time (smells were driving me nuts, and I could NOT eat meat at all – even saying the word “meat” out loud led me to feel ill and I would have to breath away vomiting). So I felt super bad that my parents came and I wasn’t able to really host them how we had planned, but at the same time, I was SUPER super thankful they were there to take the boys to the park every now and again, and help with cooking the food. In that selfish way it was perfect timing!
By my calculations I should have been 11 weeks and 1 day when I went to the doctors (we got home on the Thursday, and I got my thyroid blood test that day, then on the Monday I had my doctor’s appointment), but that same Monday I had an ultrasound (my period was still recovering post-Eli, and post-thyroid surgery in December) to confirm dates, and they put me back a week. So that’s why the title of this post says 12 (13) weeks. Because I’m now officially 12 weeks, but by my calculations (which I’m pretty sure are right!!) it’s 13 weeks. I asked the doctor about this, and she said that at 10-12 weeks the ultrasound can be 5 days out, depending on how the baby is lying (if they’re curved, or stretched out etc.), and that it’s possible that they may change the dates again at a later scan. :-/ Annoying! I felt like telling her, “Well, I’m a blogger, and a scrapbooker, so I don’t want the dates being muddled up in my records!” Haha. Not sure how well that would have gone down….!
Week 12 of pregnancy
Week 12 of pregnancy has been uneventful and that’s just the way I like it! I saw the doctor again, and I am iron deficient and vitamin D deficient, but both those things are from before pregnancy, so I am just continuing on with my supplements, but at a higher dose. It worries me slightly that I’ve been taking supplements irregularly for about 3 months now, and my results have gotten WORSE, but I need to take into consideration the fact that I didn’t eat any red meat almost the entire time we were away, and didn’t compensate for that with other food, just with irregularly taking the supplements (which I was on a very small dose). Vitamin D should really be better seeing as I’ve been in Summer for 9 months straight now, and the level of sun protection I use is literally zero…
You will hear me talk a lot about my thyroid this pregnancy. In other pregnancies my thyroid was all over the place, but I didn’t have any doctor (not a GP, or the doctors at the hospital) that took my results as serious as they should have, which meant that it was basically ignored. I mean, it all worked out okay, but I’m on serious medication now that needs to be regulated and adjusted throughout pregnancy. When I got back my thyroid levels were at the lowest they are allowed to be in pregnancy, which is okay. They’re not bad levels, they just like to keep your levels up in pregnancy. I am certain they will be increasing my medication at my next appointment which is only like a week away.
As far as care goes during this pregnancy, I’ve decided to go with a private midwife again. I don’t have a plan yet on where I’ll give birth, but I will have a private midwife no matter what. My midwife from Eli’s birth is away in January, so she can’t be there, but another midwife who I know fairly well will be looking after me. I will also see my GP once a month for my thyroid tests and medication adjustment, and I will have a few hospital appointments as well to see some thyroid and pregnancy specialists.
You can see from my photo this week that I already have a bit of a belly. At first I thought this was just bloating, but it appears my body has just given up trying to hold it in. So this is my starting point! Ha! What can I say? Third baby…!