January 4, 2011

Pregnancy Update

So far, this pregnancy seems to be going well. I'm around 7 weeks pregnant. I have my first doctor's appointment on Wednesday of next week. Hopefully I'll have a better idea soon about how much longer I have to go. Nausea is quickly becoming my constant companion like last time, but so far I haven't thrown up. I am glad to know that my body appears to be producing sufficient hormone levels, and I am praying that my morning sickness isn't as severe as last time.
It's a bit strange being pregnant this time around with no one to talk pregnancy stuff with constantly. When I was pregnant with BB, there were 4 other teachers at my school who were pregnant. This time, I do have a few friends who are also pregnant, but it's not like I see them very often. Part of me just wants to write on FB every day about pregnancy, but I have 2 very dear friends who are still struggling with infertility. I haven't spoken to either of them since I posted my good news on FB. I know that I will eventually talk to both of them, but only when they are ready. Even then, I don't want to seem like I'm constantly sticking my pregnancy in their faces. So I suppose I will try to keep my FB postings about this to a minimum. It's difficult tempering one's joy about something.
Has anyone out there tried the over-the-counter gender prediction kit? I plan on trying one after my doctor's appointment next week. The few people I know who have tried it have all said it predicted their baby's gender accurately. We plan to find out via sonogram the baby's gender, but I really don't want to wait another 20 some weeks! I feel strongly that since I am pregnant again after so long, that this baby must be Grace. I just want to be sure so that I can start decorating the nursery :)
As thrilled that I am about this pregnancy, I am less than thrilled that I will again go through labor. Every time I think about labor, I have a bit of a panic attack. If you happen to think about it, can you please pray that this labor goes smoothly? Prior to my pregnancy, my doctor (well, she's really a midwife) said that they would induce me 2 weeks early, and if that didn't work, then they would go for a C-section. But I REALLY don't want either of those options. I don't want lots of medical intervention. I want to go into labor on my own, not strapped down to a bed like an animal, unable to move around. Obviously, what's important is a healthy mama and baby, and I try to keep this in mind. It's just that last time with BB was so awful...
When I have felt myself start to panic, I've distracted myself by reciting something I've memorized. So far, the only thing that has consistently come to mind is a prayer to the Holy Spirit that I learned at a retreat. I guess it's whatever works, right? After all, the Holy Spirit is supposed to intervene for us (Romans 8:26).


  1. I felt the same with about labor when I was pregnant with #2. My labor with Caleb was horrible and LONG...nearly 25 hours. I went 16 of those hours with no pain meds, but because it was all back labor, I finally gave in and had the epi. With Micah, I was scared I'd have the same long and dreadful experience; however, I couldn't have been more wrong. I was actually induced with Micah after my last ob appt b/c my blood pressure was spiking (it was only a week until his due date). My labor, even with pitocin, was a mere 5 hours long. It was super easy and so much better than the first. So, just know that most labors are not the same. Prayers for you my friend!

  2. Heather, I'll be praying for you. I could tell you how each labor is different or how not to worry or recite plenty of other empty words, but the fact is, HE is with you and knows exactly how you are feeling. I pray He offers you His perfect peace.

    Congratulations again. I am so thrilled for you!

  3. Congratulations, Heather!!! How exciting! I hope that all goes smoothly for you this time around. Best wishes! :)

  4. You are such a kindred spirit, Heather. I totally understood the line about it being so hard to know how to temper your joy about something. Until recently, I felt guilty even holding Solomon around a friend that lost her baby that was due at the same time he was. And that prayer? I pray it often in times such as you're describing as well.


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