Tuesday, November 15, 2011

11 weeks

I am 11 weeks pregnant today. While I know anything can still happen, I am settling into the role of “pregnant woman”. It still kind of blows my mind to think about it.

I think the best thing I did for my anxiety was to start telling people. In this case, people’s naivete came in handy. Once they found out I was pregnant, they treated me like I was truly going to have a baby…which was a novel approach for me (and anyone going through infertility/loss).

Overall, I have found that when people treat you like you’re pregnant, you start feeling more pregnant yourself.

The best response I’ve gotten from my pregnancy announcements was from a co-worker. We aren’t close, but you wouldn’t know from her reaction. She immediately asked me if I got pregnant naturally, and when I said we did in vitro, she asked if it was covered under our company’s insurance. I said our state has a mandate for it to be covered. Then she asked me how much I paid out of pocket for each attempt (!). The icing on the cake was when she said “Is that why you’ve been missing so much work lately?”

Physically, I am definitely getting a round tummy. I wouldn’t call it a baby bump - it could still look like a beer gut to strangers. But if I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a while, she would probably suspect I’m pregnant.

As far as symptoms go, I’ve still been lucky. I’ve had a few fits of nausea that have made me ill, but they go away pretty quickly. No vomiting. I have discovered the tummy-settling magic of sprite with grenadine and I drink that all the time, even ordering it at restaurants (to my husband’s embarrassment). I have crazy blue veins on my chest and boobs. I feel tired and/or dizzy a lot. I have crazy mood swings and sometimes I’m convinced my husband hates me.

All in all, I’m enjoying this roller coaster, and thankful for every moment.


Elphaba said...

Yay! I found that too--once you start telling people their enthusiasm starts to win you over and you're like "yah, I'm having a baby." Ginger ale was a life saver for me!

Jem said...

"Overall, I have found that when people treat you like you’re pregnant, you start feeling more pregnant yourself."

This is SOOOOOO true!!!!

You are more courageous than I by telling folks at 11 weeks. We waited until 13, after our CVS.test. I'm still just telling people at 15. It does make me feel more pregnant to tell people. Sorta.

Chickenpig said...

Yeah for being a "regular" pregnant lady :) I'm hoping that your pregnancy remains stress free and uneventful.

Jonny and Brittany said...

Congratulations! I just found your blog- I am 11 weeks as well with my first after years of struggeling! Sounds like we are in the same boat- what is your due date?? :) Mine is June 4th!


Stacy said...

YAY! Enjoy it girl, you deserve it!

Marissa said...

Telling people can be kinda fun. :)

Sorry your coworker was a dick, though.