I have an announcement! (8-14 weeks)

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So here it is, finally up on my blog! Yes, I’m having a baby! Due on the 27th of July 2019, I am so thrilled to finally be able to announce my little pride and joy here! I’ve been dying to tell people ever since I found out, but had to keep it between close friends and family until I had my dating scan, and trust me it was so hard to do!

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This post may contain subjects which may be upsetting to readers. These things include ectopic pregnancy, anxiety and medical procedures such as needles. Please be aware of this before continuing to read.

How we found out:
2 weeks before Christmas, I suddenly starting feeling violently ill, I had an upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, everything I thought was a stomach bug, especially since my dad had just had one. After getting it confirmed, I was pretty much stuck in bed for about a week. Soon after it started getting better, but the vomiting just wasn’t stopping. My mum spoke to a pharmacist about anything I could do to stop it, and pregnancy was suggested. At the time, I was adamant I couldn’t be, but once my parents stepped out, I did a pregnancy test. And there it was, a positive instantly! Straight away, I told my partner Daniel who was making us tea. My reaction was a bit underwhelming, well what else could I do about it? If I’m pregnant, I’m pregnant. A few days later I went to my doctors and they confirmed, yes I was pregnant and around 4/5 weeks. Daniel and I had a long discussion about what we were going to do, and whether we would tell people straight away. I first told my sister, who said she basically already knew, and then a few days later told my parents who were ecstatic, and extremely supportive.

Hospital Time (12 weeks):
Although it was believed I was around 4/5 weeks, this was super early, and my doctor asked me to monitor myself, as not many women find out till around 8 weeks or until they’ve missed a period. However, I wasn’t having the best time. The morning sickness was taking over my life. Although it’s called “morning sickness” it can happen at any time of the day, and for me, it was happening maybe twice a day, more so in the morning but sometimes when I had something my stomach just couldn’t handle. I knew that once I saw the midwife I would need to weigh myself, so when I found out I was pregnant, I weighed myself and kept note. But after 2 weeks passing, I noticed the weight dropping off me, and quickly lost 1 stone. I didn’t know how normal this was, especially since I was getting pains. My mum spoke to my doctor and asked me to come in, as pregnancy shouldn’t affect daily life. 

The weekend went by, and one morning I woke up, and I had really bad hip pains. Thankfully my parents were awake so I went downstairs and that was an agonizing thing to do. At first, I thought it may have been wind, as I hadn’t eaten much, morning sickness can really put you off food. But within half an hour I couldn’t stand up, I had extreme pain and knew I needed medical attention. This is where I’m most thankful for my family and for Daniel, as Daniel got up and took me to the hospital. The hospital was like a ghost town, it was pretty much empty so we were seen quite quickly. And then the dreaded topic of ectopic pregnancy was mentioned. With having such bad anxiety, and being in the hospital for a suspected ectopic before (when I was around 16 – turned out to be an allergic reaction to birth control), my head was everywhere. After an examination and urine sample, they came to a conclusion it is possible but I am severely dehydrated too. An IV was inserted, and I was given, let’s say the worst needle I’ve ever received in my life for Anti-Sickness. 

After being put on a ward, Daniel was sent home and I managed to get a few hours sleep. The IV felt amazing, and I felt grateful to be in a ward where there was only one other person, as my anxiety was causing me to cry quite a lot. The following morning, I received IV pain relief and more fluids and was told I can have breakfast if I felt like it, so I had a bowl of cornflakes, and it definitely gave me more energy. A few hours after, I was taking down for a transvaginal scan, which I wasn’t a stranger to and again, Daniel being the angel he was, came in just to be there with me. There we saw our little bundle of joy, happily rolling about and heart beating strong. I was asked how far I thought I was and said I must be around 4/5 and was then told I was actually around 12. Which was kind of shocking considering I had a period in that time. However the baby was healthy, measuring quite big but was happy, and they couldn’t see any issues. We were so happy and I was taken back on to the ward to have my hydration monitored before I could happily go home.

The diagnosis was quite simple to everything going on, and it was Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). This is where the vomiting and nausea are so severe it can cause weight loss and dehydration, which can then cause abdominal pains, more so by the kidneys. It also didn’t help that the baby was measuring bigger than it should have been, as that would cause pressure, but I was so happy to be able to leave the hospital with a healthy baby.

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Dating Scan (13 weeks):
The next day I had my first midwife appointment. It was pretty standard, going through medical history and what I’d need to do from now on. Due to what happened, and being under 25, I was deemed at “high risk” so my scans would be more frequent, which with my anxiety I was quite happy about. My dating scan was the following week, and we were so excited to see our baby again. We were told the baby was due late July, and it seemed like the most perfect date in the world. And now here we are at 14 weeks, still suffering from the HG (not as much but I have my bad days), and just excited for what’s to come!

So I guess this pregnancy business is no joke! And I’m so excited to introduce our Baby Sunflower onto this website, and hopefully do more posts about how pregnancy is treating me, and what I’ve learned/gone through! If you have any ideas of what you’d like to see, leave a comment down below!

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