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I'm 10 weeks pregnant, due on 6th July 2012, which was the birthday of my maternal grandmother Ada.

Short version: I'm really happy to have conceived, and really looking forward to the eventual baby, but I'm disliking the experience of pregnancy even more than I did with Charles.

Long version behind cut:

My passenger is still quite small (grape-sized according to the fruit-obsessed pregnancy calendars on t'internet) but has been making its presence felt for about 5 weeks now. It's been a fun ticklist of familiar symptoms from last time:

1. Nausea (4.5 weeks)
2. Exhaustion (6 weeks)
3. Super-powered sense of smell (6.5 weeks)
4. Overnight dislike of diet cola (7.5 weeks)
5. Potato cravings (8 weeks)
6. Sudden discomfort of elasticated-waist trousers (10 weeks)

The nausea is definitely more extreme than with Charles; everything else seems fairly comparable as much as one can trust 6-year-old memories. I'm really hoping Pelvic Girdle Pain (the condition formerly known as Symphisis Pubis Dysfunction) either doesn't happen or holds off until at least 7 months like last time.

Charles knows, as do our immediate family and close friends. He was worried about me being ill. Tony & I decided that rather than pretend everything is ok when he can see that it isn't, so that if I miscarry we could try to pretend everything was ok when he would see that it wasn't, it's simpler and more respectful to answer his questions honestly.

My managers at work also know, because I had my appraisal last week including "plans for next year", and it was impossible to make sensible plans without revealing my own had just changed radically. Suddenly tasks like "documentation" and "handover planning" have much greater urgency ... If all goes well, I doubt I will be off for a whole year, but we can't make any decisions or open working-pattern negotiations until after the baby arrives.

I've finally registered with the midwife at my GP surgery, which has triggered a flurry of appointments: blood tests today, longer midwife appointment next week "to go through all the paperwork", ultrasound in the New Year, and an obstetrician appointment in late January. The last is because of my previous c-section so they can discuss what will be "safe options" for my delivery. From something the midwife said, I am expecting to get a lecture on my weight too, so I am practicing my "thank you for that information, I will consider it carefully" phrases.

The Horrible Guts are unrelated (having started at least a month before I conceived) and have mostly improved, or at least aren't very noticeable next to the pregnancy nausea. The last time I saw my GP, he said that as all my tests had come back ok except the fatty bits on the liver, the liver probably is to blame after all. Unfortunately, the main treatment for fatty liver is to lose weight, and deliberately losing weight is not encouraged in pregnancy, so I'm basically under instruction to "eat sensibly and take care of myself" and come back if symptoms worsen. He's promised to keep an eye on the pregnancy blood test results in case they reveal anything new. As it happens, I've lost 2kg over the last 5 weeks through nausea, but that's not dangerously fast and seems to be flattening out now. But the low-fat diet has been replaced by the what-stays-down diet for now.

My OU study was somewhat disrupted by the sudden-onset exhaustion, but I did just manage to get my second (last) essay for Contemporary Wales in on time. It isn't as good as I would have liked, but it should be enough to pass, which is all I need. The other module I'm on, Personal Finance in Context is easier for me to keep up with, at least so far. In January, if all is well after my ultrasound, I'll cancel the next module which starts in May, as that's when I expect to start getting late-pregnancy-stupid. Hopefully I'll be able to resume studying in October, but we'll see.

In January I hope to start aquanatal classes with the same teacher I used last time. I remember really enjoying the classes last time, as well as them being feasible even when walking and cycling were not. Though I intend to continue walking and cycling everywhere for as long as possible.

Date: 2011-12-09 20:52 (UTC)
ailbhe: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ailbhe

Date: 2011-12-09 20:53 (UTC)
naath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naath
Congratulations, and booooo on the nasty side effects stupid bodies.

Date: 2011-12-10 08:23 (UTC)
naath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naath

Date: 2011-12-09 21:09 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crazyscot
Whee! Congrats :)

Date: 2011-12-09 21:29 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaberett
Congratulations! Good luck, with the symptoms & with the changes of plan.

Date: 2011-12-09 21:49 (UTC)
tla: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tla
Ooh wow congratulations! Is Charles still really hoping for a girl?

Date: 2011-12-12 10:01 (UTC)
naath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naath
Now that would be excessively cute (so you should totally do it, if applicable).

Date: 2011-12-12 11:13 (UTC)
naath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naath
Ada is a really good name.

Date: 2011-12-09 21:50 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] staranise
Congratulations! Good luck--I hope everything turns out well.

Date: 2011-12-09 22:05 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] juggzy

Date: 2011-12-09 22:27 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kake
Hurrah, congratulations!

Date: 2011-12-09 23:24 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ceb
Oh, congratulations! Best of luck for a successful and hassle-free pregnancy.

Date: 2011-12-09 23:26 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pseudomonas
Good luck, and congratulations!

Date: 2011-12-10 00:02 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] twigletzone
Congratulations! Now where is that waistcoat I never managed to finish off for Charles...

Date: 2011-12-10 00:14 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sir_guinglain
Congratulations! I look forward to reading further updates.

Date: 2011-12-10 00:25 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kalypso
Congratulations, and good luck! I'm very sorry about the symptoms in the run-up to July, but hope they can be managed as well as possible. And I'm looking forward to the launch!

Date: 2011-12-10 00:40 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deborah_c
Congratulations! That's the second announcement on my friends list today :-)

Date: 2011-12-10 01:54 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] techiebabe
Wow. Congratulations! You're the second of my friends to have announced pregnancy this week - what a surprise!

I hope everything goes well. I can recommend the Serrola belt for spd, if it sets in again.

Date: 2011-12-10 17:14 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] techiebabe
My friend is fairly online-shy and I don't think I know any of her friends, at least that's my perception. She's lovely though and I'll happily ask her if she'd like to follow you, if you wish?

Date: 2011-12-11 18:28 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] techiebabe
I've mailed her. If she says yes I'll pass her details to you so you can friend her back. :-)

Date: 2011-12-10 07:47 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nwhyte
Excellent! Good luck!

Date: 2011-12-10 09:23 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aldabra
Congrats! Hope all goes well.

Date: 2011-12-10 11:16 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kotturinn
Congratulations from me too. Meh about the symptoms - I hope they settle to be not too horrible. Good for you for keeping Charles in the loop - but I guess I would have been surprised if you hadn't!

Date: 2011-12-10 11:59 (UTC)
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Date: 2011-12-10 12:57 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bens_dad

Date: 2011-12-10 14:35 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] miss_t_ide
Congratulations. Hope the pregnancy symptoms calm down.

Date: 2011-12-10 15:25 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] emperor
Congratulations! I hope your symptoms improve.

Date: 2011-12-12 11:11 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sparrowsion

Date: 2011-12-12 17:31 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] miss_s_b
Working through the tabs I have had open for a while; sorry it has taken me so long to add my 'Grats. Hopefully little possibly-Ada will be as awesome as his/her mum ;)

Date: 2011-12-13 12:34 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] happydisciple
Ooh, congrats!


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