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Dating scan this week: all continues well I saw the BRAIN through the skull. Otherwise the fetus was mostly posed badly for photos interpretable by non-specialists, so I declined buying any prints. The scan gave a due date of 2nd July, rather than my estimate-from-conception-date of 6th July. Personally I think the fetus is just a bit bigger than average, which would be consistent with its mother and brother.

I have signed up to be a test subject for training junior doctors in ultrasound examinations. 1 hour of scanning, Tony can accompany me, we can have some prints if they get some nice photos, and we'll be given some money towards travel expenses.

At the dating scan, I got my second Bounty pack of tat for pregnant women: most of the bumpf went into the recycling, a few things were kept for when the baby is born, but the single most appreciated item was the sachet of Ovaltine. Mmmm. MOAR PLS.

My shape is changing - I've lost between 6kg and 4.5kg in the last 12 weeks (depending if you go by weight-on-scales, or the more conservative Hackers Diet averaged weight), so I've shrunk overall, but my lower abdomen is definitely beginning to round out, and I'm definitely aware of a new incompressible region within it. It is probably time to dig out the maternity wear saved from last time to see if any of it is usable.

The weight loss is involuntary and entirely due to the pregnancy nausea that is still with me: I still feel sick much of every day and actually am sick 3-6 days a week, usually in response to strong smells, being cold or tired, or thinking too hard about what my triggers might be. It is the least pleasant way of losing weight I've ever experienced. If it gets faster than 1kg/week I will seek medical advice but for now I am just mentioning it in appointments and so far no-one has reacted with OH NO, THIS IS A PROBLEM.

I am getting slightly less exhausted, but nowhere near back to normal-for-me.

When this is over, I'm on Mirena all the way to menopause. No more pregnancies and (hopefully) no more periods.

Date: 2012-01-08 19:10 (UTC)
hilarita: trefoil carving (Default)
From: [personal profile] hilarita
I live for the day when we have the ability to turn off the female reproductive system in favour of a uterine replicator and induced breast feeding. Turn it off in a side-effect free way, of course. For me, other people's pregnancies are a damn good contraceptive. Hope the sickness and nausea improve. Ovaltine is also good.

Date: 2012-01-09 22:14 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] twigletzone
I'll have a look when I go to work on Thursday...

Date: 2012-01-09 00:10 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ailbhe
Oh I'm sorry it's so yuck. Thank you very much for the lovely presents - I haven't seen the books since (good sign) and the elephant is getting EVERYWHERE! Also v impressed with Charles' writing :)

Date: 2012-01-09 08:19 (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Glad your scan went well but sorry you are suffering so badly with sickness. I seem to have escaped that - just a touch of nausea now and again and going off some foods. The sickness and exhaustion must be even more difficult to cope with when you have a child to look after - I do keep thinking this when I am collapsed on the sofa every afternoon!

I smiled at your description of the bounty pack - I'd never heard of them until I was given the first one. I was quite bemused and flicked through it all before quickly stuffing it in a drawer wondering what else to do with it! But if pack two comes with ovaltine I will grab it too!

Shame you didn't get any decent pics - ours weren't brilliantly clear but as first time parents we grabbed at them all the same :)

Date: 2012-01-09 15:07 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] techiebabe
I'm glad all appears to be going well so far, but I'm sorry you're still feeling so wretched. I also suffer with nausea and I'm prescribed shakes of the same type that older people have in hospital to build them up. I find it much easier to sip these and keep them down when I feel sick, as opposed to food. Might it be worth trying that, so you're still getting nutrition? Mine are prescribed but you can get e.g. Ensure+ from pharmacies.

Sorry if that's unhelpful and/or you've already thought of it. Good luck!


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