I had my 12 week appointment with the midwife two weeks ago and heard the baby’s heartbeat. That was reassuring for me because I know after that the chances of miscarrying go down very significantly. This baby happened way faster and more easily than I expected, so part of me was afraid that it was too easy and therefore something might be more likely to go wrong (logical, huh!?) While I do know that things can go wrong at any point, I’m glad we’re past many of the risks by this point.
The tiredness is gradually lessening. At week 13, I felt about as tired as I had before, but was sleeping an hour or two less each night. At week 14, I was tired but much more functional. This week, I feel pretty normal (well, as long as I get 9 hours of sleep), and I’m able to walk again at a good pace for more than 15 minutes at a time – hurray! The little bit of nausea that I had is pretty much gone.
I’m up about 4 pounds and my belly is starting to poke out just a tad. Most of my normal pants are too snug, but I have a couple pairs of jeans that were a little big before, so they’re fitting comfortably enough to manage for now. I took a 10 week picture to make sure I had a good before, but didn’t take another until 14 weeks (well, yesterday, so I could finally post this), since there was nothing really to show. There’s still not much to show, but there is a difference (10 weeks on the left, 14 on the right):
My mom is coming in a couple weeks to go shopping with me (and I get to see her new red Prius too!) She’ll be able to stay long enough to come to my 16 week midwife appointment, which should be fun.
I’ve had a handful of belly rubs so far, even though there’s nothing there to feel yet. I don’t know what it is that makes everybody want to touch a pregnant lady’s belly, but I feel the same overwhelming urge! I’m a fairly touchy-feely-huggy person, so I don’t think I’ll mind too much, but I still think it’s odd.
We’re looking into options for natural childbirth classes, to make sure that we have enough time to make a decision and get registered as they tend to fill up early. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know!