Sunday, January 29, 2012

Coming Out of Hybernation...Not!

I feel as though I have completely lost touch with the world, especially over the past three weeks. I have been so tired that I have been doing nothing but working and sleeping. If it wasn't for our housekeeper, we would be living in pure filth as I have all I can do to keep myself clean! Today was actually the first day in the past six days that I left the house, other than for work. I went grocery shopping for the first time in two weeks. My poor husband has either been running out for take out or trying his best to make a meal (he really has no cooking skill what so ever) so I was determined to get stuff that I can throw into the crock-pot as morning seems to be my best time. After running out today I now remember why I have been staying home. Before the grocery store I had to stop at Target for a few household items. Within ten minutes of being in the store I became extremely nauseated. I decided that I couldn't finish so I took what I had and checked out. The same things happened in the grocery store. When I get nauseous like that I tend to panic and my instinct (I don't know why) is to lay on a cold tile floor. Obviously, being in public, I couldn't do that. My poor husband didn't know what to do so all he could do was stand there and rub my back while I buried my head in my hands while throwing my upper body across the top of the cart. Poor guy!! I am almost afraid to admit this but it seems that my nausea is getting worse, not better. Granted, it hasn't been too bad up until a few days ago. Last night was the first time that I kept thinking that I just wanted to die. I ended up getting violently ill and then I felt better...for as few hours anyway.

Ok, enough bitching...

My husband and I finally sat down and had a realistic talk about when we are going to tell our families, as not even our parents know. Since he didn't go for my whole "we will tell them after the birth" idea, I was forced to come up with a different plan. What we decided is that we will wait until after we get the results of the first trimester screening. Not only does this involve the NT scan, it also includes blood work that can help detect if there is a possibility, in conjunction with the NT scan, Down's Syndrome, Trisomy 13, Trisomy 18, and congenital heart defects. This combined screening will not tell us if our baby has a problem, it will tell us what the likelihood is. We were originally going to go straight to having CVS (chorionic villus sampling) as that can tell you almost 100% if there is an abnormality but it carries a slight chance of miscarriage. We have decided to start with the first trimester screening and only do CVS if our chances of having a problem are high. So, we are going to see at our doctors appointment next Friday if the blood portion of the test can be drawn early so the results will be back by our NT scan on the 16th, as they take about a week. If not, it is likely that we will not be telling our families until the end of February which will put me at 14 weeks. I really don't mind waiting to announce the news, but I would really like to know sooner rather than later that all is good with my baby.

On a positive note, the baby's heart is still beating away nice and strong. Since I now know where to find it, it takes me maybe ten seconds to get a good reading on it. It was ranging between 173-179 today (as usual) so I am happy. I do know that eventually the heart rate will come down a bit so I know not to panic. I just love hearing the sound, and yes, I am obsessed!!!


  1. Just so you know, the bloodwork and NT Ultrasound have to be done on the same day for the combined screen to be accurate. Looks like things are progressing well, though...I was much more nauseous with this pregnancy than I had been with any of my miscarriages, even the two that progressed to 16 weeks before the loss, so the nausea you are experiencing is good! I know it's hard to be happy about nausea when you feel like crap, but it is a good sign!

    I will keep you in my thoughts! :-)

  2. Ugh I remember the nausea! I always told my husband I can't do this anymore! I thought I was going to die of nausea! I used to walk around with my hand over my mouth, one morning I sneezed and dry heaved spontanously, not fun! but glad you are pregnant, just did my 6th cycle BFN.. so yes I wish my head was in the toilet..

  3. The nausea is a good thing, as sucky as it is! Have you talked to your doc about it? Vitamin B6 supplements helped me. Sea bands helped a little, too, if you don't mind walking around with your wrists looking like Richard Simmons' wrists. My currently in utero one has a heartrate in the 130's. He's got the slowest heart rate of any of my kiddos. My daughter's was in the 160's. My other two boys in the 150's. But, it's all normal.

    Oh, and you're not the only one who lies on cold tile floors when nauseated. I do that, too! One time I was so sick, resting my head on the rim of the public restroom toilet was like having the cool hand of an angel on my forehead.