Let’s see. It’s been a good 3 years since I have been this far along in a pregnancy and like most experiences as of late, I don’t recall much of the details from previous experiences. How much did I forget? Seems like a lot. Here are some “perks” and perks of being pregnant this time around.
First off, differences.
There have been differences in this pregnancy than the other two.
Like, being DIZZY.
A lot. After I have been on the couch for sometime, probably cutting off precious circulation to most of my body, I get up, then get hit with waves of light-headedness. (not a word? oh well.) It goes away pretty quickly, but it’s nauseating. Truly. Doesn’t happen in the night when I have to get up to pee, just when I am on the couch. Clearly, I need to find another position, but flinging myself across the entire piece of furniture is SO comfy.
I never felt that sick with Rt. Only when I didn’t eat a snack or lunch when I was supposed to, did I start to feel off, but that was about it and it was over before I knew it. With Hola, I felt sick during the 6th week while we were in Tahoe. I thought it was altitude sickness and stuffed oodles of Tums down my throat to feel better. No, there is no reason Tums should help with altitude sickness, but I knew nothing about true nausea. And, like with Rt, it was over before I knew it.
This time around, it’s lingered. Definitely did not feel well since I found out I was pregnant. It got worse at 6 weeks, lasted decently through 10 weeks, and now just creeps up from time to time. Besides the dizzy nausea, I feel ill late at night after dinner has settled and I have might consumed something sweet no matter how big or small. It goes away in a flash too, but it’s not something I have experienced before. Also, nausea kicks in when my body is trying to tell me I need to hit the loo. (I know, gross, but it happens. Sorry.)
Ok, this is definitely more of a perk more than anything. And no, I am not talking about my boobs. Hubs would love to talk to you about my boobs, but I don’t, or won’t rather. It’s the hairs on my legs.
They DON’T GROW.
Or, they grow at such super-human slow speed that it really benefits my lazy shaving skills. I know some of you shave your legs every day of your life, and that is SO AWESOME for you, but it’s just not me. I, luckily, have lighter leg hair and can get away with going days, (can I say weeks here?) without having to shave. (Can I use Winter as my excuse here?) Add in being pregnant, and it’s a NO SHAVING PICNIC.
With Hola, I literally shaved on holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s (lucky hubs!), St. Patty’s Day, etc. To make you all feel better, I shaved last night, just for shits and giggles, no holiday in site, so there’s something, right? Now that I have repulsed most of you, I will move on…
I can go an extra day without washing my hair too! Seems the oil glands in my scalp are at a snail’s pace too. Definitely a bonus for this gal who hates drying her hair. Wet hair bun FTW!!
All I will say about this next topic: S L O W D I G E S T I O N .
Better skin? Nah, my brown spots show themselves clearly while pregnant, especially on the sides of my faces. (All that driving up and down CA being a passenger in the car! Make sure you were sunscreen in the car!!!) What a treat, huh? Also, some broken capillaries come out to play right on the apple of my cheeks. Good times! Also, I have one faint spider vein on my shin that comes to light these days as well.
What’s next? Linea Negra, I bet! I don’t think mine has truly gone away since Hola was born. What a lovely parting gift, don’t you think??
So, that’s it for now. I am sure there will be more as time goes on.
1st trimester down, 2 to go!
Due April 4th, 2011
All my early screening stats came back VERY good. THRILLING news. Oh happy day! Not much showing on the belly shot, but by nighttime, it’s twice as big! Oh well, it will come. And boy does it.
(Here’s a Hola comparison photo. Doesn’t seem that long ago…)