Yes, I am already waddling. I’m 21 weeks pregnant. According to my handy book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting (yes, there is a website now based on the book), I am one week shy of being a full 5 months pregnant. To date, this has been the most difficult off all of my pregnancies. I don’t know if it’s age related or not. I was in better shape when I got pregnant this time, yet I am a physical plethora of aches and pains — head to toe (literally).
Yesterday was a record Sunday here on this site. I realized why. I finally put “pregnant” as a tag. I got over 100 hits on that word alone yesterday. As a result, I had over 300 hits. On a Sunday?? Awesome!
I was reading one of my earlier posts and I was so excited to get 61 hits in a day. If I got 61 hits today I would be like “only 61 hits”. Ya’ll are spoiling me. Thank you for coming. I hope by this time next year I think 300+ hits is a slow day.
Back to pregnancy stuff.
I’m sure a lot of women who search “pregnant” are either trying to get pregnant, think they are but don’t know for sure yet, it’s their first baby, or it has been so long they just don’t remember much. Maybe there are moms of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so on who would search “pregnant” looking for some other women in the same boat as them, but I think the others are more likely to do their “pregnant” searches than the ones who have been there and done that a time or two or three or four.
So here’s my little ditty about pregnancy.
Trying to conceive:
This is the easiest part for some and the hardest part for others. Since this is me talking, I’ll have to say (except for Brianna because I was not ovulating and I didn’t know what I was doing) this has been the easiest part. Here is my advice. Throw away all of the books you just bought on trying to conceive. Don’t listen to your mom or your mother-in-law. Don’t chart, check cervical mucous, pee on ovulation sticks, take your morning temps, or any of that baloney. Listen to me. Starting on the 7th day in your cycle — the first day of your cycle is the day you start your period — have sex EVERY OTHER DAY until you are due for your next period or you get a BFP (big fat positive) on a HPT (home pregnancy test). Not EVERY DAY — give the man a break and time for more spermies to be made — EVERY OTHER DAY. It has not failed me yet and this is my 4th pregnancy. If this works for you, return here and let me congratulate you and do a little happy dance in my computer chair. Ok? You’re welcome, by the way.
Early pregnancy symptoms:
You won’t find this valuable and certain information ANYWHERE on the web. Every single site is confusing. Every one. So listen to me here. You will have some symptoms. At least one. If you don’t have ANY symptoms, then I’m sorry to say that this probably isn’t your month. Do not rely on mood swings. Trying to conceive will cause you to become a beastly thing. Esp if it didn’t work the first or second or third try. You will be the beeotch on the street and your husband may stop enjoying sex and start to feel used. You have long since stopped enjoying it, but you want a baby bad enough to keep it up. I know!! Ok – on to early signs and symptoms.
- Veins that look bluer than usual on your chest, breasts, and underneath of your upper arms.
- Hunger like never before and you just ate an hour ago.
- Nausea — however, this usu doesn’t kick in until week 7 and some women never get it.
- Bloating and a constant feeling of fullness in your low abdomen.
- Not just mood swings, honey. No, we’re talking you’re about to go on a murderous rampage any minute and your husband will be the first one to get shot. Or you suddenly cry at commercials or YouTube videos.
- Thirst like you could drink Lake Erie.
- Vision disturbances.
- Insomnia — this could also be nerves or stress related.
- Needing to urinate more frequently. I’m talking like every hour and at least once in the middle of the night. This gets to be extremely annoying, by the way, the further you get in your pregnancy. Once in the middle of the night becomes 2 to 3 times esp when baby does baby gymnastics on your bladder at 3 a.m. Fun times are ahead my newly pregnant friend. Mmm Hmm.
PS: Yes, a faint line is a positive. Congratulations!!
This is your first pregnancy:
One statement — pregnancy sucks from beginning to bitter end. However, you get a baby and that’s what makes us crazy women do it over and over and over again. You won’t enjoy it. Well, you will enjoy some of it. But, for the most part, you will not. Just grin and bear it and repeat after me “it’s worth it”. It truly is.
Been pregnant, but it’s been forever:
Welcome back mom! You forgot a lot huh? Remember round ligament pain? Oh yeah, the 2nd trimester loves to give you those sharp stabbing pains in the belly. How about spider veins and varicose veins? Those are great. Remember the gross icky discharge that starts about halfway through. You’ll remember soon enough. How about putting pillows between your legs at night so you can freakin’ sleep? They make these awesome snuggle pillows now that go around your whole body. Go. Buy. One. Now. Babies R Us. You’re welcome! It will all come flooding back to you and then you can come online here and rant about it if you want to. I’ll listen. I surely will. I’ll chime in too.
Pregnant again, not so soon after the last one:
You can offer your own advice and tidbits of info. Feel free, girl. I’m right there with ya! My youngest is 2 1/2 and his sister is only 19 months older than him. It was a race against time for us — trying to get all the babies born before I turn 36. We did it!! This one is due mid-Jan and I won’t be 36 until May. Whew!!
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