So, Mark and I decided that we would start a blog about our pregnancy adventure. We don't want to bombard/annoy our facebook friends if they don't care to see it.
As of August 22, we will be 11 weeks along. Things actually have gone fairly smooth. I didn't really have any kind of sickness/nausea until about 7 weeks. Then it was not very fun (but could have been WAY worse)! I quickly discovered that peppermint Altoids were my best friend! Hard lemon candies and peppermint candies worked for a little bit, but I didn't want all that sugar sitting on my teeth. So I started eating Altoids by the tin :) This all lasted until about 10 weeks. Like I said, not too bad :) Since then I'll get a little yucky feeling every now and then, but it's never too bad. I actually feel like I can finally go grocery shopping now!
Mark has been absolutely AWESOME so far! He's really cool about doing things for me and helping out with dinner and dishes. I really appreciate everything he does and feel COMPLETELY blessed to be experiencing this with him!
We had our first appointment on August 10. We got to see our baby and hear his/her heartbeat. It was going strong at 162 BPM. Pretty much the coolest thing ever! I went back a couple of days later for blood work. They tested the normal pregnancy things along with a few family history issues. We got the results back from those and found out that I tested positive for Factor V Leiden. In quick terms, it's a genetic mutation that can cause blood clotting. It's something that can effect a person whether they're pregnant or not. However, during pregnancy it puts the mother and baby at a higher risk for blood clots because of the amount of estrogen. There are a couple varying levels of severity depending on if I have a double mutation or not (I will be asking the specialist when I go in). My OB/GYN referred me to a high risk pregnancy doctor. I'll be going in soon (have to reschedule appointment). I was pretty upset. My family has a history of miscarriages in both the first and second trimester. If the baby has inherited this mutated gene, they can also have a clot in them whereas my body would cause a clot in the placenta and umbilical cord.
Needless to say, we are somewhat worried. We just ask that everyone prays for us and Baby G. Everything will happen the way it's supposed and it's in God's hands. We will be doing everything in our power to take care of me and Baby G including: going for more walks, getting some more B-vitamins, and taking a baby aspirin for now.
The official due date is March 12, 2012! We have a lot of family members with birthdays/anniversaries at the beginning of March. So Baby G could share a day with someone ;)
We can't wait to continue this journey and are looking forward to the following nine months :)