5 weeks

Whoooo, exciting times. ūüôā

Normally, how far along you are is calculated from the beginning of your last menstrual cycle… but since mine was artificially manipulated, the fertility clinic told me the date they were considering to be my “start” (November 9th), and they clocked my due date to be August 16th, 2011.

There’s not much to report this early in the game, and many women wouldn’t even know they were pregnant yet, nevermind announce it to the world. ¬†Many pregnancies fail in the first trimester, but since so many folks were cheering us on, and were very up-to-date with our IVF cycle, it seemed silly to try to hide the news.

I was always a little concerned that my bad habits would be hard to kick when it came time to treat my body like a temple for a new little being. ¬†And no, I don’t mean booze & caffeine… that’s actually been pretty easy to avoid. ¬†The bad habits I was worried about were things like skipping meals, not drinking enough water, and generally overdoing it. ¬†But, now that the ball is rolling, I find that I don’t really have to worry about that stuff at all, as my body has kinda just taken over. ¬†Often I wouldn’t even notice if I was hungry/tired/thirsty, but now? ¬†Now I can’t STOP myself from taking care of my needs. ¬†At the slightest hint of thirst, I must get water NOW. ¬†Low blood sugar? ¬†Need food NOW. ¬†A little tired? ¬†Need to lie down NOW.

No morning sickness yet, but I am finding it very challenging to juggle fatigue with all the other stuff I want to do right now. ¬†It’s frustrating to have my capacity so reduced, but since my body is running the show, I don’t have a lot to say in the matter. ¬†Just have to be as productive as I can when I’m feeling awake.

For the most part I’m feeling pretty excited about the whole thing though. ¬†It’s amazing to have gotten this far, after so long of not getting anywhere. ¬†Every once in a while I have a little nagging thought: “what if you get your blood test next week and they tell you you’re not preggo anymore?”, but then I shoo that thought away and think about how tired I am and how sore my boobs are instead. ūüôā


Forgot to mention that of the 5 embryos that were leftover after the transfer, only 1 of them made it to the blastocyst stage, so they froze that one for us.


5 Responses to “5 weeks”

  1. stephanie Says:

    SOOOO excited for you Claire!! Congrats! xo

  2. Arwen Says:

    When I was first pregnant with Ripley that “taking care of itself” thing almost ticked me off – like “Fine, body, you and the baby just GO OFF AND DO YOUR THING, and I’ll sit and sulk over here.”

    Could have been a little hormonal, there.

    I actually had a really hard time staying away from caffeine for both my pregnancies, because I was TIRED. In my first trimester with Ripley, I went into the bathroom stall at work to pee (again), and woke up a half hour later. I fell asleep right there!

    Anyway, pregnancy does indeed take over, and letting your body call the shots and attending to it is actually very good practice for birthing and early parenthood.

  3. TL Says:

    I remember thinking it would be hard to give up booze or to attend events where people drank in the first trimester but as it turned out I was home sleeping through every possible opportunity so it really was a non-issue.

    You probably won’t be this tired for the whole pregnancy.

  4. Arwen Says:

    Have fun today!

  5. Edd Says:

    Yay!! Congratulations. We are so excited for you all, best Christmas present anyone could hope for.

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