03 January 2014

{13 Weeks} with Baby #3

13 Weeks! We are inching our way to the second trimester. And this past week has been a good one for me, pregnancy wise.

Christmas Eve I had my 12 week OB appointment. It was pretty short, straight forward and uneventful. I am three deep into this pregnancy thing now. My concerns are low, my questions few, and time precious. We were able to listen to the baby's heartbeat via fetal doppler and our little Tatum Tot is doing great.

:: Weight Gain ::

I have officially lost 10lbs since my last appointment four weeks ago. The nausea, vomiting and aversion to all things food made it difficult to eat. The doctor scolded me for not calling earlier and gave me a prescription for Zofran to help curb the nausea and bring back my appetite.

:: Symptoms ::

I have learned that not taking the Zofran leaves me feeling sick and tired. Without the medicine I am averaging about 1000 calories mostly after 11pm (the only time I can stomach anything).

However, with my Zofran my appetite is pretty normal and nausea almost non-existent. I still don't eat as much as I should but I can definitely feel my energy slowly returning. This past week has been the best by far, I even started working out again. Fingers crossed that I am actually coming to the end of the nasty 1st trimester blues.

:: Craving/Aversions ::

SALT: Since being diagnosed with Meniere's Disease this past June, I have been on a strict low sodium diet. Meniere's Disease is a inner ear fluid imbalance that causes random and violent attacks of vertigo. One second I am fine, the next second my ears are ringing (louder than they normally do) and I am instantly on a merry-go-round that I cannot get off. The episodes last anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours and always include severe nausea and sometimes vomiting. I am unable to walk, drive, move or even care for my kids. I just sit and wait for the ride to end. They are not sure what causes or triggers the attacks, however there have been ties to caffeine and salt as they have a tendency to mess with the fluid regulation of your body. Therefore, I have been set up with a nutritionist and have learned to manage my salt and caffeine intake to help manage my episodes. While most people check the nutrition information for calories or fat, I check for salt (ps. It's in everything, and in large quantities most of the time!) My last vertigo attack was the beginning of November and I have been vertigo free for almost 2 months. My ENT (Ears, Nose, Throat) Specialist believes this has a lot to do with my pregnancy. Apparently these wacky hormones of mine affect my fluid balance and can often times send pregnant women with Meniere's into remission during their pregnancy. I have not wanted to test that theory though, so I have been steering clear of salt as normal...until this week. Salt and vinegar chips have been calling my name as well as juicy fat pickles. I have been willingly giving into these cravings, happy that I am craving anything at all and selfishly loving every salty bite. So far so good, but the reality of the matter is the vertigo attacks are absolutely NOT worth it and I know this is one craving I will have to fight. Hubby has bought me some low sodium pickles to eat sparingly. Hopefully this can please my cravings without sending me into a spin.

Kaydence is becoming very excited about her new baby sister. She is dead set it's a girl and doesn't even want to talk about the possibility of the other option. I have a pretty good feeling she may be right. My gut is just telling me it's another little princess in there, but I still have no urge to find out early. This waiting game is kinda fun and the unknown keeps the pregnancy exciting. Kam is still oblivious to what is happening although if you mention a baby he becomes a little more cuddly and clingy. Today I pointed to my belly and said "Baby" and he hit my belly and said "NO"; I take this as a clear sign that he is not liking this baby talk. He doesn't like when I love too much on my friends babies and I find myself cuddling this big/little guy of mine a little more lately. Savoring every moment while he is still my baby.

Week 12 was a step in the right direction and I am feeling optimistic for the weeks to come.

Until next time...

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