Every day this week I felt like I woke up bigger and I became increasingly uncomfortable. These pictures make me look way skinnier than the mirror reflects. I can tell a big difference in my body but nothing is really showing up on camera yet. Morning sickness is still there almost 24/7 but I’m surviving. I’ve been having cramping down low in my pelvis and it seems to be worse at night. I had a small amount of cramping with my first pregnancy, but nowhere near as intense as this time around. Moderate cramping with no vaginal bleeding is normally considered OK in the first trimester. Since I have no bleeding, I assume it must be alright. Even more perplexing is the feeling of fullness in my growing belly. Not like I ate too much, but like my abdomen has too many contents and if I were stuck with a pin, I might just burst.
This pregnancy just feels so drastically different than my first. I expected it to be a little easier; now that I know what to expect and my body has already stretched to accommodate an almost nine pound baby. I figured I’d be less freaked out about every twinge of pain, wondering if it was normal and if everything was still ok. Surprisingly, I am repeatedly struck by how strange this pregnancy feels compared to the last and I can’t help but wonder if everything is indeed healthy.
My first prenatal appointment is scheduled for next week, I will be 10 weeks, 7 days at that time. It’s a little later than the recommended 8-10 week first appointment but I just recently decided I should try and log an appointment soon. It’s a bit of a tricky time for prenatal care since we are moving across the country in less than a month. I was initially planning on just riding out the first trimester and having my first prenatal visit with an OB in Idaho at 15 weeks. I felt comfortable waiting because there’s not much that happens at the first few prenatal visits, I’m super healthy and I’ve already had one baby. I know what things I need to do to stay healthy and I’m educated on the various warning signs of complications.
I finally decided to book an appointment with a primary care doctor just to make sure I am being cognizant. I also realized that although we will be in Idaho in a month, we won’t have insurance coverage there until I will be 19 weeks, which is further than I feel comfortable going without proper prenatal care. I’m hoping that at my appointment next week the doc will check things out and confirm that baby has a heartbeat and I’m good to go until the 19 week mark.