Thursday, August 31, 2006

Ooops, we did it again!

The week of my 35th birthday, I just wasn't feeling quite myself. Tireder than normal, pukier than normal, I just felt like something was different in my world. So the day after I turned 35 I took a pregnancy test, and low and behold...a BFP (big fat positive for anyone unfamiliar with the terminology). With a 9-month old into everything, it was a bit of a surprise, but we are all thrilled with this blessing and are looking forward to another arrival joining our family!

Last week, at 7 weeks, 1 day, I had an ultrasound just to make sure my dates were correct. I was still nursing Grace when I got pregnant and wasn't certain about everything, but the little bean was measuring right on and I was able to see and hear the heartbeat. A healthy and strong 158 beats per minute. Due date is early April, 2007.

While pregnant with Grace, I gained 58 pounds and had a whole host of complications. So this time, I met with a nutritionist early on. Only a week or two after finding out I was pregnant, I was already using it as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted. Luckily, my last pregnancy is still fresh in my mind and I really, really want to be healthier this time (and have less weight to lose on the back end), so I'm on a "diet." It's not so much a calorie restriction diet (though I know that I don't need to consume enough calories for two grown people), it's more of a guideline concerning the kinds of things I eat. So far it's working great. The weight gain has stopped (I should only gain 0-3 lbs in the first trimester and I had already gained 4 BEFORE meeting with the nutritionist) and I am feeling satisfied. My blood pressure readings have also been great at home and I am determined to BEAT the white coat syndrome this time and get good readings at the doctor's office!