I have lost my rational mind. I have convinced myself that this pregnancy is ectopic.
Let me explain. When I was ovulating last month, I could feel (for the first time I could recollect), which side I was ovulating from (right). Then, a few times this week, whenever I get up quickly, or move fast–the right side of my abdomen hurts. It feels like a tearing or ripping feeling inside my body. It feels like a round or broad ligament pain would, if I were farther along. So, when I consulted Dr. Google, the first thing to return is Ectopic Pregnancy.
Apparently, somewhere between 1 in 40 to 1 in 100 pregnancies are Ectopic. And, if you have had a D&C, you are more likely. Most are discovered somewhere between 5 and 7 weeks-either via Ultrasound or because they rupture.
I have been holding off on making my Midwife appt. out of some sort of denial and/or fear of eminent loss. But, it seems that I can hold off no longer. I need to put my mind to rest.
After letting this consume me and ruin my weekend, I reached out to a logical friend. She reassured me that everything was fine. And that it was likely to be ligament pain. Nonetheless, I made my first pre-nantal appointment for Aug 20th.
In light of my recent positive pregnancy test, I decided that I needed to plan for the next several months. I start getting morning sickness around week 6. With the last pregnancy, it began on day 1 of week 6. Of course, in my head I have psyched myself into thinking all sorts of dramatic things. But, we can save that for another post.
Having morning sickness is THE WORST feeling in the world to me. I loathe being nauseous. Everyone has their personal discomfort limits, and mine is the first months of being pregnant. I am miserable and unpleasant to be around.
So, having done this early part 3 times already, I decided to try and help myself and my family out while I am still able.
When I was 8 month pregnant with Spencer, I tried something called Once a Month Cooking. The idea is that you shop and chop the first day, then dedicate the entire next day to meal prep. You freeze the meals and then over the course of a month, you defrost them and enjoy!
Since food is starting to smell odd to me already, I knew that I needed to plan ahead. I ran across this website. AMAZING! I am wheat intolerant, and my younger son is allergic to dairy/milk. So, I gave the Gluten free Dairy free menu a whirl. It is a combo of breakfast, lunch and dinner. And the food is delicious! There were a couple of items I decided not to prepare since our families weren’t keen on the main ingredients. But, all in all–yummy!
The other great part is that they have a section on Baby food, Vegetarian cooking, and several others. The very best part is that the site is free! The site asks for sponsors, but it is optional at this point.