Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Morning Sickness: A Good or Bad Thing? And Random Ramblings from My Pregnant Brain
When I was pregnant last time I didn't get sick. I wasn't exhausted. It didn't hurt to nurse at all. I had very few pregnancy symptoms. And every single thing I read said that that was fine. It didn't mean anything at all. A few books suggested that it was a blessing to be thankful for.
With Sadie my pregnancy was moderately difficult in the first trimester (I say moderate because I wasn't hospitalized, although the doctor said that if my stomach got worse they would scope it without any sort of anasthesia... and I wanted to say: "Like I'm doing this on purpose!!!!" since it kind of sounded like a punishment.).
With Mae I pretty much sailed through the pregnancy with very minor discomforts and mild morning sickness (exhaustion was definitely a part of the first trimester though).
I'll admit that last time I thought that the lack of morning sickness might mean we were having a boy. And the books said not to worry, and so I didn't.
I'd think it was a problem with HCG, but when I went to the hospital with my miscarriage, my HCG was still very high (it was actually when it dropped and stayed low that I ended up being very sick, although I imagine that was the other complications causing the nausea).
This time the same questions were asked at the hospital and I said "yes, morning sickness, exhaustion, ect..." and the response was: "Well that's a good thing!"
Experienced moms who I talk to often say the same thing. "Are you feeling sick? Well that's a good thing!" And I find myself thinking the same thing when I hear a friend is expecting as we pray for "sticky" babies.
I'm sure there must be women out there who don't have any symptoms, who do have healthy pregnancies. But I also find myself hearing more and more stories from women who have miscarried who experienced the same thing that I did with their first trimester pregnancy symptoms.
It does make me wonder how common it is though for women who miscarry to have no symptoms whatsoever, or at least far fewer symptoms. I'm sure that the many books that I've read that say "no symptoms are a wonderful thing!" don't want anyone to worry unnecessarily. I just can't help but question how accurate, however, statistically that ends up being.
Have any of you noticed or experienced this? Or have you noticed or experienced a difference between your pregnancies with boys or girls? Sadie remains adamant that the baby is a girl. I guess time will tell if she's right!
I also find myself wondering, after writing this post and picking out pregnancy pictures to go with it, if this will be another gigantic 9lb baby. What would a 7 lber be like?!?!?! When I see more average size babies I always feel like they're so tiny!
And aren't boys usually bigger than girl? (Were your boys bigger than your girls?) Would that mean a 10lb boy would be likely! Yikes! Paul came home yesterday and the first words he heard when he walked through the door were me saying to a friend: "I blame Paul entirely." "Yup." I repeated so he could hear what we were talking about: "I blame you entirely for our gigantic babies." Although it seems to me he thinks that's pretty cool and I'll find myself reminding him come anatomy scan time that it's "a baby! Not a turkey!" There's no award for breaking ten pounds (which I think he's secretly hoping happens).
A few weeks ago I went through our baby stuff and basically gave away 99% of the newborn outfits. So maybe this baby will be smaller (just because I gave it away! Isn't that how it works!). We've never had a baby that really fits into "newborn." And they barely fit in 0-3.
Wow, I've almost written a second post, inside my first post. This is how my rambling pregnancy hormone laden brain now works. I better stop before I start to tell you about the reactions I got wearing my shirt yesterday!