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My Pregnancy Journal from My First Pregnancy--Chapter Four

Updated on August 30, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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As I stated in my first installment, a journal is a great way to document a pregnancy. I was actually lucky enough to have a good friend of mine that I worked with at the time buy me a pregnancy journal to fill in all my thoughts over the course of 9 months of my first pregnancy.

In chapter one I shared my friend's note at the beginning of the journal and my documented answers to the 'about this pregnancy' section of my journal.

Then in chapter 2, I delved into the beginning of my pregnancy or the first weeks in my first trimester. In Chapter 3, I continued my pregnancy journey as I finished up my first trimester of pregnancy. Now in chapter 4, I will be be sharing the beginning of my second trimester with the reader.

Everything I share here was written down in my original journal and will be going chronologically. I believe for all intents and purposes, I got pregnant on or about Halloween 2008. Please keep in mind, I found out I was pregnant on November 11, which was just about 10 days past ovulation (DPO). I wrote down some stats from as early as around 3 weeks into the pregnancy, such as weight, because I did and still do regularly weigh myself.

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Week 15--January 22-28

January 22:

Well, we finally made it, you and I. We are now just starting the second trimester of pregnancy and are now officially no longer in the first trimester. Typically people say that once a pregnancy makes it out of the first trimester, it is a viable pregnancy and the concerns for miscarriage are now more at a minimal.

The pregnancy journal, for this day, tells us that you will indeed growing faster over the course of this fourth month than you ever have before or will. So, I know I said it before, but will say it again, grow baby grow!!

January 25:

Today, the journal tells us that your scalp hair pattern has now completely developed, but I would just love to know what color your hair will be once you are here and born. But alas, we have so much more time before that big moment occurs.

January 26:

The journal tells me that my uterus is indeed growing and on the rise. And by the end of the month, my uterus will rise out of the confines of my hipbone. Sounds unpleasant and can tell you that at this point I am already a bit uncomfortable. I was wearing the Bella Band, but do think I will be making the move very shortly to full fledged maternity clothes.

January 28:

Also it would appear from the journal that at this point you can kick your feet, curl your toes and even fan those little toes too. Apparently, I still cannot feel these kicks and movements yet though and am still dying to actually feel that first kick!!

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Week 16--January 29-February 4

January 31:

I awoke this morning and found that some clear fluid was indeed leaking from breasts. I, of course googled this and found out that this is not colostrum (yellowish fluid rich in protein and antibodies that is produced before my milk comes in) quite yet, because my body should not be producing this until at least until the end of this week. Seriously being pregnant I have never had so many different experiences all in such a short period of time!

February 2:

Your cousin (your dad's sister's baby) was born today. I wonder if this new little girl bundle of joy will have another girl or a boy to play with. Exciting times ahead for our family though!!

February 4:

According to the journal you now should measure about 4 3/4 long crown to rump and weigh about 3 3/4 ozs, having more than doubled in the two weeks alone!! You really are growing now baby!!

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Week 17--February 5-11

February 7:

The placenta and the umbilical cord are apparently now having your little system operate as it will indeed after you are born. I remember the early sonograms back at 6 weeks where neither of these even existed quite yet and now 11 weeks later they not only exist, but are performing their job quite well and helping sustain your little life.

February 8:

Reflexes seem to be the key today. Right now you are practicing three of them (blinking, sucking and swallowing). You are blinking apparently to keep things out of your eyes that don't belong there, sucking and swallowing to help you to be able to ingest food once you are born (like from a bottle). Right now, I am trying to picture your little face and still can't wait until I can actually see it with my own two eyes.

February 11:

Today, I began to feel rather ill and run down. I think I may be coming down with a cold, hopefully not the flu. The journal tells me that your growth spurt this past week probably resulted in one for me as well. And what do you know I am now needing maternity pants!

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Week 18--February 12-18

February 12:

Still quite ill and it is definitely a cold. My head and my nose is all congested, as my throat seems to be on fire too. By now the major elements of your lungs are formed except those that help with the oxygen-carbon dioxide exchange. Can't wait to hear you exercise those little lungs someday soon!!

February 14:

Happy 1st Valentine's Day baby from mommy, your first true Valentine!! Today I wish I could give you a great big hug and kiss too. Soon baby soon!! But right now, the journal says your finger and toe prints are just beginning to form. Can't wait to see those little prints for the first time recorded forever on your hospital records, but will have to settle right now knowing they are indeed beginning to take shape.

February 18:

Guess what?? I felt little flutters while I was laying down for the first time tonight. It was absolutely amazing and a great way to close out month number 4. You are indeed growing by leaps and bounds and now are strong enough in your little movements to indeed feel. I am so happy right now that I am practically beaming!!

Concluding Chapter 4...

I do hope you enjoyed the fourth chapter in the pregnancy journal that I had wrote and kept during my very, first pregnancy and hope you will come back to read the next installment, which is coming soon.

To be continued yet again....


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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Your journals are bringing back awesome memories for me and also recent memories! One day you, Emma and Lily will read these journals and share some smiles!:)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda, so glad to bring back happy memories for you. To be honest, re-reading my journal entries now that I am writing them up on here has totally brought back some really awesome memories from this pregnancy too. Thank you so much for reading and commenting too :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      What a great journal. I wished I had catalogued my pregnancies. Voting up!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Julie, thank you for your positive comment on my journal. I loved writing my thoughts down during that time and now after all is said and done I am really indeed so very happy I did, because I am able now to be able to read exactly how I was thinking back then. Thank you also for the votes too :)

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Great Fourth installment Janine. Your journey is getting us prepared for the final day. Your words sound so real... that we feel as though we are at the Ob-Gynn consultation with you. Scary at times for us. Thanks for sharing this detailed Journal!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Joseph, thank you for commenting and for all your kind words here. I am glad you are enjoying this series so far and even rewriting it from my original journal, I too am anxiously anticipating getting to the conclusion of my pregnancy all over again!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love your share on this series. It bring out the mother's heart in me because of how your share your thoughts. Beautiful!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna, thank you so much. I truly live being a mother and waited 32 years before I had my first, but it was definitely worth the wait!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      A great idea continues. I hope newly pregnant mommies are reading this series. You stir memories for all of us mothers.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, I appreciate you saying that this is a good series for newly expectant mothers to indeed read and that it stirs memories for those who already were pregnant and are now mothers too!! Also thank you for the votes too :)

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      This brings back memories of my sister's pregnancies. Definitely a great reflection. Voted up and shared!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Glad this brings back good memories of your own sister's pregnancies and you sound a lot like my own brother who adores my girls and they him. Thank you also for the share and the votes too!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This is so beautiful and what a great thing to have as your child gets older! What an awesome thing. I wish I done this when I was pregnant.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Glimmer Twin Fan, thank you so much for kind words on my journal that I wrote during my first pregnancy. It truly was a fun thing to do and hope it inspires those who are pregnant for the first time to try doing this too :)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a sweet sentiment of being your daughter's first true Valentine.

      Maybe I'm tired but that sweet potato looks like it is heart-shaped.

      Your maternal love and devotion are so beautiful.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Maria, I am probably just as tired as you, but went back to indeed check and saw a heart, too. Seriously thank you so very much for reading this one and for all your kind words and votes, as well!!

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