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My Pregnancy Journal from My First Pregnancy--Chapter Two
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.
This chapter (chapter 2), I am going to delve into the beginning of my pregnancy or the first weeks in my first trimester. 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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Month 2: November 2008 (Through Week 5)
This date boasts in the journal that the first tiny cell division took place, where a two-cell ball is now formed from the original single cell that was created by my ovum and my husband's sperm cell. I was asked to chart my waist size: size 4 and my weight: 125 lbs.
The pregnancy journal states that inside the now cell mass, a membrane is now forming that divides the hollow cell ball into two cavities (the yolk sac--where the intestines will form and the other is baby itself).
Took a First Response Home Pregnancy Test first thing in the morning and was 10 DPO. The test came back positive with two pink lines!! After sharing the news with my husband, I called the doctor to have blood drawn to confirm the pregnancy. The blood work found my HCG levels were 30 and my progesterone was 16.2. I was definitely pregnant just a little bit!!
According to the pregnancy journal, the top layer of cells are now compressing to form the vertebrae or spine. I am 16 DPO and also on this date I had my second blood draw to see that my number levels were indeed doubling. It was found that my HCG was 856 and my progesterone was 21. So my numbers were increasing very nicely and looks so far like a healthy normal pregnancy.
Today, according to my journal the baby's first primitive version of the heart is now forming. It is on this day that I wrote down that my mood was Ok, but my energy level was definitely on the low side and I felt very tired. I also wrote down that my appetite was increasing, even as the first signs of nausea were just right around the corner for me.
The baby's head is now forming as per the journal's caption. On this date, I also wrote this long note to you:
I just received this book today and guess what this would have been your great-grandparent's 64th wedding anniversary. Quite a coincidence. I am extremely excited and just so very overjoyed right now. Still a bit nervous, but oh so very hopeful. Someday, I hope you will now just how much I wanted you and how I just can't wait to meet and lay our eyes on you for the first time. And since I first found out that I was pregnant with you, I have been talking to you to tell you just how much I already do love you.
Also on this date, I had pretty much ended Week 5 of the pregnancy too.
End of November (Week 6):
So much is beginning to occur to the tiny little person inside of me. According to my journal, the jaw is beginning to appear, lung buds are forming, lining of the placenta is forming and even the most primitive beginnings of the reproductive tract is starting to take place.
Today, I noted that my waist size was still a 4, but my weight was now 127 lbs. So, i am beginning to put a few pounds on, but at this point it is probably a bit of water weight as they say.
Also, at the beginning of this week, I started feeling full blown nausea. I noted that I would wake up and from the moment I would put my feet to the floor until I would go to bed again at night that I was just green around the gills.
Today, it would appear that more is happening to your tiny little heart and the aorta (the largest artery of the body) is forming, which carries blood away from the heart to all your organs and tissues. I wrote down on this day specifically that my breasts were tender and sore and noticed that the areola or pigmented part of my breast was darkening now.
By this day, it would appear that your liver, which plays an important role in using all your future nutrients is now formed. Also, under the important note it states that the baby's heartbeat should have starting beating yesterday, but should take a few more days to pick this up on a doppler monitor. Guess what I wrote here, that I couldn't wait to hear your heart beat for the first time!!
On this day, the baby's eyes are just beginning to form by a tiny depression on either side of the head marking their new location. I again wrote down under the how am I feeling section. It would seem that my mood is still just Ok, however I am still tired and very nauseous all the time.
December 2008: Weeks 7-10
By the beginning of week 7, the bones of the head and trunk are now formed. your legs buds should appear today too. And now too, your brain should separated into three parts: the forebrain, the midbrain and the hindbrain.
Today, I noted that I had some specific food cravings for eggs and bacon for breakfast and chinese fried rice for dinner. Even though I am so nauseous, I am still so hungry too (all the time!).
Rapid brain and head growth is continuing now for you. As well as my all day nausea that just will not subside for me. Today was so very exciting indeed. I had my first sonogram of you ever. It was a trans-vaginal sonogram to date the pregnancy. You were perfect, but oh so tiny!! We got to see your heart beat for the very first time (this was so amazing!). They clocked your heart rate at 120 BPM. And my due date from this dating scan appears to be July 22, 2009.
The cerebellum, the area of the brain that coordinates muscle movement, is beginning to develop today, as well as your spleen too. I wrote here that I was finding myself needing to use the bathroom more often and my bladder feels like it is always full.
Baby's eyelids are beginning to form and I ask the question what color will your eyes be today!!
Your upper lip is now fully formed and my next question is whose smile will you have??
Today the baby is said to be four times as long as it was just a month ago, measuring in at a whopping 22-24 mm in length. Today also marked my first actual pre-natal appointment. For me, I had 8 vials of blood taken to test me and you for everything under the sun and the moon and also had an internal exam to boot. Was also weighed in at 127lbs. For you, I got to actually hear your little heartbeat for the very first time on the doppler monitor. So now I have both seen your heart beat and heard it too--so very awesome indeed!!
Your tongue is fully formed. I find myself wondering and musing what will your little voice sound like someday??
Went to Christmas Mass at 4 pm at our local church and prayed to my grandfather that if you were indeed to turn out to be a girl, I would name you Emma Grace (middle name Grace after his beloved sister) and I swear I felt his presence even just for a moment, which put me so at peace.
Your first Christmas even if you are in my belly and I wrote you this note:
I have loved you since before you could even know and when someday you tell me just how much you love me, I will tell you this, "I love you even more"!!
Merry First Christmas from your Mommy
Concluding Chapter 2...
I do hope you enjoyed the second chapter in the pregnancy journal that 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....
If You Want to Catch Up on Chapter 1 of My Pregnancy Journal:
- My Pregnancy Journal from My First Pregnancy--Chapter One
This hub article details my first pregnancy that I wrote down my innermost thoughts in a journal as I was experiencing them. This is the first chapter in this series and delves into the very beginnings of my pregnancy.