When I was five weeks pregnant I started to get very nauseous. At the same time, Noëlle made a very big mental leap so she was very “difficult”, crying all day long.. wanting to be picked up. The day I ran over to my mother in law, dropped No off and ran back to my house to puke I called the doctor and asked if I could have something to relief me of this crappy feeling.
//The wonder of “Wonder leaps”
Let me tell you.. the ninth leap of “Wonder leaps” (mental leaps in the first 20 months of your babies life) is NO JOKE. Besides the fact that Noëlle was crying, being mad, wanting to be lift up all the time I also had my nausea, insomnia and pelvic pains so my first trimester was kinda hard. I was living on cloud nine, don’t get me wrong. It was just a little bit hard. And it only took 5 weeks…… *sarcastic voice* I really wanted to take my time to enjoy the first “secret”weeks of my pregnancy but now I’m back!
The nausea went on until 11 weeks. I stopped my medication since I didn’t get the overwhelming nausea feeling one morning. I stopped with the pills and the nausea was also gone. Such a relief! At the same time, Noëlle was starting to feel more like herself again so that was amazing timing. We had an amazing family week with my parents in law and we had the second ultrasound. At the ultrasound it appeared as if my ovulation was 4 days later than “expected” so my pregnancy was 4 days shorter. This didn’t matter much to me, as long as I could hear the heartbeat and see that the baby was growing at it’s best! Since this was the case we made the announcement photo and were just overall happy!
//Team pink or team blue, what color are you?
We thought a lot about knowing the gender of the baby. We didn’t have to decide just yet but it is important to think about it before your 20 week ultrasound. With Noëlle we did a gender ultrasound at 15 weeks and had to come a week later because she was upside down and they just couldn’t see the gender clearly. Unfortunately, I had already planned a gender reveal that night and had to cancel everyone that was coming over. My mom always told us that the most magical moment of pregnancy is when your baby is born and you know the gender for the first time. I really wanted to live that moment as well and my husband was already pushing for a “no gender known” birth. So, we decided not to know the gender! So exciting!
//Changes and discomforts
As if the nausea wasn’t enough I also experienced early pelvic pains and some bad pregnancy acne on my face and back. I immediately contacted my physical therapist and booked an appointment. She refreshed my memory on some ways that I can slightly relief myself from the pelvic pain. For my acne, I started a new skincare regimen to relief me of that. I will put up a full skincare routine against pregnancy acne soon.
//Giving my urine to MVM
I’ve told you before that there is a Dutch organisation called Moeders Voor Moeders which translates to mothers to mothers. From 5-16 weeks of your pregnancy, so your first trimester, you can fill blue tanks that you get from them with your urine so they can make medicine of the HcG hormone that is in your urine for women who are less or infertile. This is no pleasure to do but I sure as hell would be happy if I was less fertile that there are excellent medicine made from other pregnant women’s urine. I did it also during my pregnancy with Noëlle only I wasn’t nauseous while pregnant the first time. So.. naturally, this time was a little harder! I made it all the way to 16 weeks and I was proud of myself. The containers contain a special preservative which smells horrible. Especially for a nauseous preggy who has to pee 700 times a day. With my application for MVM I got the cutest little wrapping blanket which Noëlle also loves a lot. I also got a welcome packet with some vitamins and information. Before I could sign up, the lady who came to my house also did a HcG test to see if my pregnancy was far along enough to participate. I also have that same pregnancy test from my first pregnancy!
//How I’m feeling
This pregnancy is a complete turnaround from my first one. I’m feeling happy, energetic, fit.. I’m exercising, eating well and keeping track of my weight. Noëlle keeps me busy so I don’t have the time to gloat in my pregnancy all day and it is actually a relief. I know what’s coming, a little bit and it makes me so much more prepared and just overall patient.. I’m enjoying this pregnancy and I would never have known this feeling if I didn’t dare to do it a second time after my first experience. So I guess the lesson is… Don’t let the past hold you back from your dreams.