I was lying in bed and thinking this morning about where we were one year ago today. On February 14th 2012, I was rushed into emergency surgery to have my right tube cut and removed due to an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured. I was bleeding out and was literally lucky to be alive. Yeah, pretty much the worst Valentine’s Day ever! I was devastated. Now, here we are exactly one year later and we are listening to our babies heartbeat on our home doppler. What an amazing difference a year can make. I feel so blessed and overcome with gratitude that the surgery and ectopic pregnancy was not the end to our story…it was really just the beginning.
I can hardly believe that we have made it to 11 weeks! So close to the second trimester now! Here’s what is going on this week thanks to Baby Center:
Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.
She’s already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won’t feel your baby’s acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.
How your life’s changing:
If you’re like most women, you’re feeling a bit more energetic now and your nausea may be starting to wane. Unfortunately, you may also be suffering from constipation (caused by hormonal changes, which can slow digestion) and heartburn (hormones again, relaxing the valve between your stomach and esophagus). Just remember, all this discomfort is for a good cause.
Don’t worry if nausea has made it impossible for you to eat a wide variety of healthy foods or if you haven’t put on much weight yet (most women gain just 2 to 5 pounds during the first trimester). Your appetite will likely return soon, and you’ll start to gain about a pound a week.
How far along? 11 weeks
Total weight gain: 2 lbs (still pretty bloated).
Maternity clothes? No, although my pants feel WAY better unbuttoned than buttoned!
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: I am starting to get a bit more energy back. Although, I did take a 2 hour nap this afternoon. Some days I can completely go (and function) without a nap, which was unheard of before this point.
Best moment this week: Listening to Baby B’s heartbeat on the home doppler!
Miss Anything? My cute skinny jeans. They are getting a bit uncomfortable to wear now, even while unbuttoned.
Movement: Not yet.
Food cravings: Nothing in particular. Everything sounds good this week!
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Gender prediction: My dad said “she” the other day when he was referring to the baby, so I’ll go with his gut and say girl (this week).
Labor Signs: No way!
Symptoms: Still tired, gassy, bloated.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Over the moon happy!
Looking forward to: Every single day of our future!