I am working on believing in this pregnancy without the assistance of pee sticks. I did not use one yesterday. I did not use one today. I actually put the boxes of fresh sticks and the Ziploc baggies of used sticks (I know, it is disgusting) in my craft closet. I will not be crafting this week due to bullet point No. 2.
Right now I’m pregnant. I know this for several reasons:
- My digestive track has become bipolar. Yesterday I pooed fiercely in a way that was not pleasant. Today I am backed up like I had just consumed a brick of cheddar cheese (new readers: I’m allergic to dairy. Unlike lactose intolerance, my allergy causes intestinal swelling and I won’t poop for DAYS)
- I feel AWESOME in the morning but by 3 p.m. I’m done. My head pounds, my neck aches and my eyes have a hard time focusing. I rode the bus home from work as I am physically unable to make the three-mile walk. I’m too tired to cook dinner, play with the cats or clean the house. The only thing I want to do is read and sleep. Is it possible to have evening sickness?
- I can smell the McDonald’s on my walk to work and it smells good. Gross. I worked at Mickey D’s for two years in high school and have not eaten there since (I’m 31 now. You can do the math). The smell of McDonald’s fries generally makes me ill – until Pip took up residence. Now the aroma makes my mouth water and I can actually visualize a small fry in my hand. It’s alarming, actually.
- If I’m on my feet too much or carry a heavy shopping basket all over Target, my uterus starts to cramp telling me it is time to sit down and rest.
- My “Nearly A” boobies are nearly a B and it is exciting.
- The highway of veins on my boobies are not exciting.
- Sometimes my boobies are sensitive, like when I accidentally whack one while wrestling a paper towel from the temperamental dispenser at work. I’m not used to having something real on my chest. Normally it is all Victoria’s Secret and you can flick, bump or pinch them all day long without me knowing the difference.
- I am terribly thirsty. Always.
- I’m more bitchy and aggressive than normal. I flicked a guy off while walking to work today because his car was in the cross walk. It was not one of my finer moments.
- I am experiencing shortness of breath, meaning my 3-mile walk to work takes 50 full minutes. It’s strange. This was actually the first thing that happened before my positive pee stick. Being the OCD woman I am, I assumed it was me losing all my athletic ability after several weeks of resting pre and post-transfer.
- My eyes are dry and my vision is a little wonky which, shockingly, is a normal first trimester symptom. I don’t know if lots of women notice it, though. My history with uveitis makes me hypersensitive to any ocular abnormalities.
These things make me believe I’m pregnant. I am trying not to focus on the fact that my boobies are not angry 24-7 like some women. I’m trying to ignore that I’m not nauseous like some women (the GREAT INTERNET tells me that only 50% of women get barf/gag inducing morning sickness). Otherwise, I feel I’m having a lot of text-book symptoms and these should give me comfort while being thankful that I’m not feeling like crap 24-7. I’ll take afternoon/evening crap for good productive mornings and a beautiful take-home Pip in 2013.
So this is where I stand today. There are a flurry of BFPs in the community right now. Tell me, newly pregnant ladies, how are you feeling? How are you handling your abundance or lack of symptoms? Ladies who are past the first trimester, what were your first few weeks like? Anyone also experience vision changes or am I just a hypersensitive freak? 🙂 Ladies still in the trenches, what pregnancy symptom are you dreading most?