My Pregnancy Journey
I remember the exact moment I found out I was pregnant like it was yesterday. This post will give you a glimpse into my pregnancy journey and more. The feeling of having a little human being inside of you is indescribable.
“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.”
But, first a little backstory. My husband and I had just gotten married five months before I found out I was pregnant. I had been out of the country on vacation(without my husband) for one of those months. We had just moved in together two months before the “omg moment.” Let me start off by saying my husband and I were not actively trying to get pregnant. We are both in our 30’s and knew that we eventually wanted to start a family, we were both well traveled and well established in our careers, so it was obviously the next step. We did, however, want to spend a little time together just being married, but God had other plans. Yes, it was a bit of a shocker but a good one at that.
It all started out one morning when we were at Wal-Mart(we love Wal-Mart!). I cannot explain what came over me but I just “felt pregnant.” Some of you may ask well didn’t you know since you didn’t get your period? Well, there are times when I’m stressed that my cycle may skip a month, and moving to another state and setting up your new home is stressful! I told my husband as we were getting out of the car how I felt and we then proceeded to get a pregnancy test from the store. I didn’t think much of it and ended up buying two of those cheap $1.00 tests. They say that when testing always use fresh urine (your first urine of the day after waking up), so womp womp I guess we would just have to wait until the next morning.
I ended up waking up and taking the test after my husband had left for work. I waited for the test to display those lines and lo and behold it came out positive. I was still in disbelief, so I whipped out the other test and waited away for the results. POSITIVE! (which by the way I still have and the vape lines are still INTACT!) I called my husband and told him what had happened, and he was just as shocked as me. We decided that it would be best to confirm it by getting a blood test done before jumping to any conclusions. That night after work we ended up heading to the ER to get a confirmation of pregnancy because I could not get a doctor’s appointment for another week and there was no way I could wait that long. Fast forward an hour and all of our anxieties were put to rest; the doctor confirmed that I was indeed PREGNANT!!!
“A mother’s joy begins when new life is stirring inside… when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.”
Baby J had his first ultrasound that night, and I was about six weeks along. Our first phone calls were to our parents and siblings, and everyone was over the moon. It was a bit bittersweet though because my mother in law had just passed away from cancer less than a month ago. Eff Cancer! I had my first Ob/Gyn appointment when I was about ten weeks pregnant. It’s a surreal feeling to see and hear your child inside of you. I have never felt so much love for someone I haven’t seen yet.
I remember going in to my OB/GYN at around 24 weeks to find out the sex of our baby. The ultrasound tech asked if we wanted to know the sex of the baby and we both said YES in unison. Our baby was not shy at all,he opened up his legs for the world to see and it was at that moment we knew we were having a boy. I had always said for years that I wanted a boy first then a girl so he could be a protector for his little sister. I got my wish!
For a little, over six months only those close to my husband and I, knew that we were expecting. I did not post about it on social media or anything. I was later asked how come I chose to keep something so big private? Well, I have the right to keep such a precious thing between myself and a few select others. I chose to keep those in the loop who were my personal cheerleaders throughout my journey to motherhood. Pregnancy is such a life-changing experience; it empowered me in ways I didn’t know were possible.
“You are pregnant, and you are powerful. You are bold, and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty, and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you.”
I no longer think about doing things for myself; it’s all about my child. I finally realize what it means to put someone else in front of you. I understand that being a mom is one of the greatest feelings in the world. It doesn’t matter if I’m feeling upset, angry or sad, the moment I see J’s face everything I had felt turns into complete happiness. A huge shoutout to my husband who came to EVERY SINGLE doctor’s appointment I had during my pregnancy. It didn’t matter if I was going in for simple blood work or an ultrasound, he was there! I love you!
Call me crazy, but I miss being pregnant, I enjoyed the kicks which I started feeling at around 16 weeks, I loved to feel him move, I miss his cute little hiccups. Baby J gave me the ideal pregnancy, I had absolutely NO MORNING SICKNESS, I experienced very little back pain, and I had mild heartburn. I gorged on everything I could set my eyes on, and I had absolutely no cravings.
The one thing that irritated me was the everlasting cramping and pain I had in my left thigh. Baby J and my uterus started pressing down on my Sciatica nerve. I would start feeling the pain while I was sleeping or anytime I tried to walk for more than 20 minutes straight. I started to takes breaks for 5 minutes here and there to avoid further exacerbating the pain.
The one thing I do not miss about being pregnant is the GDD (Gestational Diabetes) test which I had to get done twice! The first time was because I have a long history of Diabetes that runs in my family. The second time around it was routine at around 26 weeks and although I did pass I failed the first part(there are three parts) and was told to watch my carbs for safe measure. I definitely do not miss being poked and prodded every month, but I guess that all comes with the territory, right?
The only thing Baby J left me with that I still need to work on is pregnancy weight haha! How was your pregnancy, I would love to hear your stories. Leave a comment and let me know!
Stay tuned my birth story is a bit more exciting and will be coming up next! I will be making this a three-part series to give you guys more of an insight into my life (UNEDITED)!
“Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of God. Lucky is the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star.”