Sickness in pregnancy

There was a comment I came across the other day on that ol’ place called Facebook. There were 2 or 3 people discussing sickness in pregnancy, and I saw something that quite riled me if I’m honest. This comment basically said that pregnancies in which the woman had/has sickness, all was well, and went well, whereas pregnancies where the woman felt/feels fine, things didn’t/don’t go so well in. (Though they did refer to it as an old wives tale, the person in question probably didn’t mean to offend, but I did think it was quite insensitive even saying this, seeing as a lot of people tend to worry all the way through their pregnancies, like me for instance! Or maybe I’m just too sensitive regarding babies and pregnancy, who knows? Maybe it’s also because I know quite a few people “in real life” and from the forum I am a member of, who have had unsuccessful pregnancies and/or premature babies).

So then of course this has got me worrying. (And also thinking about other peoples experiences). I haven’t really had any sickness during my pregnancy, only really very slight nausea every so often in the first trimester which was cured with eating. So that means that something is going to go wrong at some stage or my baby is going to be born unhealthy?! Add to this the fact I had bleeding around 14 weeks, I know this is quite normal in early pregnancy, but I am a self confessed worrier and have been worrying ever since that something is going to go wrong. 

So, did you have sickness or not in your pregnancy? And did everything go well or were there complications? 

18 weeks… and a bump (pic)

Sorry I have neglected you all since last Saturday, was rather busy all weekend as we went on holiday on Monday, and didn’t get back until Friday! So I never posted a 17 week update last Sunday either…

I haven’t really that much to report actually, the last couple of weeks have been quite uneventful regarding Baby G! Bump has grown a little but can’t really see that much difference since the last photo, though for a few days it did seem to be noticeably expanding overnight! 

During our holiday the ‘Funstars’ did a show called ‘Never Forget’, in which they sang We’ll Meet Again by Vera Lynn – well, I think baby must like this song as he/she was doing somersaults in my tummy which was pretty amazing! 

We loved our holiday, we will definitely be taking baby back next year if we can afford it! We didn’t want to leave and wished we could have stayed longer! 

Hubby & I after our 400ft climb to the top of a waterfall!  (Squinty as the sun was just appearing!)
Me on my quarter century birthday with my ‘Soba Mojito’ mocktail!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I’m stepping away from the usual today and joining in with Bloggers Unite’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month blogging event. 

In the UK, around 48,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. It has been estimated that in the US, 230, 480 women will be diagnosed in 2011. But we must remember that although it is more common in women, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. 

This is a cause very close to my heart, as 4/5 years ago my mother-in-law (MIL) was diagnosed with breast cancer. To say it was a huge shock was an understatement. I cannot remember all the details around diagnosis and treatment as I was very busy at University at the time, but I can remember it being a traumatic and emotional time for all of the family. I felt guilty that I could not support my then fiance fully as I was away during the week. 

Treatment commenced pretty much straight away with my MIL, she had chemotherapy and a mastectomy. She lost all of her hair through the chemo which was a bit traumatic, but she was able to get a wig. After her mastectomy she was able to be fitted for an insert for her bra so it looked like she still had both her breasts. She has considered reconstructive surgery, but she has many other medical problems at the minute so hasn’t gone through with it yet. 

She is now in remission, but has to go to the hospital every week for a check up due to her other medical problems. There have been a couple of scares since where a lump has been found, but this didn’t turn out to be cancer, after checks. 

Thanks to cancer research we are very lucky to have her here with us, and for that we are very grateful. I try to donate and/or sponsor whenever I can. In fact I was going to do a sponsored skydive when I reached my weight loss goal this year, but baby G put that on hold! I did recently complete a sponsored walk for Breakthrough Breast Cancer though. 

If you wish to donate to breast cancer research, please do so through Breast Cancer CareBreakthrough Breast Cancer or Cancer Research UK. Readers in the US can donate through Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I’m not sure of any others in the US but if you do know, then feel free to leave the website in a comment. The majority of these websites also have online shops, so go ahead and purchase something precious for yourself, whilst giving precious life to somebody else. 

PCOS – how it affects

Earlier this month I wrote a post on the facts of PCOS. This post will be about the affect it has had, or it has, on other people.

My experience with PCOS has been quite short in a way, but looking back from during diagnosis and afterwards, I think in a way it has been a lengthy one too. Ever since I started my periods they have been horrendous – heavy, long, never knowing when they were going to start/end. At school I was put on tablets because they were so heavy, but they made me sick so I stopped taking them. And then I went on the contraceptive pill about aged 13, which kind of regulated them and made them not so bad. Then, when I stopped taking it around aged 18 (in 2005), the troubles started again. Mainly irregular periods & very quick weight gain, which I also found very hard to lose so just gave up when I tried (also some excess hair and acne). Then when we decided in 2008 that we would start trying to conceive in the January of 2009, this is when I noticed my periods were worse than ever, not knowing when my next was going to arrive, then when it did lasting for weeks and weeks and weeks, until I finally went to the doctor each time to get norithisterone to stop it. And then many of my readers will know that clomid worked for me in helping to conceive. That’s as far as I will go regarding that, as the rest of my history is here. So, looking back, I’m pretty sure there was something wrong with me before starting the pill, most likely a mild form of PCOS, and the pill made the symptoms worse? 

B’s experience

“When I was told at 19 I had PCOS it totally destroyed my confidence. I knew little about it, but thought that it was just my periods that were messed up. I didn’t know about my hair falling out by handfuls, the huge weight gain and the awful mood swings I get. It’s an invisible disease and no one can understand how it controls a lot of your health (I also suffer from insulin resistance due to PCOS). All of these came to second to when I was told I could never have children. Got everything they crossed the come out with a better treatment for PCOS than metformin”

N’s experience

I know I should go to the GP and talk about it and my infertility but I’m instead hiding away about it, because if it just doesn’t happen I can just say it’s one of those things, we never even went to the GP or anything. But if I go through the tests and the clomid and it still doesn’t happen, there’s just no hope left”

I briefly mentioned about metformin in my previous post about PCOS, which is a drug used to help with weight and regulation of periods/ovulation. There are mixed opinions from users of metformin. One reader (M) says “Metformin actually works and is very effective with PCOS… I had not seen one single AF for a whole year and when I started taking it I lost 12 kilos and I got my AF back”. Another user (L) debated this saying “I’m thinking along the lines that metformin doesn’t always work, I’ve been on it for 6 months now and I haven’t seen AF since”. Both of these readers also mentioned about how they have suffered from depression, as well as a lot of other ladies that I know of who suffer from PCOS.

So, we can see that the physical effects it has on an individual, can vary from person to person, but many emotions remain the same across the board. 

16 weeks

Yesterday was my 16 week mark! 

Gosh, that came around quick! Only 24 more weeks to go, I so want to meet our baby but of course I want him/her fully cooked first, and I still want to enjoy the rest of pregnancy. Bump is slowly expanding, I’m being quite vain and every time I pass a mirror I have to have a quick look to see if it’s grown any since the last time! Oops!

We’re taking bump on his/her first “kind of” holiday a week today! “Kind of” because he/she will be there but not quite know it! We’re going all the way to Haven Devon Cliffs in Exmouth, which should be a lovely 5 hour drive from here with me needing the loo every half an hour! It’s my quarter century birthday while we’re there, so hubby is going to treat me to a couple of spa treatments. Oh yes, it’s only a caravan park but it’s 5* and has its own spa you know! Plus, I haven’t been to Haven and seen Rory since I was teeny, I’m so excited!