AND THEN THERE WERE THREE!
This blog has been a work in progress for some time and I am rather behind on the launch so I have quite a lot to catch up on in regards to my pregnancy journey. I started writing a journal right at the start of my pregnancy which I cannot seem to find anywhere since our move from Gold Coast to Brisbane but never mind we will get started with the below.
On the 19th February my hubby and I found out that we were expecting our first little Bambino Boyd due early October 2015! To be completely honest, this wasn't a planned pregnancy as such; by that what I mean is we weren't actively or mentally trying to conceive but we were both well aware that I wasn't on any form of contraception. I understand this can be a very touchy and emotional subject for some people as I know many couples struggle to fall pregnant when they are actively trying. I can only imagine how hard it would be when you want something so bad but it's beyond your control for whatever reason.
I had been extremely unwell for a few weeks and related it to my new fitness training program as I was going through the cleanse/detox phase so it seemed understandable to think it was my body ridding all of the bad toxins. Little did we know, yes they were all the signs of a pregnant woman suffering from severe morning sickness. I went for an ultrasound that afternoon and found out that I was 6 weeks and 5 days gestation. To this day we feel extremely blessed and for us this was the moment that we felt we had to trust the timing of our lives.
Now I don't want to complain or go into the depth of my pregnancy illness too much because I am so blessed to have this little life inside of me. But on average I have pretty much been sick for 7 1/2 months of this pregnancy. At 8 weeks I was hospitalised for Hyperemesis Gravidarum which is pretty much the worst form of morning sickness you can get. It's an all day constant sickness, with persistent severe vomiting and nausea which leads to weight loss and dehydration and only occurs during pregnancy. I wasn't able to keep any fluids down, not even water. I wasn't able to eat healthy like I wanted to, every healthy/clean/green thing I ate came straight back up. I couldn't keep any solids down regardless what I ate. I literally couldn't walk without being hunched over, gagging or running to the toilet, or in turn I was lying in fetal position constantly. At one point I didn't leave the house for 6 days, I was an emotional wreck and felt like I was experiencing a form of potential pre-postnatal depression. I felt like my body was paralyzed and to be entirely honest there was a point where I felt like I could not go through with this pregnancy full term if this is how it was going to continue for the duration. I will touch on HG on a later post because I feel it is something that is overlooked, there is definitely not enough awareness raised about it.
As soon as we reached the 10 week mark we got the Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) test which is a screening method for detecting certain specific chromosomal abnormalities in a developing baby and we also opted to find out the gender. Everything came back great and instead of our OB telling us the gender results right then and there, we asked him to write it down on a piece of paper and seal it into an envelope. We wanted to share the sex of the baby and find out at the same time with our family and close friends, so we decided to have a gender reveal party. We took the results to a cake maker and asked them to make the inside of the cake either pink or blue dependent on the gender results. You have no idea how hard it was to not peep into that envelope, one of the hardest things I have ever had to control myself from haha.
We had our gender reveal party and found out that we were cooking up a wee baby girl. Never had I ever been so excited to cut open a cake in my entire life, and as soon as we saw pink I just burst into tears (even though I was convinced it was going to be boy). It was very overwhelming and we were even more excited about the pregnancy knowing what we were having. Now if you know me well, I am a little OCD, especially when it comes to planning, I don't really like the unknown if it can be avoided so there was no way we were not going to find out the gender of our little babe. That night we sat down and started to go through our list of baby names for our little bambina and ready to get into the full swing of pregnancy. Below are some images from our 12 week scan and our gender reveal party.
That is just a quick little insight of the start of our pregnancy journey, I look forward to sharing and posting more about my experience as I am now currently 35 weeks gestation.