When I first found out I was pregnant, everything seemed totally normal for me. I felt very confident in the pregnancy. I quit running, but kept up my regimen of walking and taking my vitamins, eating well, and taking care of myself.
And then I started spotting.
It wasn’t much and stopped quickly. I was surprised because usually the spotting I experience happens much later due to subchorionic hemorrhaging. I’ve had SCH in at least 4 previous pregnancies. I’ve had spotting due to SCH in 3 of those. It usually happens around 7 weeks and completely resolves within 24 hours. I had very large SCHs with my back-to-back miscarriages in the winter of 2011 as well, but did not bleed with either of them until I actually miscarried.
The only way to diagnose SCH is via sonogram. It shows up as a pool of blood near the sac. There is no real understanding as to what causes them, nor how much they actually threaten the viability of a pregnancy.
About a week after the first incident, I spotted again.
Concerned, yes. Stressed out, no.
Then, in my 6th week, I was getting ready to head to Chicago to the 2:1 blogging conference with my husband. In the middle of the night, I woke up to more spotting. This time it seemed worse. Add to that the fact that I wasn’t experiencing the usual morning sickness symptoms, and all my hope and confidence seemed to be crashing down.
I called the doctor and set an appointment for a sonogram immediately following my trip to Chicago. Ty felt going to Chicago would prove to be relaxing and calming to me (I was not speaking and would have no children to care for). Before leaving, the bleeding stopped.
The conference proved to be very beneficial in so many ways. One such way was the prayer time we had where we all prayed for each other. I felt peaceful about the whole thing. Yes, even if I lost the baby.
That night, I bled again.
And yes, I was still peaceful.
A couple of days later (at 7w1d), I went to my appointment, fully expecting to see no heartbeat. Instead, we saw a baby measuring 7w3d with a heart beating at 168. I about fell off the table.
And the most amazing part – no sign of subchorionic hemorrhaging!
I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t totally looking forward to hearing the heartbeat again this next week at my first official OB appointment. I still need reassurance that this is real.
I have only thrown up twice in these 9 weeks. I have the typical food aversions and do better if someone else fixes my food – my kids are doing a lot of cooking these days! I sleep a lot, but the nausea is manageable most days.
And then I got to thinking…
In February (about 6 weeks before getting pregnant), I decided to start faithfully taking a magnesium supplement, using magnesium oil and soaking in a bath of Epsom Salts whenever I could. The reason I did this was because I was having some scary heart palpitations and knew magnesium is sometimes the issue behind heart palpitations.
So, how does this translate to morning sickness???
My friend Kate from Modern Alternative Mama had been preaching magnesium to me all throughout Creed’s pregnancy and I decided it was worth a shot. I didn’t really think it would work because NOTHING ever helped my morning sickness. Not high dollar pills, not Sea Bands, not ginger. Nothing. Skeptical would be an understatement.
But, when I found I wasn’t experiencing the typical morning sickness symptoms AND baby was ok, I began to wonder about the magnesium link. So, I kept up with the oil (I buy it from the women who wrote the article about making her own) and soaking in Epsom Salts. I don’t do well with pills when I’m pregnant and most people will tell you magnesium isn’t well absorbed in pill form anyway.
The verdict so far is pretty astounding. I am still sick off and on and the bad days really affect my mental state, but as I’m writing this, I feel almost normal. Food aversions – yes. Tired – yes. Pregnant brain – yes. (Remember all the messed up posts from a few weeks ago? Yep, that was pregnant brain – my friend Ashley even called me on it!) But utter hopelessness – not very often. Not like it has been in the past.
So, this isn’t really a Week 9 update, but more like a Previous Several Months update to bring you up to speed on all that has been going on here behind the scenes. We are all very excited and very thankful for this new little life and God’s tender mercies! Please continue to hold us in your prayers. I have a tendency to fear and really have to fight to keep those under control. I know Who holds the future. :)