THE PREGGER JOURNAL. By Titi Oyinsan
Hoping that other expectant mothers can learn from my experiences. I plan to be as open and honest as possible.
25TH SEPT 2012
OFFICIALLY 5WEEKS PREGNANT
Wow…so this is what it’s like. Knowing your gonna have a child. Mixed feelings of nerves, joy, thankfulness and anticipation fill my mind. No shock and awe, but relief that its happened. Thank God.
What next? First of all a long prayer session of thanks to God, as well as for protection against unfriendly forces (if you catch my drift), then plan when to tell my parents and inlaws. i need some advice on this one sha.
Ok Google what can you tell me?
Loads of great websites and loads to gush over and consider. Wow.
Baby center.com is really helpful though…Iv signed up and now I get updates on what exactly is happening inside me, and what to expect. Great stuff.
First thing they asked for was a name….my hubby said…”Amber”. “what if it’s a boy”,I ask…. Then “Ambrose”
Ok I will just roll with it for now but if you are looking for names why not do some googling…it helps. Having a name for baby is said to help you get the full gist of what’s happening, and creates a bond.
According to babycenter.com this is How my baby’s growing:
Deep in your uterus your embryo is growing at a furious pace. At this point, he’s about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. He’s now made up of three layers — the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm — which will later form all of his organs and tissues.
The neural tube — from which your baby’s brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout — is starting to develop in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also give rise to his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel.
His heart and circulatory system begin to form in the middle layer, or mesoderm. (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.) The mesoderm will also form your baby’s muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous (under skin) tissue.
The third layer, or endoderm, will house his lungs, intestines, and rudimentary urinary system, as well as his thyroid, liver, and pancreas. In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already on the job.
Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby’s development.
How my life’s changing:
You may notice some pregnancy-related discomforts already. Many women report sore breasts, fatigue, and frequent urination starting in the early weeks. You may also have nausea, though it’s more likely to show up in the coming weeks.
The outside world won’t see any sign of the dramatic developments taking place inside you — except that you’re turning down that glass of wine with dinner, perhaps. It’s important to avoid alcohol throughout your pregnancy since no one knows exactly how much — or how little — alcohol can harm a developing baby.
You’ll also want to continue or start an exercise routine. Exercise helps you develop the strength and endurance you’ll need to manage the extra weight you’ll be carrying. It may help prevent some of the aches and pains of pregnancy, and many women find that it’s a great stress-reducer. Exercise can also help you get ready for the physical rigors of labor.
Finally, it’s easier to bounce back after you give birth if you’ve continued some form of exercise throughout pregnancy. Choose a safe, moderately vigorous activity you enjoy. Walking and swimming are fine choices for pregnant women.
Dads, there are plenty of ways to participate in your partner’s pregnancy — even this early in the game.* babycentre.com
This message from baby center really helped me put some things in perspective. Hope it helps you also.
Below I have a check list I plan to update as much as possible of the course of my pregnancy to help keep track and when I go to see my doctor I will remember what has been happening. Writing things down can really help get a firm grasp on what is happening.
|tired as lumpy custard
Weight is 81kg and am wondering f that’s good or bad.
|EMOTIONAL||moody over food choices. I just don’t know what I can or can’t eat. Don’t know what to eat, yetalways hungry|
|SPIRITUAL||at peace, thankful
|I’v been to pee 9 times as at 10pm.
Dark and tough stool. Have to call the doc about it. Cant help worrying.
Boobs are both sore and annoyingly tender to and touch. I wonder when it will cool off
|WORK||Fulfillled that I got through the day, although am tired of climbing the staircase(four flights to my office floor). Am also having CRAZY hunger pangs that just occur when I least expect. I end up begging for snacks from others when I see them eating. Nasty habit. Gotta get my own snack storage in the office.|
|SLEEP||cat napped for an hour in the late afternoon.
Woke up painfully hungry and late for work. Grabbed a pear and filled a mug with Ovaltine
|DA HUBBY||Stressed with work and this new development, but happy and thankful.|
|PRENATAL VITAMINS||Pregnacare right? That’s what everyone uses, abi.?.then lets try some. Decided to take vitamins at night. A bit of nausea and dizziness I have not given into, starting to weigh me down.|
There is so much to think about ,consider and sort out. I guess the best thing to do is take it slow.
Till next time i write. Stay blessed and pls drop your comments and contributions. am also very open to advice.
It is well with us all.