what i’ve learned in 5 weeks

today i have been pregnant for 5 weeks. doesn’t seem long, but from week 3 to now i have learned a little bit that has helped ease my mind and hopefully it will help others.

taking multiple pregnancy test because you don’t feel pregnant is a waste of money.

i spent maybe close to $100 on pregnancy test hoping the line will get darker or to convince myself that despite symptions or lack there of that i am still pregnant. a line, whether light or dark, is still a line. you are pregnant. i would recommend taking maybe 3 test. one with blue ink, one with pink ink, and one digital. that’s it. after the digital says Pregnant you can stop.

spotting, cramps (some painful), and pinkish/brownish discharges is normal.
try not to freak everytime you see something when you wipe, in your panties, or in the toilet. i’ve read so many stories of ladies who freak out and go to the hospital to be told everything is fine. unless the pain is extremly unbearable and there is large amounts of blood do not worry. it will save you sanity.

speaking of sanity. don’t read other women’s horror stories.
i’m sorry, but i had to stop reading them. one night i had a dream that resembled what i read. after that i said enough. i’m not trying to be insensitive, but i have to protect my baby and that means i cannot stress. reading these stories made me stress. i needed to relax and worry about eating the right foods, getting exercise, and drinking enough water. these are things i struggled with before getting pregnant so i’m worried more about it now.

if you are plus size it may take months before you show depending on your size.
i’ve decided to accept this fact. some apps encourage photos to track changes. as a plus size muma that is discouraging. i decided to take pics anyways. i saw another plus size muma take her lying down. when you lie down you stomach flatten a little and you may see the bump. i’m only 5 weeks so no bump yet, but i’ll be able to notice it sooner.

you cannot sneeze your baby out of your vagina.
sometimes it does feel uncomfortable to sneeze. you suddenly feel it…down there, but despite that feeling you cannot sneeze the baby out. you’re sneezing from your nose not your vagina. i like to imagine that my baby is making a funny face when i sneeze because maybe it feels it, but it doesn’t move. sneezing may make a little pee come out.

lastly, you may not get symptoms.
morning sickness may never come or it will come later like a tone of bricks. my first symptom was gas. a lot of gas. for some reason it only bothered me at night. i had nightime gas. which was good because i wasn’t doing it at work. and if your boo doesn’t like it tell him that you’re not farting. you are whispering to your panties. maybe it will make him laugh. mine thinks it’s weird, but it makes me laugh so that’s all that matters to me.

i hope this helps some ladies. the pregnancy community can be very supportive, but there is nothing like the support of family and friends. they may get sick of you talking baby talk all day long, but it’s your turn. have enjoy what you can of it and one a few months you will have this really awesome person you made.

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2 thoughts on “what i’ve learned in 5 weeks

  1. Ashley says:

    These all hit very close to home. My first prenatal appointment isn’t until I’m 9w1d by my estimation and my minimal symptoms had me buying tests over and over again. I’m fighting the nervous energy like a lot of women do early– it’s the toughest part. šŸ™‚

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    • bethshereyf says:

      thank you for your reply. the early weeks are the toughest. i have my first appointment on friday. i will be 5w6d. unfortnately there won’t be an ultrasound, but another thing i learned is that you might not see much until 8 or 9 weeks. one lesson i fogot to mention is pregnancy teaches you patience which you will need a lot of after the baby is born. hope you have a happy and healthy 9 months and good luck at your first appointment.

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