Friday, April 22, 2016

Pregnant and 40 {SQT}

I have wanted to make this announcement for weeks, but I was too tired and worried, so I kept putting it off. I am finally ready to share my news Quick Takes style! 

1. My last post was a Yarn Along post in November. That is the month that I decided to stop charting my fertility. I had been charting my cycles using the Creighton Model hoping that it would help us conceive. I also stopped taking prenatal vitamins even though I had been taking them for almost all of my adult life. I was feeling done with my fertility issues. Chris had just celebrated his forty-second birthday, and my fortieth birthday was less than half a year away, so we decided we were getting old, and it was silly of us to keep trying. Yes, silly us thinking we knew what the future held for us.

2. The month of December I followed Shaun T's Cize dance workout schedule. As a result of that program, I lost four pounds. 

3. In January, Chris and I gave up coffee. He switched to green tea. While I started with black tea, I eventually moved on to herbal tea. I also gave up meat and dairy to calm inflammation in my digestive tract. Within a week, I felt so much better and started following a new workout schedule with Turbo Fire. I followed the schedule for eight weeks, and with that program combined with the diet I lost another sixteen pounds. 

4. In February, I prayed the Our Lady of Lourdes Novena. My special intention went something like this, "You know what I want. You know what I need. Do whatever is best." Well, I conceived sometime in February. Most likely the week after Our Lady's feast day. The blessing of this pregnancy is not lost on me, and if this baby is a girl, her name will in some way honor Our Lady. 

5. I had a little bit of spotting early on, but I am on progesterone, and it stopped after two weeks. I got to see the baby by ultrasound at seven weeks, and his(her) heartbeat was strong. I have been suffering from morning sickness, fatigue, and anxiety. It was tough in the beginning, but I started taking prenatal vitamins and supplementing with extra magnesium (Natural Calm) and B-12 (My Kind Organics spray), and I have seen improvements in the morning sickness and anxiety. I have also added a few meat and dairy products back into my diet, with only a few minor flare-ups of inflammation. But I have to say that I will probably never eat ice cream again. 

6. I turned forty a couple of weeks ago, and it didn't even faze me. Being pregnant on your fortieth birthday kind of takes the feeling of getting old out of the milestone birthday. Although, I must mention that I do feel older this pregnancy. Being pregnant at forty is very different than being pregnant at 20, 27, and 32! Every pregnant woman I see looks so much younger than me! 

7. I hit eleven weeks on Wednesday. I did miscarry once at twelve weeks, so I am feeling anxious about my next doctor appointment. But honestly, I will feel anxious about my pregnancy until I deliver this little one. If you would keep us in your prayers, I would really appreciate it! 

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