Monday I went in for my 12 week appointment. Lying back on the examining table, the doctor told me that we might not be able to hear the heart beat, and if that’s the case then we’d go for an ultrasound.
After about what seemed like several minutes of her pushing around on my lower abdomen with the monitor, she found it. Ga-gush, ga-gush, ga-gush, then she lost it again. A quick re-position and there it was again only this time you could hear my heartbeat along side. The strong ga-gush, ga-gush, ga-gush was perfectly syncopated with my slower and more steady paced heart beat. Baby’s was double mine at 160 beats per minute. Old wives have said that if it’s above 140 beats per minute then it’s probably a girl. We’ll see in a few short weeks.
After relishing in this precious miracle for what I deem as too short of a time, my doctor asked me how I was feeling. This week, I’ve been feeling pretty awesome in comparison to the last 11 weeks. She smiled and welcomed me to my second trimester.
I really have felt like a new person this week aside from some mild cramps from my stretching uterus. I have started working out, eating better, and I now enjoy being conscious. However, I have become a narcoleptic. Around 4:00 pm everyday, my body shuts down on me. I have to go home or stop whatever I am doing and take a nap.
Yesterday, we went to see The Hobbit, which I’ve been dying to see since it came out, and within the first 15 minutes, Zzzzzz. I was gone. I woke up about 30 minutes later and was able to watch the majority of the movie.
In addition to feeling better, I am not as worried. I have desperately been waiting this mark in the pregnancy because most miscarriages occur within the first 12 weeks. I know that it is still a possibility, but it is not as likely now, and for that I am highly grateful.
My appetite has come back with a bite. I’ve been desperately craving spicy foods, the hotter the better. I read on a few websites that if you crave spicy foods that your body is needing to cool down and that the capcasin found in peppers triggers your body’s sweat glands and causes your body to cool down. However, it is January in the mountains, so all I would need to do to cool down is step outside. Also, I read that if you crave spicy foods then you are more likely to have a boy. I really cannot wait until we can find out since my body is sending such mixed signals.
We went shopping yesterday and bought sprout a Christmas onsie and bib for next year. It’s gender neutral so we can use with all of our children.
Were you relieved to be out of your first trimester? Did your body give you mixed signals on the baby’s gender?