Our First OB Visit
Well, our first OB visit was off to a bit of a tough start. When we got there and were checking in at the front desk, I was telling my husband that we only need to pay $400 out of pocket to deliver. I think the receptionist thought I was complaining (instead of realizing I was pleasantly surprised??) and said “having a baby is worth the cost” to me. I wanted to say, seriously? You don’t think I know this. We’ve spent thousands of dollars to get to this point and would spend as much as it takes to deliver a healthy baby. But I just smiled (and died a little bit inside), and said Oh I know. Seeing all of the cute pregnant bumps at their office was still a little bit hard for me. I used to have such a sad feeling when I saw pregnant women. Not sad for them, and it wasn’t that I wasn’t happy for them....I was sad for my husband and I and the gaping hole in our lives. Although I am pregnant, that feeling in the pit of my stomach when I see a pregnant lady hasn’t completely subsided... but our appointment helped. Infertility F’s you up so much.
When we were called back to the ultrasound room and got to hear our baby’s heartbeat for the first time (we’d only seen it up to that point) I burst into tears for the first time this whole pregnancy. Tears of absolute joy and happiness. It was the most magical moment and things started to feel real. And just then the ultrasound tech told me look, your baby is moving and then our baby start to wiggle around and dance. It was so special to see and finally I think God gave me what I needed to start believing this is the real deal. However, because we are doing the harmony genetic test, we are not doing the 12 week NT scan (my OB thought that was overkill to do both), but I don’t get to see baby again until 20 weeks. I am going to be an anxious, paranoid mama for the next 9.5 weeks waiting to see baby again. I most likely will go to a private ultrasonographer to see baby before then... I am not that patient and it will help give me reassurance. They did say I can come in and listen to heartbeat every week though if I want to. I may take them up on that, haha!
Products I’ve Sworn By the Last 10 Weeks
Since I have PCOS, my skin has been a real rollercoaster this first trimester and those of you who suffer from breakouts probably know you can’t use like anything on your face when you’re pregnant because it will cross the placenta and can impact baby. The traditional favorites like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are off limits, so you are pretty limited with what you can use to fight acne. One of my girlfriend who has been using all natural products introduced me to this brand that you can by at Anthropologie called Mario Badescu. I picked up their dying lotion and it just dries my acne right up, and it is all natural ingredients safe to use while TTC or pregnant. This, combined with using the CeraVe face wash with my Clarisonic and an occasional organic, raw honey mask have helped calm my skin the past several weeks.
Other non-skin related products that I’ve relied on are Unisom to help with sleep. While I’ve been so fortunate to not have had any morning sickness or nausea (as long as I keep myself fed), I’ve been super tired, but if I lay down to sleep it’s hard for me to fall asleep. My doc approved for me to take Unisom and it’s helped me fall asleep and sleep through the night (unless I have to pee, which lets face it - happens all the time!). In addition, I’ve been relying on Colace to keep things normal. After egg retrieval my RE recommended that I start taking Colace because my ovaries were so swollen and we wanted to keep the amount of bloat to a minimum to reduce pain. I’ve continued this through the first trimester which has helped.
Last but not least, I’ve been taking the First Response Pre & Post Natal gummies. I know that a lot of times women who suffer from morning sickness can’t stomach their pre-natal vitamins, but I feel like these taste like a sweet little treat and have been able to stomach them OK.
Thanks so much for following along and reading my blog. :) Below, I’ve included a sneak peek at our nursery and nursery bathroom... I am finally getting SO excited to decorate. We find out the sex in a couple of weeks and can’t wait to start the design process!
Hi! I'm Lindsay, a new mama to our little boy, Parker. I started my blog as a way to channel my creativity and document our life happenings. From the pretty, styled shots to the real, raw experiences, too, like our journey to start our family. I love to share about my faith, my personal style for interior decorating, holidays and entertaining & for our little guy. too. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support. XO