Foetus at 10 weeks
This afternoon I had my first antenatal appointment and met my midwife, Jan, who is lovely and kept calling me “my love” and the baby her “little pal”.
Mostly it was just paperwork and questions on both sides (bizarrely, despite my all-day morning sickness, almost all of my questions were about food!). Apparently, my generally healthy diet (with some naughties – I can’t be good ALL the time, after all!) is great and almost all the things I am supposed to avoid are things I don’t like anyway (blue-veined cheese, eggs with runny yolks, liver and pate, etc), so I should have much trouble there. And her advice for combating my morning sickness? I need to eat more often! Apparently it’s the drop in sugar levels that causes the nausea, so I have to eat:
Breakfast – something like cereal, toast or fruit is good.
Elevenses – a banana is ideal.
Lunch – soup, salad or sandwich is great
Mid-afternoon snack – did I mention bananas are ideal?
Dinner – plenty of veg; something starchy like potatoes, rice or pasta; oily fish twice a week; lean meat; etc.
Supper – a snack before bed so my sugar levels don’t drop through the floor overnight.
At this rate I really am going to be the size of a bus! I don’t usually eat quite as often as that. Yes, I have breakfast, lunch and dinner, with perhaps a piece of fruit or some crackers mid-morning to keep me going, but that’s usually pretty much it and I don’t usually eat after about 8:30pm at the latest (unless I’m out for a meal and we happen to still be eating at that point)
The good news is that I already eat a lot of fruit and veg, and I love salmon, so I usually have it once or twice a week. I usually favour chicken or turkey over beef and pork (although I do like both of those) and occasionally duck, but I often eat vegetarian meals and often include nuts and seeds too. The one thing I’m really going to miss is pepperoni on my pizza – I’ve been told to really avoid those deli meats so no pepperoni for me! On top of that, my blood pressure, as always, is spot on what it should be (that’s one area I’ve never had a problem) and the fact that I walk everywhere is great exercise-wise (there are definitely benefits to not having a car and feeling sick on buses!).
So, within the next two-to-four weeks I’ll be going for my first scan, then there’ll be some blood work two weeks after that, and another scan four weeks after that. In the meantime, there are various classes to go to in order to ensure I don’t overstretch myself as my body changes (apparently women are more prone to injury during the first trimester due to all the muscles and ligaments loosening – we carry on as normal without realising that we’re getting all relaxed and stretchy, so we get injured).
So, within the next six-to-ten weeks I’ll have a really noticeable pregnant tummy on me. Till then I’ll resign myself to just looking like I’m getting fatter (which is how it feels at this stage – I just feel that I look like I’m porking out a bit more!).
And we’ve been given a tentative Due Date of 3rd October (subject to change after we get that scan in a few weeks, when we’ll get a definite date to work towards!).