Note to new readers: I am brutally honest in my weekly pregnancy reports and leave no symptom unmentioned – even the unpleasant ones – so please bear that in mind if you intend to continue reading this post…
Okay, so here’s the same old, same old:
- Morning sickness – check
- Picky appetite – check
- Feeling like an alien has invaded my body – check
- Headaches – check
- Extreme fatigue – check
Dang, are none of these symptoms subsiding at all?
New symptoms and developments:
- I get this ache in my lower abdominal area every time I get up too quickly.
- I get more nauseous when I over exert myself or if I stay out in the sun – okay, maybe not exactly a new development but I’ve finally discovered the link when I took Gavin for a ride on his tricycle in the garden one morning.
- I’ve started brushing my teeth with Gavin’s strawberry-flavoured toothpaste because it doesn’t make me gag nearly as much as my regular mint-flavoured toothpaste.
- I’ve also noticed that my nipples get more sensitive the longer the gap between Gavin’s nursing sessions. Thankfully, it is still quite bearable, though.
- My headaches, I’ve discovered, are hormonal-related. A common enough symptom during pregnancy. Come to think of it, I do vaguely recall suffering from headaches during the first pregnancy with Gavin.
- My appetite per meal is still very small and I often find I can’t eat much per sitting. This seems to be very much in line with the first pregnancy. I remember thinking that pregnant women could eat a whole banquet on their own only to feel jibbed when I discovered that was not the case for me.
- I’ve gone off 100Plus and am now in favour of Ribena and orange juice – particularly that sickening sweet one by Tropicana called “Twister”. In fact, I don’t think I’ve drunk plain water in a while…
- Quite unlike the first time with Gavin, I seem to be craving more carbs this time around. With Gavin, I just wanted to eat meat. Now, I can’t stomach the stuff and only want carbs – noodles, in particular.
- My bump has grown pretty quickly this time around – I look like I did when I was five months pregnant the last time. The belly button has already popped out, too – the turkey timer may be out but I still have a long six months to get through.
- Starting to notice an increase in vaginal discharge – looks like I’ll need to stock up on more panty liners…
- This is the first time I’ve experienced it, but my clitoris was swollen and very sensitive – no, it was not in a nice way, it was blardi painful (you would think that something about this pregnancy ought to be nice). I don’t remember reading anything about this so I googled it and found a very down-to-earth pregnancy symptom-by-symptom breakdown on Kirsten’s Guide. It appears that a sensitive clitoris (for better or worse) is all part of normal pregnancy.
Going to see the doctor this week, so more news then…