Today I am 9 weeks pregnant and I am going to start a weekly pregnancy diary. I know that by planning to write a post on a particular day each week I am setting myself up to fail, particularly as Wednesdays are my busiest days, but I am going to try anyway! Before I get up to week 9, I need to backtrack a bit.
I took these photos on the day I did the pregnancy test, which was at 5 weeks and 2 days. I shared the first one on Twitter, with the caption “Lovely afternoon with a friend and treated myself to a new scarf 🙂 #happy” and that was quite true, but also I really wanted a record of that day. I resisted the temptation to share a photo of the pregnancy test though it did cross my mind!
The day after this, I woke with tummy cramps and lower back pain which got worse later in the day when I lifted a heavy box. I had a weekend of paranoia, because in January I had a miscarriage at five and a half weeks and it felt very similar. However it was probably just normal early pregnancy symptoms that I had forgotten about, and by the middle of the next week I felt better, though my back has not been quite right since then.
Baby is: the size of a poppy seed.
I am: feeling sick already. Still at the stage where I can just about keep it at bay by eating, so I am eating rather a lot. That is not helping with the general bloated feeling though. Most of my clothes are uncomfortably tight which makes me feel more sick.
Baby is: the size of a blueberry. And growing new brain cells at the rate of 100 per minute. I find that fact quite fascinating!
I am: really very sick now. Loads of other symptoms too, but the sickness is bothering me the most. I also have very sharp pains in my sides when I turn over in bed.
Baby is: the size of a large raspberry and growing about a millimetre a day.
I am: in agony. I made my back pain much worse by bending to put away the Le Creuset. Yes, I know, first world problems… But really quite worrying, especially as I ended up in hospital with very severe lower back pain during my second pregnancy and this feels similar. I am also feeling even more sick, and increasingly dizzy too. And I have had more than enough of trying to hide it, so I decided it was time to announce our news.
Baby is: the size of a green olive.
I am: very very sick of feeling sick. And dizzy. Standing up is hard, even sitting up is too. The world is spinning and as well as being unpleasant it is making reality quite confusing. So if I seem a bit spaced out when I am talking to you, that is why.