7 January 2013

Slowest... two... weeks... ever...

I think the Christmas holidays may have been the longest two weeks of my life!

We received our good news on the 19th of December, but there was still plenty to worry about. I began to get heart palpations, and as my heart-rate jumped above 100 bpm I began to feel dizzy and ill, like I couldn't breathe. Though it seems to be a common side effect, it was also how hyperthyroidism first presented during my previous pregnancy. Between that, the kidney stones making a themselves bother and having had an ectopic pregnancy - a trip to the GP seemed in order.

I manage to book in on the Friday and the doctor rang the BEP (bleeding in early pregnancy) clinic. Though I'd not had any bleeding, they would make sure it wasn't ectopic again. They suspected it was too early for a scan, so asked the GP to take a blood sample. I was instructed to attend the hospital first thing on the morning of Christmas Eve when they'd take another blood sample and compare the results.

Monday morning we were the first outside the clinic doors. To our surprise they skipped the blood test and went straight for the scan.
Our little one's first picture at 4 weeks and 5 days shows it safe and growing well! Our next big hurdle is the 7 weeks scan, when the IVF clinic will check for a heartbeat.

The two weeks since the scan have been a challenge, as kidney stones have been grinding away on both sides. And of course being pregnant I can't take my normal pain relief tablets. I could try paracetamol, but I'm not comfortable with how many tablets I'd be taking for very little relief - so instead I'm making do without.

The constant nausea and pain also made it tricky to keep our pregnancy a secret through all the family festivities, though I think we managed it. There was a slight panic when my niece broke out in chicken pox on New Year's Day. After some research we realised there probably wasn't much danger, but we eventually decided not to risk any additional exposure.

So we made it through Christmas but time continues to trickle past. The 7 week scan is nearly here and we keep thinking we're nearly half way through...until we realise we've only known about the pregnancy for 3 weeks and it'll be another 5 before we start telling friends and family!

Does anybody have any suggestions for making time pass more quickly?


This was originally written for the Emma's Diary Blog.