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Symptoms
I'm six weeks pregnant today. For some reason it seems like a milestone to me, though I can't say why. For some reason it seems to be a trifle silly to really think of being pregnant before this point. Of course it's also the point at which you can guarantee having symptoms.

For the last week or so I've been hungry nearly all the time. The past few days I've also been needing a lot more sleep. And today I had my first incident of prolonged and pronounced 'morning' sickness, brought on by a 90 minute commute home after a day that was busy enough that I hadn't had time to eat anything since lunch. Symptoms are good. We like symptoms, they mean the pregnancy is not yet doomed. I would actually feel more reassured if I were throwing up like a bulimic and an all-you-can-eat buffet, but you have to work with what you've got.

I hope they're both OK in there. I probably sound a bit morbid, and maybe some people might get the mistaken impression that I don't want both. I do want both of them, though. I want them very badly. I just feel sometimes like actually expecting to get two babies out of this is a bit greedy. I feel as if expecting things to go well is bad luck, and I gotten a tad superstitious about this sort of thing over the past three and a half years. And so I do hope for the best case scenario, two healthy babies in June, but I certainly don't count on it.
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firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: November 1st, 2007 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I was cheering "Hurrah, morning sickness!" when I got to that sentence, and then felt a little embarassed to be wishing sickness at you. But the sentences after that have reassured me, and I will cross my fingers for horrible nausea and pickles and ice cream all around. :)
merastra From: merastra Date: November 1st, 2007 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)

6 weeks!

That's ok, you don't sound morbid. Just practical. I hope your symptoms keep up.
mijven From: mijven Date: November 2nd, 2007 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Symptoms remind you to take care of yourself. Not that you won't, or that those around you won't, just that it's easy to get into a superwoman mentality (or supermom one) and your body doesn't care one iota about cleaning or your job or buying presents or any of that. It just wants to get this particular job done.

Congratulations again, and I think I'll go delete that comment I made awhile back about twins.... (Sorry!)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 2nd, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats!

You need to start stashing food. I found the best way to beat morning sickness (admittedly I had very mild cases) was to eat frequently and often. Preferably high protein foods but crackers work too.

I carried around peanut butter crackers, cheese sticks, and granola bars as well as crackers. Stashed them in my car, and in my purse. That way if you don't get lunch you at least get some food in your system. And they work well between meals too. Hope that will help a bit in future.

But yes symptoms tell you your body is working on the preg thing!
enugent From: enugent Date: November 2nd, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't have much morning sickness either. But I have heard that it's a good idea to snack on something high-protein (like some cheese) when you get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom - at least for those who have their morning sickness in the morning.

(I have one friend who was only able to eat from when she woke up until about 11:30 AM. At that point, even looking at food suddenly made her ill. Because of her law school schedule, she sometimes could only make it to the cafeteria by 11:15, and was known to abandon her tray because the line was too long and she passed the "magic moment".)
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