Week 18 Pregnancy Update

May 11, 2011

Another week down, almost half way there!

This week...

I was only feeling really sick for 2 days!  Making progress...

I FINALLY STARTED EXERCISING again.  Monday night was a 30 minute brisk walk, and tonight a 20 minute walk - which I cut short because my back was REALLY hurting and crampy.  These are huge victories for me, as I haven't exercised in a couple of months.  It feels so good to get the legs and lungs moving again.  Only 1 more day this week, and I'll have met my minimum goal for the week.  I can do that!

Feeling tiny baby movements is great, but I'm going to admit that on the days I don't feel it for awhile, it starts to make me full of fear, worry, and slightly crazy.  I want so much to enjoy this pregnancy, but I just can't seem to get to the point where I don't feel the bottom is about to drop out of this pipe dream.

Same thing with the ultrasound.  Tomorrow is the BIG day - our anatomy scan and hopefully finding out if this is a little girl or a little boy.  I should be super excited, right?  And I am... but overtaking that is immense fear.  The fear that they will find something wrong with the baby, or the fear that he/she will be too small and not growing well, the fear that I will be headed down the path of IUGR and HELLP syndrome once again.  I want to scream at myself, grab myself by the shoulders and shake.  I want to tell myself to quit being so stupidly irrational, and to just relax.  I don't want to feel this way, but I do, and all I can do right now is take each day as it comes and try really hard not to hyperventilate about ___.  So instead of enjoying what is probably my last pregnancy, I am in "fight or flight" mode most days. 

If you have any ideas to knock some sense into me, please let me know, because obviously what I'm doing isn't working.  And if you are the praying type, I'd really covet some prayers right about now... specifically about tomorrow's ultrasound - that we'd find a perfectly growing little being in there - and about my anxiety levels.

Stay tuned for ultrasound results tomorrow!

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  1. Sending lots of prayers!! Everything will be fine!! :)

  2. Praying for you big time. I know the fear is hard to let go of and I hope that the ultrasound will help put some of those fears to rest!

  3. How exciting that it's your ultrasound! I think we all have this anxiety! My mom said she was SO nervous and scared but try to relax!

  4. Hi, new follower. Congrats on the weight loss and pregnancy!! I saw your w.I.d.t.h on jacks blog.


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