Wednesday, September 14, 2011

First and hopefully last meltdown

Had my first meltdown last week. I've been having a lot of difficulty breathing during sleeping time and the only thing that seems to help is when I sit up completely straight. Therefore, I am a bit sleep deprived. I've had a bit of a cough, a very stuffed up nose, and difficulty breathing, so I went to the doctor and discovered that I have asthma, which is what I was afraid of. The doctor is not sure how I got asthma, but I suspect it's my cats. Although I love cats, I do have an allergy to them. In general, I've been able to cope with it and with time it got a little bit better. However, this year, I think with the 2nd cat that is living full-time in our house and with her gorgeous long hair, it has affected my body. Thus, I think my allergies escalated to asthma. Thank goodness the other 6 cats live outdoors. The doctor has prescribed 2 inhalers for treatment, but I'm really weary of taking any type of medicine at this stage.

Finding out I had asthma is not the end of the world, but it really scares me when I can't breathe well. On the same day, I didn't close the freezer door correctly, so everything melted! Furthermore, I'm worried, because my hubby has not started converting the garage into a 2nd bedroom for the baby and time is ticking. All of this made me feel a bit overwhelmed and I had a mini-meltdown with tears, runny nose, etc. I imagined that I would stop breathing, that the baby would be sleeping in our dresser and I felt extremely guilty of all the food we'd have to throw away from the freezer. Well, there's always a solution to every problem. My husband bought me a Hepa air filter, which I'm hoping will help with the asthma plus I'm now vacuuming everyday. My husband cleaned out the freezer for me - what a sweetheart - and this week he started working on the 2nd bedroom. I'm usually not a cry baby, so I will blame this episode on my hormones and I think I'm allowed at least 1 meltdown during pregnancy. I realize that my problems are not really big or serious, so I'm back to my cool collected self....for now at least.

Had my OB appointment today and all is well. On the ultrasound, the baby was sucking his/her thumb, it was so adorable. I lost 1 kg since last month, so the doctor was really pleased and my blood pressure went down, so that was also good news. So far, I've only gained 1 kg since the beginning of my pregnancy. I was a bit worried that it was not enough, but the doctor said it was fine and to continue not eating too much. In France, they are really strict about diet and gaining weight. He said that I should know the sex of the baby at my next rendezvous, which is the 21 October. Can't wait!

Monday, September 5, 2011

15 Weeks and Counting

Nothing too exciting to report. I do have a minor issue like protein in my urine. It's very minimal so the doctor said nothing to worry about at this stage, however we do need to continue monitoring it. Each month, we also monitor the sugar in my kidneys, which is absent, yippee, as this can cause diabetes during pregnancy. Got the results back and the baby has 1/2500 chance for trisomy/Down's syndrome, which means we are in the low risk group. Gained 2 kg and the doctor was not happy. He wants me to gain only 1 kg per month for the moment. Each time I see the doctor, the first thing he wants me to do is step on the scale. I have never felt so guilty about my weight before! Grrrrr! My normal pants no longer fit my waist, so I'm wearing a lot of jogging pants and skirts (which don't zip up all the way - *big sigh*). Went shopping for some maternity clothes, but they were either extremely ugly or too big for me. I suppose I'm at that in between stage in which my regular clothes are very uncomfortable and maternity wear is too big. I did manage to find a cute black and white stripped t-shirt with a red heart in the middle.

Next OB appointment is the 14 September and I hope to find out if we are having a boy or girl. I don't know why, but my hubby and I think it will be a girl.