This pregnancy has definitely been harder than my last one- just in different ways. I'm carrying another girl, so I know that's not the difference. I had horrible morning sickness and fatigue this time and last time all I had was some nausea here and there. I tried to be optimistic and think that maybe it meant I was growing a healthier placenta this time? Who knows. BUT I also had horrible, horrible swelling and headaches early on with my last pregnancy and I'm not experiencing any of that (yet) this time. So, it's just different.
I've also had a lot more aches and pains this time around. I had what I thought was sciatic pain last week that has seemed to have subsided and I have this horrible varicose vein on my hoo-ha that hurts when I stand or walk. Also fatigue has hit HARD again this week (week 26). So far everything is going good. BP's have been low, 24 hour protein was 138 last week (baseline 130) and no swelling. I really hate to complain as well. I told myself that if I were able to carry a baby to term, I would NEVER complain about late pregnancy. It's tough because you want to be able to ENJOY the pregnancy because you never know when it may be cut too short. Having a history of pre-e takes a lot of naivity and joy out of a second pregnancy. We know what can happen and we want to cherish the moments we do have with our baby inside of us... but yet we are miserable because of the symptoms!
I really envy women who have wonderful, symptom free, full term pregnancies. They really don't know how blessed they are. It kind of makes me laugh a little when women get SO bent out of shape about the prospect of a c-section being the worst thing that could EVER happen *insert sarcasm*. If they only knew.
I hope things start to get better for you as you enter the 2nd trimester and you are able to enjoy your pregnancy a little more.
Leslie (26) DH (28)
Chronic hypertensive since age 17
DD- born April 24, 2011 due to severe pre-e at 29w1d weighing 2lbs, 11oz
Diagnosed with homozygous MTHFR C677T
Pregnant with #2! Due 9/2/13 but will deliver at 36-37 weeks due to classical csection.
(Labetolol, HCTZ, Aspirin 81mg, Calcium, Mag, Zinc, D, Fish Oil, Fiber gummies, Folic Acid)