So I have been keeping a rather big secret. A few days before Christmas we found out we are expecting baby #2. While it was not a surprise, when I saw that positive test I was definitely shocked, excited, and nervous. We were with my family for Christmas and wine is always available. There was no way to keep this from them so we shared the news even before going to the doctor. Somehow sharing the news made it more real.
An Unexpected Scare
Our first doctor appointment was set for what we thought would be 10 weeks. I went into the appointment in disbelief and was surprisingly nervous. When we finally got to the ultrasound portion of the appointment the midwife was quiet. After a minute she told us that the baby was much smaller than she expected to see and there was a possibility of miscarriage. We had to run tests but she wanted me to be prepared. My heart dropped.
I have had a miscarriage before and my heart broke that I may have to experience that pain again.
I spent 4 hours at the doctor’s office that day. Getting blood work and a more detailed ultrasound in the radiology department. Of course, the technician could not tell me anything but said I should have the results by the end of the day. The end of the day?! The anticipation was so tough. Then by 5 pm they called and said the baby was measuring 8 weeks and 6 days. The baby had a strong heartbeat and my bloodwork levels showed literally off the charts pregnancy hormones. We were in the clear for now!
Peace of Mind
I rescheduled my 10-week appointment for 1.5 weeks later. This appointment went much more according to plan. I got to see my baby (the lab tech didn’t show me the ultrasound in the prior appointment). This little one was bouncing around and waving their hands and feet. I finally felt more at peace but was still anxious.
As I write this I am almost done with my 12th week. I had pretty minimal morning sickness (only 2 days where I was in bed all day). My biggest symptom has been exhaustion. I am excited to get my energy levels back.
People think I am crazy but honestly the days I workout (I did make sure everything was ok with my doctor), I feel so much better! Moving my body makes me feel alive again especially on those days where all I want is my PJs and my bed.
I have still been following my existing workout routine and making modifications when necessary. As I get farther along, I will start doing the 2 prenatal programs that are available to me on demand in the Fit Club. One of these programs did not exist when I was pregnant with Caleb so I am excited to try it. I am grateful that these programs are specifically tailored to pregnancy. Anything to take the guesswork and worry out while pushing my body to be the healthiest it can be.
If you want to learn more about the Fit Club and the huge variety of on-demand workouts available, click HERE.
I definitely have a bump (I popped out so much more quickly this time). Caleb is so excited to be a big brother or at least that is what he says. I truly do not think he understands what is coming. That said, daily he lifts up my shirt and kisses my belly, and says “baby”. It will definitely be a transition for all of us but we are overjoyed.
I think one of the funniest parts of all this is our little one’s due date 8/31/21. This was the day I was induced with Caleb. Caleb was born on 9/1/19. We will see if our littles have the same birthday.
I would love to know your story surrounding you finding out you were pregnant. I know for so many there can be mixed emotions and even fear.
Rachel Gregory says
Congrats, two is amazing 🤩 and somehow it’s possible to love them both equally and differently at the same time !!!
Emily Huang says
so excited but also so nervous for the transition!