C.M. asks from Coppell, TX on January 05, 2008
About the Symptoms of Pregnancy
Well, my first daughter was a breeze during pregnancy. Shoot, I didn't even know I was prego till the 3rd month lol..but now I am at 10 weeks in this pregnancy and it is so ROUGH! I am nausiated ALL of the time (actually have meds so I can function). I am concerened a little though because of the cramping. I have a dull ache in my left side and have to put a pillow under my belly to sleep. My belly is not big yet, but it almost feels like it holds it in place. Has anyone expierienced this before? My other question was, for the moms who had totally different symptoms in their pregnancies, do you think that the different symptoms were because you had boy verses girl?
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Thank you all for your responses. I'm feeling much more at ease knowing I'm not going crazy. I have my appt on Tues. for the ultrasound, so keep me in your prayers :)
M.C. answers from Longview on March 25, 2008
I had a pretty rough pregnancy myself and at some point took medication for it. In the end the medication made me a zombie...i would literally drool staring at a computer screen at work not even aware of my surroundings. This was only at 7 or 8 weeks. Lasted through my 24th week. Got better, but had stopped taking the meds after only a week of using them. I did have a small belly at 6months so i was a bit concerned.I also had some cramping that lasted from i guess the 2nd week til' the 7th week. I asked for a 3rd ultrasound and found out i had a blood clot in the umbilical cord. Had always felt like something was wrong and i was happy i convinced my doctor to go for another ultrasound. I was monitored throughout the pregnancy. I delivered a 4 lb baby but today she is a healthy, happy 9 month old little girl. If you sense that there might be something wrong, please seek medical advice because you are better safe than sorry.
By the way it doesn't always work out that if you feel or look a certain way its a boy or a girl. sometimes you might have the same symptoms and they turn out to be different sexes.
Wish you the best with your pregnancy dear. Take time to yourself and relax. You need it and deserve it.
S.M. answers from San Antonio on January 10, 2008
Hi C. hope everything went well with ultrasound. I had two boys pregnancy very different. 1st alittle nausious,natural childbearth,late about a week. 2nd child 5 yrs later hardly nausious, also a week or two late, but c section. I also had alittle hip pain, back pain, trouble sleeping, but once baby is born it's all worth it. I loved being pregnant, with both I easily gained about 30lbs with each. Here's wishing you and your family the best.
M.G. answers from Dallas on January 05, 2008
Hi, C.. I'm new to Mamasource, but I do have a LOT of experience with pregnancy. I've had 2 of my own, and I have been a labor nurse for 6 years. Every pregnancy is incredibly different. I have had women delivering their 6th and even 8th children make the comment to me, "This one wan't like any of the others!" With succesive pregnancies you will tend to experience symptoms earlier and earlier. Sometimes it is because the hormone response is stronger, and other times it is nothing more than you have been here before and are able to recognize things a lot sooner. The ache in your side probably has to do with muscles and ligaments relaxing and stretching much earlier than with your first pregnancy. Most moms say their tummies pop out sooner with the second and third pregnancies. We all lose a little bit of that muscle tone after the first, don't we? However, check with our doctor to be sure that the discomforts you are feeling really are o.k. Good luck to you, and I hope this was helpful.
J.J. answers from Dallas on January 05, 2008
In my case, I had a rough 1st pregnancy, which was my son. I had to take meds to be able to keep any food down at all. This time around has been much easier and is a girl. So maybe there is something to it, but I don't think there is any medical reason for it to be different sue to a different sex. I am also opposite to the traditional carrying high/low method. I carried my son extremely high and my daughter is painfully low. Either way congratulations!
A.M. answers from Dallas on January 06, 2008
My first pregnancy was also a breeze! I only gaines 26 lbs and I looked great the entire time. I didnt even show til I was almost 7 mos along. I gave birth in late May so I was tan. I hardly had any discomfort(except for the last 2 weeks) and I almost didn't even feel pregnant. I had a beautiful boy.
Now, I am pregnant for the 2nd time and I am due any day now.
I started to show VERY early on,at 2 mos. My back hurts ALL the time, I have a pinched nerve, my hips ache, I had terrible acne(it finally went away), I've gained 34 lbs so far, and I feel all around yucky. My belly button sticks out all the way(it never poked out with the 1st one) and my stomach is WAY bigger than last time. I'm miserable.
This 2nd one is a girl.
Each pregnancy were very different for me. I'm not sure if it has to do with the sex or not, but they do say that baby girls steal your beauty. :) And that's how I certainly feel right now!
C.S. answers from Amarillo on January 05, 2008
Jil is exactly right about the pain you are feeling being muscles. I never felt that in my 1st 2 and did this time (at between 10 and 15 weeks) and my ob said it's just muscles stretching. I am nearly 22 weeks now and I still feel pain about 2 or 3 times a week. But I feel the baby move all the time so I don't worry anymore. I have always heard, sick mother, healthy baby. So--just hang in there bc you know how worth it all this is!! Good Luck!!
J.O. answers from Dallas on January 05, 2008
I was sick (constant nausea with vomiting 3 to 5 times a day) at the beginning of both my pregnancies -- although this one lasted a lot longer. I tried all there was to try: Sea Bands, ginger, B6, even the meds were hit or miss. So I completely understand the 'functioning' part, especially when you have another child in the mix. The only thing that I found to really help was acupuncture -- after the 1st treatment, I went a week with only minimal sickness; after the 2nd treatment, I was only sick once in a week; and now I'm going on 2 weeks sickness free!
The pain you're talking about I have also. From what I understand, it's just the ligaments and muscles stretching. We are feeling the pain sooner because it's not the 1st pregnancy. But I would go ahead and mention it to your doctor just to have it on record.
As far as boy vs girl, we don't know yet. But I have friends that had completely different pregnancies and had the opposite gender as the first; and I have friends who had completely different pregnancies and had the same gender. In our case, most of the same things are happening with a few differences and my doc 'thinks' girl this time (we had a boy the first time).
Congrats on your pregnancy!! Here's hoping the sickness leaves you soon!