October 17th, 2016 – I am now 4 weeks pregnant. I have to tell you, I’m feeling much better than I thought I would be. Naps are in high demand and I have the typical all-day nausea going for me, but so far, so good. In fact, my energy has been pretty good and I’ve overall felt better now than I have in years! I have read that can be common with women who have an auto-immune/neuro condition. In many cases, the symptoms of your illness can subside while you are pregnant. Wow! Hope that lasts! That would be great!
I’ve not yet been to see my new OB doc. I have a million questions about how my medications may affect The Bump. What can I expect being treated as a “high risk” pregnancy? Since my specific chronic illness leaves me with intermittent paralysis and affects my spinal cord, will I have the option of an epidural? So many questions! I’m sure you have these questions too! As soon as I find out what my doc advises, I’ll let ya know! Granted, your own OB doc may have different advice for you so don’t be terribly surpised if our experiences are totally different.
Tips for Week 4~
- Drink lots of water! Yes, you’ll have to pee every 5 minutes, but ultra important to make sure you are staying well hydrated right now (and as much of a coffee addict as I am, I’ve had to cut it back to about a half cup a day because my body is rebelling against caffeine)
- Nap at-will. I have found myself hardcore fatigued and I’ve even started packing a pillow and blanket in my car in case I need to pull over to nap. Don’t drive drowsy!
- This early in my pregnancy, I’ve been a bit nervous. I’ve downloaded an app on my phone that I use for daily meditation. Even just doing some quick, 5 minute, meditation a few times a day has help me and The Bump stay in our Zen Zone.