This week started with a lovely migraine. This makes number 3 since finding out we were pregnant. I thought my head was going to explode. I was seconds from calling the doctor when the pain finally broke and I was able to rest just a bit. The throbbing continued but at a more bearable rate thankfully. I did break down and take some tylenol. After reading more and more about the effects of drugs, even the ones deemed safe for baby, I’m feeling more and more strongly about not taking anything during my pregnancy. But I’ll be honest, in the throws of the pain that day, I felt taking some tylenol was less traumatic for the baby versus it having to deal with the stress of the pain I was feeling. Although I think I was at the peak of the pain and if I would have just held out another couple of minutes I might have made it through. Man I hate migraines!
Most women don’t feel their baby move until around week 16 in their pregnancy, but if I didn’t know better I would swear I’ve felt our baby move here and there. At this point it is definitely kicking and moving around, it’s just usually too small for the mother to feel. It may be my “sensitive uterus” but every now and then I feel little flutters in there. I can’t say for sure it’s the baby moving, but I like to think it is.
Hearing the Heartbeat for the First Time
We weren’t sure if the doctor would try to find the heartbeat at this appointment. Many times 11 weeks and 2 days is just too early to hear it, and anxious mothers freak out if their tiny baby doesn’t perform. So with that in mind, and due to Will’s work schedule he didn’t attend this check up. After explaining to the nurse about our move (I think the whole office knows now), and the short timeline we are on to furnish the nursery, and the fact that we haven’t officially announced yet because we wanted the assurance of hearing the heartbeat, she promptly sent in the tech that handles the doppler.
This time I was allowed to record. I’ll admit I was a little distracted by her moving the wand around in the gel, and listening, and hoping I hit record when I was supposed to that my reaction to that tiny, fast-paced little heartbeat was not how I had expected to react. I think I simply jerked my head up and smiled catching the tech’s reassuring smile in return. Every time I go to the doctor I’m secretly amazed that there is a baby in there. I’ve got no bump to speak of, and as of today I’ve not gained a single pound. That tiny heartbeat was the best thing I’ve heard to date.
The tech said our little one was a mover because every time she would find the heartbeat, the baby would move and she would have to search again. Finally she found it and got it to hold steady long enough to record.