I keep getting questions about how I'm feeling... it is still super early (4 wks, 5 days) and I don't think morning sickness and all that jazz usually kicks in till around 6 weeks. But I definitely have some cramping on and off - just very dull cramping, like something's going on in there - nothing like menstrual cramps. And some days I am just dog tired. Like, Saturday I seriously took 4 naps. I never take naps. OK not never, but seriously it's rare. I'm just not the type to do nothing when I'm at home, so that was unusual. But I'm really trying to listen to my body and if it says "I'm exhausted," then I'll take that as a cue to slow down.
Also, over the past few days I've noticed a total decrease in appetite. At first I chalked this up to my super-high protein diet. I've really kicked up the protein since transfer day and protein fills yous up. And all my meals and snacks are very strategically planned out so that I can work my 3 doses of Noni juice in each day. I have to drink that nasty stuff on an empty stomach, and I have to get all three doses in before 6pm. I don't know why - I guess I turn into a gremlin if I have any after 6pm. So I literally map out my meals and Noni on my to-do list each morning. Which also means that if it's meal time, I have to eat even if I'm not hungry for it. But lately I've noticed I'm never hungry for it. I'll get hunger pains and a growling tummy, but nothing sounds good. The idea of eating anything is just kinda... meh.
Which for me (if you know me at all) is NOT normal. Eating is like my favorite thing to do and my #1 priority everyday. When I'm eating breakfast, I'm thinking about what I'm going to eat for lunch. When we go on vacation, my first concern is our meals. So yeah, this not wanting to eat thing is totally foreign to me. Did anyone else experience this is early pregnancy? I'm sure it'll pass soon and I'll make up for it on down the road. Dr. Google says the appetite loss and the cramping are both totally normal during week 5. Both are officially listed as "pregnancy symptoms" on various sites, so there you go.
And while we're on food, etc... Dr. Liu told me today (by mushing on my forearm) that my body needs more chicken and beef. Beef being the best. Turkey? "Turkey OK, chicken better." We went through a whole list of foods. So I guess I'll have to start buying some ground beef. We switched to ground turkey for everything a couple of years ago, but we can work in some beef for now. And I just ate a char-grilled chicken breast from Chick-fil-A. At precisely 2pm. After my 1:30pm Noni dose. And no, I wasn't particularly hungry for it, but it was good. Especially when dunking it in their honey mustard.
My herbs have also been scaled back a lot - which is nice. Just less of a hassle, really. And less cost - I like that. I'm thinking right now that I will continue acupuncture through the first trimester and probably drop off after that. If you did acupuncture during pregnancy, what did you do? I know a lot of people go back at full term to help induce labor.
Still just taking it one day at a time here. We go back for beta #3 tomorrow and I'm of course anxious to get those numbers!!! I'm liking these initial visits - they are keeping me busy and focused on a 2-3 day period at a time. "OK, we made it past beta #2, so let's focus on getting to beta #3 with great numbers," etc. I like short-term goals. It's hard for me to think too far ahead right now. Like seriously the idea of holding a baby in my arms is FAR from my thought process right now. I'm just trying my best to stay pregnant for now. We'll probably do one more beta after this one and then hopefully our first ultrasound here in a couple of weeks! Crazy!
Thank you for the continued prayers and sweet comments... I cherish them ALL!!!!!