First Trimester

Thankful for acupuncture

After being married for a little over a year, my husband and I agreed to start "trying." I had wanted kids right away, but he wanted to wait.
I was not worried at all when we first started trying. My doctor did not ask me a lot of questions when I told her we were going to start trying. I wish she had. I had had trouble with my period since the age of 14. My periods were really long and irregular. The doctor's answer was to put me on birth control. I was only birthcontrol for about 11 years.

Nic's Nerves

Our story, is probably not too rare.
My husband and I were married 2 1/2 years ago and decided that we wouldn't wait to start a family. My mother was extremely fertile so I never thought that I would have any problems conceiving. After 6 months I began to feel nervous. After persuading my Doc. to give us the battery of tests that they usually make you wait a year for we were diagnosed with unexplained infertility.

Almost one year after our marriage we found that we were pregnant, and were over the moon. Unfortunately it was shortlived and at 6.5 weeks while on holiday I began to miscarry. I think I lost a large part of my heart that day. It took me a long time to get over it.

Over the next year, we tried chineese acupuncture which helped regulate my cycles and I took a mind body class which helped me get my emotions undercontrol. I began to meditate regularly listening to Jennifer Bloom's fertilty meditations and slowly came to a place of peace about our fertility journey.

I've had many thoughts over the past two years. I can't say how many times I've wished that the pregnancy test would just show positive. So many negatives, how hard would it be to have a positive! The month that I got pregnant after the first year, I knew I was pregnant before I checked the stick. My boobs were sore and I'd had funny aches in my tummy. I just new it, the test was just a confirmation.

In November I took a pregnancy test, not expecting any thing extraordinary and there it was...pregnant! I was totally suprised.

The next few days were long and painful, with every twinge I thought that I'd get a late period. I was terrified of loosing this one too. I booked an appointment with my Dr. but couldn't get in for a week. I couldn't imagine staying pregnant for an entire week! My fears were confirmed a few of days later when I felt that my boobs had got much less sore. I figured it was only time before I bled. I sat at work in my cubicle and couldn't stop crying. I had to excuse my self (via email so no one saw me) and went home.

I didn't start to bleed, but I did start to feel nauseus and my boobs got sore again. My Doc. ran some tests and said that my HCG was just fine and doubling on schedule. I was still pregnant.

I was really nervous about passing the 6.5 week mark that had been my miscarriage last time. Unfortunately it came over christmas surrounded by family. I was feeling really sick and would pretty much rather have been any where else as long as I could have been alone.

Discomfort and Pain in Early Pregnancy?

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Dear Midwife,
I'm approximately 11 weeks pregnant, and so far I have had almost every second day horrible morning sickness that prevents me from really eating anything. What should I do?

Also, seeing as how I'm so early along, is it normal for my tummy to go really hard and huge (like I'm 5 or 6 months along) and feel like Braxton Hicks contractions?

so far...

As with all of my pregnancies, this one was a surprise. Funny that I had tried and tried and prayed so often for another baby up until about 1 year ago. I had then decided to shift my focus to the boys I have, and possibly adopt another child later on. As usual, God had a different plan apparently. Here I am, almost 9 weeks pregnant.
I strongly believe that every child is a gift, and having faced infertility before, I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to parent 2 children so far. ~HOWEVER~

Hcg Levels Too Low?

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
Hello, on the 15th of December I found out I am pregnant, even though I had not missed a period and was spotting. On the 16th my hcg level was 58, on the 19th it was 78, then on the 23rd it was 58 again.

My doctor told me I was miscarrying based on the bleeding and the drop in already low levels of hcg.

Using Hair Removing Cream and Facial Bleach During Pregnancy

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
Hello, I am around 6.5 weeks pregnant.

Could you please tell me if it is safe to use hair removing cream and facial bleach during pregnancy especially for facial unwanted hair.

I had done laser hair reduction on my upper lips and chin and ever since then I have been using hair removing cream .