My Pregnancy Symptoms

What Are Pregnancy Symptoms Like?!?

**Disclaimer, adult material/female issues – no holding back – proceed with caution!**

Here is what I have read about what pregnancy symptoms are: missed period – for some, like myself, this is hard to gauge, sore boobs, fatigue, nausea “morning sickness”, mood changes, frequent urination, headaches, back pains, vaginal discharge, darkening areola, dizziness, constipation…if you are a female, I am sure you have looked up pregnancy symptoms once or twice in your life. 

So, what if you don’t have the traditional symptoms? Are there other symptoms out there? Everyone is completely different; every pregnancy is completely different…that’s the first thing to know! 

Here is what I have/am experiencing. As I am writing this, I am 25 weeks and 5 days (1 week shy from 7 months pregnant). My first signs were tiredness and shortly after came on the frequent urination, textbook symptoms. I have no other symptoms, well, my breasts have become a bit bigger, but no “soreness”. Is something wrong because I do not have many of the normal signs of pregnancy? At 5 weeks I had my first ultrasound, and sure enough there is a baby in there. Everything seems to be going just fine! But the worry is still there because I do not have many symptoms. 

I was 36 when I became pregnant, will be 37 at birth, that means I am automatically high risk – and let me tell you – in the beginning I was reminded “how old” I am, got it, I am not an ideal age for carrying a baby, but I’ve got this, thank you! I don’t know if it’s my age, my body or just this pregnancy and this baby that will dictate what I will experience during this pregnancy. 

Here comes my non-traditional symptom, but normal to happen during pregnancy. Honestly, I am even stalling to type this out – turn back now if you don’t want to go further with the truth about what can come with pregnancy. Here we go – the horrid yeast infection (YI), something I have never in my life experienced. I went to my OBGyn, we discussed what’s going on and tests were done, medication is given. Thankfully relief will come soon! A few days later, I get a call and now I am told I have a UTI as well and an antibiotic is called in for me. I finally have relief from the YI and honestly had no signs of a UTI, but I have never had one of those either so I can’t say with 100% certainty that I would know what to look for. I start my antibiotic and within a day I now have a YI that has come back with a vengeance – I think Satan himself crawled out of the gates of Hell and did this to me. I later find out the antibiotic brought this hell’s fury back and this son-of-a-bitch would be here to stay. And I am not kidding, the reason I was scared to even start typing the words is I do not want to jinx it and have it return – it lasted a LONG time, to the point that I could barely get out of bed and I had to quit working out as walking was extremely painful at times. I prayed daily that God would remove Satan from my vagina and release me from Satan’s fury. It took a while, but like I said it finally went away, thank you God! If you are in this boat, be honest with your doctor and work together to get you some relief. I am sorry you are going through this as well. For me, there was a light at the end of the tunnel. I do take a daily probiotic and cranberry chew to help me keep these away. 

Another random symptom I have, my gums will start to bleed out of nowhere and when I brush my teeth – that really gets my gums bleeding. I probably should go see my dentist, but honestly haven’t had the time to do so – I will make that phone call Monday – thank you for the reminder! 

Remember the Type 2 Diabetes? Yep, I am already diagnosed (early) with gestational diabetes. With my Type 2, I am controlled with diet and exercise. Since my original diagnoses, I have been on medication a few times for a year here and there, but mainly diet and exercise was good enough for my body. I would check my A1C through my doctor, but unless I was going through a medication phase, I really didn’t check my blood sugars through finger pricks, unless I felt bad. I tell you this so you can understand my fear of needles – I hate them – I am not the best at being a diabetic, I even hate pricking my fingers, IT FREAKING HURTS! At my first High Risk appointment, I am asked to bring in my blood sugar levels for two weeks, and I do as many as I remember, which means I missed about 4 checks in those two weeks, not too bad for me. My numbers were nowhere near what the Doctor would want them. After my ultrasound, I am sent home to pack for the weekend and head directly to the hospital for a few nights to get my blood sugar under control. The next few days there are IVs, insulin shots, blood draws, educational food experts, Endocrinologist, crying, pacing, how am I going to do this? I now have to start taking insulin even after I leave the hospital – I will faint looking at a needle going into my skin. I just can’t. A.J. to the rescue – he makes sure that I am given every shot I am supposed to have – some hurt, some I think I am getting used to the injection, but then those that HURT like hell get in there, I guess it’s a balance. It is amazing what you can and will do for that little human growing inside of you. I count down daily how much longer I have until I can stop these shots – 14 weeks as of now. And fingers crossed I can stop the insulin once the baby is here. 

I wonder if my two “bad” symptoms are payback for not having many of the common prego symptoms. I do read stories of ladies not being able to keep anything down because the morning sickness is so bad or ladies that can’t sleep because of the soreness they experience. Whatever you experience during your pregnancy, just remember you’ve got this! This is when us ladies get to show these men what exactly we are made of and why our bodies are so much cooler than theirs! J

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