Tuesday, November 14, 2006

7w5d - First OB Appointment

I went for my first OB appointment today. I liked the doc a lot and think I will stick with her. She answered all my questions and was reasuring. I could tell she's heard it all before, and instead of finding that at all annoying, I found it rather comforting. Can you imagine how many people have asked, "Can I eat peanut butter during pregnancy?" We did a vag ultrasound and...

... there are still two and they are still both measuring normally with little beating hearts. One measuring at 7w6d and the other at 8w.

Last week, I noticed that my nausea decreased rather suddenly one day. This was a big change from how it had been at, say, 6 weeks when it was really bad. I had convinced myself that perhaps we'd had a vanishing twin, which is really quite common. I admit that I was somewhat comfortable with the idea, as I am still totally freaked out about having twins. But I was also relieved to see that they are both doing fine. And the nausea is back, in waves. Nothing original, I know. Not the first person to feel gaggy and food-hatin' all day!

I have still been feeling some depression. Which, I guess isn't all that unusual, since they say that 1 in 5 women experience depression during their pregnancy or post-partum. And today I learned that depression/anxiety is the number one complication of childbirth. When I think about it that way, it doesn't seem so weird or anything to be ashamed of. It's not made easier by feeing physically ill most of the time, and in fact, I think it has contributed to my challenges in bouncing back.

But I will bounce back. I know that these feelings are not who I am, and that they are temporary and treatable. In fact, I am signing up to be a part of a pregnancy/mood study at a local university. I just found out that I qualify nicely and I think it will give me some more insight and the coordinator told me that they refer women in the study to support systems regularly (therapists, psychiatrists, etc who specialize in this). Can't hurt, and I might actually contribute to helping someone in the future. That makes me feel really good.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news.
I'm so sorry you're still feeling icky. Being ill makes it very hard to be excited about anything. Take care & hang in there.

TeamWinks said...

I hope your grey skies clear up soon!

Thalia said...

Great news about the babies, and I'm glad you're getting some help on the depression, that sounds like a great idea.

fisher queen said...

Oh the study sounds like a cool idea. I hope it helps!

Rachel said...

I'm still incredibly happy for you. Nothing is ever simple and straightforward. Good job with the study. I've been a study coordinator for years, and I think it's a good support system. Still sending positive vibes your way.

Kris said...

Yay on those two little guys/girls/one of eaches!

I hope you start feeling better- I think the study sounds great.

Beagle said...

Glad the babies are doign so well and that you are taking good care of yourself as well.

I hope you write more about the study as you go, that sounds interesting.

Mary Ellen and Steve said...

I am so glad that the babies are doing well.

That study sounds really interesting.

soralis said...

So glad to hear all is going well with your PG... hope the blues clear up soon.

Take care