Here is our inch-long Baby Gabella (Gacad-Barbella). I am 10 weeks along and all signs are good. Another big sigh of relief after the ultrasound on Friday. Thank you to everyone who continues to pray for our precious little one.
There are so many emotions: joy, gratitude, excitement. I wish I had the energy to feel all those things fully, but I am so damn tired too. Like permanently exhausted. I am definitely out of sorts, but hoping this exhaustion will pass after the first trimester. I was a no-show to three events that I committed to over the past week, I can barely stand. Sorry to everyone I flaked on. I swear to you I was in bed, drooling on my pillow.
I’m also so hormonal that my teenage acne has resurfaced on my forehead and back. And my mood swings are terrible which means I really should not hang out with normal functioning human beings.
Take a look at this list of dos and donts from my medical team. These come directly from either a registered dietician, a nurse practitioner, a reproductive endocrinologist, or an obstetrician. While some of them seem pretty draconian, keep in mind we’ve suffered from two miscarriages so we are all on high alert.
Take prenatal vitamins including fish oil
No alcohol or drugs
Avoid petting animals
Avoid sick people
No hot baths, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms
No unpasteurized milk or cheese (Let me just say that all the best cheese is unpasteurized.)
No unpasteurized juice (So all those new trendy juiceries popping up all over the city – yup, can’t have any of that.)
No deli meat, bacon, or sausage
No raw or undercooked meat, fish, or eggs
No dressing made from raw eggs
Limit all seafood because you really have no idea how much mercury is in the water
No herbs or herbal teas
Do not eat food heated by microwave
Aim to gain 40 pounds since I started out underweight
I swear I’m not complaining, but let’s just say this list leaves very few pleasures to enjoy in life. Anything for my little baby bean.