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Viability Day

When I was pregnant with M, viability day came and went without me noting it very much. My sister congratulated me on reaching that particular milestone, which was the only way I really noticed it happened. I carried on blissfully, had an overdue baby, you know the story.

This time around I’ve been anxiously awaiting viability day for about a month. I know it isn’t a guarantee of a healthy baby or anything like that, but reaching 24 weeks means that if this baby tries to come out, the doctors will try to keep him in. Or they’ll intervene to keep him alive if he comes out anyway.

Online Canadian Children’s Consignment (2016 Version)

Back when M was a fetus I posted about finding children’s consignment clothes online. The world of online consignment has certainly expanded since then, particularly in the USA, and there are a few more Canadian options now, too. Unfortunately, my favourite (Perfect Threads) shut down quite some time ago, but I’ve managed to keep M in a lot of inexpensive consignment clothing over the years, and now that I have to ditch all my beautiful baby girl clothes and go shopping for a boy, I’m looking in an all-new section!

My reasons for shopping consignment haven’t changed much —

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A few weeks ago, I had a telemedicine consultation with a geneticist visiting Thunder Bay, as well as the genetic counsellor in Thunder Bay with whom I’ve been working for several months, trying to get as far down to the bottom of my genetic risk for hemophilia as we possibly can. Here’s some background info on how hemophilia has factored into my health care, from when I was pregnant with M.

This time, I was set up with genetics right away thanks to the OB/GYN specialist I saw early on, and with their help I managed to get access to some family medical records earlier on.

First Trimester Catch Up

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I can’t believe I’m in the second trimester but — I’m in the second trimester!

THREE WEEKS

I found out earlier than some people would, because I can’t resist testing, and I’ve gotten pretty good at reading my body to know when I may be pregnant. I wasn’t shocked by the positive result but it didn’t really sink in until two or three days later — I just shut my mind off of that topic and tried to think about other things. I had cramping and backaches, both terrifying and all too common. I was on and off nauseous,

Feeding Yourself Through First Trimester Aversions

I’m one of those unfortunate people who seems to get hopelessly sick during the first trimester of pregnancy. It’s a cross between a hangover and the flu, for me, plus the occasional gnawing stomach pain/insatiable hunger feeling.

While not everything works for everyone — yes I’ve tried saltines, I’ve tried ginger, so on and so forth — basically, you gotta find a way to eat. Toward the end of the first trimester I switched from oh my god food sounds like torture to something more like feed me everything NOW but here’s what helped me actually get food into my body for the first several weeks.

Early Pregnancy After Loss

Early pregnancy after loss is visceral fear.

It is waking up every morning expecting to be bleeding. It is wondering, when you are not bleeding, if and when it will begin.

It is feeling relief at every day that goes by, but also terror — the further I get, the more it will hurt if it all falls apart.

It is analyzing every twinge, ache, and pain. It is being afraid of your own body while hoping that your body will do what it’s supposed to do this time. It’s hating your body and loving it for its possibilities at the same time.