6 Weeks Pregnant Update
Baby is a: Sweet Pea
Weight gained: 0 lbs
How I’m Preparing: As with L, I think a beautiful tradition is to write a letter to your child every year. Both Cole and I write a letter to L every year at Christmas and will give them to her when she is expecting her first baby. We will continue the tradition with our second child and start by writing a letter to your baby while expecting. Now that the idea of being pregnant has sunk in, we will both take some time to write a letter to cement in time our excitement, anticipation and love, so that one day these memories can be given to our child.
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6 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms: Headaches, which I think are from not getting enough sleep. I need to try to prioritize a stricter bedtime for myself. Still have bloating, peeing often and my “favorite” waves of nausea throughout the day especially if I don’t eat. However, the nausea, even though it is becoming more apparent, is still so much better than when I was pregnant with L. My skin is breaking out but again nowhere near as bad as when I was pregnant with L.
Cravings: No cravings really, which makes it actually challenging because I need to remember to snack often to not feel yucky, and it would help so much if something actually sounded good. With my first pregnancy, I craved anything cheese but not until closer to the second trimester.
Aversions: Hilarious as it was my craving last week, but chili sounds just plain awful to me now. Eggs, which I usually have for breakfast, are now slowly starting to look and sound gross to me, which sucks because eggs are such a powerhouse of nutrients. We also had Cobb Salad Monday night and I thought it was so delicious. On Tuesday, we were going to have it as leftovers and just the sound of it was revolting, go figure…
Sleep: Still tired. Still very tired. By the last day of this week, I was so tired that I just hit a wall and fell asleep right away after putting L to bed at 7 pm. I got 12 hours that night and honestly I could have slept more.
Excited for: Finding out the gender. There are so many wives tales and myths out there and I am just so curious if we are going to have a girl or boy. This pregnancy feels so different than my first so I am really curious if that means a different gender. Cole and I are also so picky when it comes to picking a name, meaning we won’t wait until birth to know the gender as we will need all of that additional time to choose a name. I can’t believe I am writing about another baby and that L is a toddler!
Missing: Tuna. Out of all the random things to miss it’s tuna which I don’t eat very often anyway. Due to mercury tuna is a no-no during pregnancy, but recently a friend mentioned it and it sounded really good on a sandwich with mayo and now all I want is that. I think part of me wanting it is that I can’t have it…
Dr. Update: Not yet.
Exercise: Still in my to-do list, maybe next week I will start…
Stretch Marks: No
Maternity Clothing: No
Labor Signs: No
Wedding Rings On: Yes
Belly Button In or Out: In
Best Moment of the Week: As most of you are also doing, I am tracking my pregnancy with the What to Expect App. If you aren’t, it’s free and really fun. They have videos that tell you what is happening with development. Now that I am 6 weeks, baby’s heart is starting to beat. I remember when we heard L’s first heart beat at the hospital and it made it all seem so real. It is so exciting to know that baby has a heartbeat <3
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Dr. Trina Fitzpatrick is a wife, mom, blogger, and a breastfeeding advocate. She is the co-author of the Week-by-Week Bump Smart Course, the Nesting Planner and the Breastfeeding Handbook. She attributes her success at breastfeeding her own children into toddlerhood with working with lactation consultants in the hospital in the early stages and on a weekly basis afterwards. By writing at MomSmartNotHard, she educates mamas-to-be on all things pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Read more about Trina.