My Pregnancy Diary Week 9 & 10

The last two weeks have gone by in a bit of a blur so my pregnancy diary has taken a bit of a back seat... I suppose that's kind of a good thing; in this case no news is good news! Well, apparently our newest addition to the family has a four chambered heart, and thus a heartbeat, which I am looking forward to hearing at my appointment on Monday.

I've read that by this stage my uterus should be the size of a grapefruit.

Littlest is now about 30mm long (crown-to-rump) and weighs 3-5g. I've read that by this stage my uterus should be the size of a grapefruit. It must be a really small grapefruit, because only friends and family can see anything. Strangers think I'm joking when I tell them I'm ten weeks pregnant! I'm quite grateful, but I put it down to a combination of general skinniness, an average size baby first time around, and lots of ballet!

Speaking of ballet, the toddler seems to be a natural! She came to watch me dance a couple of weeks ago when I was 6 or 7 weeks pregnant, and thoroughly enjoyed it! When I put on the DVD for her to watch at home she was trying to copy the moves. It was too sweet...

I'm going to have to find some alternative form of exercise for a while - there's no ballet until January again, and I find my back starts getting sore if I'm not dancing. I have slight lumbar scoliosis and an injury at my 7th thoracic vertebrae so I have to make sure my core is strong and that I keep stretching otherwise things get very uncomfortable.

I'm thinking of taking up some aquacise...

If you're concerned about me doing ballet while pregnant, I follow the advice of not doing anything you didn't already do before you were pregnant. For example, don't start jogging if you didn't jog before. Anyway, it's uncomfortable to jump and my balance is off on the turns, so I just do the barre and adage exercises and that works well for me! I'm thinking of taking up some aquacise in the meantime and it helps that my midwife holds classes at her house.

Last week Wednesday was half-price sushi ... and I have been craving sushi for, like, ever.

Another bit of pregnancy advice that I'm not too keen on is the advice to not eat sushi. Last week Wednesday was half-price sushi at the local seafood place and I have been craving sushi for, like, ever. So we (me and my hubby) arranged a babysitter (my wonderful mom-in-law) and went and had sushi. I generally enjoy the tuna, but this time went for more salmon as it contains less mercury, although the amounts of actual fish in sushi is so little I'm not sure it makes that much of a difference. I'm more worried about the mercury content of vaccines in all honesty... I could go on and on about this! Well, actually I did go on and on about this, but for the sake of those who possibly aren't interested (Shock! Horror!) I've put the rest of my tirade about sushi in pregnancy at the bottom of this entry!

I haven't been feeling nauseous so much as generally light headed...

So anyway, I'm going to see the doc on Monday for my 12-ish week appointment. Never been to this doc before so we'll see how it goes! The last couple of days I haven't been feeling nauseous so much as generally light headed, which I'm pretty certain is low-blood pressure. So I'm trying to keep my blood sugar stable, because apparently that helps, but that has been a bit difficult because even though I'm not nauseous, I still get food aversions, where I feel like gagging when I taste or smell a certain food, especially high protein foods. I'm also wheat intolerant which makes it even more difficult to eat low GI foods.

My solution was to try a protein shake, Nutrishake by GNLD to be more specific. I got the chocolate flavour and I really love it! It isn't heavy like other protein shakes I've tried before, but it does contain all 22 amino acids, not something I've been able to find anywhere else, and it is definitely safe for pregnancy. I've found it helps me to get going a bit quicker and stay going a bit longer in the morning. (If that sounds like what you're looking for in a protein shake give me a shout and I'll let you know where you can get it!)

I think I might also be needing some iron, as much as I'm not so keen on the idea because I know that high iron levels can be worse than low iron levels, and anaemia isn't always a problem of low iron intake, but rather a case of inefficient conversion of iron into the necessary substances. But I'm taking all the vitamins that are supposed to help with iron absorption and it doesn't seem to help so I'm thinking of trying the Multi-Mineral plus Alfalfa by GNLD. It's got Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc and other essential minerals, in a highly absorbable form, so I'll let you know how it goes!

So if I ask her where the baby is she'll point to my tummy (or at least somewhere between my sternum and my bladder) and say 'baby tummy'.

On another note, even though the toddler is still pretty young to understand such things (almost 2) I have been telling her about the baby in my tummy (although I'm thinking of saying 'belly' instead to prevent confusion concerning where the food goes). So if I ask her where the baby is she'll point to my tummy (or at least somewhere between my sternum and my bladder) and say 'baby tummy'. When I ask her how big the baby is she says 'liddol' (translation: little) and shows a space between her two forefingers that varies from 1 mm to 5 cm. It's very sweet!

Anyway, I'll be sure to update you on how the appointment goes next week! I'm also go to be taking an 'end-of-first-trimester' belly pic to upload so that will be in next week's pregnancy diary too.

More on Sushi in pregnancy...

Apparently women in Japan eat sushi throughout their pregnancies, as suggested by Japanese pregnancy books.

WeWell, I'm not sure if my pregnancy diary is really the place for this, but here goes! Apparently women in Japan eat sushi throughout their pregnancies, as suggested by Japanese pregnancy books. So I think this may be a cultural fear more than a scientific one! Another thought that helps is that you are more likely to get food poisoning from preparing fish at home than you are from a reputable restaurant as their freezers are generally able to freeze at consistently lower temperatures than domestic freezers, thus killing lots of the nasties. Besides, the omega-3 fatty acids in the fish is good for you and for the baby.

...the risk of falling ill from eating seafood in 1 in 2 million servings ... the risk from eating chicken is 1 in 25 000.

I'd like to find a comparison between the risk of being in a serious car accident and the risk of getting sick from eating sushi... The one article I read, the only one that mentioned actual studies done on the topic, stated that, according to a 1991 report on illness from eating seafood, 'if you take raw and partly cooked shellfish out of the equation, the risk of falling ill from eating seafood in 1 in 2 million servings ... the risk from eating chicken is 1 in 25 000.' (1)

Maybe I should just be grateful I'm not married to a fisherman...

I must admit that I always giggle at the pregnancy books that tell you not to eat swordfish, mackerel, shark or tilefish while pregnant because of high mercury levels. I dunno bout you but I never ate that stuff before I got pregnant! I wouldn't even know where to find it now! Okay, maybe the mackerel is a possibility, but swordfish?

The other thought specifically related to sushi, is that even for the next level of fish in terms of mercury content, like fresh tuna, the guidelines say to eat no more than three 180g servings a month. I don't think I've had 180g of tuna in sushi in the last 6 months! Have you seen how much tuna they give you in sushi? It's miniscule!

Apologies to the non-sushi lovers for this long tirade, but this is an issue really close to my heart... Also, please don't think that this diary is my way of justifying what I do and don't do during pregnancy because I feel guilty about what I do or don't do; this is really how I am and this is really how I think!

Look out for Weeks 11 & 12 of my pregnancy diary soon!

Reference:

1. BabyMed Article: How safe is it to eat sushi or raw fish during pregnancy? Click here to see the article. Click here to go back to where you were.

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