12 Weeks

12 week belly shot

I know it’s a little late as I hit 13 weeks on Wednesday, but better late than never. My symptoms from earlier in pregnancy have traded themselves in for other symptoms now. I’ve had a few headaches and dizzy episodes, and a lot of round ligament pain. It’s usually a dull pain in the pelvic area, but if I get out of bed the wrong way it’s quite sharp.

Speaking of round ligament pain, I ended up in the ER last Friday. On my way into work, I started having excrutiating pain in my abdomen. Now, I can handle pain because I get horrible cramps during my TOM, and this pain made me cry. It was awful. I called my doctor’s office, and I was told to go to the ER since they were closing.

And so, we spent the afternoon in the ER, which was not a fun experience. I’ve never liked our local hospital, and now I dislike it even more. Joe was upset that after 30 minutes of waiting in our room, the first person to come in was someone asking for money. They thought I had a UTI, which the doctor says is quite common in pregnant women (and I’m very susceptible to them anyway), so she wanted me started on an IV to get fluids going through me. A nurse came in to put in my IV, and even without the fluids dripping it was horribly painful. My hand turned blue and red, and she thought she had burst a vessel. She said she was going to have another nurse come in and check, which never happened. I sat with the IV catheter in my hand without being hooked up to the fluids for probably 30-45 minutes before a nurse came in to try putting it in another spot. That spot didn’t work either as it was even more painful. She said I just am one who finds IV painful. Joe looked at her and responded, “Really? Because she’s had several, including one a couple of months ago, and has NEVER had pain from them.”

Finally, the tech came to take me back for my ultrasound. Or so we thought. The doctor actually put in the order for an X-Ray. Joe and I just stared at her and said together, “I’m/She’s PREGNANT.”


We eventually did get the ultrasound, and Smudge was perfectly fine, thank goodness. She was bouncing away and just wouldn’t stop. The tech tried to look in between her legs, even though 12 weeks is way to early to be able to tell the sex, and she said, “I just can’t do it. It won’t stop moving. I feel bad for the tech who has to do your gender scan. You may not be able to find out before its born because it’s a little Mexican jumping bean.”

It was great to hear how active she is (and we realized we’ll probably have our hands full with her!), but we did have a talk with her about how she will have to stop moving just long enough for us to find out what she is. I’ve also been told to pace before the scan as that can lull babies to sleep. I’m hoping it works.

Four hours later, we were discharged. The diagnosis? Round ligament pain. Seriously. I would have liked to have at least been told I had a UTI. I am now officially one of “those” women. But, as Joe said, it’s better to be safe than sorry. I just wish my doctor’s office had told me pain was fine if there wasn’t any blood!

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Hi! I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, mom to a beautiful and active (to put it lightly) kiddo, and fur-mom to 3 crazy cats. I’m a former journalist. I quit my full time job two years ago. Now, I am a freelance writer and a virtual assistant for several bloggers!

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  1. Joe says:

    I love that photo. And I love you!

  2. spygrrl says:

    Following your life is so moving to me. I can not express enough how strong you are, and how wonderful a Mommy you already are!

  3. corrin says:

    What an awful hospital experience, but glad to hear that you’re feeling better. IVs should NEVER be painful if done correctly. My husband practiced on me while in paramedic school and I barely felt a thing.

  4. I guess what I want to know is…. did your “real” doctors confirm this diagnosis? I just don’t trust ers… too “quick” to give a diagnosis and a bandaid. ERs don’t know the patient or the history. It scars me sometimes….

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