Ready for a pregnancy update? Here I am sitting at 16 weeks and let me tell you this pregnancy stuff ain’t no picnic. Last time I updated I was sitting at 11 weeks dealing with flat out exhaustion. Here we are 5 weeks later in my second trimester and guess what I’m still exhausted. What I would like to know is where is all the energy everyone keeps talking about? I think that ship sailed without me. Sad panda.
Anyway time to fill y’all in on what’s been going on. It’s been one heck of a ride that’s for sure!
So back in my first trimester I was roughly 10 weeks along and Mr. Big Truck and I were out and about running errands and at one point we were waiting for my ring to be sized and I was getting dizzy but I thought it was just the fumes from the jewelry cleaners and what not. I excused myself and went to the bathroom. As soon as I got to the stall I sat down and got REALLY dizzy and started sweating like crazy so I put my head between my legs and just concentrated on my breathing. Mr. Big Truck must have realized I was gone for a while because I got a text message from him asking me if I was ok. I told him no but I would be and that I was feeling dizzy and I’d be out in a few minutes. I got myself together came outta the bathroom and we headed home to relax for the rest of he the day. November 15th we had a doctor apt and while we were there we told the OB what happened and he said if it happens again call them right away and come in. Okay doc no problem! November 16th we left for Cabo without a care in the world!
November 18th -HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!- we woke up went to breakfast and parked our butts in lounge chairs by the pool for a few hours. About 1pm we decided to go grab some lunch then head up to the room to relax before we set out for an evening sunset dinner and dancing cruise. I wound up even taking an hour nap! We got ourselves together and headed into town for what we thought was gonna be a great birthday evening! We stopped at a local joint to grab a snack of some guacamole and chips window shopped for a while then made our way to the line for the boat. We were standing in line and I started to get a little dizzy and I felt my heart rate getting fast and I was getting light headed. I was leaning on Mr. Big Truck and said to him that I was not feeling well and I was feeling like I did the last time. No sooner did I finish saying that did I straight up pass out on him. Mr. Big Truck –totally freaked out and scared because he didn’t know what was going on with me– said that the couple behind us in line helped him get me to the ground and I came to right away. So thankful for helpful strangers! We happened to be standing in front of a restaurant and they brought out a chair for me to sit on and the guy at the little convenience store next door brought me over a Sprite. Such nice people they are in Cabo! The captain of the boat saw all this go down and he came out and told us not to worry about our tickets they would honor them any other day we came back and told us it was better for us to head back to the hotel and get some rest. We agreed thanked them for their understanding and headed back to the hotel.
When we got back to our room I lost it. I was hysterical because here we were in Mexico I passed out we had no idea why and I had ruined our evening. I was beside myself. Mr. Big Truck assured me I did not ruin the day and that he was more concerned for the healthy and welfare of me and our child. I love that man! We relaxed for a bit and headed down to the buffet for dinner and then called it a night.
The next day we were relaxing and talking about the previous day and I said I *think* what had happened was I hadn’t eaten enough. I said I was thinking about the last time that had happened and again I hadn’t eaten a lot that day either. See on the 18th we had breakfast at 7am and then lunch at 1pm and chips and guacamole at 4pm. Typically I eat every 3 hours like clockwork. We knew it wasn’t a hydration issue because I always had water or something to drink with me at all times. We made sure that I was eating every 3 hours from then on to prevent any other issues. Thankfully no other issues happened in Mexico. The last day we were in Cabo I texted my mom and had her make me an appointment with my OB.
We got home late Friday the 22nd and just relaxed all weekend. Sunday night -the 24th- while we were chilling on the couch I had some intense chest pains to the point that it hurt to breath. Just can’t catch a break. Monday -November 25th- I went to the doctor and told them what had happened and told them about the chest pain. They sent me for a EKG and a Ecco cardio gram with a heart specalist. While I was there the specialist also ordered some blood work and me to wear a houtler monitor for 24 hours. You may have caught the picture of it on Instagram.
Fast forward to December 11th and we finally got some answers to what is going on with me. My electrolytes are low, which was contributing to the dizziness and headaches. I’m anemic –which isn’t anything new to me as I have been for a while now– I’m border line diabetic –again not a surprise as I have always been– my blood pressure is low 100/52 which is surprising for a pregnant person however I always run low blood pressure. My resting heart rate is 62 which is low for a pregnant person and again pre pregnancy I always had a low resting heart rate. My hear rate would jump a solid 30 point when I go from sitting to standing which is NOT normal and is a cause for concern. Typically a normal persons heart rate -pregnant or not- only jumps 8 to 10 point when you go from sitting to standing. They told us that the dizziness is something I will continue to deal with throughout my pregnancy and it is normal I need to be aware of when I go from sitting to standing and not stand up to fast to help control that. They are concerned that I may develop preeclampsia further down the line but that is something we will have to wait and see and deal with as the time comes. In the mean time I am to keep on keeping on. I can work out however I need to really listen to my body and pull back when my body tells me to. Which means no combat for me right now and the elliptical and treadmill have been my go to cardio choices and I can still pump just can’t push heavy weights which is a no brainer anyway. Other than these “major issues” like I said I ams till dealing with the flat out exhaustion which is not fun. I am typically in bed by 8-8:30pm and still getting up at 4:30am for work. Not fun. However as long as the baby and myself are okay I can and will deal.
So yeah that about sums up how this pregnancy has been thus far!