Category Archives: pregnancy

Week 7: Torn Placenta

Bright red bleeding when I went to the loo after a long Monday at work and late dinner where I was walking non stop all day and evening.

Doc confirmed a placenta tear — scan revealed that it happened on the opposite side of my womb.  If it had torn where the embryo was — sob! Thank God for His protection over the baby.  I must be more careful….

Doc prescribed one week bed rest, no work, no activities. Got a progesterone jab and twice daily doses of Duphaston rest of week. 

Home alone with my thoughts and the internet. Nausea, back aches and pelvic cramps starting. Horrid week.

Week 6: First ultrasound

First ultrasound confirms a tiny gestational sac in the right place. Dream about giving birth to aliens. Note to self: No more scifi before bedtime.

Start folic acid supplements and mommy diet adjustments (aka no alcohol, no sushi or raw meat, no soft cheese. More calcium, iron and folate rich foods, Vitamins A and E, potassium):

Sweet potatoes
Cooked greens (such as kale, collards, turnip greens, and beet greens)
Winter squash
Tomatoes and tomato sauces
Red sweet pepper

Fortified ready-to-eat cereals
Fortified cooked cereals
Wheat germ
Red, unrefined rice

Cooked dry beans and peas (such as pinto beans, soybeans, white beans, lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas)
Nuts and seeds (such as sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, peanuts, and peanut butter)
Lean beef, lamb, and pork
Shrimp, clams, oysters, and crab
Halibut, cod, rainbow trout, herring, sardines, rockfish, and yellowfin tuna

Honeydew melon
Prunes or prune juice
Oranges and orange juice
Red or pink grapefruit

Week 5: Test and test again

Early Saturday morning. Hubby mumbles in his sleep “did you take the test yet?” I do (again) and much rejoicing ensues. Called mom to wish her a very happy early birthday gift. By coincidence, we ended up visiting the very hospital where we’d like to deliver in for hubby’s Lasik assessment appointment later that day. Joined their maternity tour to check things out while waiting (forever!) for him. Liked what I saw. All the women on the tour had clearly pregnant bellies and were giving “skinny” me funny looks. Haha.

Took a second pregnancy test a few days later. Silly but reassuring to see the positive result 🙂