Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August ICLW, Updates, and 12 Weeks

Hello folks visiting from ICLW!  I'm sorry that I'm a day late getting a new post up.

I'm Jamie, I'm 32 years old, married to JP (recently turned 38) for almost 2 years (but together for 6).  I am 13 months post-op, roux-en-y (RNY) gastric bypass surgery.  Since beginning my weight-loss journey, I have lost 146 pounds.  As of today, I am 12 weeks pregnant with my first child.  More of my IF history, and more details about RNY can be found in the tabs toward the top of the page.

I've had a couple of developments over the last week and a half or so.  My regular OB, not surprisingly, decided to go ahead and refer me to a high-risk doctor.  This is due to both my post-op status and the presence of genetic adrenal problems.  I have my first appointment and ultrasound on Friday morning.  It is the same perinatologist (MFM) that I had a consultation with several months ago, at the suggestion of my previous OBGYN.  He seems like a good guy, and I really like his staff.  My regular OB also wants to continue seeing me.

I also called and updated my adult endocrinologist's office of my pregnancy (not to be confused with an RE).  The nurse passed the info on to the doctor, who wanted to see me as soon as possible (which happens to be this afternoon), and also wants me to have my blood drawn to check my hormone levels every three weeks for the remainder of my pregnancy.  So, I seem to be under the care of three different doctors throughout this process.  My bosses at work are thrilled, let me tell you.

In unrelated goings-on, JP and I are semi-freshly back from a short vacation.  We attended GenCon (links to wikipedia entry, if you're curious) in Indianapolis Thursday through Sunday.  We had an absolute blast!  I survived tons of activity and walking with minimal pain, though not a minimal amount of fatigue.  So far, no more spotting.  After my episode last week, I was really scared that it would happen again.  I'll feel a lot better after my ultrasound on Friday, hopefully.

** I also still have a box of unopened ClearBlue digital monitor test sticks that expire in September, that I would love to GIVE away.  Please let me know if you could make use of them! **

And now for the weekly (though I haven't been so good about it) stats.  Feel free to skip!

* Belly - Mostly still just weight-loss extra skin, though my pants are starting to feel tighter, and I can feel the underlying areas start to firm up when I lay on my back.

* Weight gain - I've lost a pound, actually.

* Symptoms - Occasional round ligament pain.  I am in the bathroom more than I am out of it, including 2 to 4 trips during the night.  I am very fatigued and tired.  The smell aversions have eased a little bit, though are not yet absent.  My breasts are still rather tender.  New this week:  the constipation that has been ever-present since my surgery is getting a little worse.

* Cravings/Aversions - Sweets, which is odd for me, and troublesome as sugar makes me ill.  I've generally always been a bigger fan of savory, though not lately.

* Clothes - Feeling slightly tighter.  I broke down and bought a couple of Bella Bands so that I can wear some of my pants a little longer, without feeling restricted.

* Movement - I've still got some time before this one will have a response, though I hope to SEE some movement on Friday's ultrasound.

* Feelings on gender - I had been thinking boy, but last night I had a very vivid dream about having a girl with very dark hair.

* Meds - The OB had me increase my Folic Acid supplement, from one 800 mcg tablet above my prenatal, to three tablets.  My endocrinologist switched my dexa.met.hasone to hydr.ocor.tisone.  I'm not sure why, I'm sure she'll fill me in today.

* Mood - I had a complete gasping-sobs breakdown yesterday over work stresses.  I also cried through a significant part of Deathly Hallow part 2, even though I've seen it half a dozen times, as I watched it while putting away laundry yesterday evening.

* What I miss - Sleeping through the night, caffeine, and wine.  But only a tiny bit!

* Appointments - I'm seeing my adult endocrinologist this afternoon, MFM on Friday morning, and regular OB on Monday afternoon.  Busy busy.

* Medical concerns - Nutrition/calories, and some spotting last week.  Sigh.

* Coming up - Hopefully some rest and relaxation, and soon, the 2nd trimester!


  1. Congratulations on your pregnancy! It's so nice to see happy stories from my fellow IF-ers; it gives me so much hope. I wish you the best of luck!

  2. Hi, and thanks for coming over to my blog! Congrats on your pregnancy! What a wonderful time for you. And congrats on your weightloss too!! That is amazing!

  3. Fingers crossed you have no more spotting, and that this continues to be wonderful for you! Congratulations on making 12 weeks.


  4. Happy ICLW! Congrats on the weight loss AND the pregnancy. What a big and happy year it is turning out to be for you. Wishing you all the best!

  5. Hi from ICLW...congrats on your pregnancy!!! wishing you a happy and healthy 9 months!!!

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Congrats on your pregnancy and on your weight loss, too! What an exciting time for you!


  7. Congrats on your pregnancy! You certainly are going to be a busy woman with all those doc appointments... but hey, whatever keeps you and your little bean safe and healthy!

    ICLW 7

  8. Hello from ICLW! Congrats on your little bean! Wishing you the best on the rest of this pregnancy. Praying that things go well. I'm glad to hear you have lots of doctors looking out for you!

  9. Here from ICLW - That dream is very cool! It will be interesting to see if it's correct! Congratulations on your weight loss, that's amazing. I admire your commitment to doing what you knew needed to be done to get pregnant. Look forward to following your journey (and curious about GenCon).

  10. Visiting from ICLW! Congrats on your weight loss and pregnancy! I'm very interested in your weight loss journey. I'll definitely be reading more about it. I've been considering weight loss surgery for a while, but I'm very nervous about it. I'm really interested to see how it went for you. Happy ICLW!