I was 25 weeks pregnant when I set up this blog, so I thought I would write a bit about my pregnancy up to this point.
It’s been a bit of a roller coaster, which I guess is the same for many women. My wife and I have often said to one another that we had no idea how stressful pregnancy was before getting pregnant! I think my wife was even less prepared than me. I’m someone who reads a LOT (blogs, books, articles) so I knew a lot of the things that could go wrong, and I have some close friends who have experienced infertility or miscarriage, but I still don’t think I appreciated how stressful ‘routine’ pregnancy could be.
Obviously, as a woman with a wife, this pregnancy was carefully planned! We were very, very lucky and conceived on our second round of medicated IUI. This meant that on our successful cycle we were eagerly awaiting testing from the day of insemination! It also meant that I had lots of hormones in my body, so the two week wait between insemination was full of symptoms that could have been explained by: 1. the hormones I’d taken; 2. PMS or 3. early pregnancy. Mother Nature is cruel!
V said she knew this attempt had worked because I was grumpier and snappier than normal. I think I was equally grumpy both times because of the hormones I took as part of the treatment!
We actually waited 1 week and 5 days, then we couldn’t wait any longer. I’m not sure if I was expecting the test to be positive or not – I think a bit of both! I’d been disappointed with the negative test on attempt one, but not totally devastated – I knew it was naïve to assume it would work on the first try. This time I was more hopeful and I think I would have been more upset about a negative result – but it was positive! The little screen said “Pregnant” and “1-2” meaning 1-2 weeks post conception (we were classed as 3 weeks, 4 days pregnant if you dated from my last period). We were really excited and slightly in shock!
I was going to write about the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy too, but the post got a bit long, so I have split it. You can now read about the first part of my pregnancy here.