Tuesday, April 3, 2007


Hooray! We are pregnant with our second child and have made it through the first trimester!

We had an OB/GYN appointment today and so far, everything is looking pretty good. I had a bit of internal bleeding earlier in the pregnancy, but the doctor told me to stop exercising and take it easy for a while and didn't seem too concerned.

It's such a relief getting through the first trimester and being able to tell people that I'm pregnant. The risk of miscarriage is much lower now, and with my age, I want to make sure everything is OK before telling people other than family and close friends.

This pregnancy has been hard to keep secret. It seemed like I started showing very early, pretty much as soon as I knew I was pregnant! In fact, last month, a professor confronted me at an awards reception at the university president's house and nearly outed me. Joe came up to me and commented on what I was wearing, which was an empire waist top. He winked and said, "Tell me about this outfit!". I hesitated and he smiled and said he could tell I was pregnant. I asked him to keep it quiet until I was ready to tell people.

This pregnancy has been tougher on me physically than Nico's was. I'm five years older this time (once you're 35, all of your pregnancy paperwork states "advanced maternal age") and now I have an active preschooler to chase around. During this first trimester, I've been much more tired than I remember being when I carried Nico. There were a few nights this time around where, after dinner, I said I was going to lie down for five minutes - and then I woke up the next morning! I've been a lot more nauseous this time too. Nico's pregnancy was pretty easy - I didn't have any morning sickness at all. As long as I didn't let my stomach get too empty or too full, I was fine.

Another difference is that, when I was pregnant with Nico, I was a freelance writer working from home. This time, I'm working full-time in a pretty high-stress job. The work-life balance is something I really struggle with, so that will definitely be a challenge for me throughout this pregnancy.

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