Friday, 11 September 2015

My First Trimester Weeks 1-4

Now the baby is out of the bag and everyone knows Ben and I are expecting a baby in April 2016, I can finally share my diary entries from my first trimester with you!

It has been quite a roller coaster ride let me tell you but I couldn't be more excited about the thought of being a Mummy.

Over the next week, I'll share posts from my diary from my First Trimester. Be sure to return each day for the next weeks entry! Note I am currently at 9 weeks so once they reach that point, they will turn into real time weekly updates!

The "Am I Pregnant" Phase - Weeks 1-4: 

So it was confusing to me at first that they start your pregnancy from the first day of your last period because that is obviously not when you conceived. For me this date was July 9 (I have always tracked my period as when I was younger and unhealthy, I developed Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome, which I still have, and I like to make sure I stay regular so I know the symptoms haven't returned). I know we didn't conceive until late July when Ben was in Brisbane but medically, by the time I found out, 3 days before my period was due, I was already 4 weeks pregnant even though it had only been just over a week since conception. I had to learn to accept this is how it worked, which was hard for me to comprehend but they actually count ovulation and conception as part of the pregnancy.

The week starting Monday August 3rd, I was incredibly moody, everything was getting to me and I was crying over things that usually don't bother me. Ben even mentioned I was super emotional and asked if everything was okay. On the Thursday, I woke up exhausted, a kind of tired I hadn't felt before and all I wanted to do all morning was cry. I was sitting at my desk at work trying not to cry and then Ben sent me a cute little text message (like he does every day) and I just burst in to tears. It was then I knew something was up and I started to think maybe I was pregnant. What other explanation was there? I was never this emotional or this tired but I was a little run down due to sickness so I thought that may have been the reason.

When I got home that afternoon, I decided to take a trip to the supermarket and pick up some tests. I walked home and took the test and it came back negative... I wasn't surprised and decided I was feeling this way as I was just unwell and needed to rest. I walked back to the supermarket as I forgot to pick up something for dinner and left the test on the bench in the bathroom. When I got back from the shop and went to the bathroom, I took a glance at the test and a second line had appeared. My heart started racing but then I remembered reading that you shouldn't wait more than 10 minutes to read the results as an evaporation line can give a false positive reading... Luckily, I bought a three pack of tests and took another one straight away. It took a good two minutes to appear but sure enough, there it was.

I immediately called Ben to tell him the news and of course he was ecstatic. We didn't expect this to happen as soon as it did (first month of not not trying) but we are thrilled and feel incredibly lucky! With us both being at peak physical fitness and super healthy, I guess we are at our prime for baby making! Within an hour of being on the phone to Ben, we had decided the babies name (one boy and one girl name). We're keeping them secret for now!

I made an appointment for the doctor the next day to find out for certain as I wasn't even late for my period yet and the lines were very faint on the test...faint... but they were there!

The doctors test was also a very faint positive and I could tell he was quite pessimistic and sent me for blood tests. Of course this was on the Friday so I had to wait until Monday for the results. The HCG level was sitting very low at 9. He mentioned this could have been because I was so early but wanted me to take more bloods to be sure the hormones were rising. I went straight to have another test and booked an appointment for the next morning. Healthy hormone levels double approximately every 24-72 hours. The results from the Monday were 45 which were exactly on par to have been doubling each day which made Ben and I extremely happy and confirmed for us that we were expecting.

Being that the levels were still so low the doctor asked that I have weekly tests to make sure everything was moving in the right direction. The following Monday, I had more bloods taken and another appointment on Tuesday morning. The levels had risen to 2500 which was honestly the biggest relief. By then I was over 5 weeks so this was a perfect level to be at. I was no longer in the lower range which made me happy! No more weekly tests were needed as the doctor was happy with how things were moving and he gave me a referral to have an ultra sound taken around week 7.

*Tomorrow on the blog - Week 5! 

Keep smiling!

Tahana xo


  1. Aw Tahana! I love reading your baby updates! You will be such an amazing mum ♡

  2. OMG! Obviously I have been living under a rock and didn't realize you were doing these diary updates! I can't wait to read them all!

    You're going to be the best mom ever!!!

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