Pregnancy Journal - 23 weeks
After a few days offline, I'm back to share another Pregnancy Journal!
Our little Georgia grows every day! I see kicks at any time now. I find it incredible how sometimes I can distinguish which parts of her body are moving, or when I feel her stretching.
I have visits to the doctors soon. And for those who don't know, one of my last results showed a thyroid alteration, characterizing hypothyroidism. This explained all the tiredness, which is not usually common in the second trimester.
Before I found out, I was having a hard time waking up. I often spent the whole day between the bed and the couch. It was as if the first trimester had never passed. The nausea was gone, but the fatigue remained.
In my case, the hormonal change was detected on my second routine exam, which means that I had no thyroid problems before pregnancy. Hypothyroidism should be treated immediately after it's found. If untreated, it can end in a miscarriage or disrupt the baby's mental development.
Because of this, I started a follow-up with an endocrinologist as well. When I went to the first appointment, I was already medicated with the minimum dose, but when I repeated the tests I had to increase the dosage.
The treatment is quite simple. I repeat the exams every month with both doctors to ensure that the medicine is working. I take a pill every day on an empty stomach and I'm only allowed to eat 2 hours later. Since I tend to get nauseous in the morning, I set an alarm to take the medicine and go back to sleep, so I can have breakfast right after waking up.
After I started treatment, my mood improved a lot! And whenever I start to feel tired again, I know it's probably time to change the dosage.
I don't know how it will be after she is born, but I have to do a monthly follow up for a while to find out if hypothyroidism will be permanent or only during pregnancy.
So, moms with the same problem don't be sad. Hypothyroidism is treatable and you just have to follow all the medical recommendations so your baby can grow strong and healthy!
Well, another thing that has gotten a lot worse is my bladder control. I think in a few more weeks, I will lose it completely lol! Whenever this little girl moves, I need to run to the bathroom. So you can imagine how inconvenient a simple trip to the supermarket can be, right ?!
Of all the events expected during pregnancy, the only one that has not come so far is uncontrollable hunger. I usually have three full meals and with some snacks between them, usually fruit. I've been craving pineapple!
Georgia is weighing a full pound and measures about 11 inches, so I can feel pretty much everything she is doing. Not to mention that interacting with her is amazing! She can hear us and reacts to every song I sing or when I poke my belly. The funny thing is that a few weeks ago whenever the dogs were barking, she got agitated, woke up to the noise, or got frightened. Now it does not bother her anymore. If she's asleep, she won't move. I hope it stays this way after she is born!
Pregnancy has become very easy and pleasurable. Next week, I start the last week of the fifth month. The second trimester is in fact better than the first one, but I cannot wait to see what is going to happen in the next one!