Week 17 – Is my weight gain enough?

July 29, 2013

I’ve noticed that my belly has been developed dramatically in the last week (week16). It gets easier to feel full when I have small meals. But my weight has not been changed in the last two month. I think maybe I should eat more!

Week 16 – Bad Allergies

July 18, 2013

I am allergic to some pollens, mainly grass, weeds and birch trees. It has been very hot and dry since early June. My allergy symptoms have been bad, including big sneeze, running and itch nose and even sore throat, especially after I went to my garden. My garden is located in a farm where there are plenty of grass and weeds. I checked the pollen forecast everyday. The pollen reports have been medium to high in the last two months (June and July). I consulted a couple of OBs and pharmacists – they told me that most allergic pills are Class B medication, meaning it’s not 100% safe for the baby,  especially in the first trimester. So I tried not to take any medication, unless it was really necessary. I have not really enjoyed the nice summer weather – I try not to go to any parks. My regular exercise is going out for a walk in the neighborhood.  It has not rained for almost two months – I am looking forward to  raining days so that I can breath!

Week 15 – Starting Prenatal Yoga

July 14, 2013

I kind of feel like I need more exercise – may be prenatal yoga? I Googled local prenatal yoga class but it didn’t come up with too many options. I guess it’s summer and most people would prefer outdoor activities.

There is a yoga center which is close to where we live. I were there to try it out tonight. First time is free – so it wasn’t too bad. They have nice yoga room. Most pregnant women in the class (about 10, I think) are in their final stage of pregnancy. A couple of them are due in a few weeks. It looks like I am the one who is at the earliest stage. The instructor is fine. I think I will come back. It’s always good to do yoga.

Maternity Ticker

June 3, 2013

I’ve seen many cute maternity ticker. I was so jealous about people posting them in their blog. Now I can post mine here, in two different versions! 🙂

I always come back here regularly to check the progress!
Lilypie Maternity tickers

Another one:


10dp5dt – mood swing

April 27, 2013

I noticed that my mood has not been stable lately. Google told me that I am not alone; mood swings during pregnancy are common. I am excited about being pregnant, but I also feel stressed and overwhelmed. I also start worried about if I might do something wrong to the little tiny bean in my belly – for example, I was worried that if my sneeze and cough might hurt the baby; I also worried about my sleeping position, the food I am eating…etc.

What should I do about my mood swings?

It is important to understand you are not alone; mood swings are just another aspect of the pregnancy experience. Knowing that what you are experiencing is normal and somewhat expected may help you cope. The following list includes ways to manage your stress level:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Take a break during the day to relax
  • Get regular physical activity – yes!
  • Eat well
  • Spend time with your partner – yes!
  • Take a nap.
  • Go for a walk – yes!
  • See a movie with a friend
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself – that’s so right!
  • Try pregnancy yoga class or meditation
  • Get a massage

9dp5dt – 2nd Beta 223

April 26, 2013

Great news ! 2nd Beta result today at 9dp5dt is 223 – almost 3 time larger than 2 days ago. The HCG level is definitely heading to the right direction. I finally felt a little bit relaxed now than 2 days ago. Next Beta will be on Monday April 29. Then first ultra-sound will be on May 15. I will see my doctor to schedule the first US.

7dp5dt HCG 81

April 24, 2013

The Beta report came in the late afternoon and my HCG level is 81 at 7dp5dt! I was thrilled. What a solid number to start with! I emailed the report to the clinic and Nina, lovely nurse congratulated me and said I am pregnant!

I have been waiting for this moment for a long time but when it really comes, it feels like not real. But I know, it is real.

I will repeat a few more Beta test in the next a couple of week to watch the growth. Next Beta will be Friday and then next Monday. Hope to see the HCG number is doubling everything 2-3 days. 🙂

7dp5dt – HPT ++

April 24, 2013

Our clinic told us that early HPT is “discouraged” since it might be inaccurate and cause misunderstanding. I understand that if we don’t see a line with early HPT we will feel frustrated and sad. However, the anxiety and the stress from waiting is not fun too. So we prepare 5 HPT sticks before the FET.

I started HPT 2 days ago, 5dp5dt, got a very faint line – I felt good about it since it might mean something; it also might be due to the hormone medications I am using. We just kept cautiously optimistic and hope the line will get darker day by day.

And luckily, the line did become darker yesterday – we felt better but still cautiously optimistic since it’s still only 6dp5pt.

This morning, I woke up at about 2:40am to go to bathroom. Again I did HPT and this time the line showed quicker and even darker. There was a dark “+” showing clearly on the stick!! I was more convinced that it is a real POSITIVE and I am pregnant !! I was a little bit exciting… I took a few photos of HPT with + just to keep the “evidence” since it will fade after a couple of hours. I want to show it to DH.  I could not fall asleep again, lying on bed turning and toasting. By about 4:30am I had to go to bathroom again and I did another HPT! It’s still BFP with a even darker “+”. I am totally convinced now! 🙂


This morning I went for an early Beta test to confirm the result. I should be able to get the result this evening. Hope it will be a nice solid HCG number! Fingers crossed!!!

Best wishes to all other moms and mom-to-be out there on the same boat with me!!!

30dpt – 6Weeks 3days – Beta HCG 11749

November 24, 2010

Today is 30dpt, 6weeks 3days of pregnancy. I did another Beta to check HCG level – result is 11749, which is right on track. In the report, there is a range of HCG level based on time after last menstrual period.

Time after LMP        Expected Range

Non-Pregnant           (Less than 10)
3rd Week                    (6 – 71)
4th Week                    (10 – 750)
5th Week                    (217 – 7138)
6th Week                    (158 – 31795)
7th Week                   (3697 – 163563)
8&9th Week              (32065 – 151410)
10th Week                 (46509 – 186977)
12th Week                 (27832 – 210612)
14th Week                 (13950 – 62530)
15th Week                 (12039 – 70971)
16th Week                 (9040 – 56451)
17&18th Week         (8175 – 58176)

My first ultra-sound is on Nov 29, 2010, next Monday. I can’t wait to head the heart beat of my baby! 🙂

23dpt – Beta HCG 4083

November 17, 2010

We did the 4th blood test today to check Beta HCG level. I requested my family doctor to do this. My clinic won’t give me referral since they don’t think it is necessary and it is obviously an extra work for them. The first U/S has been scheduled on Nov 30, 2010.

There is about 2 weeks waiting time when we have no idea what is going on in my body. This extra HCG can give me reassurance and a peace of mind.

The result came back nice and strong – 23dpt Beta HCG 4083, which is almost 3 times than 17dpt HCG 1371.

I will do another blood test on Nov 24, 2010. I am still cautiously optimistic. 🙂

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