Wednesday, 15 November 2006

I am pregnant!

I found out yesterday that I am 4 weeks pregnant! I had my suspicions, which were confirmed with a pregnancy test done at work in the loo. I only had my reflection to celebrate with until the evening, when I could tell BV. I decided to wrap the positive test up and give it to him as a present. The excitement really got the better of me and I had told him that I had a pressie for him, and at the end of the day I couldn't wait for him so I went to stand on Pero's Bridge to see him coming. He stopped to talk to the Big Issue seller which was sweet and made me so glad that I am having a child with such an incredible person - sweet and kind and generous and all of those things.

He approached me and we stood together at the centre of the bridge while he ripped off the wrapping paper. I think it took him a little while to sink in - it was dark and he didn't realise what it was for ages. When the penny dropped he let out a whoop and hugged and kissed me. Then he started crying. We both stood there for what seemed like a really long time grinning at each other and saying we couldn't believe it. But it's true. I did another test this morning to confirm and, once again, a positive result, this time a really strong line appeared.

Ben spent all evening saying that he knew that it wouldn't take us long - it happened the second month we tried - and calling me Mum, which was funny.

And this morning I got my first horrible taste of morning sickness, which was vile. But in a funny kind of way made it feel all the more real. I am finding it so difficult not being able to tell anyone though, and eventually had to email Sebastian, my herbalist, who has been treating me for the monster fibroid.

At the moment I am glad we chose to try to conceive rather than opting for surgery, but I might well change my mind as the pregnancy progresses. There may have been implications with the surgery that I wasn't prepared to accept - not least the massive doses of Lupron each month for three months before the surgery which would have given me a medical menopause. Anyway, it's irrelevant now.

When I spoke to the consultant about the fibroid she confirmed that it is a pedunculated subserosal fibroid, so it's on a stalk sitting on top of my uterus. All of the reading I've done around the subject suggests that these are least likely to have a direct effect on pregnancy and the development of the baby (eg submucosal fibroids can increase likelihood of miscarriage, preterm labour and need for c-section), but that the main issue is degeneration of the fibroid. This would obviously put me in a great deal of pain, but this pain can be managed, is temporary, and could end up solving the problem if the fibroid degenerates and dies completely.

I am going to make an appointment with my doctor to have the pregnancy confirmed and to discuss the impact the fibroid might have. I imagine they may want to monitor me more closely in order to find out how the fibroid is behaving. I suspect it is enjoying the increase in hormones as my stomach feels a lot bigger and tighter already, although this could be bloating/water retention.

I am also going to keep track of my developments here, both in terms of the baby and the fibroid. What an exciting time...
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