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I'm so happy that the first trimester is over! I've been told to expect a burst of energy over the next few months, but I haven't see that yet. However, I do feel much better and I'm able to focus more at work. That's less stress for me as I enjoy doing what I do and hated staying in bed due to nausea and/or fatigue.
Improving My Comfort Level
The first trimester of this pregnancy for me what about being comfortable. I wasn't trying to be superwoman, but I just wanted to be able to take care of my regular day to day obligations. Unfortunately I had many bad days and my husband had to pick up different things to see if they could help me.
Curious to see what we've bought so far? Here's a list:
- Warm Mist Humidifier
- Chest Decongestant
- Cough Suppressant
- Ginger Tea
- Fresh Ginger Root
- Sea Bands
- Ginger Ale (Regular, Green Tea, and Cranberry)
If you noticed, there's a pattern on that list – medications and remedies to avoid nausea and fight dehydration. I've had it worse than most of my friends or relatives, but they mentioned having some morning sickness when they were pregnant. How about you? What items did you pick up when you were pregnant?
Dehydration and ER Visit
After a week of being extremely sick, I started to feel incredibly weak. I started to also feel faint and when my husband called the nurses' line, we were instructed o check in to the nearest ER. Fortunately we're near one and the wait wasn't long. I spent pretty much my Saturday in bed with an IV of fluids, potassium, and nausea medicine.
Signs of Dehydration
Speaking of dehydration, if you are worried about it, here are some symptoms that you should be aware of:
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Sleepiness or tiredness
- Decreased urine output
- Dry skin
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
Of course, I highly recommend calling your doctor and seeking professional help if you have doubts or want to be on the safe side. Dehydration can become a serious matter quickly, so don't put off asking for help.
OB Visits and Insurance
Pregnant women are encourage to see a obstetrician regularly to ensure that everything is going well with the baby. Right now I go to my doctor's office on a monthly basis and as the due date approaches, my visits will become more frequent.
So far, we received some correspondence from the office and labs for recent visits. We've made our co-payments, so we're curious to see what our insurance company will cover. Here's what we got so far:
- Office Visits – $15/visit
- Lab Service/Pathology – $270.00
- ER Visit – $2,900
- Prescriptions – $20 ($10 each)
Thoughts on Being Pregnant and Healthy
For those readers who have been through this before and/or are going through this right now, I'd love to hear your stories. How have you dealt with the doctor appointments and everything? What's been your biggest health related expenses? Have you've had some unexpected bills come up due to your pregnancy?