Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thirteen Weeks

Well, technically I am 13 w2d...almost officially to the second tri! I got back from our work seminar in Detroit on Sunday evening and was so exhausted I slept 12 hours! I took Monday off and headed back into the office on Tuesday morning. All was well until the afternoon when I started to see spots while working on my computer. I blinked my eyes, added contact lens rewetting solution, closed the blinds and even turned off my overhead lights. No help! Then I got worried. My coworker stopped by and asked why I was in the dark and I told her what I was experiencing. She asked if I had a headache and mentioned that it could be high blood pressure causing my visual issues.

I called the advice nurse at my doctor's office and she said I should go home and take my blood pressure and call her back. I called my house and my mom answered (she lives with us) and told her I was seeing spots. She said, "You're spotting?!" and called out for my husband. With both of them on the line I explained, no not spotting, but spots in front of my eyes. They drove out to my office, my husband picked me up and drove me home in his car and my mom drove mine home. Once home, I took by blood pressure (my mom has a digital, at-home cuff) and it was quite low. My husband called the advice nurse and she said that I should lay down and rest and then retake my blood pressure again a bit later. I slept for four hours! Upon waking, we took my BP again and it was perfect. WHEW! What a relief. I have no idea why it was low or why I was seeing spots. The advise nurse said it could have been low from working too hard at the conference and the spots could have been caused by eye strain. So now, I am wearing my glasses at work, rather than my contact lenses and all is well. As for working too hard, yeah...16 hour days on your feet are tough whether you're pregnant or not! Thankfully, all is well and as of tomorrow, I am officially in the second tri!

According to BabyCenter:
Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.
And from The Bump:
Baby's now the size of a peach!Your fetus is forming teeth and vocal cords...savor this, their nonfunctional phase. Baby is approaching normal proportions, with his head now only one third the size of his body. And intestines are in the process of moving from the umbilical cord to baby's tummy -- much more convenient


  1. I've been wearing my glasses to work instead of contacts for the past few weeks.

    Your eyes dry out when you are pregnant, so contacts aren't as comfy. I got Accuvue Oasys, which are "moister" and help some.

  2. Woo! Yay for a peach. I hear that your eyes can change shape during pregnancy, and many people cannot continue to wear their contacts... So maybe that's part of the problem? I'm glad you're feeling better now!