There certainly have been things in pregnancy so far that have surprised me, and breathlessness is one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I knew it could/would happen, just perhaps somewhat naively I thought it wouldn’t be until the third trimester. I am not sure if it is all pregnancy related, or because I’ve not been as good at staying fit as I should have, but this past week I can’t even seem to walk 5 minutes without it hitting me, especially if there is anything resembling a hill in there! I’m going to mention it next week when I have a GP check up, just to be sure it is normal like this at this stage.
I’ve also had some light headedness this past week. I went out at lunch from work last Wednesday, to walk about 10 mins to a place for lunch and 10 mins back, and I really didn’t feel right. Not dizzy but a little light headed. I was concentrating on my breathing and on the way back had to stop and sit at a bus stop for a minute. I contemplated going home early but I had a fairly easy afternoon so I didn’t in the end and got through it ok. Then on Saturday, after breakfast I went into town for a hair cut. I parked in an underground car park and had to walk up one flight of stairs to ground level and I started to feel light headed again. I thought I’d had time before the appointment to swing into a department store to pick up some make up I wanted, and I started to get ringing ears and sounds were going all distant. I had to sit on one of the stools they have for ladies having a makeover, and a member of staff came over to check I was ok. Actually several people did, wanted to know if I wanted a first aider etc! They brought me some water and after a couple minutes I was fine again.
I also read this kind of thing is really common, but it is disconcerting and I wonder if it didn’t help that I hadn’t drunk that much? I will again be mentioning it to my GP just to check. It does make me generally a bit nervous about when it might hit again.
I hit the magic 24 weeks tomorrow! It feels like more of a milestone than 20 weeks to me, as although there is no associated scan, I know if little one did come this early (heaven forbid!) there would be a chance of survival in ICU. That is just reassuring to know.
In other news lots of my previous cycle buddies from May/June who had BFN’s are cycling again now. Several have sadly got BFN’s again already, and I’m so gutted for them. I really hope there are some BFP’s amongst those left to test. Last year after my first IVF, by this point several had gone on to get BFP’s on subsequent tries. It’s such a hard journey at times, and I never stop feeling so lucky and blessed that this time worked for me.