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Week 7

Your baby:

  • Still with the growing. Always with the growing. Your baby starts off this week at four or five millimeters long, but is a whopping half an inch by the end.
  • Has a two-chambered heart, air passages in the lungs, and cerebral hemispheres in the braaaaaains.
  • Has an appendix, which is kind of cool until you remember that the appendix is almost completely useless. But it’s there now! Awww.


  • Might be feeling a little urpy and gaggy and pukey.
  • Are incredibly sensitive to smells.
  • Like, seriously. Who burned an English muffin in the employee break room this morning? WHO? WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN, YOU MUFFIN-BURNING BASTARD.

Before I really get into this week’s update, I would like to give a personal shout-out to my new best friend, Dannon Activia Yogurt, also known as the yogurt that helps you poop. What up, dawg? Thanks for being there for me. You’re the best, and I love you. Very much. Inappropriately much. Mmmm.

So we’re still in the first trimester holding pattern this week. Tired and peeing a lot and moody and possibly a walking ball of digestive issues and paranoia. If you haven’t spilled the beans to people yet, you’re probably dying to. You may feel more pregnant than you actually look (even though your uterus has doubled in size), and without that nice round belly you might not be getting a ton of “everything is okay” reassurance from your symptoms.

(Of course, as I have learned, all bets are off for a second pregnancy, as my previously stretched-out joey-pouch belly has rejoiced at the chance to totally fulfill its poochy destiny once more.)

Morning sickness typically shows up between week six and seven — it’ll peak within a few weeks and hopefully dissipate soon into the second trimester. You will not hear stories from me about my friend’s cousin’s dog-walker who threw up the entire nine months, because that stuff is just SO NOT HELPFUL and always made me feel particularly stabby. So I will tell you this: the terrible morning/noon/night sickness of my first pregnancy went away after week 13. There was another week or two of some sensitivity to foods and odors, but by week 16 I felt incredibly great and Hulk-level hungry.

If you’re suffering from morning sickness, you’ll notice that EVERYBODY and their friend’s cousin’s dog-walker has the perfect cure-all remedy for it. You have my full permission to ignore them. Every woman’s morning sickness is different. And every woman’s morning sickness for every pregnancy is different.

This time around, the whole “keep food in your belly all the time” thing really does help. If I go too long without a little snack, I get extremely queasy. But I’m also not actually throwing up. Last time, I threw up. A lot. All the time. Stomach full, half-full, completely empty — it did not matter. I choked down just enough food to stay alive and had a 20-minute monologue prepared about how YES, BOILING WATER HAS A SMELL. A BAD, BAD SMELL.

I tried lemon candies and “real” ginger ale and crackers and fruit and hot baths and I don’t even remember what else. None of it worked, although it did really hammer home the lesson to STOP and THINK before I opened my big fat mouth to give another pregnant woman my extremely valuable and 100% awesome advice.

(On that ironic note, Vitamin Water worked MIRACLES for the puking last time. Seriously. Made life worth living.)

(This time I’m more of a Saltine-crackers-with-a-cola-chaser kind of girl. )

If you’re NOT suffering from morning sickness (and have actually read this far — sorry, I couldn’t put you first lest all the sick puking pregnant women go after you with pitchforks), consider yourself lucky. Seriously. I know we all get fed the “morning sickness = healthy pregnancy” thing but it’s important to note that “no morning sickness” does NOT equal an unhealthy pregnancy. It really, really doesn’t.

Some women don’t have a ton of symptoms in early pregnancy. Or any! This doesn’t mean your body isn’t producing and doubling pregnancy hormones at the proper rate. It just means your body is TOLERATING the doubling pregnancy hormones better. Basically: you’re a pregnancy viking! You win and the rest of us miserable saps fail.

If you had symptoms and they suddenly vanish, or if your lack of symptoms is accompanied by steady spotting AND uterine cramping — yes. These are not great signs and you should call your doctor. But a lack of symptoms in and of itself? Pfft. Not worth obsessing over, although I know that’s easier said than done.

Oh Yeah, THIS: So l get these weird little red bumps on my skin when I’m pregnant. They aren’t zits or a rash or anything — they actually look like tiny red moles. Raised. About the size of the head of a pin. Last time I got a couple on my hands and arms and thighs and immediately hauled ass to the dermatologist when my OB couldn’t explain them. She identified them as a passing hormonal thing and assured me they would go away once I gave birth. I was skeptical, since I am (ahem) a fairly moley person to begin with and they sure did look like something I was gonna be stuck with and argh! Why are there SO MANY of them?

Sure enough, they vanished almost immediately after Noah was born. I remember cutting off my hospital bracelets at home and noticing that the spots on my hand were completely gone.

Well, the spots are back again, only this time they’re all over my stomach. Over a dozen at last count. Ah, pregnancy. You are just so damn WEIRD.

New This Time Around: Besides the new flavor of morning sickness, I’ve developed the Dread Pregnancy Migraines. Now, I used to get migraines all the time, from puberty on. And it was one of my big fears before getting pregnant the first time, since I knew my migraine medications were not exactly pregnancy-approved. But I never had headaches last time, and honestly never had a migraine since Noah’s birth. Unless I had a hangover (me? hungover? what? never!!), I never took any OTC or prescription pain medication, and I was pretty happy about it.

And like every other woman who spends too much time online, I read That Study. You know, That Study About Caffeine & Miscarriages & Step Away From The Starbucks, You Negligent Embryo-Killer. And I also read many, many follow-up articles that criticized the study and pointed out the many flaws in both the execution and the conclusions. And I agreed that the connection between caffeine and miscarriage was mostly likely vastly overstated.

And yet…

I had that moment after I found out I was pregnant — the coffee cup halfway between the kitchen counter and my lips — when I doubted it all and wondered if I shouldn’t just err on the side of caution and go cold-turkey on caffeine. Since coffee was giving me some heartburn early on, I decided to cut it out completely.

Then the headaches started. The terrible, blinding headaches. Migraines. I could feel them coming on in places besides my head. My shoulder blades ached. My stomach churned. My eyes squinted in the light and then I felt the telltale throbbing behind my eye sockets. Within 20 minutes I was buried under the covers in bed, sobbing silently in the Worst Pain Ever, Including Labor and an Emergency C-Section.

My doctor told me to take some Tylenol with a can of Coke*. Or Excederin Tension Headache (acetaminophen and caffeine, but no aspirin). Caffeine was always an essential part of my migraine coping strategy back in the day, so I wasn’t exactly surprised by his recommendation. Turns out I don’t even need the acetaminophen. I just need a little caffeine. Everything in moderation, dudes.

*Like everything else, please talk to your own doctor about your own symptoms. Kthnxdontsuemeplz.

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About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering ...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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About the Author

Our Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty, was written by Amy Corbett Storch while she was pregnant with her second son, Ezra.

Amy, also known as Amalah, writes the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back here at Alpha Mom. You can follow her daily mothering adventures at her own site, Amalah.

About the Illustrations

The Zero to Forty illustrations were created by the artist Brenda Ponnay, aka Secret Agent Josephine. Brenda is very talented and these images are copyright-protected. You should hire her if you want your own unique ones.

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  • angela

    March 5, 2008 at 11:07 am

    I drank coffee and coke until I was able to ween myself off it. I still drink coke, I am right now. But I try to only drink one a day. My only fear with the coke drinking this time is my baby has a bowel problem. So far it’s improved and no need to worry, but at 18 weeks I thought it must be from all my caffeine drinking. I haven’t admitted this to my OB, but I think about it every now and then. Honestly, coke and coffee kept me from being sick during the first tri and now I get thirsty for water instead so I feel like my body is telling me what to eat and drink. I haven’t had a green veggie in a while and I think that’s OK too. If my baby needs meat and cheese sandwiches with a coke then I will give her what she wants. 🙂 good luck with the next few weeks, I’ve felt your pain.

  • Zoot

    March 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    I had your kind of morning sickness THIS time with my FIRST pregnancy. But other than that? Nothing. So yeah – I’ve carried babies full term without the morning sickness and that is FINE BY ME.
    I also drink diet coke and coffee. I’m a rebel like that.
    Glad your morning sickness is manageable this time. I’m going to go ahead and say…”It’s a girl!”

  • cagey

    March 5, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Darn it – Zoot beat me to it. Because this pregnancy is so different than the last, I was going to call “It’s a girl.” Geez, what’s left now?
    Anyway, I did drink caffeine thoughout both of my pregnancies. Other than “advanced maternal age” because I was 35, I had no risk factors, though. I did keep it to one cup in the morning, though. Oh, and loads upon loads of Coca-Cola this last time around.

  • Ida

    March 10, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    I drank caffeine with my first. He is just fine and I had no problems with my pregnancy. I tried to keep it to one a day, but didn’t always succeed.

  • JP

    March 12, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    “Before I really get into this week’s update, I would like to give a personal shout-out to my new best friend, Dannon Activia Yogurt, also known as the yogurt that helps you poop.”
    Look at you going all Tina Fey on us. Does anyone else get that reference? No?
    Glad you like Activia!

  • Jessi

    June 2, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks on the tip about the Excedrin Tension Headache…The big E has been my sanity-saver for my headaches for years, and now, 8w preg, and no more?!?!?!?! I’ve been getting wicked headaches since w4. Oh, and a couple of posts ago about the wanting to poop…I literally LOL’d

  • Leslie

    June 30, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Where have you been? I have three of the dullest completely lacking in any comedy pregnancy books that are just instilling fear into my core.
    This blog is just what I needed–a dose of comedy to get through it all.
    Thank you!

  • Jennie

    July 9, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Yay, for a fun preggo blog! With my first, I felt SO nauseous, constantly. I lost 30 pounds (I’m still wondering why my OB/GYN never said anything?). This time around (I’m about 7.5 weeks), I feel pretty OK. I actually called my (NEW) OB today to say I felt OK and I was worried about it. They reassured me. I’m still secretly worried.

  • nicole

    July 29, 2008 at 12:25 am

    I am almost 7 weeks with my second, I had very bad morning sickness with my 1st but this one I just get nausious haven’t yet thrown up. I’m guessing its a boy this time. X fingers crossed x

  • Louise

    September 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    I just discovered this blog … where oh where was it last pregnancy? Why did I read the books that scared the crap out of me (probably one reason why I threw up through half my pregnancy). This is a great read, and actually a big help. Thanks so much–I’ll be coming along week by week for the next eight months!

  • shell

    December 5, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Oh Amy you have made me feel so much better.. I had a killer headache about a week ago (I suppose I was ten weeks then, I am reading backward as a form of procrastination- I should be doing homework)
    so anyway I call my ob gyn because I realized that Exedrin Tension headache had only the acetiminophen and caffeine and I had NO tylenol… snooty receptionist says- “no we recommend ONLY tylenol” and I roll up into a little ball on my sofa and try to sleep it off.
    After about an hour of the drilling in the base of my neck I threw caution to the wind- all it is is acetiminophen and caffeine… one will not damage my baby- Oh I hope not- so I took one…
    now I feel much better that you mentioned it as well- I go for my first ultrasound monday- I’ll check back if s/he has flippers ya know….
    On another note- this baby is making me so nauseus but not vomit-y- and the only thing that makes it better is pepsi- however my former favorite food group-coffee- is totally unacceptable apparently.
    and I really would like one nice potty experience as well…

  • Ashley Fitting

    January 15, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    So this is madness – I have been STALKING this blog for ever, after all my girlfriends got preggo and LOVED it. I too LOVE it. And all of a sudden, after one month of trying (I mean HONESTLY???)… I found out last night that I am pregnant. 7 weeks with the crazy pregnancy math (which I think is totally weird but whatever). So I’m actually rereading (for like the 5th time) and it applies!!
    Except, and don’t kill me, for the non-pukiness of it all. I feel great. Just super duper bloated and like I’m already halfway there… I thought I was just getting chubby 🙂
    YAY! First appt is in 2 weeks.

  • Melinda

    February 5, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    OMG You guys are AMAZING!!
    I am 7 weeks 1 day, and am MISERABLE right now! the most INSANE nausea, CRAZY constipation, and volcano erupting like heartburn. Not to mention I just wanna sleep.
    BUT I *am* happy to know this is “normal” (lol) and will take it as long as my baby is ok!
    Thanks for the laugh! It’s just what I needed!

  • meredith

    July 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    You are the only place to mention the red mole like skin things!!! Thank you! I thought I was going nuts. This is my 2nd (only 7 weeks in) and a few weeks ago 4 red pimple like things showed up. I was convinced it has to be pregnancy related (I had a multitude of skin tags develop with my first) but I couldn’t find references to it anywhere. Should have known you’d have the answer. yea!

  • Rebekah

    September 7, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I love this blog, Im 7 weeks pregnant, and all the books I have been reading are just putting fear in me. I havent really been able to talk to anyone that has had the same things happen to them. So I will be following these blogs for the next 33 weeks! Happy pregnancy to all!

  • London's Mom

    September 19, 2009 at 4:09 am

    I must admit, I drink soda everyday. Of course my doc has no idea.
    As far as “morning sickness” or “all day, everyday sickness for 19 weeks”,I am left with a bad taste in my mouth, literally! Vomiting was so frequent for me. I could no longer work and just stayed in bed all day, everyday with my trashcan by my beside. I ended up in the ER on 2 occassions, suffering from dehydration, while enjoying IV’s in my arm. I was put on 2 different medications that only worked whenever they decided to.
    I am now 22 weeks and just found out that im having a girl, what a dream come true! This is my first and probaly last child. I don’t think I can go through this again.

  • MamaInJune09

    October 28, 2009 at 7:35 am

    OK Ladies great fix or that constipation, horribe constipation. the only bad symptom I am having….. Colace, Metamucil, and activia (as she says above). I feel 110% better after only 2 days. no more sitting in the bathroom for an hour hoping it’ll work. Also nice that my husband feels the need to let me know he needs to poop. Great Good for you honey I only wish I could normally. 7 Weeks tomorrow. I am loving it so far.

  • MamaInJune09

    October 30, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Ok Addtion to the last comment. Yes the items listed are making me able to have a BM but….. now I am flirting with danger. The danger of not knowing which to do…puke or poop. switch hitting is not an option. UGH! if only I could keep something down. The symptoms commeth!

  • April

    November 11, 2009 at 11:42 am

    i must say, i absolutley love this blog…i am 7 weeks, and everything in here is soooo true…im at work, and i just started laughing when reading some of this!! I cant wait to read this each week..

  • Cj

    April 11, 2013 at 11:42 am

    The rash you got is called pupps . I got it with my first pregnancy ,totally sucked but my dr. Knew what is was right away.  Pretty common thing. 

  • Tia

    April 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you for this post and being so honest! It’s so refreshing to read something that I can finally relate to! Thanks 🙂

  • Mayra

    May 7, 2013 at 12:13 am

    You are so freakin hilarious! So comforting and real and great for me to read and laugh and feel somewhat normal. No one understands but we moms to be! Thank you for your incredible voice, reassurance, and overall awesomeness! I will like you on Facebook as soon as I let everyone know I’m expecting baby #2.

  • Charli

    May 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Definitely glad I stumbled upon this blog today. I think I’m about 7 weeks along and don’t go to the doctor for two more weeks!!!! So far away! I have the sore breasts, I could probably sleep for a week, and certain smells make me gag now but no morning sickness almost makes me feel like its still not real or something! Thanks for making me laugh instead of making me more paranoid. 🙂

  • Goody

    August 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    The rash is called PUPPP. I had it BAD with my first and it actually got worse after delivery and it ITCHED SO BADLY! I had it briefly already with my second early on but it didn’t last. Here’s hoping it doesn’t come back!

  • Lau

    August 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    7 weeks: The smell of the dog makes me sick. I cramp randomly, which makes me worry. I am hungry, but when I eat the food just stays in my stomach and makes me nauseated. I can’t sit at my desk or I’ll fall asleep. When I get home, I sit on the couch until 8pm. Then I’m ready for bed. But I feel guilty because there’s so much that I need to do. I’m grouchy/emotional and my husband is a saint for putting up with it. Tried to give up coffee completely. Turned into a morning-time monster. Drinking coffee again (just a little). Peeing a little less now, but still can’t make it through the night. Sciatica is better. 

  • Chelsi

    August 26, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I’m so glad I found this! I’m 7 weeks along with my first and it can be a little scary not really knowing if some of the things happening to me are normal. I guess they are! Makes me feel sooo much better. I have a few bumps on my neck and I made the mistake of looking up PUPPP images in Google (which is what they are). DON’T DO IT! They are horrifying and graphic! I’m scared to death I’m going to end up looking like one of those poor moms. Nightmares I tell you. Anyway, thanks for the awesome and down to earth blog 🙂

  • Beth

    September 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Hey, I love this blog! My son is nine years old now and sadly the hubs and I decided we were done a few years ago and I got my tubes tied. But, I’m really enjoying reading this! I have so many preggo friends who seem scared to death over it and I don’t want to tell them something that will cause panic! Anyway, I pretty much had a boring pregnancy with no morning sickness, smells weren’t an issue, no headaches…actually lost weight for some reason and had lots of energy up until my 7th month. After that, it was fairly normal. LOL! Thanks for your candor!

  • Alex

    June 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Love this blog! You are too funny when so many people try to be too serious about pregnancy. Thank you for your humor!! Will be following you the rest of the way 🙂

  • sarah

    August 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I’m almost certain your tip on Activia has saved my life. Best blog ever! Thank you!

  • Shan

    November 7, 2014 at 8:56 am

    7 weeks prego with my second child my daughter is 13 and I am a ” high risk” over 35. Some days I feel so nauseous I don’t want to move. And others I feel on top of the world. Every smell is disturbing, all the sudden I get very car sick, onions are my worst enemy and my husband is a saint for putting up with me.

  • Sarah Bettis

    November 22, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Your stinkin funny. I’m am pregnant with baby #3 and have no idea how far along I am. (I will have 3 under 3 and am a little terrified to say the least.) I’m right along with every one of your symptoms right now so I guess 7 weeks is a good bet. Also my mother got those red dots with all four pregnancy’s and so far I have inherited the red dot pregnancy weirdness with every one.

  • Car

    December 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Thank you so much for these posts. I am pregnant with my first and all the books and sites and apps had me freaked. Then I stumbled across this and breathed a sigh of relief. It has helped me think logically about myself and listen to what my body is telling me and what I feel most comfortable with. Thank you. I look forward to reading the rest of your posts throughout my pregnancy. 

  • Axia

    December 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I’m so happy that I found this blog. My fiance and I were just surprised with the fact that I’m preggo 6 mo before our wedding (oh boy) and I’ve just been so sad and angry and scared. Reading this makes me smile and laugh and even get excited a little bit. Thank you for this super helpful info xoxo

  • Jennifer

    January 11, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog, and I LOVE it!!! I just found out in pregnant with baby #2. My son is going to be five next month, so needless to say I feel like a first timer again

  • heather

    January 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I laughed. For the first time since week 5 (I’m 9 weeks now), you made me laugh. So thank you. I’ve had 24/7 nausea/vomiting and I can’t taste anything. And when I do it tastes like soap and then I want to vomit. I’m starving/nauseous at the same time and all food and drink repulses me. I can’t sleep at night and I’m so bloody miserable that crying makes me feel a little normal. Something I used to do. I can’t exercise or even walk more then 20 min and I’m huffing and puffing like I’m Dudley the dragon. Pouring sweat in -10 degree winter. That isn’t me. Working out and running with my dog was my reason to get out of bed every morning. I am a shadow of who I was. I’m complaining and I know it but I have no one who understands.

  • amanda

    January 29, 2015 at 11:05 am

    This is the best! Exactly what I’m feeling now lol, this is my second and my daughter just turned 5. Seriously forgot how much the first few months suck! Mornings are ok, everything goes downhill after 1pm. Ugh I’m so sick of being sick and I’m only 7 weeks!

  • Crystal

    March 5, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I’ve just received news that I’m expecting 😀
    My husband is completely over the roof with the news, he was so exited I had to take 5 tests because he just couldn’t believe it! I was told I’m 6 and a half weeks, and I was feeling so amazing that I’ve no morning sickness, but we are becoming concerned… is it normal not to experience it yet?

    • Isabel Kallman

      March 5, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Yes, not everyone experiences morning sickness. I was nauseous the first day I realized I was pregnant but never again after that. I was never morning sick, but in the early weeks I definitely had other symptoms like sore breasts and exhaustion.

  • Yesenia

    March 18, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    This is my first baby, my family and my husband are very excited and i am too obviously! 🙂
    i am still experiencing a lot of exhaustion and i was very nauseous at random times, especially at work because i work in the food industry, my favorite foods right now have been cereal, milk and cookies, and FRUIT! anything else does not seem to catch my attention in any way and make me feel a little sick to my stomach. So with that being said, i pray that i’m doing everything right. i have my first doctor checkup stuff next week and i cant be more excited. Recently i have been able to eat. 🙂 no morning sickness just yet, at least nothing too severe or strong… soo here is hoping. And ladies if there is any information that i could get from you would be greatly appreciated, i am a little scared, this is my first baby. 🙂

  • Linda

    March 22, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    This was an enjoyable read as I am searching the Internet as to why I am not feeling morning sickness. My first two successful pregnancies my ms was terrible. Now carrying my third I don’t seem to have the dramatic ms, just a little quezines and a little heartburn. As for the digestive remedy, i gulp down a full cup of prune juice. And that is a life saver!

  • Donna

    April 10, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I just wanted to thank you for the comment that no morning sickness DOES NOT equal an unhealthy pregnancy. I had to stop reading similar weekly calendars for this very reason; they create fear if you aren’t barfing your brains out. One even said it’s a “bad sign if you aren’t.” So, I applaud you for not singling anyone out. Pregnancy is difficult enough without the added fear tactics. 

  • Ashley

    April 15, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    As far as the rash/mole thing goes, it could possibly be Polymorphic Eruption of Pregnancy (PEP). The mechanism of the reaction and the causes are not well understood, but many doctors think it may be tied to the testosterone being produced by the developing fetus. It seems to occur most frequently in women bearing sons, so this could be very possible!

  • Jackie

    May 30, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I’m 7 weeks as of tomorrow. Found out I’m pregnant on Mother’s Day.
    I don’t have nausea but do feel queasy when I’m hungry. I eat like a chicken. Pecking on food as i can’t bring myself to eat normally. Only thing i have is fatigue and wicked conspitation! I hate the feeling of serious bloating. I find when i lay down for a bit, the bloating goes down.
    I had cramps on and off in my week 5 and it stopped in week 6. I notice i can poop every third day. I’m like seriously?! Omg…. it’s exhausting to poop. This is my first child and my husband’s second. My stepson is 14 and super excited to be a brother. He’s hoping for a sister. Lol
    Anyway. I’ve been drinking a lo of water. It got boring so I’ll have a glass of lemonade.
    I also found eating soda crackers with a dab of ketchup helps too. My husband thinks its the grossest thing. Lol. He’s very supportive so its awesome. This blog makes me laugh. Glad i found this!!

  • Kim

    August 20, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks for this awesome blog! I am 35 years old and this is my first child. After all of the dr visits and years of trying we gave up. I am happy to say that I am now 7 weeks. Our first Dr. visit it on Tuesday, cant wait. I have the sore breast, constipation, nauseous cant keep food down and I eat like a bird. I have been losing wheight as well. So far this has not been fun but I am hoping it gets easier as time goes on. Thank you all for all of the wonderful posts!

  • jonii

    August 26, 2015 at 1:41 am

    I’ve been pregnant before with side effect of hunger pains or “vomiting because I was hungry”, notice in breast size, morning sickness, increase of appetite. But I’m not sure if I am pregnant again? Because my symptoms are chronic neck & lower back pain, dehydration, stressed, clammy, hot & cold sweats, very light headed almost “blacking out”, nausea, constipation in the morning untill noonish, heart burn, accasonal headaches / migraines, sensivity to light ( this is normal to me because I’m surpose to be wearing glasses but it seems worst )

  • Barb H

    September 3, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    You ladies are so lucky to have this blog! Please just have faith & remember that there is not a lot you can do to harm a “good” pregnancy as there is not a lot you can do to prevent a miss (bar getting your cervix stitched up & going on months of bed rest….moms are amazing as is modern medicine.) My 2 cents? I had my first after 6 years of trying & testing & shots…blah, blah. I bled throughout but was assured it was cervical varices. Made it! Had an 8 lb 3 oz girl. The trolls I worked with actually had nerve to say something must b wrong cause I never got huge.
    Baby 2 was a surprise as doubted I’d get pregnant so easily. I was soooo sick with him but lucky to b sah mom. He was 9#5oz & labor was so easy almost had at home! Then came the weird times…got pregnant with 3rd, no sickness, miscarried at 13 weeks. Got pregnant again, went through 3 mo of nausea, heard the heartbeat, all was happy…then? Miscarried. What??? Who knows? Anyway, end of story…gave up & ended up with 3rd. Really, really puking sick. No caffeine, no nothing…he weighed a whopping 11 lb. not diabetic & had to beg to be induced. No signs of being over due. Btw, I weigh 125 & am 5’6″. My personal feeling was that I was too skinny when I miscarried? Who knows? No work up ever done. People were cruel,too. Best thing to say? I am sorry, period…nothing else. Good luck to all. Exciting times & worth it all! Life is a true miracle.

  • maxim

    September 20, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Awesome read, thanks for this !

  • Nichole

    September 20, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Thank you for this! Tired of reading humorless, fear installing, everything you CAN’T do or your a bad mom-to-be, articles lol….This is a breath of fresh air! I will continue to read throughout my pregnancy!! This is my first so I’m worried about evvverything haha thanks again for writing this. ☆♡☆

    • Jessica

      November 22, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      I’m guessing this was probably written a while ago, but still wanted to respond to say how good this is! You captured all the weirdness in a comedically reassuring way. Such a great antidote to the usual worry-making stuff.

      By the way, those red moles – I got one on my TONGUE. Also another oddity: an external nosebleed, just like a normal nosebleed but coming the outside of my nose :/ 

      I’m pretty much just putting down any other strange things that happen as normal pregnancy signs. 

  • Jessica

    November 22, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    um that comment (above) was meant to be a general comment and not a reply! sorry!

  • Jenny

    November 24, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Im only 7 weeks pregnant with my first child and I swear, I absolutely love reading your blog. I look forward to reading the weekly pregnancy info! =D thank you for making this such a fun topic to talk about! 

  • Zoe

    December 9, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Just like everyone above is saying I agree this blog is awesome!! I’m pregnant with my third, I’m 36 so “high risk” always forget when the morning sickness sets in but so far it hasn’t been as bad as both previous pregnancies. Definitely differences in all although there was an eight year gap between the first and last so I don’t recall that much. Dizzy as hell this time though which I don’t remember at all with the others. Breastfeeding my middle one still though so it might be dehydration makes you realise that’s what’s going on when you’ve had a skinful which makes me shudder a bit. Well good luck to everyone on this blog, never forget that us mothers are awesome & immensely powerful!

  • Chelsea

    January 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    How do I follow your blog? This is awesome! And oh so accurate!!

    • Isabel Kallman

      January 17, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Hi Chelsea, you can follow along by entering your due date and your email address in the blue box in the right-hand column that reads “Your Pregnancy Calendar week-by week.” Thanks for the nice words and support!

  • Ashley

    January 18, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I read through this entire blog once or twice in the past few years…. Now I finally have a reason to read again!! I’ll be 7 weeks tomorrow with my first, and your posts make me feel so much better about my small symptoms. I feel totally normal aside from the sore breasts and constipation! I read posts on baby boards about women who have had losses and it just terrifies me! Thank you for helping me feel normal!! I look forward to reading these each week 🙂

  • Pam

    January 23, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Hi. I am 7 weeks and 1 day pregnant with my second pregnancy, and I feel much better than my first one. Not much nausea and vomiting . None panick attacks and anxiety. I was so worry it could happen again , but I guess it is true that each pregnancy is different thanks God. I do have nauseas when I smell bleach, bush my teeth and when I go out in the cold (freezing temperatures) thing that never happened before, oh well, it could have been much worse!! And with my first pregnancy my nausea and symptoms stopped about the 13 week.

  • Noel

    February 16, 2016 at 3:49 am

    My first pregnancy I had Hyperemesis Gravadium. I threw up the whole entire pregnancy about 5-6 times a day and had to be prescribed Zofran before it was black labeled. That took it down to 4 times a day. I lost 10 lbs I threw up so much. I even threw up water! I am 5 weeks and already I am bloated like the bloated you were writing about, naseous and have painful gas and diarrhea. I did vomit today though, so Im nervous to hit that 6 or 7 weeks. My poor daughter just wants to play and sings to me when I cry. I forgot how hard this was! It’s been 3 years!

  • Mama Ash

    November 11, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    So fantastic. Makes me feel better just to hear all this.