First off, today is my very first time on this website.  After seeing all these wonderful posts, I decided...What the heck?  I'm going to tell my story.  Its not that much of an exciting one but surely there are other women out there who have the same feelings as me.


My name is Ashley and this is my first journey into the world of pregnancy.  I am a 31 year southern gal who is recently married and going through all the lovely changes that we as women go through.  I am (or was, maybe??) a career woman working in HR for one of the top engineering companies in the world.  I worked hard to get where I am but boy has it been a difficult and crazy ride. 


I have struggled my whole life with strange "neurological" feelings and mishaps and when the docs finally confirmed MS, I was devasted.  However, it hasn't slowed me down.  I began with vision and taste loss while at work and went to the doc where I was sent home...UGH!!!  Things kept getting worse from there and after a million tests, and spinal was confirmed.  But of course nobody knew what the heck to do.

In the begginning, I started with Copaxone injections, but the bruising was so cruical I couldn't handle.  I then went to the Betaseron and after a year or two on that, I began holistic, suppplements ONLY.  Oh and just to add to the drama, I had a blot clot ON MY BRAIN in 2011 due from YAZ BIRTH CONTROL and the MS meds interacting and I almost died.  Clearly, its been a journey.

In 2012, I met my husband.  Well we have known each other since we were 16, but were reaccainted in the beer line at a Fall Festivial here in Greenville, South Carolina.  Just like that, we were married and the docs said to go ahead and start trying for babies.  In took us 6 months and now we are pregnant (can I say "we" or now is it "I")! Okay, "I" am pregnant.


I can now begin to moan and groan.  I'm not the type to complain because yes, I am blessed to be pregnant in the first place, but damn...I am terrified.  Terrified of the blood thinners I'm jabbing in my stomach twice a day to prevent clotting during pregnancy, terrifed the MS will creep back up and I won't be a good mom, terrified I won't want to come back to work after she is born (Can we afford that?), will my whoo-ha be ripped for ever and will I feel the birth.  I have taken everything pretty well considering...but still get a little nervous. 


On a ligher note, I'm in week 20 now and my stomach hasn't "really" formed.  Its more of two squishy rolls together.  Of course I google "belly at xyz weeks" all the time to compare my tummy to other pregger women.  Boo, when does the cute stage happen?  I fart more than I ever have and I just never  know when its coming...OOPS.  Sucks for the men in the room during my work meetings.  Hey, they do it to, so whatever.


All in all, I'm very happy and very excited for Miss Scarlett Olivia to arrive and so ready for the next chapter of good times ahead.  Maybe some of you will be able to relate to this post.  I have throughouly enjoyed this site and reading real life thoughts and stories.






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