First Trimester Recap

If you saw our announcement, you’re aware… I’m pregnant!

While I have no intention of turning my blog into a pregnancy or mom blog, it is a scrapbook of my days.  I’ve been blessed by God to carry this child, and I want to remember every second of it; and to help those also expecting or interested, I’m sharing my journey…



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As I’m moving along in my second trimester, (it’s weird… time simultaneously is moving so fast yet so slow) I wanted to look back on the first few months.

Here are 10 things that surprised me about my first trimester…

1. Heightened anxiety – I am a pretty anxious person to begin with, so along with the joy & gratefulness of receiving a positive pregnancy test, I was a wreck.  Due to some complications early on, I had & still have constant wonders if this pregnancy would remain viable, even after seeing and hearing the heartbeat & multiple ultrasounds later.  It's stressful, to say the least.

2. Morning sickness – or should I say, ALL DAY sickness.  For about the first 12 weeks, being nauseous was an all day occurrence for me.  Waves of it would come & go, but the nausea was worst in the morning & at night.  It wasn’t toilet-hugging debilitating, but I had a constant feeling of ‘throw-up’ sitting at the bottom of the throat.  I usually was always able to talk myself out of actually throwing up though -- mind over matter!! haha

3. Exhaustion / tiredness  all I wanted to do was sleep.  Like, be in bed by 7:00-8:00 every night.  I am usually go go go & never sit down after I get home from work, but the couch definitely became my best friend.  Also, simple things like walking the parking lot into work, left me short of breath.

4. Bloating /indigestion (and tight pants!) – most women don’t start showing until they're into their 2nd trimester, however after eating lunch & supper, most days I had a noticeable little bump.  It was gone by morning (that’s how I knew it was just bloating) – but now it’s here to stay… at least until March, I hope. ;)

5. Hunger – for as nauseous as I felt, I was still hungry all.the.time.  I had to eat every two hours otherwise the nausea would get out of control.

6. Cravings – besides sleep, I wanted any food full of carbs.  Though I loved carbs pre-pregnancy, during those first 12 weeks, carbs were about the only thing that sounded good.  Bread, cereal, pasta, but especially baked goods… muffins, bagels, banana bread.  Bless my mom, she so very kindly dropped off lots of homemade banana bread those first few weeks.
And Zac -- he makes me breakfast almost every morning before work.
I'm also craving ice water -- the colder, the better.
  
7. Aversions – food-wise, nothing was so bad that I couldn’t stand to eat it or smell it, but every once in a while just cooking supper made me queasy.  I usually forced myself to eat whatever it was that I just cooked, but a few times I just ate cereal instead (Cheerios, Golden Grahams, & Honey Bunches of Oats are my jam!) One thing that surprised me was my lack of interest in my usual breakfast smoothies – I’ve been drinking one every day for the last 3 years and during the first 12 weeks, I just couldn’t do it.  I still really don't want them.
    Smells – perfume, lotion, air fresheners… though I think the fragrance may actually smell nice, it’s just SO overpowering it makes my stomach turn.  Even one tiny little squirt makes me nauseous.

8. Frequent urination – I used to never get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Now, I usually get up twice.  I know this is only going to get worse as the pregnancy progresses... maybe that our body’s way of prepping us for those late night feedings?

9. Sore chest – my goodness, I swear just looking at my boobs made them hurt. Haha  They were sooo tender, I didn’t even know it was possible for them to hurt that much.

10.  Secrets are hard – we weren’t comfortable sharing the news of our pregnancy with family & friends until the second trimester, and it was incredibility difficult not to be a hermit, or having to pull for any excuse as to why I couldn't have an alcoholic beverage.  I am THE worst liar on the planet.  I secretly wanted to shout from the roof tops “I’M FINALLY PREGNANT” but, I refrained. ;)

While the above list sounds not to fun, there are somethings that do help during those first 3 months...
  - Keep crackers on your night stand.
  - Voice any concerns to your doctor & try to stay off internet forums (though I am totally guilty of this).
  - Listen to your body: sleep when you’re tired & realize that you can’t do it all.  Take on less, slow down, & let the 
    housework slip.  It's not the end of the world.
  - Drink lots of water.
  - Get some fresh air –  if you can muster up the energy to get outside & take a walk, chances are you'll feel better.
  - Remember that God has a plan for you – you may not understand it, you may not like it, or it may not go the way you 
    thought, but He would never give you anything you couldn’t handle.

If you’re struggling though your first trimester, know that you’re not alone!  Life is not easy right now and it’s full of change -- I get it girl!  If you’ve been through it before, what was your experience like?  I'd love to read your comments!


P.S. Happy Thanksgiving, friends!  We all have so much to be thankful for.
If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year & need some tablescape inspiration, check out this post from last year.


2 comments:

  1. Congrats on making it through the first semester! I was fortunate to have an easy, uncomplicated pregnancy, but still had anxiety throughout my pregnancy. I enjoyed listening to pregnancy podcasts and hearing stories that helped to remind me that I was not in total control!

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  2. Love this recap! You and Zac are going to be wonderful parents! First trimester is rough. Truest saying "the days are long but the years are short" my pregnancies seemed to last forever but looking back, flew by so quickly! Enjoy it girl!! ~Amanda~

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