Although it wasn’t until recently that I announced my pregnancy, I blogged and journaled throughout the first trimester so I could recall what I was feeling and share it with all of you. I don’t necessarily recall every moment from every week, but I did want to share some of my experiences during the first trimester. I’ve received a lot of questions via text, email, comments, etc. so thought it would be fun to share what’s been going on.
Also, I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am for the overwhelming support from all of you. The comments, personal messages, and emails have truly made this an even more exciting time for me and my husband.
The Food Front
The biggest and most immediate change I had to endure when I first found out I was pregnant related to my eating habits. Considering that I love wine, sushi, diet soda, soft cheeses, and deli sandwiches, this posed a serious challenge. I have quickly learned that when you are forced to give up something for a while, you actually crave it more but you find a way to substitute for it and make it work.
My appetite pretty much disappeared for the majority of the first trimester, and eating was something I did for the health of the baby more than anything. It was weird not feeling hungry or desiring food, as anyone who knows me knows how much I enjoy good food. And, when I did want to eat, nothing would sound good until the very last minute. This was a real pain in the butt for Justin when it came to meal planning and grocery shopping. One of the few times I did go grocery shopping, which happened to be at Costco, I bought everything that sounded good at that moment. Unfortunately, a lot of that food went to waste because it sounded HORRIBLE the next day. Let’s just say my husband does all of the grocery shopping now and we make plans for dinner very last minute.
My biggest cravings were and continue to be Greek yogurt, eggs, burgers, apples, bananas, salmon, cereal, donuts, and fro-yo. I rarely ate cereal before pregnancy, but now I have a good selection to choose from and eat a bowl every day. Typically I will mix in some Fiber One because, trust me ladies, it helps (ahem). Even Lucky Charms made the cut because who can deny that they are magically delicious?
Dinner typically consists of a lot of protein, which is something I constantly crave and can’t get enough of!! On numerous occasions Justin has made me omelets and egg scrambles. Mmmmm. Breakfast for dinner is where it’s at when you’re pregnant.
A craving I have never had before is donuts. Don’t get me wrong, I like donuts, but don’t crave them. But now, in all honesty, every time I drive by or see a donut shop I contemplate stopping. I want donuts ALL THE TIME. Thank goodness I have self-control and can insert rational thinking before gorging myself on maple bars and apple fritters.
The craziest food aversion has been vegetables. I normally LOVE my daily dose of greens, so it was really odd when vegetables became something unappealing. Particularly cooked green veggies. I also can’t stand the smell or thought of eating crab and most seafoods other than salmon. Crab is typically one of my favorite foods, so this says a lot. I also haven’t really stepped foot in a Mexican restaurant. I’m not sure if it’s the smell of grilled veggies, but something about Mexican food sounds really unappealing.
Symptoms and Overall Mood
Morning sickness: What’s that? I’ve heard of morning sickness and several of the sickly feelings that are associated with becoming pregnant, but I honestly did not feel sick at all. People say I am one of the lucky ones. The only time I was sick and throwing up was on our deep sea fishing trip in Hawaii. Ladies, if you’re pregnant, take my advice and don’t go deep-sea fishing.
Energy Level: Definitely plummeted. I could not believe how tired I was ALL the time. It was as though I was pulling an all nighter every other night, though I wasn’t. Tasks that were typically easy for me, like cleaning the house or running errands, became a burden so thankfully my husband has taken on some additional household responsibilities (and hired a housecleaner, which has been a luxury).
I rarely sleep through the night and have to get up at least once to pee every night, which I hear only gets worse as you get further along. Often times I can go right back to sleep, but sometimes I toss and turn and stay awake until the alarm goes off. Thank goodness for mid-day naps.
Weeks 6-10 in particular kicked my butt. Mentally I wanted to be normal and have my high levels of energy, but unfortunately I had no control over the things my body was going through. I was weakest and the most fatigued in the afternoons and naps became a daily trend. However, even with the fatigue and lack of energy, I was still able to run and exercise 5-6 days a week. This kept my spirits lifted. Emotionally and physically I just can’t do what used to be easy. Some days even a 30-minute run can be a struggle, but I push through because I know it lifts my mood the rest of the day. When I don’t do anything it makes me feel pretty low and down. As an athlete for so many years, having to put on the brakes has affected me emotionally more than anything. I am not myself when I don’t get a daily dose of fresh air, adrenaline, endorphins, and movement.
Moods: Crazy! My poor, poor husband (even though I am carrying his child, so I do give myself some credit). My mood has probably been affected more than anything during the first trimester. I was a hormonal powerhouse and the ups and downs were no joke. One moment I’d be excited and happy, the next scared, then optimistic, then upset. It was a mess. I’m glad I waited until now to reflect back and blog about these things because reading back through some of my notes, it was quite comical.
Patience: I thought I was an impatient person before pregnancy. HA! Pregnancy has taken my patience from a zero to -12. This is particularly noticeable when I am driving or walking in crowded areas. I have no patience at all for bad drivers or pedestrians that aren’t following the rules (i.e., crossing the road in front of me with no crosswalk). There was one day when my patience was tested so much that this text was sent to my husband.
Don’t worry, I’m obviously not serious.
I am a very punctual and scheduled person, which I pride myself on. But, this hasn’t been the case in the last few months. I am more spacey, forgetful, and disorganized than I have ever been before. My doctor says this is normal and spouted off a couple areas of the brain that are affected by pregnancy (once he found out I was a psychologist, he referenced very specific areas of the brain). Too bad I can’t remember what he said. HAHA.
Some very typical examples of my memory issues and spaciness include showing up a couple hours early to appointments, running late and forgetting what time it is, turning down the wrong street or in the wrong direction (forgetting where I am going), misplacing things around the house, and spacing out on my address or phone number.
I have to admit that body image and gaining weight were concerns of mine going into pregnancy. Given that I have weighed between 130-135 pounds during race season for several years, it felt strange and uncomfortable knowing that the pounds were going to be put on regardless of what I did. At first the idea of weight gain gave me a lot of anxiety and I thought it would happen almost instantly. But then, I started to realize that it wasn’t so bad. In my head I magnified everything much more than I needed to. While I have gained roughly 7lbs in the first 13 weeks, it is all healthy weight and good for the baby. I still fit into and wear my skinny jeans and nothing has really changed aside from a belly bump. Also, I have to admit that it’s kind of nice to let go and not worry about weight gain. This is the perfect time to let loose a little, still be healthy, and enjoy the freedom – why not make the best of it?
Am I still a little fearful and concerned of stretching my body in ways it has never been stretched before? Yes, of course I am. Stretch marks scare me. But I also know that something more beautiful is to come and it is worth the few months of change. Thank goodness it really only is a few months. I’m already a third of the way there!
The biggest change to my body has actually been acne and break-outs. I have never had to deal with acne before or wear make-up on my skin, so this has been an unexpected surprise. It’s not horrible, but I definitely notice a little extra texture to my facial skin. I’m hoping that it is only temporary and goes away in the next week. Any experiences with this?
Boy or Girl
Tomorrow is the big gender reveal!!! My mom and mother-in-law are already aware of the gender and will be surprising Justin and I tomorrow with a little reveal event. Any guesses as to whether you think it is a boy or girl? Justin and I are both leaning one way, but I’m always curious what others predict. ☺
I’ll keep you all updated and share the news soon!