Pregnancy Update: The First Trimester
i am going to let you in on a little secret – i have been enamored with pregnant ladies for a while. not in the creepy way of having a subscription to some pervy site but in the way that any time i see one of my facebook friends is pregnant, i can’t get enough of her growing baby bump pictures. it’s absolutely fascinating to me and now i am one of those women. weeeeird.
i mean, you have absolutely nothing to compare pregnancy to before you experience it for your self. i think that is why i was/am so fascinated by the changes that occur. since i kept my first trimester underwraps, i figured i would let you know a bit more about highs and lows of those first few months. i am so excited for my blogging friend courtney because she is two weeks ahead of me and announced her pregnancy with a freaking kangaroo! amazing.
here are some of my growing belly pictures! you’ll notice that i’m half asleep in most of them – that’s with me consciously trying to make my eyes wider. that type of exhaustion is no joke. you will also notice that week 10 and 11 are missing because i was so miserable i refused the photo.
it’s also insane how much i bloat with this belly. i’d wake up and look pretty non-pregnant and then by 3pm it was suddenly like i was 5 months pregnant. weird. i have done the hair tie loop around my pants starting about week 8 and now own 2 pairs of real life maternity pants.
- finding out we were going to have a baby!
- seeing our little gummy bear on the ultrasound
- how excited our family and friends were for us
- being an entrepreneur and working from bed for a solid month in the middle of it
- missing out on booze drinking at christmas (then i never wanted it again during the first trimester)
- feeling nauseous for the majority of the day
- gagging at almost all of the foods and all smells (including sugar’s breath)
- feeling a type of exhaustion i have never experienced previously – it made me incredibly low functioning
- not being able to work out
- while i am grateful i didn’t actually vomit (it’s an intense fear of mine, yes i’ve been to therapy, no i don’t need to be committed), the gagging and dry-heaving were torture
- every time i tried to do a simple workout, i immediately felt sick and like i was going to pass out. this is due to the fact that pregnant women are in the process of making 40% more blood than non-pregnant people. FORTY PERCENT!
- moody (more so than usual – ask my husband)
- it’s like i was finally going through puberty and my boobs were finally growing in! yay! very painful though – stabbing, shooting, aching would sum that up
- smell. i can smell everything and that is not the most pleasant faux-super power
this was a doozy for me. there were three solid weeks where i literally could eat only plain white pasta, saltine crackers, bread and pineapple. no exaggerating, this is all i consumed and i packed on the weight thanks to my carb-only diet. i hid all of the below things behind other things in the cupboard or banished them from the home.
things i hated the most:
- anything muli-grain (including my beloved wheat thins)
- any food hailing from any asia country (i still can’t do any type of thai, chinese, vietnamese, etc)
- almonds (so innocent!)
- when my husband asked if he could grill onions
- all vegetables, especially the green ones
- any food smell except for cookies (but i didn’t even want cookies)
- bathroom jokes or any slight show of blood on TV
- when my husband asked if he could make chicken shawarma
- cat food commercials UGH
- even chocolate for like a week!
these haven’t been too consistent and more like when i want something, i reaaaaally want it and i want it in the next 7 minutes. GO.
- pineapple – one week i ate two pounds of it. that was too much.
- the first trimester was more salty things and not much sweet at all
- bagels (sesame please!)
- towards the end of the first trimester, i started craving burgers and ate them whenever i craved them since it was at least protein!
- banana peppers – the spicy thing kicked up towards the end of month 3
now that i’m officially in the second trimester, i do feel ever so much better but still not like my pre-pregnancy self. i still lack the energy i had before but thankfully can eat more balanced and healthy foods. also, i miss my clear skin A LOT. #thankyouhormones
i’ve got some articles lined about things that have blown my mind, some very intense guilt i struggle(d) with and the type of birth i’m choosing/hoping for. i’m thinking of using courtney’s idea and doing monthly pregnancy updates because weekly seems a bit excessive for anyone except me, my husband and the grandparents.
that’s all for now folks! i’m going to go sprinkle some chili pepper on some pineapple then stare at myself in the mirror since i’m now the expanding pregnant lady!
ps. i’m using the below timeline to distinguish my pregnancy. this week i will be 17 weeks, wrapping up the 4th month!
weeks 1-13: first trimester
weeks 14-26: second trimester
weeks 26-40: third trimester
weeks 40+: get this thing out of here trimester!
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