Okay, so in my content schedule, I overlooked that I was supposed to share my first-trimester update last week. Oops! Is it too cliche to blame it on pregnancy brain? I’m going to do that anyways.
I do want to start by reiterating what a blessing it is to be pregnant. We’ve had so many friends and loved ones struggle with infertility and miscarriage and we really weren’t sure what to expect with own experience. We are so thankful that God is taking us on this journey, and we recognize the great blessing that life is.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
I’ve had this verse from Psalm 139:13 on my mind lately, and it’s taken on a new meaning. ♥
I’m a few weeks into my second trimester now, and I can’t believe I’m over a third of the way there! I’ve still got several weeks to go, and I don’t think it’s too late to share how I survived my first trimester.
My biggest symptoms in the first trimester were hunger and fatigue.
I was seriously hungry every one-to-two hours. Before my first prenatal appointment, I was starting to wonder exactly how many babies were in there because I was eating enough to feed more than one.
The most frustrating thing about my hunger was that it was always for one specific thing. It was difficult to plan snacks and meals ahead of time because I would never know what would sound good. Grocery shopping was a bit of a joke. I’d be putting things in my cart thinking, hopefully I’ll still want this tomorrow!
I would say that nut-butter filled Clif Bars (especially the chocolate peanut butter and coconut almond butter flavors) and Taco Bell got me through the first few months. Yeah, you read that right. Taco Bell.
It’s no secret that I love tacos. However, the last time I ate at Taco Bell was when one crunchy taco was only 89 cents. So, it had been a while. Being gluten free, there’s not much fast food I can eat. Technically, the taco meat at TB is not gluten-free (there’s wheat in the taco spice), it was a small enough amount not to bother me.
I really tried not to judge myself for having an appetite for two crunchy tacos at lunch time, but it was hard not to. I ate more Taco Bell in the first few months of pregnancy than ever before in my life. One week I went three times. Three! I thought the drive through girl was starting to recognize me. I wanted to explain, “I never do this. I really never do this.”
I ate more Taco Bell in the first few months of pregnancy than ever before in my life. One week I went three times. Three. I thought the drive through girl was starting to recognize me. I wanted to explain, “I never do this. I really never do this.”
It was survival mode.
I wouldn’t say that I’ve really had cravings so far… even though if you just read that bit about the tacos you might disagree. It felt like more of an extremely narrowed appetite than a craving, but maybe that’s the same thing? The thought of eating anything else made me feel a bit sick.
I’m happy to say that it’s been a few weeks since my last crunchy taco. I’m feeling like I’m on the road to recovery now.
My other major symptom was fatigue, and it’s honestly still lingering a bit. I knew that feeling tired was a pregnancy symptom, but I had no idea it felt like the extreme level of exhaustion I experienced. I thought I’d just feel extra sleepy all the time, but this fatigue reminded me of when I was sick with mono during college.
One day I was mopping the kitchen floor and after doing a small section I had to take a break. It was the weirdest thing. Why are my muscles aching?
I’m really not good at slowing down, and I only have time for naps on the weekend, so it was hard to figure a way around the fatigue.
I did end up getting behind with my blog content, and I took an entire week off in May. Oops. I felt like a bad blogger, but growing a teeny tiny human is actually pretty hard work.
I also stopped working out, which was a bummer.
Now that my energy is coming back a bit, I’m getting back into regular walks and yoga. It’s tough to feel good about yourself when you’ve been increasing your calories and decreasing your exercise for several weeks in a row. I’m determined to get there though, and I just keep reminding myself of the amazing things happening inside my body.
As far as other common symptoms go, I never had any nausea. My stomach felt a little uneasy a few times in the car, but other than that no sickness.
I felt bloated almost immediately, and that subsided around 10ish weeks. I didn’t really start to show much during my first trimester, which was impressive considering I felt like I was making a food baby with all my hungriness.
I had trouble sleeping- mostly with staying asleep and sleeping in. On the weekends for the first few weeks I was up at 6. I think it was partly to do with having a lot on my mind. On top of that, I was having crazy dreams and lots of them. I’m someone who will normally remember 3 or 4 dreams a week. My pregnant brain is dreaming several dreams every night and I probably remember 2-3 when I wake up. And they are weird dreams. Just trust me on this one. Weird.
I’ve had more headaches than normal and also an aversion to chicken. I was a little bit more emotional from hormones, but it wasn’t too extreme.
My skin is already super sensitive to sunlight, which I knew was a symptom, but was still surprised to get a little sunburn after only 20 minutes in the sun!
Also, pregnancy brain is for real. It’s so strange to completely forget things.
The most helpful things during my first trimester were keeping my Clif Bars handy and also checking out pregnancy books at the library.
The internet does have a lot of information, but I can’t tell you how helpful it was to go to the library and leave with an armful of books. I’ve read some really great ones with invaluable information that has been so great to know so far. Once I have a few more books read, I think I’ll write a post rounding up my favorites. In the meantime, if you want any recommendations just message me.
Once I have a few more books read, I think I’ll write a post rounding up my favorites. In the meantime, if you want any recommendations just message me.
The beautiful thing about life and also pregnancy is that no two women experience the same thing. Theses are just some of the things I experienced during my first trimester.
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To answer a few questions, we are hoping to find out the baby’s gender at our anatomy scan ultrasound (happening later this month). I do plan on sharing more info along the way with an update for each trimester (husband is forbidding me to use the word ‘bumpdate’) and some other fun things here and there. I think next week I’ll share some insights about shopping for maternity clothes too- I’ve already started the transition with certain things. If you have any requests, please send them my way.
Anywho, I think that’s about it for now. Hope you’re having a great week!
Are you a mom? Do you have any crazy first trimester stories, either of your own or from friends? Why does Taco Bell taste so good?
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