If you have not heard by now, we are expecting a baby in September and we could not be more excited!!!! Now that I am well into my second trimester, I figured it was finally time to post my first trimester recap. Bare with my as this might be long, but I will include a highlight quick read and a YouTube video (that also has all the answers to your questions in it), so feel free to briefly read over everything, or just watch the video instead. Let’s dive in!
My First Trimester
One thing that I did not know about pregnancy before getting pregnant myself is that every pregnancy looks totally different from the next. On TV, most of the time, early pregnancy symptoms look like a lady running to the toilet to throw up, before finding out that she is pregnant. This was far from how my experience looked like.
Week 3/4 of pregnancy was when I first found out, but I had quite a few doubts – I didn’t think I was pregnant! Payton just had her CCL surgery and I had a speaking engagement with my friends over at Dinova and the morning I went to speak was actually the first morning that I thought I needed to take a pregnancy test. Honestly, I didn’t have a ton of symptoms – I was just super, super bloated and I blamed it on eating poorly and nerves. But really, I was so bloated that I could barely fit in my jeans. I zipped them up and kept wondering why they were so freaking tight! Who knew that bloat was an early pregnancy symptom?! Not me! I’ve always seen picture perfect pregnancy announcements with no sign of a baby, but I had felt like I gained 10+ pounds even before I found out that I was indeed, pregnant. I also had cramps and shooting pains happening, which apparently, is totally normal, but I just thought it was my period coming with a vengeance.
I took a pregnancy test anyway, even though I thought there was no way I could be pregnant, and my reaction and how I told Ian was completely different from how I thought it was going to go down. Head over to our YouTube video to find out more about that!
Week 5 and 6 started off pretty low-key. Most of my cramping and shooting pains seemed to stay in week 4 and a lot of the bloat was gone, as well. Week 5 day 2 I actually texted Ian and told him that I didn’t even feel pregnant. I definitely started getting hungrier, though. I could eat three eggs and then I would be starving a couple of hours later. I thought I was one of the lucky ones that was going to get away with little to no morning sickness, but boy was I wrong.
By week 7 day 1 (on the dot), I had not just morning, but all day sickness. Luckily, I didn’t throw up my entire first trimester, but feeling sick and not being able to do anything about it is almost worse than just throwing up and getting it over with. My morning sickness also wasn’t just in the morning – it was mostly in the afternoons and evenings!
I had my first doctor appointment this week and everything went great! It was pretty basic – just a urine sample, lots of talking, and a quick ultrasound (they couldn’t see anything).
Weeks 7-11.5 were just bleh. All day sickness coupled with busy season wasn’t the best time of my life, but I was getting excited about my next appointment. By week 12, a lot of my morning sickness was gone and I thought that I was finally on the mend. I had my next appointment this week too, which was also the day we would have our dating ultrasound.
The 12 week dating ultrasound was the coolest part of the first trimester. We got to see the baby jumping around, clapping his/her hands, and doing flips. We sure have an active one! The ultrasound tech also said that she thought she knew the possible gender. It was still really, really early to 100% tell, but she guessed girl. We were still pretty convinced that it was a boy, though.
A couple of days after my appointment, I got hit with the absolute worst case of acid reflux that I have ever experienced in my life. It was so bad that I seriously thought I was dying. If there is anything that I’ve learned throughout pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, it’s that your plans are bound to fail. I was trying to go without any additional medication during pregnancy, but my acid reflux changed that, for sure. I tried everything — papaya, tums, Zantac, low acidic diet, milk, etc. NOTHING helped.
This was probably the lowest point for me during the first trimester. It was in the middle of the busiest time during busy season, so I was just curled up in bed with the dogs all day, everyday, alone. I didn’t complain much to family and friends (because what is the point of complaining), so I was just trying to survive until Ian got home and then I would (unfortunately) say things like, “Why did we get pregnant,” or “I can never get pregnant again.” Definitely not my best moments, but it was so insanely rough and I didn’t think I was going to get through it. I couldn’t see the end in sight and I just had no idea what to do. I hope this doesn’t offend anyone. I 100% know how many people only wish they had bad pregnancy symptoms like this, but I just want to be honest with how I felt. It was not one of my best moments, for sure.
Finally, I tried taking Zantac in the morning when I first woke up, tums throughout the day, milk throughout the day, lots of papaya, and then Zantac again at night, and it seemed to help a lot. I also continued with my low acidic diet, but everything gave me acid reflux – even water, so I really didn’t eat or drink much at all during this time and ended up losing quite a bit of weight. This lasted about 2-3 weeks and then thankfully, it then started going away. Hallelujah for the second trimester!
The first trimester of pregnancy is definitely rough for a lot of people, but please do not be scared off – everyone has different experiences and you may breeze through it! Let me sum all of this up for the people who just like a quick read:
My First Trimester Symptoms:
- Cloudy urine
- Shooting stomach pains
- Lots of bloat
- A positive pregnancy test!
- Increased appetite
- All day sickness
- Awful acid reflux
First Trimester Doctor Appointments:
- Week 7: Urine sample, blood pressure, weight, lots of information, quick ultrasound
- Week 12: Urine sample, blood pressure, weight, dating ultrasound (the best part of the first trimester!), and blood work.
First Trimester Recommendations:
- Work out as much as possible. I only missed one day with my trainer in my first trimester because of Payton’s CCL surgery – it didn’t have anything to do with my pregnancy. Working out made me feel SO much better!
- Drink lots of water and eat healthy, when you can. You never know if you’ll have weird symptoms later in the week or month, so eat healthy while you can.
- Hire a doula! This was seriously my best decision ever. I’ll go into more detail one of these days 🙂
- ASK FOR AN IN-NETWORK LAB FOR YOUR BLOOD WORK! I’ve had the absolute worst experience (with two EOB’s saying I’ll owe about $20,000 just for out of network blood work…)
- Don’t be scared to take medications (approved by your doctor, of course), if you need to.
Overall, the first trimester was very rough for me, but I made it through and it was so worth it – I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel! I cannot wait to tell you all more about my pregnancy now that I’m actually feeling GREAT in the second trimester! <3
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