Let’s jump right in to the first trimester part two! If you missed it, you can read about our journey to pregnancy, finding out we were pregnant, and the first doctor’s visit in part 1 of my first trimester update. You can also see our pregnancy announcement post. But today, let’s talk first trimester symptoms, the first ultrasound, and how hard it was to keep this incredible secret!
Within those first few weeks (probably week 4-6) I had very few symptoms. The only thing I really noticed was that I was absolutely ravenous and I was exhausted. I was previously someone who never ate breakfast but now I had to eat as soon as I woke up. Additionally, I was doing great if I made it to 9pm before going to bed. Neither of those things changed throughout the first trimester.
Initially, I had no nausea or signs of morning sickness. I was actually worried about this because of course some things I read stated that moms with morning sickness have a lower likelihood of miscarriage. I learned quickly not to take everything I read too seriously and to just listen to my body. By late week 6/early week 7 the nausea joined my hunger and exhaustion as a true pregnancy symptom. I generally found myself nauseous in the afternoon/evening and there wasn’t much that made it better. I wasn’t so nauseous that I actually needed to throw up, I kind of just felt like I was a little car sick most of the time. Also, if I didn’t have enough to eat before taking my prenatals, that was a nausea guarantee which I learned very quickly. I actually switched to taking my prenatals at night, which helped a lot. Overall, the nausea was very manageable and not nearly as bad as what I expected based on things you hear.
Cravings and aversions haven’t significantly affected me but there have been a few things. For one, baby LOVES Chick Fil A… This is probably the main craving I can say I’ve had. Chicken sandwich, fries, and chick fil a sauce have been making this mama-to-be very happy. I’ve had a few other random desires like eggo waffles (a lifelong favorite food that I don’t eat much these days), Cheetos, and ice cream (but not from the grocery store). On the flip side, the only real aversion I’ve had is to broccoli (something I normally love). The smell alone makes my stomach turn just a little bit.
I haven’t monitored my weight too closely during the first trimester, but I do think I’ve gained ~5 lbs. I attribute this mostly to the fact that I’m just eating more than I did in a normal pre-pregnancy day and also that the tiredness has made my normal 2+ mile walks with Cooper 1) a bit slower and 2) a bit shorter. Walking has been my main source of exercise through the first trimester. I was too scared to indoor cycle because my heart rate gets so high and I was worried that I didn’t do it “regularly” enough before pregnancy for my body to be able to handle it with pregnancy. I’m hoping to get a little more exercise going (probably yoga) as I get some energy back in the second trimester.
The only other thing I’ve experienced is round ligament pain. This is infrequent but man, when it happens, it stings. Round ligament pain is simply a certain ligament in your body which stretches during pregnancy tightening quickly. For me it’s been caused by somewhat subtle but quick movement. It feels like a sharp, stabbing, pain on the right side of my lower abdomen. It’s no big deal and goes away quickly but for that moment it hurts like crazy and has me wondering if this is even an eighth of what a contraction feels like.
The First Ultrasound
I got to have my first ultrasound the day after my 30th birthday- it was truly the best birthday present ever. Adrian was a nervous wreck and I was just bursting with excitement. The images of our baby on the screen were the absolute coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Seeing the heartbeat fluttering like crazy (172 bpm) just made this all the more real. I already can’t wait until the next time we get to see the little peanut. At this appointment, they officially adjusted how far a long I was and my due date. I suspected that I was at the 8-week mark but per my last period I could have been as far along as 10 weeks. They measured the baby and dated me at 8 weeks, 2 days with a November 13th, 2019 due date.
Keeping the Secret
Adrian and I both had a very hard time with keeping this secret. While I knew that there was risk in sharing the news with friends or family, I also knew that if something did go wrong, I was going to need those same friends and families support. We shared the news with our immediate family, with a few friends, with the bartenders at our favorite bar (this was necessary, since Adrian had organized a surprise 30th birthday party at which I was now not going to be able to drink), and I even shared it with a few coworkers and eventually with my boss. Ultimately, I recognize that this is probably way more people than the average person chooses to tell but I knew that any of these people would be there with kind words and support if something did go wrong.
And that’s pretty much the first trimester in a nutshell for you all! If there is anything I missed, or if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask- leave me a comment, send me a DM or an email.