So…the first trimester…it wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great either, but lets start at the beginning.
Warning: this is going to be a long one, so grab a cup of coffee and settle in! ;-)
Justin and I had been trying to get pregnant for a while and it ended up taking a little longer than expected. After many disappointing months, in February, as the date of my expected period started to get closer, I was feeling some less than usual symptoms – I was tired, very thirsty and nauseous. I thought I might be pregnant, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. After a few days, I couldn’t stand it anymore, so I decided to take a pregnancy test; although, I pretty much expected it to be negative just like all the others.
It was 6:30 in the morning, Justin was still asleep, so I decided to just do it. I stood there looking at the first pink line appear, then to my amazement, another pink line appeared. I WAS PREGNANT! My heart starting pounding out of my chest, I quickly left the bathroom and woke Justin up. I told him, I was pregnant – we both were in complete shock, but SO, SO HAPPY!
We didn’t tell our parents’ and siblings just yet – we wanted to confirm the pregnancy with a blood test AND low and behold, I was definitely pregnant! After the call from the doctor with the news, then we told our close family. It was definitely exciting news to tell! The rest of the family and our friends didn’t find out for a number of weeks late, as we wanted to get past that “dangerous” period.
Due to some past gynecological issues, I had a few ultrasounds earlier than people normally do. The doctor wanted to make sure all was okay and that the pregnancy was progressing as it should. AND, it was – the doctor said it was a “healthy pregnancy” – music to my ears!
It was at 6 weeks, that we learned we were having TWINS! Oh my goodness, we were shocked, excited and terrified all at the same time. I mean…not just one baby…TWO BABIES! Yikes! During this ultrasound, the doctor also noticed a rather large cyst on one of my ovaries – I learned though, that this cyst was not dangerous, but that it was providing essential hormones to support the pregnancy and that it would shrink in size in a few weeks. All that it meant was that it was give me some discomfort (which it did!) and I’d have to take it easy on exercise (first trimester pregnancy workout recap to come!). And, if you’re wondering, the cyst did shrink just as the doctor said it would.
The news of this pregnancy was literally one of the happiest moments of my life. I just can’t stop smiling and thinking about these two gorgeous babies that will be here before we know it.
The size of my stomach really fluctuated depending on the day, the time of day, how bloated I was, what I ate, etc.
- Extreme exhaustion – This was more than just a tired feeling because you didn’t sleep the night before. It was a total body fatigue. I’d take lots of naps when I could and be in bed and asleep very early in the evening, and let me tell you, getting up in the morning for work was no easy task no matter how early I went to bed the night before.
- Cramps – In the very beginning I was getting quite a few cramps (like period cramps). The doctor told me that that was perfectly normal and it only lasted for several weeks. I associated it with growing pains seeing as everything was quickly beginning to grow and expand.
- Morning sickness – This was more like all day sickness for me! I never actually vomited, but I was very nauseous all the time with very little relief.
- Bloating – In the very beginning, I was SO bloated. It felt as if someone pumping my stomach up with air. As you can see in the those pictures above, my stomach was larger in the earlier weeks, then in some of the later ones. It was just the extreme bloating!
- Food aversions – I couldn’t even look at some of the foods I used to eat and enjoy. Avocados, butternut squash and pretty much every other veggie was NOT appealing, as was chicken, and get this…for a number of weeks, I couldn’t even eat peanut butter (gasp!). Luckily, I’m over the peanut butter is gross stage! As for avocados and butternut squash, I still can’t do it, but recently, I’ve started to eat other veggies again. However, there was a short period of time where just about everything grossed me out, which would making eating very difficult. I would starting eating a meal, then quickly become turned off and it would end up in the garbage.
- Aversions to smells – There were certainly smells that would literally make me gag. Specifically, at work when everyone was heating up there lunches, I wanted to die. Seriously it was horrible – no joke!
- Heartburn – Again, this was all day, everyday. No matter what I ate, I had constant heartburn. Ginger tea, lots of mints and gum helped give me some relief.
- Sour stomach – After I’d eat, my stomach would almost burn. It was as if I ate something really spicy, even though I didn’t. SO uncomfortable!
- Headaches – I very rarely get headaches, but ever since I became pregnant, this has become a common occurrence. Apparently, it’s from all the pregnancy hormones.
- Constant need to pee – Oh, this is so annoying! I’d have to (and still have to) go ALL the time, especially at night.
- Bladder pressure – This is something that happened toward the end of my first trimester. I’d feel this constant pressure on my bladder like I’d have to go to the bathroom, but I really didn’t. I tested negative for an infection, so the doctor explained to me that it’s caused by the position of the uterus. It’s SO uncomfortable and still something I’ve been dealing with; although, it has eased up a bit in the last week.
- Pregnancy brain – This is totally a real thing! I had (and still have) days where my brain just literally won’t work. I get tongue tied, I can’t think of certain words, I lose or misplace things, I forget things – it’s seriously so frustrating, especially for my Type A personality.
- Swelling - Unfortunately for me, this started up already! It’s mostly in my legs, so I’m make a point to walk around during the work day as often as possible to get the blood circulating.
- Thirsty – I am way more thirsty than I’ve ever been! I drink water (and coconut water) ALL the time and make sure to stay well hydrated.
Quite honestly, there were some days when I literally felt like crap, which is fine when I’m home and can easily lie down, but it’s much more difficult to rest and relax when you have to work. I had quite a few rough days and a few times had to go out to the car on my lunch hour and rest. BUT, I’d push through because I know it’ll all be WORTH IT in the end! And, now that I’m entering into my second trimester, I’m told a lot of those symptoms above should ease up (at least for now!).
Whew…that was long! If you made it to the end, thanks for sticking with me! Also, I’ll be posting weekly bump dates starting next week! :-)
For those mamas out there, did the size of your stomach fluctuate a lot in the beginning?
Pregnant or not, have you gone through phases where you just can’t eat certain foods that you once enjoyed?
What’s your for suggestion for the best natural remedy to cure an upset stomach?