I found out I was pregnant on Oct 4.
I made it through the first trimester, and so far have learned a lot. Mostly, stop comparing. Everyone is different, every pregnancy is different.
It’s so easy to fall into the comparison trap (with pretty much anything in life), but especially pregnancy. This is my first time carrying a healthy baby past the first trimester. So I’m unsure. And insecure. Am I supposed to be this tired? Why am I constipated? Is it normal to have dandruff?
But I’m trying to be as relaxed as possible, go with the flow, and let my body and mind take me on this crazy journey.
Concerns: I’m not sure if its reassuring or scary to read about other’s experiences with pregnancy. I am definitely trying to limit the amount of information I take in, but I have a read a few things that make me feel better. I have concerns about gaining too much weight, not eating the right foods, eating too much sugar and getting gestational diabetes…the list goes on.
Side effects: I feel very fortunate I have not been sick. I have, however, had a few side effects that aren’t so fun: backne, dandruff, constipation, very dry skin, and a bloody nose to name a few.
Size: I am no longer fitting in my pants (its been a few weeks for that), so I wear a lot of leggings and dresses. I need to get a few more maternity pants that are my style, but am so grateful for the maternity clothes donated by a few of my friends. Last time I stepped on a scale I think my total weight gain was around 8 lbs, but I’m not 100% sure of that (I didn’t have a great starting weight). I do have a bit of a belly, but don’t really feel like it looks like a baby belly yet.
Cravings: I have been eating a lot of stuff I don’t normally eat, especially during the first trimester, when vegetables DID NOT sound good AT ALL. I have had macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, peanut butter sandwiches, and lots and lots of carbs (yikes!). Now I crave anything citrus. I’ve been eating a lot of grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, lime popsicles, and sweet tarts (oops.) I have been pretty lenient about treats and unhealthy food, and definitely think I have probably added a few extra pounds that are unnecessary. But vegetables are starting to taste better and I’m definitely eating better meals now (just need to cut back on the sugar and treats!).
Exercise: The first 12 weeks, I didn’t want to exercises at all. I didn’t have the energy. But since I hit 14 weeks, I have been walking on my treadmill, trying to get a daily walk in, but probably average 4-5 times/week. Over the holidays it might have been a bit less. I have still been going to yoga 1-2 times/week and try to stretch after my walks a few times/week. I keep telling myself I should add a quick strength program in with weights but just haven’t gotten around to it. I might order a prenatal exercise dvd, especially when/if I start showing more, and yoga or the traditional exercises I know to do get a little harder.
Sleep: I love to sleep. During the first trimester, I definitely took it easy, in fact, I watched a ton of tv and didn’t move from the couch for hours. I felt very unproductive, and maybe even a little depressed, but just kept telling myself I needed the rest. And I slept a lot. I thankfully am out of that funk, and have been sleeping 7-9 hours at night and occasionally getting up to pee in the middle of the night. I believe all the sleep has kept me healthy.
Mood: As mentioned above the first trimester was rough. I felt very down, sort of depressed. I feel better now, but find myself irritable at times (thank you hormones) but much better. I am worried about post partum depression, but am grateful that the baby will come in June, when the days are long and there will be lots of vit D from the sun to soak up.
Overall feelings: I’m nervous. Our lives are going to change forever. For the good of course, but its scary. I am starting to “nest” and did some purging the other night. I have more I would like to get rid of and Dave and I have started in on house projects. We have to paint the nursery and lay the floor. We will get most of the baby’s stuff from my sister (like the crib), but will probably buy a recliner or rocker (either for the nursery or for the living room, or possibly 2).
I am continuously blown away at what my body is doing right now. I can’t even grasp the fact that it is growing a human. It’s nuts. But so cool.