If you didn’t know already, I’m pregnant! I am officially almost out of my first trimester in a few days and it has been quite the experience. Never in a million years could I have known what I know now. I feel like women (the ones in my life) haven’t really talked about pregnancy. I’ve heard comments about “it’s rough” or “just wait!” but nothing super specific. I honestly thought that it didn’t sound all that bad. Boy, was I wrong! Over the last three months, I’ve experience a wide array of things that I didn’t know came with pregnancy. I documented every time I felt a new thing happening to my body. It has been very fascinating to see what our bodies are capable of and how they can change so much.
The first few weeks (2 weeks to 6 weeks) there were some things that I noticed were different about my body:
- Before I even knew I was pregnant, I had the most vivid dreams for a couple weeks. Vivid dreams about all sorts of things but one of those dreams was about a baby that I just gave birth to. I’ve never ever dreamt about babies before so I thought that was odd.
- I was so tired! A tired feeling that I’ve never felt before. I didn’t have trouble sleeping at all and I started to fall asleep early evening which I never really do (unless hungover or sick).
- I had to pee OFTEN! It was like I was drinking galloons of water and had to go all the time.
- Cramping! I thought a few times that I was going to start my period but it turns out those are just implantation cramps which are totally normal. They would last a couple minutes but then go away, come back and go away. It made me super bloated too! I felt like my stomach looked more pregnant at 4 weeks than I do now at 13 weeks.
- My nipples were so sore and I could tell they started to change. I confirmed the change with Matt, he said “yep!”.
- I wanted nothing to do with sweets and couldn’t stomach even thinking about eating chocolate. The only sweet thing I wanted was lemonade which was odd because I usually don’t care for lemonade all that much.
- My food cravings were really healthy for the first 6 weeks. I didn’t care for anything “bad” or “junk food”.
- I started to take my prenatal vitamin at nighttime, right before bed, because they made me so nauseous.
The next few weeks (6 to 13 weeks) my body changed again and I had a whole new round of symptoms:
- This is when all the typical first trimester symptoms came rushing in. At week 6 it was no longer easy.
- I was super whiny. Usually when I don’t feel good I’m whiny so this was no surprise.
- My craving for cheese and dairy went through the roof. I started to crave queso dip and then pizza with light cheese. I didn’t deprive myself from it because I knew what that would turn into (me wanting it even more). I’ve been eating dairy/cheese since week 6.
- I wake up most days feeling hungover. Dehydrated (like all the water is sucked out of my body), the headache that causes anxiety from waking up too early and the nausea, it feels like a hangover! It doesn’t feel great so I wanted any type of food that made me “feel better” i.e. comfort food.
- The feeling that I am constantly going to throw up hasn’t been fun. Some days were worse than others but I would say all-in-all it was a pretty consistent feeling, all day every day, for about 2 months.
- Along with the nausea, I was tired ALL the time. Nothing helped. It didn’t matter how much I slept, I would be awake for 2 hours and feel exhausted and need to lay down.
- I started to develop really bad anxiety (heart racing) right around 8 or 9 weeks. It would just randomly pop up or it would happen after I woke up from a nap. There would be no reason I’d have anxiety other than my hormones so I would have to calm myself down or if that didn’t work, I would just wait it out.
- I’m still really out of breath from doing the simplest things like bending over. I guess that is caused by your body developing new hormones and your body adjusting to it. Sometimes I felt like I needed an oxygen mask to breathe…seriously.
- Walking my normal route around the lake (about 4 miles) feels really uncomfortable. My doctor said that it is because my body is producing more blood and hormones so it is totally normal. It feels really weird (an achy feeling) and my legs get tired a lot faster.
- I’m already having round ligament pain. Not too bad but if I get up the wrong way or sneeze, it hurts for a couple seconds.
- My linea nigra line (dark line going from navel to pubic bone) is already visible.
For the last 3 months, I really didn’t care about anything besides surviving and our baby surviving. Everything else went right out the window. It has been a wonderful and weird experience that I am so grateful for. This past week I’ve finally turned a corner and have felt relatively great compared to the first 12 weeks of my first trimester. I’m still tired but that is much easier to deal with without the constant nausea. Now I’m just looking forward to the second trimester and everything it has in store for me!