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Pregnancy: My First Trimester

Helloooo! Happy Friday!! I hope you are having a great week! I am so happy today is Friday!

I’ve secretly began typing up posts about my pregnancy journey and saving them as drafts, because I knew I wanted to write all about it on here, so I put them all together for one blog post of what’s been going on so far during this first trimester. It just so happens that TODAY I hit 12 weeks which means this is the last week of my first trimester!! It’s so crazy how fast time has flown by, especially since I am not 3 weeks behind like I thought I was initially. (Haha!) I have also been keeping a personal journal and doing a pregnancy devotional daily. I think this will be fun to look back on throughout my pregnancy. And since this is SUCH an exciting time for us, I want to share every step of the way with you!

It’s like a little glimpse into what has been going on behind the scenes for the past couple weeks!

Since I am further along than I initially thought, I didn’t start to take photos or anything until after I went to my first doctor’s appointment when I realized I was 9+ weeks. Of course, I didn’t see a bump or anything during the first weeks, which since I thought I was only 4-6 weeks along, it made sense and I didn’t want to get “too excited” and start taking photos so quickly. I actually told myself that I would start to take weekly photos around 8 weeks, but obviously I got right on taking a photo a week when I found out how far along I really was, even though there still was “no bump”.

You will see that my “bump” photos aren’t really bump photos, but I did try to stick my tummy out this morning when I took one since I do feel like my tummy isn’t flat anymore! 🙂 🙂

Bump Photos/Updates

9 Weeks:

Baby is the size of a grape! I got to see baby wave at me in the ultrasound & hear the heartbeat!!

10 Weeks:

Baby is the size of a strawberry!

11 Weeks

Baby is the size of a lime!

12 Weeks

Baby is the size of a plum!

Symptoms:

Let me just say, I literally started feeling symptoms the second (well, I guess even before) I found out I was pregnant. Which is why I took a test, and really though it didn’t make sense why I was feeling all of these symptoms “only at almost 4 weeks pregnant” (trust me, I thought I was having twins because of how “early” I felt symptoms), but it makes so much sense because I was further along than that! So, I would say I started feeling symptoms at 6 weeks, which in my mind was “3 weeks” since I miscalculated.

I got waves of nausea, which really came out of nowhere at different times every day. This is something that I was really scared of, because you know…emetophobia and all. And even though it really isn’t fun and most of the time I am really dramatic about it (because hello, I am dramatic about everything), it really isn’t that bad. I haven’t thrown up or anything, because ya know, I don’t throw up, but I know sometimes women get it badly and actually do get sick often so I am really thanking God that it hasn’t been severe or anything. Luckily it usually was between the hours of 11am-3pm, and then sometimes again around 8 or 9pm, but not all day or anything. Just basically a yucky feeling, but nothing that I can’t handle. Thankfully the nausea actually went away for the most part at 10 and a half weeks!

My boobs have grown a lot and are sore (sorry, TMI). I feel really bloated most of the time. I get hit with exhaustion that makes me feel like I am going to be sick if I don’t go lay down, and I always have to pee!

I’ve also just started to get a little bit of heartburn before bed, but it isn’t too bad. I figured this is just the beginning of that.

Generally though, I am feeling really good and just feeling really HAPPY!!

Food Cravings:

I have literally been eating like ALL the time. Not even joking. I don’t want to go too long without food just in case an empty stomach makes me feel yuckier, and I don’t ever want to get to the point where I am actually hungry, if that makes sense. So, along with eating all of the time all I have really been eating so far is lots of CARBS! It’s all I want. Think: english muffins, bagels, and crackers. Luckily I still crave fruit (especially bananas and of course apples) and steamed veggies! I am so thankful that I still want vegetables because I know it is really hard for some women to eat any cooked veggies during their first trimester, but I am still loving steamed veggies (especially steamed carrots and broccoli)! Fun fact: I have always gotten steamed vegetables from a local Chinese restaurant a couple times a week, but now I get them almost every single day being pregnant. Sorry, not sorry. And before, I never ate the white rice with it, but I eat it now. Yum! Oh, and can’t forget the pickles! I have always loved pickles, but even when I thought I had the flu weeks ago all I wanted to eat were pickles. Haha. (Having the flu and eating pickles? Probably not the flu.)

I have also found a new love affair with chocolate covered fruit. I mean, I always loved it but not like this. I really just want chocolate covered fruit all the time, it is just SO GOOD and if you don’t eat it then I am very sorry for you and recommend you go to edible arrangements and get yourself a box of their delicious chocolate covered fruit.

Food Aversions:

I cannot eat SALAD. Yes, salad, of all the things in the world…I love salad! I literally went from eating a huge salad for dinner every single day to not wanting a single salad at 6 weeks (well, what I thought was 4 weeks, haha). However, one day I did actually want a salad from a local pizza place since Michael was getting pizza, but I ended up only eating the cucumbers and tomatoes in it, not the lettuce. So I guess it is mainly just lettuce that I don’t want. Funny how that happens, because before I would eat a ginormous salad every night for dinner.

Sleep:

I guess once I hit 9 weeks my sleep during the night has been weird. Since I sometimes felt nauseous before bed time (that ended around 10 weeks with the nausea at night), that made it hard for me to fall asleep. I have been waking up for at least 2-3 hours during the early morning hours…like every night. I’m really lucky that I am able to nap whenever I feel like I need to, but I don’t really nap that often, but there is a lot of resting going on. I’ve literally just been lying on the couch (or bed) every afternoon and I have no shame. This is coming from a girl who is usually go-go-go all of the time and hates being “lazy” but hey, if I ever get to be “lazy” this is the most perfect time, I am growing a baby inside of me and I need my rest!

Workouts:

My workouts haven’t been any different; still working out every day, but I am really grateful that I have obé fitness. My trainers have reached out to me and told me that they have some prenatal modifications coming my way when I need to start modifying, and I am actually able to modify every single thing right now if I need to. My doctor told me I don’t need to start modifying until half way through the second trimester (or around there) and to just do what I am comfortable with, but I definitely have started modifying sometimes. I am also grateful that I am able to workout later than 5am every day now that I am not working. To be honest that was really tough for me (especially when what I thought was 4 weeks pregnant, but was really 7 weeks) and I felt like I was still sleeping during my workouts at that time, and sometimes even thought of just going back to bed but didn’t. I am really lucky that I am able to keep working out every day during this first trimester because I know it is tough sometimes to get that motivation, but working out and moving my body makes me feel better and I am doing it because it is fun for me and makes me feel strong!

Excited about/Looking forward to:

EVERYTHING!! I am literally just looking forward to this whole entire pregnancy. I feel so extremely blessed to be able to do this and I am so happy!! I also can’t wait to have a bump!

Doctors Appointment Updates:

I had a little tiny bit of a scare when I was (well, when I thought I was only 6 weeks) 9 weeks and had a really little bit of spotting one time. Of course I almost gave into those fears and started to think bad things but then quickly prayed them away and prayed over baby and felt peace. But I still called the doctor because I didn’t know what was going on, so I was told to go in for blood work ASAP so my doctor could see my levels. I went in that next morning (which was a Friday) and was ordered STAT blood work and then was scheduled for an ultrasound early that following Monday morning. This obviously scared me a little, but made me feel good knowing that my doctor was staying on top of this and seemed like she cared about me and baby’s health! My Dad drove me to my appointment on Monday morning, which I was so thankful that he did because it gave me time to try to relax on the ride there. Since this is my first pregnancy, I had no idea what to expect for this ultrasound other than what I’ve seen on reality tv shows and what I found on this trusty internet, but let me just say that it was absolutely AMAZING. But it was so very fast! The second the (super nice) ultrasound tech put that thing on my belly, baby was waving at me! I was actually shocked that our baby didn’t look as tiny as I was expecting (you know, a 6 week “baby”), since I had looked up online what to expect a “6 week baby” to look like prior….and that’s when she told me I am further along than I thought! 9 weeks, 3 days, everything looked good with baby, and I even heard the sweet sound of his/her heartbeat! I was totally crying. The sweetest sound to my ears. I was just so nervous about it, but it all happened so fast, I wanted it to last longer. I was in and out in no time, and was speaking to my doctor about everything directly after. I was literally on a cloud for the rest of the day. Since seeing baby and realizing that I was way further along than I originally thought, it really seemed “real” even though I knew that it was real before. But actually seeing baby and hearing the heartbeat REALLY made me feel it. It was SO PRECIOUS!!!

I also had a nurse appointment at the end of week 10, which was made originally when I found out I was pregnant. This appointment was just a very basic visit where she checked all of my vitals, gave me many pamphlets and talked about anything and everything pregnancy, and then I was sent to get blood work again. The blood work I did during my 9th week was just to check my levels and my blood type, so there were many other tests they had to do. If you know me, you know I HATE blood work, and this initial prenatal blood work was a lot guys. I am not going to sugar coat it. Maybe it’s because I was super nervous (like always), but it felt like I was sitting there for like over 10 minutes. Now, I know, I am dramatic and most likely exaggerating but it was a while, I promise. But, I did it, and I am actually really proud of myself!!

I have another doctors appointment next Thursday. I am so excited because I have an ultrasound scheduled so I will get to see Baby V again and hear that sweet heartbeat! I can’t wait!!

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