Starting at week 3, my symptoms came on full force. Loss of appetite was the most noticeable one, but I’ve also experienced cramping, fatigue, nausea, insomnia, bloating, breakouts, and some moodiness. Because I felt symptoms so early on, there were times when I’d never thought I’d get relief, but almost overnight, I started to feel better at 12 weeks. When people tell you it gets better, it really does get better! I’m 13 weeks now, which means that next week I’ll enter my second trimester, and I’m already forgetting the yucky feelings that I’ve experienced in the first. I can see why people do this over and over again — you really do forget .
For nearly 10 weeks, I had no desire to eat, which was frustrating/scary at times — I wanted to make sure that I was getting enough calories for the baby! I basically had an aversion to every food at one time or another, but the foods that I could tolerate the most during this time were: fruit and yogurt smoothies, strawberries, applesauce, chips & salsa, ginger tea, lemon candies, Greek salads, ice cream, cereal, and raw veggies with ranch dip.
Prior to pregnancy I ate oatmeal for breakfast everyday, but I’ve only touched that once since December — so strange! I’ve also had an aversion to chicken, but red meat hasn’t bothered me (I was the opposite pre-pregnancy), and there was one night when I thought I felt like Chipotle, but by the time I got it home, I couldn’t stand the smell of it.
One thing that hasn’t changed? My sweet tooth. Over the past three months, I’ve preferred sweet things over salty things.
Due to loss of appetite, I’ve lost weight. I don’t weigh myself, so I’m not sure of the exact number, but I’m guessing it’s around 5-10 pounds, based on the way my clothes are fitting. At my last appointment, the nurse told me that I’d lost another pound, so I’m trying to eat foods that are higher in calories. A lot of my nausea and moodiness was due to the fact that I just wasn’t able to eat, so now that I have more of an appetite, I know that eating more and gaining some weight will make me feel a lot better.
Since I couldn’t make up for the calories I was burning during workouts, I decided to take it easy this trimester. When I did have the energy to work out, I did PiYo and Barre3 DVDs, Zumba classes at the gym, long walks, and some strength training with light weights. I probably averaged two workouts a week during this trimester, which was a little disappointing (I think everyone thinks, “I’m going to be super healthy when I’m pregnant,” but the reality can look a little different in the beginning), but the doctor agreed that I shouldn’t overdo it. I know that some of my weight loss is due to loss of muscle, and I’m hoping to gain some strength back during the second trimester!
That bump’s too high to be a baby — I think week 12 is just bloat!
Books I Read:
The Panic-Free Pregnancy, The Pregnancy Countdown, How to Exercise When You’re Expecting, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
As a nervous mom-to-be, I really liked The Panic-Free Pregnancy, and read it in a day over the holidays. Surprisingly, my favorite book is What to Expect When You’re Expecting — I don’t find it outdated or overwhelming, like a lot of the online reviews say. I keep it on my nightstand and read the weekly updates once a week. The other two books, I could’ve done without. In fact, around week 8, I stopped googling (DO NOT google while pregnant)/reading blogs/reading books about what symptoms to expect during pregnancy. If I learned anything, it’s that every woman is completely different, and my symptoms have rarely aligned with what you’re “supposed” to feel!
The best advice I heard:
At the very beginning, a couple of people told me, “Pregnancy is not a disease or a disability, it’s a new stage in life.” I love this.
“Just do what you can and don’t worry about the rest.” — Advice from my mom, when I felt guilty for feeling too sick to clean the house, go shopping, finish laundry, work out, etc. It all gets done eventually, so there’s no reason to feel guilty!
How I felt:
Overwhelmed at first, but excited! Like I said above, I’m already starting to forget the symptoms that made me feel bad, and I’d do it all over again (and hope to — we’d love to have a big family)!
What I’m looking forward to:
Finding out if we’re having a boy or a girl. Getting started on the baby’s room. Attending an event for expecting moms and dads, hosted by our hospital at a local cafe. Going on vacation this spring.
It’s hard to believe that this pregnancy is just about 1/3 of the way over. Jordan and I are so excited to meet our baby, but we are going to enjoy these last six months as a couple too!