Tomorrow marks week fourteen which means I am out of the first trimester! Time seemed to go by so slowly since getting that first positive test on November 25 and not hearing a heartbeat until January 11. And now, I’m a third of the way through this pregnancy. So let’s get into how the first trimester has gone.
If you want to know how running has gone in the first trimester, I’ve done an entire post on it already. Check it out!
How I Felt During The First Trimester
If I had to use one word to describe the first trimester, it would be exhausting. I’ve just been so much more tired. Luckily, I had two weeks off for Christmas/New Years which meant I got a lot of naps in and I’m still napping on the weekends. And going to bed by 8:30 p.m. most nights. Vinnie enjoys the extra sleeping time but it cuts into my time with Mike, especially during the work week when we’re home together for three or four hours before I go to bed. So I’m looking forward to the return of energy in the second trimester that everyone keeps on telling me will happen.
The other big symptom I had (and still have) is I’m so thirsty. To the point where I had to start having a water bottle by the bed so I can sip on water when I wake up during the night because my throat is so dry. I have about 30oz before heading into work and by noon, I’ve already had a 100oz. Which means lots of bathroom trips already even though the baby is pushing against my bladder...yet.
Another word that I’d use to describe the first trimester is anxious. I had so much anxiety that I’d miscarry that it was so nervewracking until we heard the heartbeat for the first time and had our ultrasound. It’s that unknown of how the baby is doing and that it’s completely out of my control what happens. Once I got the first positive test, I couldn’t really do anything else to show me that I was pregnant. I just had to trust that everything was going well. So it was so relieving to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time and then see them moving on the ultrasound a couple days later.
Luckily, I haven’t felt a ton of nausea in the first trimester. At first, I was just feeling hungover all day long (which was tons of fun since I haven’t had a drink since Thanksgiving) but that’s gone away now. Sometimes when I first wake up, my stomach feels a little gross until I get something to eat but that’s about it. The worst I felt was a couple days after Christmas, where I felt really nauseous for about 36-ish hours. I never threw up but I just felt like I had to every couple of hours and of course, it happened when we family gatherings going on. So it was a time of eating lots of carbs because it was the only thing that sounded good and knowing exactly where the closest bathroom was.
One thing I noticed is that my appetite has gone up a little bit in the first trimester, to the point where I’ve added in a morning snack to get me through until lunch. Usually, it’s fruit with either greek yogurt and granola or a bar, just enough to make sure my stomach doesn’t start growling without making me feel too full.
I haven’t had any full-on cravings to the point where I’m sending Mike to the grocery store late at night (yet) but I have found myself drawn to salty things and peanut butter. Which means I’ve been eating chips (especially the exotic veggie chips from Aldi and lime tortilla chips) and peanut butter in all sorts of forms (stuffed french toast, Oreos, oatmeal, on fruit). I’ve been trying to pay attention to how much I’m eating of these just because I don’t need a ton of extra calories yet (eating for two is a myth, my midwife has said I’ll only need about 300 extra calories in the second trimester and 500 in the third trimester) but it’s hard because they taste so good!
I’m also making sure I’m getting in a couple servings of vegetables every day. I’ve been buying frozen vegetables to easily heat up and have on the side, adding vegetables to my oatmeal (I have several recipes for pumpkin oatmeal, carrot cake oatmeal, and gingerbread oatmeal) and trying to pick out more recipes that contain vegetables.
In the last week or so, I’ve noticed a big change to my body especially since I’m starting to get a bump. I’m up just over 6lbs since finding out I was pregnant but I’m already not able to zip my pre-pregnancy pants. And the two pairs of pants I have that are the next size up are starting to get uncomfortable too. I have a lot of maternity pants (thanks to a fellow Nuunbassador who brought me over a bag full of maternity clothes!) but they don't’ fit quite right yet but I’ve been getting a lot of use out of the belly band that was in the bag.
I’m also finding it a lot more comfortable to wear maternity tops just because most of my pre-pregnancy tops are more slim fitting and they are getting tight across my stomach. But at least since most of my workout clothes are either flowier or stretch more so those are all fitting fine!
I’m still getting used to my obdy is changing and looking, especially since for so long I’ve been at a pretty consistent weight. The first time I couldn’t comfortably wear my pre-pregnancy pants was uncomfortable for me mentally, in the past I’ve only had to go up in pants sizes becuase I’ve gained weight for the wrong reasons. So it’s hard to see my body changing and getitng better and think about it in a positive way. It’s something I have to work on every day.