We’re having a baby!!! Gosh, it’s so crazy, sometimes I can’t even wrap my head around it!! I feel so blessed to be able to carry this tiny little human inside me! I am so overwhelmed by all of the love and support you all have shown us!
Coming into this pregnancy I really knew nothing about being pregnant or what to expect. That is why I want to be as open with you guys as I can with my experiences to hopefully help someone who’s walking in my shoes or other women going through pregnancy and want to know that they are not alone through the ups and downs.
I can’t believe I have been through a whole trimester already! Throughout this pregnancy I am going to share my experiences and stories, but I want you to know that every pregnancy is different. Your pregnancy will not be exactly like mine, and mine won’t look like the woman’s down the street. And although no two pregnancies are the same I want to be open with you about my journey to hopefully help others going through the same experience and connect with some beautiful mama’s out there!
Although I have nothing to compare this pregnancy to, I think my first trimester went pretty well overall. We found out we were pregnant at about 4 weeks. From about weeks 6-13 weeks was when I experienced most of the morning sickness, although overall it was very manageable. This might be TMI haha, but I want to be open with you guys so here it is…I have only thrown up three times, two of which were within about 30 seconds of finishing a meal. Normally I would feel mildly nauseous for a couple hours in the mornings 4-5 days a week. Once or twice a week I would have to stop what I was doing and just lay down and relax until I felt better. Most of my nausea would come between 9-11am or if I didn’t eat. The three major things that made me nauseous were being hungry, car rides (specifically in the back seat…I have never had car sickness before but it is real even still a little bit now at 15 weeks), and taking off/landing on an airplane (I about had a panic attack on our flight home from Hawaii!! haha). Other than morning sickness, one of the major symptoms I’ve had fatigue. Luckily this has been pretty easy for me to manage…I make sure I get plenty of sleep at night and if I get tired during the day I’ll either lay down for a while or take a nap. The last of the major symptoms for me has been having to pee… A LOT. I literally have to go to the bathroom like every hour (especially if I drink a lot of water) and I ALWAYS have to get up at least once in the middle of the night to pee.
Physical changes: Within the first couple weeks of being pregnant (before I even knew actually) I had already noticed my boobs were getting better and ever since they have just been slowly but gradually growing. The struggle to find good bras in my drawer is real haha (I usually stick to the same couple because of good support and coverage). Within the last couple weeks my stomach has started to get a little bigger. I am kinda in a weird stage right now were I don’t really look pregnant to anyone outside of probably Jon and I but yet I am starting to struggle with finding clothes to wear. My jeans are starting to get tight but I’m not ready to go to maternity clothes yet so I usually just end up wearing leggings because they fit and they are comfortable (although even some of my leggings are starting to get tight around my waist). Honestly though, those are really the only two physical changes I have noticed so far.
Workouts: I could probably talk for an hour on how pregnancy has affected my workouts (haha) but I am going to try to keep it as short and to the point as I can. Really the biggest thing for me was learning to be flexible. During the first trimester I probably worked out 4-6 days a week, but the intensity of most of those workouts was lower than my typical workouts and I really just had to base my workouts off of how I was feeling. Some days I would feel great before the gym and have plans to have a really good workout, then I would get to the gym and feel really sick so I would just end up doing an easy walk on the treadmill and a light stretch. At first it was frustrating, but the more it happened the more I opened up to being okay with it. I will say though, that even when I was feeling sick a light workout (like a slow walk and a stretch) always helped to make me feel better.
During my first trimester I got SO tired SO easy. Walking on the stair master at like level 2 or 3 would put my heart rate up close to 170 and even walking on the treadmill wasn’t always easy. I just had to learn to go with the flow and do more low intensity steady state cardio instead of things that got my heart rate up high (now that I am in my second trimester it has gotten much better and I have been able to start jogging again these past couple weeks). Same would go for my strength workouts too…I just got tired pretty fast so instead of focusing on the quantity of exercises (how many exercises and how much weight) I started focusing on quality (going slow with a little bit lighter weight) and it made a huge difference. It also allowed my to have more intention with my workouts instead of just going through the motions, which I really liked. I am going to start posting some pregnancy friendly workouts so keep an eye out for them!
Nutrition: If I’m being completely honest I did not eat very well my first trimester. I didn’t really have any cravings, but more so only a couple foods sounded good to me. I just had to eat whatever food didn’t want to make me throw up…and that included a lot of ramen noodles, bagels, cereal, and applesauce. Meat and vegetables didn’t really sound appetizing to me at all, so I definitely lacked on those in my first trimester. But also being honest…looking back I don’t really feel bad for eating what I did. I did get a little bit hard on myself during my first trimester that I wasn’t eating very well, but now that I’m done I’m glad I listened to my body and ate foods that sounded good to me instead of trying to force down foods that made me want to throw up even though they were healthier.
What helped me/advice: Now, I am definitely not a professional (after all this is my first pregnancy), but I would have liked some advice going into my first trimester so I am going to share with you what helped me in hopes that it might help one of you! First and foremost the biggest thing I learned was that I needed to listen to my body when it comes to EVERYTHING: working out, eating, taking breaks/naps. Your body knows what it needs more than you do and even though it might go against your natural tendencies it’s the right thing to do. Second, don’t get down on yourself. Don’t get down on yourself for not being able to run like you used to, squat as much as you used to, eat as healthy as you used to, or get as much done as you used to. You are freaking growing a human inside you and that is HARD WORK. Do what you can and be happy with that- some days that might be 90% and some days that might be 25%, but both are O.K. Lastly, take care of yourself. This is a precious time in your life so take care of yourself the best you can. Do your best to eliminate unneeded stress, make sure to get enough sleep and rest, find a way to get your body moving (even if you aren’t feeling well an easy walk can help you feel a little better), take warm baths, put on a face mask- do your best to relax and enjoy your first three months of pregnancy (well, as much as you can with some of the wonderful side affects of being pregnant ;)! Ohh, and I forgot one- ALWAYS take snacks and drinks with you everywhere you go because being out and about hungry without any food is one of the worst things ever!! Bringing snacks/water is one of the easiest ways to help with nausea throughout the day.
I hope you all enjoyed this post and I hope that it can help some of you going through similar experiences! I can’t wait to share more of this journey with you!