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First Trimester Recap

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This blog post is a recap covering my first trimester of pregnancy! I discuss cravings, morning sickness, body image, working out, and all the emotions that come with the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.

First and foremost I want to say that I’m not a pregnancy expert or hormone specialist. I am simply sharing my personal experience as a first-time pregnant woman.

Second, I know pregnancy is a sensitive topic for a lot of women, so please feel free to skip this content and know that Hello Spoonful will still remain 90% food content. As it always has. 🙂

Lastly, I am not here to offer advice or solutions when it comes to any of the topics covered in this post. I want to document my personal journey and share my raw, honest emotions and experiences during this 40-week journey.

Thank you for being a part of it!

If videos are more of your thing, watch my First Trimester Recap YouTube Video instead!

How did you know you were ready to be pregnant?

Truthfully, I wasn’t very maternal in college or really even up until 6 months ago. Michael and I were on a “5-year plan” which would have put us at the end of 2021 to start trying for kids.

Something in me changed about six months ago, and I felt God’s calling for my life change. I have always been extremely career-focused. I have a huge plan mapped out in my office and a million things on my to-do list, but something shifted in my heart. At first, it was a gentle nudge. Then, quickly over the next two months, it turned into a loud voice that I couldn’t ignore or truly understand.

I was ready to be a mom. And I was really excited about it.

How long did it take you to get pregnant?

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I suffered from disordered eating in college. You can read about that in this post. With that came the loss of my period for 3 years, and a whole other slew of issues.

I restored my period about 3.5 years ago, and have been in a healthy physical and mental state over the last 3 years. That said, I still thought I’d have trouble with infertility.

I’m shocked to say that Michael and I actually got pregnant on the first try!

We owe it to God and really feel like he has been holding our hands throughout our entire 7-year relationship.

I knew we were ready because if He didn’t provide a child for us, we were in a place where we’d be perfectly content if it ended up being just the two of us.

How did you find out you were pregnant?

Since we were actively trying, I waited until the first day of my missed period to take an early response pregnancy test. I wanted to make sure it was REALLY accurate haha. I was home alone on a Friday when I took it, and when I saw the two lines I FREAKED out. I filmed my reaction and have it in this YouTube video.

I was shocked. I did not think I’d get pregnant so easily. I almost didn’t want to tell Michael because it didn’t feel real! I took about 3 more pregnancy tests that day before rushing out to target and buying an Atlanta United onesie to surprise him.

How did you tell Michael?

You can watch how I surprised Michael in the YouTube video below!  It does a better job than I could describe in writing. 🙂

 

Symptoms I’ve had in the first trimester

Nausea

WOW. I had NO idea pregnancy would go like this. I have been SO sick. It felt like I was massively hungover with intense food poisoning up until about week 9. At week 9 the doctor prescribed me some nausea medicine and it helped a lot.

I definitely wasn’t prepared for how sick you feel during the first trimester. I’m not sure if A.) I was just oblivious. B.) I had it worse than others. C.) I’m a wimp. or D.) People don’t talk about since there’s so much uncertainty with the first trimester. It’s actually very isolating and mentally tough.

Thankfully it lessened up around week 9. From weeks 9 to 12 I was much better. I could function well enough to get things done around the house and for work until around 3:30 PM. At 3:30 PM I started getting nauseous and would have to lie down or take a nap.

It really wasn’t until week 13 that I could get through the full day with only a few pangs of queasiness at night.

Exhaustion 

Let me start by saying I have never been one to be able to nap. During this first trimester, I took 3.5-hour naps DAILY. It was insane. Some days I would literally sleep all day except when I woke up to eat saltines or pretzels.

This meant no working out or even light walks were happening. I was essentially on bed rest due to nausea and tiredness. Michael had to pick up every house choir, grocery trip, walk Cryus, and was bringing me ice water and saltines on-call. He’s been a hero.

Around week 9.5 (after the medicine) the naps started to lessen and I could start doing one major task a day. I could either do the dishes, take Cyrus for a 10-minute walk, order groceries for pick-up, but I could never do all three. I felt so useless haha.

I would send these texts to Michael every week when my app told me the new size of our baby!

Food aversions

Let’s just say being a food blogger is NOT an ideal job when you’re pregnant haha. I had SO many food aversions, and seeing all the food on my Instagram feed made me want to vomit 90% of the time. I would go days without getting on the app because it made me so sick.

My food aversions the first 10 weeks were coffee, water, baked goods or sweets, chocolate, ice cream, bananas, peanut butter (!!), vegetables, yogurt, milk, cereal, meat, eggs.

After 10 weeks, I started being able to drink iced lattes, drink ice water, and eat eggs and peanut butter again. At week 13 I still can’t eat sweets, chocolate, most vegetables, or meat. I had chipotle a couple of days ago and ordered chicken, which was the first time I’ve eaten meat so far!

I don’t always know what I DO want, but I can FOR SURE tell you what I DON’T want.

Cravings

If I could sum up my first-trimester cravings in two words it would be carbs and cheese.

All I wanted for the longest time was pizza, grilled cheese, cream cheese bagels, mac and cheese, ravioli, cottage cheese toast, cheese bagel bites, sourdough, oatmeal, and randomly Amy’s Pad Thai Noodles. I would pick out the chicken though.

After week 10 I was able to diversify my diet and eat plain avocado, vegetarian sushi rolls, an occasional salad, smoothies, TONS of cantaloupe, and PB&Js. I have essentially turned into a vegetarian and am always asking to swap any meat for avocado or chickpeas!

Mood Swings

Michael always knows when I’m on my period because I get super sensitive and a little moody. So, being pregnant, those same symptoms would come out once a week or so haha.

My favorite memory was at week six when I cried over Harry Potter. Not WATCHING harry potter or READING harry potter… I literally just thought about Harry Potter and burst into tears haha. I knew I was being crazy so I was also hysterically laughing and crying all at the same time and Michael had no idea how to handle the situation. I’m still not 100% sure what that was all about.

Feeling hot

Up until about week 9, I was on FIRE pretty much constantly. I actually started sleeping in our guest room because our master bedroom has trouble getting cold.

Apparently your blood flow increases by 50% when you’re pregnant, and this is what causes you to get hot. I had no idea! At week 12 this started to decrease significantly for me. 

Heartburn/Acid Reflux

I haven’t had TOO bad of heartburn or acid reflux, but it’s definitely present. I would say I only had it bad around weeks 5-7. Truthfully, nothing I did was helping it. I took tums, but they really didn’t do much. It was always worse for me at nighttime or when I would lay down.

How have the doctor’s visits gone?

Ultrasounds

We are going through this pregnancy journey at a strange time due to the situation at hand. That said, Michael has not been allowed into any of my visits which is really tough; however, we found an awesome ultrasound boutique downtown in Atlanta called Hey Baby Boutique where we did an 11-week scan and Michael was able to come in with me!

In my opinion, going to Hey Baby Boutique was more quaint and special than any doctor visit could be because it is specifically designed for ultrasounds. At a doctor’s office, they are often rushing to the next patient, so they aren’t wanting to listen to the heartbeat for 10 minutes straight. At Hey Baby Boutique, they made us feel extremely comfortable and were excited to share in our joy at watching our baby on the screen and hearing the heartbeat.

Baby Spoonful had a strong heartbeat of 163 and everything looked perfect!

Doctor’s visits and blood tests

I had my second doctor’s visit at week 13 and it went amazing!! I had a fabulous nurse who performed the Nuchal Translucency Screening. This is where they measure the thickness of the fluid build-up in the baby’s neck to check for signs of Down Syndrome or heart problems.

We also opted to pay for the Noninvasive Prenatal Test that screens for chromosomal conditions and can also detect gender as early as 10 weeks!!

I have the gender sealed in an envelope. We will find out on October 4th!

How has your body image been during the first trimester? Is it tough not to be able to work out?

Before getting pregnant I was hitting the gym every day, and focusing on strength training. I had a lot of goals set for myself and was excited about the progress I was making. That said, I really haven’t thought twice about not having the energy to get to the gym anymore. My body has been physically incapable, because, news flash, it’s forming a human life! Haha.

I only get 9 months to grow and nourish this baby with my body. How freaking cool is that? I have my whole life to work out.

Up until week 10, I couldn’t even walk half a mile without feeling like I was going to pass out. I tried once, and that was the last time haha. At about 10 weeks I was able to start taking 2 mile walks again. I’ve enjoyed those but don’t put pressure on myself to walk every day… especially when I’m tired. I am this baby’s home. Whatever it needs me to do, I’ll do. Most days it needs me to rest.

When I’m not sick, I’ve been enjoying reading and the time spent alone with my thoughts. Most of the time, I occupy my mind with a podcast, music, or play a youtube video in the background. I haven’t done any of that. I’ve just tried to be present with myself and fully rest. Both physically and mentally.

If I had gotten pregnant 3 years ago, my answer would probably look a lot different. I’m really glad I put in the work beforehand to heal my relationship with my body, exercise, and food.

What I’m looking forward to in the second trimester

No more morning sickness

I’ve heard the second trimester is the best one of all, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s true! I’m hoping my “morning sickness” (not sure why they call it that since it lasts all day?) lessens up and that I find some new energy to make it through an entire day without needing a nap.

Gender reveal

We are also having a gender reveal in a couple of weeks and I cannot WAIT to celebrate with everyone and find out if we’re having a boy or a girl. I’m CONVINCED it’s a girl and will be super shocked if it’s a boy. I will of course be happy no matter what. I am just praying for a healthy baby. It’s truly all I want.

Our babymoon!

We are planning a trip to Florida for our babymoon. My parents have a beach house in Seaside so we will be staying there for five days. We would have loved to travel somewhere more exotic or even outside of the country, but due to the circumstances, flying on a plane is not really an option for us.

Putting together the nursery!

I’ve been watching a lot of mommy vloggers on YouTube to get ideas for the nursery. Once we figure out the gender I can’t wait to start getting a clear vision and bringing it to life.

I hope you all enjoyed this first-trimester recap. I’m SO excited to take you on this journey with me. Be on the lookout for more pregnancy updates over on my YouTube channel, Instagram, and the blog.

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