This post was written when I was 10 weeks pregnant. I'm sharing it publicly now that we are in the second trimester.
When are you due?
We are expecting the baby in late April or early May.
What were your reactions/emotions?
You can read the full story about how we found out here. We were definitely excited! I think currently we are anxious to get through the first trimester and to a point where we can tell our family and friends. I am most looking forward to seeing Henry and Matilda adapt to having a baby brother or sister. They have been asking for a baby for almost two years now! I can already see the precious moments ahead of us. Although, I'm a little nervous to be outnumbered!
What are your symptoms? How do you manage them?
- Morning (aka ALL DAY) sickness
- Extreme fatigue
- Food aversions
- Breast tenderness
- Dry skin/lips/hair and breakouts around my chin/cheeks
- A little depression, mood swings
- Dizzy, light-headed, imbalanced, forgetful
I am SO thankful that we got pregnant right around the time our son started all day kindergarten and it's just our 3.5 year old at home with me. It's much easier to manage these symptoms with just one kiddo at home! I'm also thankful that I have a job that allows me to work less during this time and that Brian has a job that can support our family. I basically reduced my time at work to around 12 hours a week.
The best way to describe how fatigued I am is to compare it to being drugged. It's the same feeling as being on nighttime cold medicine or taking a sleeping pill. I honestly CANNOT stay awake for the entire day! It's difficult to have food aversions because cooking any meat, garlic, onion, or bacon will make me throw up instantly. Brian has to do all the cooking and the widows MUST be open. I splurged and bought an expensive moisturizer because my skin is so dry that it's cracking and irritated. So far moisturizing in the morning and night has helped all the other skin problems. I've been using a pH balancing shampoo as well as applying a hair mask weekly. Fish oils help a lot with the dry hair/skin as well as the mood swings and depression. I had to switch to a gummy prenatal vitamin with iron because I am severely anemic and swallowing a whole vitamin makes me puke (of course).
I honestly don't have solid advice for this horrible morning sickness... Basically do what you can to get through it and don't stress out about diet and exercise. I love to work out and eating healthy has always been a big passion of mine. Right now, I'm just focused on keeping food in my stomach and getting enough liquids in my diet. I take unisom when I know I will be home all day and can get a nap or two in. It's safe for baby, but unfortunately, it is a sleep aid so you will be tired (because you're not already exhausted). It definitely helps with nausea if you feel comfortable taking medication while pregnant. They suggest you take it with vitamin b6 because B vitamins give you a natural energy boost. The only problem is that taking vitamin b6 made me even more nauseated and I had to just take the unisom by itself.
I've also tried more natural remedies such as an acupressure band. It did help, but don't expect any of these products to completely make your morning sickness, fatigue, and other symptoms magically disappear. It's all about managing your symptoms because there is no cure except time! Do what you can to stay comfortable and to keep food and liquids in your tummy.
How is your body changing?
Since this is our 3rd baby I have noticed my uterus expanding much quicker! We have a bump around 6- 8 weeks even though there isn't much in there yet! My breasts are much fuller pretty early on this time around. I remember having to get bigger bras later in my pregnancy with my first two. My face and lips are SO dry. It's even worse now that fall is here and it's cold outside.
What's your favorite 1st trimester pregnancy hack?
This is so simple but SO LIFE CHANGING> My lips were so dry that they were cracking and bleeding. I have spent a lot of time researching chapstick and lip balms and decided that they are not the best for actually solving the issue. Sure, they might make your lips feel better, but it does not CURE the root cause. It's also worth mentioning that many ingredients are toxic and I wanted to do something natural that actually works. Here's the hack: apply a small layer of REAL honey to your lips. That's it! Yes, it feels a little sticky for 5-10 minutes and that's a little awkward, but your lips will heal completely and feel a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I apply honey to my lips twice a day and my lips are soft again. Once your lips have healed, you can apply honey once a day or just as maintainence when your lips are starting to feel dry.
My diet in the first trimester
I wish I could eat more meat and veggies but it's nearly impossible to get an adequate amount of either. The things I've been able to eat are plain scrambled eggs, plain sourdough toast, some fruit, occasionally cucumbers, rice, and other basic foods. I definitely cannot handle meat or spices right now.
My exercise routine in the first trimester
This is probably why I've been a little depressed this time around. I haven't been able to do much as far as movement. I try to go for a walk around the neighborhood just to get moving, but I can't honestly say I'm doing that regularly. I'm looking forward to the second trimester so I can get back into a routine!
Decisions about the baby so far...
We will not be finding out the sex of the baby until it's born! We are fortunate to already have a 6 year old son (Henry) and a 3 year old daughter (Matilda)! It could go either way and we are sitting on the edge of our seats wondering what this little sprout is going to be! Speaking of Sprout, that's what we have named it until he or she is here. We called our daughter, "Squirrel" and our son was, "Smudge" because he literally just looked like a smudge on the screen.
My favorite 1st trimester products
- Unisom (and b6 if you can stomach extra vitamins)
- Morning sickness acupressure wristband
- Food based prenatal if you can swallow a pill
- Gummy prenatal if you can't tolerate a pill
- Belly butter to moisturize your growing bump
- La Croix sparkling water (for some reason flavored sparkling water was easier to drink and didn't make me sick. It actually helped!)
- I recommend carrying around a Hydroflask for cold water or hot tea. I had to sip water all day and this was helpful as it holds the temperature for hours.
- If you can handle it, try sipping ginger tea.
- If you suffer from headaches: use a sleep eye mask.
- Snack, snack, snack. The best thing you can do is small meals several times a day. Get some crackers, bars, bananas, anything easy and accessible.
- Don't forget it's okay to live in pajamas, comfy clothes, and slippers for 12+ weeks. You do you, mama!
- The bump app. You can read all about your growing baby and see what other mom's are talking about! The community is awesome.