You know that feeling the day before you get a cold? You know what I’m talking about – the feeling that you get knowing you are about to come down with something. Well, this is what the first trimester felt like to me! I was one of the lucky ones, I never had morning sickness! My sister did for her whole pregnancy and I was so worried that I would be the same but nope. I’m so happy to report that I never got sick! YEAH! I’m mean never ever sick – not a cold, flu or a sniffle. I believe that I was one of the lucky ones.
Here are some of the things that I went through and how I dealt with them or tried too:
My Philosophy: Try not to complain and stay positive. I wanted my pregnancy to be a positive thing and early on I decided this. It was important to me to feel good and being positive was just part of that. I was embarking on this amazing thing and I should enjoy it! To this day, I can still look back and feel good about the whole process. So I did my best to not complain and stay positive!! To this day, I try to be this way too.
Keeping the Secret at Social Events: This was the hardest part for me. Of course, we told family but that was pretty much it. We went to work events, a wedding with college friend and Oktoberfest early on. You know how hard it is to pretended to drink! At the wedding, after some dancing, I came back to the table and took a big old swig of what I thought was my “drink”. Yeah not mine, it was my friends double vodka soda. Then at Oktoberfest they give the DD these lovely blue cups so everyone knows you aren’t drinking. The workers didn’t understand that I didn’t want it. Where we live Oktoberfest is a big deal and we were at the main hall, we were going to run into someone! Needless to say, I didn’t use the blue cup which was a smart move because we saw lots of people we knew! At these events, I was able to get away with looking like I was drinking by having club soda. Sometimes I would have to ask for it to be put into a different glass so that I would blend in. The bartenders always understood why and were always great! Also because of all this club soda drinking, I LOVE the stuff now! I call it “Pregers Beer” now.
Food Issues: Again, I was lucky here. The only thing I wasn’t really into was coffee and water. Other then those all food was fair game! I ended up getting over the coffee thing by about week 10. As for water, I just felt like I couldn’t get enough. I still have this problem so I’m expecting for it to never go away now. The only issues I had with food was that I would eat and eat and eat and not really ever feel full. This was shocking to me because I have basically lived my life on a diet. I was more then happy to finally get to eat! I did stay really focused on making sure that I didn’t eat the same stuff all the time and got a good mix of food.
Digestion and Indigestion: Yeah, no one really ever talks about this one. Those darn prenatal vitamins, they back you up! This is probably TMI but I don’t care, people need to know! I already felt like I was going to get a cold any day and then I started having bathroom issues. Not a good mix! Prunes were my answer. I would have a few each night and I was good in the morning. Only in the first trimester did I get some indigestion. I think it was more in my head because it wasn’t ever all that bad.
Exhaustion: I normally go to bed at 11. Then as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I was falling asleep at 7:30 pm. Like passed out nothing is going to wake you kind of sleep. It was crazy! The problem with that was I felt that nothing was getting done – house stuff and trip planning (the Spain trip took place when I was 16 weeks along). Once the second trimester came along this went away but came back in the third mostly because I wasn’t getting a lot of sleep at night from going to be the bathroom all the time. This was just something that I was going to have to fight and I won in week 10 when I started having coffee again.
Body Image: I have worked hard over the last five years to finally love my body! I was super excited to see what she was going to do for me and this baby. I tried to workout but I stopped because it made me fell sick. Instead, I just focused on what I was eating and feeling good about my choices. The only major thing that happened to my body in the first trimester was my boobs were a little tender and got real big! Before getting pregers, I worked very hard and lost 20lbs. Then by week 8, I was back into my old-20lbs-heavier bras. I had only put on 5lbs but they were just that big!
Headaches: I use to suffer from migraines as a teen. When I was 19, I had jaw surgery and that seem to kick them in the butt. Well, 12 years later they turned there ugly little head. I was starting to get them again and functioning at work was starting to be difficult. I can’t remember if I had read this or someone told me but we got a humidifier. I put that thing right by my head at night and like magic migraines were gone. I also was really pushing myself to drink more water but this was very hard. Lemon tea was my saving grace.
Anxiety: This is a hard one because it never goes away nor do you want to talk about. So we didn’t. I focused only on good things. However, losing the baby was always in the back of my head. We live a pretty busy life so I never let these negative thoughts in. Just know that they were there. That is all.
Telling the families: I came up with this one all on my own! We emailed out these pictures to our families. From the comments, it took a few minutes to get it but in the end everyone loved it!
|Dan’s Side of the Family|
|My Side of the Family|
Overall: I was so happy to get through the first trimester! Being positive was my focus because at the end of the day I was doing what I was put on this earth to do! I was growing a baby and it was going to be a pretty awesome experience.