Just kidding, this definitely won’t be at a glance, but I’ll try not to go off on too many tangents (not guarantees). For your convenience, you can find all of my posts about my pregnancy with Alice here. Be forewarned that I will be sharing all of the nasty details so if you can’t handle it, maybe come back for the next post…
I don’t have many pictures of this time because It’s was the first trimester and if I wasn’t sleeping, I was generally feeling like garbage (and looking that way, pregnancy in general certainly isn’t my best look).
Symptoms for this trimester included:
- Nausea- at all different times of day
- The Pukes- This only happened once or twice, I learned that if I ate something about 20 minutes before I woke up (usually a couple pretzels or a PB Cracker), I could usually prevent the actual act of puking, though certain things would bring on dry heaving, most memorably brushing my teeth (the scariest thing in the world at that time).
- A killer UTI- This is actually linked to how I found out I was pregnant, but that’s a whole other post for a whole other time.
- Diarrhea- I know, this is really TMI. But seriously. As in violently pissing out my insides. Certain smells would actually bring it on (steamed broccoli and cauliflower stands out) and I would literally run to the bathroom. This generally occurred a couple times a week.
- Constipation- When I wasn’t having the aforementioned diarrhea, I was tied the hell up.
- Smell sensitivity- see the Diarrhea bullet.
- Exhaustion/general crappy overall feeling- all day and night, every day and night.
- Hormonal sobbiness- I was not much of a crier pre-pregnancy. And then I got knocked up. Cue the violins. I can neither confirm nor deny that I sobbed my way through the Macys Day Parade and one very specific Kay Jewelers commercial
- Food Aversions- Sometimes it would be very specific like shellfish (thank God that came back, I loves me some shellfish) other times it was more involved like that one week that all I could eat was easy mac (gross, right?). Saltines grossed me out the whole way through.
- Cravings- not as much as the subsequent trimesters but towards the end of the first tri I was loving watermelon. I also loved really cold seltzer water on my drive to work (sometimes lime flavored). And those dole frozen chocolate dipped strawberries and bananas, again often on the way to work.
- Bloat- Ugh, enough said.
- Gigantic Boobs- J didn’t seem to mind this at all.
- Round Ligament Pain- Felt kind of crampy and stretchy around my lower abdomen.
We were in California visiting family and attending a wedding of some close friends of ours when we found out that I was pregnant. Boy, did I regret the amount of alcohol I consumed on that trip (before I found out I was pregnant, which was on our last day of the trip). But all turned out well.
I actually had a few people call me out on being pregnant, my girlfriend Jessica as mentioned in the picture above and my sister-in-law, Nicole both suggested I could be pregnant. I couldn’t allow myself to believe them because I wanted it so badly and had been so disappointed in the past when I thought I was, but wasn’t.
I was a nervous wreck for much of the first tri since it’s the time that you’re most likely to miscarry. I was so worked up at our first prenatal appointment (at 10 weeks- I still can’t believe they make people wait that long!) that by the time Dr. S walked into the room I was in tears. Hearing that perfect strong heartbeat was the most remarkable sound- I never got tired of getting to hear it at every appointment.
When I looked at the 10 week ultra sound, I knew our baby was a girl and I knew her name would be Alice. I had no logical reason to know this. But I just knew. In one of the photos A looked like a unicorn which I thought was awesome.
I called the Dr’s office for every little thing, I was one of THOSE patients.
I was into maternity pants at 9 weeks, though the outside world couldn’t tell that I was pregnant, I sure could. I actually lost 5 lbs during this time because eating was hard. Though you wouldn’t be able to tell because of my bloat bump.
That’s all I can think of now, but I’ll add on to this if I think of anything else.
You can find all of my posts about my pregnancy with Alice here.