“Feeling fat last nine months
but the joy of becoming a mom lasts forever.”
but the joy of becoming a mom lasts forever.”
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11 THINGS THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU ABOUT YOUR 1ST TRIMESTER
I’ll admit, before this adventure started I had no idea how difficult pregnancy can be from the very beginning! I figured it got worse as your belly grew, but that you felt relatively normal during your first trimester. Wow, was I WRONG! My first trimester was so exciting, because that’s when the excitement of the news hit and I was overjoyed with the miracle growing within me. However, that’s also when I just felt plain awful. Not many people mention how they felt during their first trimester, probably because they are waiting to announce their news until they are farther along; so I was caught completely off guard in my first couple of months. Here are a few funny things I learned in my first trimester that I didn’t know before getting pregnant.
1. Your first trimester is typically when you experience morning sickness at it’s worst
-This may seem obvious to some, but I thought morning sickness happened more in the second trimester or throughout the whole pregnancy. I didn’t realize it subsided for most women by the second trimester.
2. You are SO tired
-When I say tired, I mean it feels like I haven’t slept in three days and then walked twenty miles. I felt like I had constantly been hit by a train even though I was sleeping 8-9 hours a night.
3. You don’t typically get your first ultrasound or meet with a doctor right away
-I figured that you should see a doctor the second after your pregnancy test was positive. For some women this may be true, especially if they have a history of high risk pregnancies; but I found that most doctors won’t see you before week 8 or even later.
4. Morning sickness tends to be worse on an empty stomach
-It’s counter intuitive to eat when you are nauseous, but I found that when my stomach had food in it, I was less likely to lose it versus when I didn’t eat. From talking to my doctor, it sounds like this is typical for most women.
5. Weird, uncomfortable things happen to your body right away
-Each woman is different, but there are so many things that can happen right off the bat that you didn’t anticipate until you were farther along. Some women immediately have to make a million extra bathroom trips everyday due to the increased circulation/flow to your kidneys, some have baby bumps that pop extra early, or some even get migraines, bloody noses, etc. I personally experienced terrible joint pain from too much relaxin (a certain hormone) being released, I felt like my knees and hips might explode and I had terrible shooting pains all day and night.
6. There is an unspoken pregnancy bond between women
-When other women who have been pregnant in the past or are currently pregnant find out that you are also in the same boat, there is this automatic empathy from them and it feels like you’ve joined this band of mothers even though your baby is still in the womb. I f
7. You feel fat and bloated, even if you haven’t gained a lot of weight
-In my first trimester, I only gained about 4 lbs….but it felt like 20; especially because it was mostly in my belly. My pants felt tighter and I hated having tight fitting jeans around my waist. I also felt so tired and sluggish that I let my workout routine lapse, so I felt like a little Pillsbury dough boy.
8. You already feel protective over your little one
-From the day that pregnancy test was positive, I found myself wanting to protect my stomach. I also constantly feel worried about the dangers for my baby during pregnancy, as well as the world he/she will live in after being born.
9. What you can/cannot do is something that takes some getting used to
-I knew about the no sushi rule, but here are a few things I didn’t think about before pregnancy. You can’t eat cold deli meat, unpasteurized cheese, take hot baths/go in hot tubs, eat fish (cooked) more than 2-3 times a week, no teeth bleaching or other chemicals that may seep into your skin and enter your blood stream. You can drink caffeine (soda, energy drinks, etc.) as long as it’s less than a certain amount of mg per day, you can eat deli meat if it’s heated (toast/broil your sandwich to kill the bacteria).
10. Your taste buds play tricks on you
-My taste in food changed, especially during my first trimester. I didn’t crave pickles and ice cream, but I found myself eating more fruit in one month than I did in the previous six! Also, instead of wanting a chocolate candy bar from the grocery, I found I wanted Skittles, Sweet Tarts, Haribo gummies and all things fruity. My taste buds were also on overdrive, I found fries way too salty all of a sudden and random things tasted sweet (sour cream tasted like whipped cream to me).
11. You can experience cases of pregnancy brain right away
-I don’t feel like a total space case everyday, but during my first trimester when I was really tired I was forgetful and would sometimes word things in a funny way or use incorrect grammar. I also found that when I was low on iron it would especially make my pregnancy brain bad, not to mention I would feel extremely light headed if I was iron deficient.