Wednesday, October 22, 2014

First Trimester Symptoms (Just Documentin')

Well, well, well. Would you looky here.

The end of my first trimester is fast approaching and I'm just like... WHAT?!

Seriously, it's still wild every day to think that I'm pregnant. I think, this can't be my real life! Pinch me, I'm dreaming!

But then I run to the toilet and puke all over it and then it's like... no pinch required.

I kid, I kid, mostly. But, I'd like to take a second to just sit right here and document some of my symptoms. The good, the bad, and the just plain weird.

I should preface by saying that I love every stinking one of them, even the bad ones, because they're a reminder of the beautiful little life growing inside me and this major blessing we've been given. So I promise, no complaining going on here. Just good ol' fashioned documentation so that I can look back 10 years from now and be like, oh... that's what that was like!

So, the good.

Being sleepy and lazy. It's weird to call it good, but I've mostly enjoyed how incredibly tired I've been these past several weeks. I'm thinking the progesterone I'm naturally making + the progesterone supplements I'm taking = double extra sleepiness. But perhaps it's just normal pregnancy sleepiness. Anyway, while it makes wanting to go into work each day a challenge, it also means I get to be sooooo lazzzzzy when I'm not at work, and growing another human gets to be my excuse every time (and a good excuse at that!). I spend most of my hours at home on the couch watching my fave shows on Hulu or Netflix, and letting my husband do all the cooking and cleaning. He's a saint, folks. Seriously, what a joy it's been to sit back and take a break from the busyness of real life. Tiredness kinda rules!

And the bad.

Well, there have been a bunch of these. But like I said before, I still love every one of them.

Constant mild nausea. It really hasn't been that bad. As in, I've been able to completely function like normal with it. It just makes the next symptom a little worse...

Food aversions. Because of the mild nausea, most foods are not appealing anymore. It's like a game trying to figure out what I want to eat at any point in time. And usually once I figure out what I want and then eat it, I never want it ever again. A few exceptions to this: PB&Js, cheese and mustard sandwiches with pickles, Carnation instant breakfast (chocolate only, please), and apples and oranges. I could eat any of those pretty much any day.

Puking. Yep, the baby's made me puke, the little rascal. I think I've only puked a total of 6 times, and every time it's over, I actually feel SO HAPPY because I feel like it's baby saying, "I'm growing healthy in here, Mom!" So again, it's a totally welcomed bad symptom. And so far it's only happened when I'm at home, thank goodness!

Constipation. SO BLOCKED UP. Milk of magnesia has become my BFF.

Migraines. I've only had a few, but they throw me off my game. And headaches here and there too.

Pimples. Since when did I go back to my middle school years? My face is a pimply mess, my back is a pimply mess. I think I have more pimples than freckles now. What ever happened to that pregnancy glow?

Lower back pain. Especially by the end of the night. I'm worried about this one because if I'm feeling it kinda rough now, what's it gonna feel like when I'm actually carrying a little bowling ball around on the front?

And the downright weird.

Nipple tenderness. This one is perhaps an over share, but MAN, they're sensitive! And that's all I'll say about that.

Linea nigra. That brown line that runs from the bottom of your belly button to your pubic bone. Whoa! This one just came outta nowhere starting a few days ago.

Overheating. This was actually my first symptom! The night before we got the positive test, John noticed that I was as hot as a furnace. And that's not referring to my good looks. I waaaayyyy overheat, at night especially.

Hairy stomach. So weird. Maybe I'm just making it up, but I swear my stomach hairs are a little longer and a little darker than normal.

Oh, and symptoms I was expecting that never showed...

Frequent urination. Nope, peeing like normal.

Weight gain. Nope, more like weight loss. Oops. But my doc says it's ok, and hopefully now that the nausea and food aversions are starting to subside, I'll get my appetite back and a few pounds will jump back on.

Tender breasts. Nope, normal breasts. Aside from the nipps, that is. TMI. (Also, why did I just say "nipps"?)

A baby bump. Still my normal size. Actually, from what I've read, the bump usually doesn't appear until somewhere around weeks 14 through 20, especially for pregnancy #1. So, it may be a while still 'til I'm sportin' a bump.

Alright, well that's all I can think of right now.

And just in case you're curious... I'm a little over 11 weeks today! We had an appointment with our new (much closer) NaPro doc yesterday and got to see the little wiggle worm through ultrasound. The babe even did a somersault while we were peaking in. It was so surreal! I'm not joking, through almost the whole experience it just felt like I was looking at someone else's ultrasound. Even with all the symptoms I just listed, it still doesn't feel real! How can that cute little baby be growing in ME? I'm not sure I'll believe it 'til baby is actually in my arms. Which is a long way away, so maybe I better start figuring out another way to convince myself that THIS IS HAPPENING.

While it's feeling more real as each day passes, I'm still scared out of my mind that we're going to lose our little one. But, I'm gonna stay positive here and keep repeating what I guess I just coined as my new stay-positive phrase: This is happening. This is happening. This is happening.

Holy crap, this is happening!!!!

And I couldn't be more scared/nervous/anxious/shocked/happy/joyful/thankful/excited!


  1. Yeah.. What is it with food adversions.. Hope yours go away, or diminish.

    1. Same to you! I'm hoping food aversions go away soon, because I sure do miss me some of my favorite foods... hummus, mac and cheese, gyros, deviled eggs, most veggies. The list goes on and on. And eww, it's kinda gross even typing them out. Haha. But I have faith that one day soon we'll both enjoy our favorite foods again!

  2. LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST! You know, except the puking/aversions/etc. etc. of course.

    A few things that I haven't told you yet...

    Constipation and migraines=YES. Still getting these in the third trimester, so buckle in. Apple juice and a little bit of decaf coffee are my go-tos for the constipation, and CHUGGING water is my go-to for the migraines. Although, on occasion, I will also drink a half-cup of regular coffee (the caffeine takes the edge off), though I definitely did not start doing that until the second tri (super cautious and whatnot)!

    The lower back pain, especially that which gets much worse at night, is totally normal and I DEFINITELY had that. Can't tell you how many times I googled "lower back pain worse at night" and read good/bad/horror stories (don't Google if you can help it, haha)! But yeah, had it for sure. Sleep with your rice bag if that helps. As long as it's not excruciating, like can't-see-straight-pain, I'm sure you are just fine!

    Also, yes to the belly-hair thing! I noticed this for the first time a few weeks ago. Soooo weird, but normal, I hear!

    ALSO ALSO, enjoy the weight loss for now ;)

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY, to all of this!!! :) :) :)

    1. You are so sweet and supportive. My number 1 cheerleader (aside from John, that is)!

      Thanks for all the great tips. I wonder if I just did the apple juice and decaf coffee... would that help with the constipation? Because I'd prefer to not take milk of mag, but it really does do the trick easy peasy. Hrmmmm. Maybe I shall give your combo a try. And luckily the migraines have stayed away. I think I've only had 2 total, but if one comes sneaking in, you can bet I'll be chuggingggg water ASAP!

      Good to know, I need to stay away from Dr. Google and "back pain during pregnancy." Promise I won't look it up! I figured since it's been bothering me since basically day one, it's old news and totally normal now. :) Though if it gets worse, I'll be sure to let my doctor know.

      Belly hair... another one of those weird symptoms that don't really make much sense. Ha. God's great design!

      Also, looks like weight loss is no longer a thing. Just put on a pound. Woop woop!!

  3. I've found that Queasy Drops (and their cousins, Preggie Pop Drops) and Ginger Chews make a world of difference with nausea. I hope you start feeling better soon!

    1. I've never heard of Queasy Drops! About to look them up now. Thanks for the tip. :)

  4. Woohoo! First trimester symptoms are the weirdest - I totally feel you with the food aversions. I could only eat Jimmy John's and apples during mine! And I had the lower back pain too...which is weird with how small bebe is but totally normally according to my doc. Hooray to life-giving symptoms though, right? :)

    1. Very much so HOORAY! :) And thanks for agreeing that these symptoms are weird. I'm not alone!

  5. So lovely :) Just wait until you feel the baby moving :) That love connection will get even stronger :)

  6. :-D
    I only threw up once, but Chuckie thought it was so funny how happy I was that I threw up. So I know what you mean there!

    1. Ha! It is weird to be excited about throwing up... but babies are a good excuse. :)

  7. I love this post! I am so excited that you get to experience all of this!!

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