Above is a picture from our very first doctor’s appointment. It really did feel so surreal to be sitting there with Andrew as we started this new chapter for us. Yes, we move in fast motion but we felt like it was the time to start trying!
PS this is how we found out we were expecting:
Andrew and I found out we were pregnant on 4/10. I had my IUD taken out (I hated that thing… don’t even get me started on that, but you can if you want me to write a post about it) not that long before and so my cycles were completely off and I had no idea where I was at. The week before 4/10 I had been to the doctor for something else and he tested me to see what antibiotics to give me and told me that I wasn’t pregnant. That weekend I went to my coaching class and on the drive up to Idaho we pulled over for some snacks at a gas station. I went inside and came out with a thing of pringles (in which I ate the entire can over the 6 hour drive) and a large bag of salt and vinegar chips. Andrew asked me where the sour patch kids and other sour candies that I usually buy were and I told him the idea of those made me want to pass out. Come to think of it, I hadn’t had candy in week or two at that point, not normal for me. But the doctor told me I wasn’t pregnant, so I just thought it was the antibiotics making me weird. I got what I wanted and we drove to my coaching course.
The next morning I jumped on the treadmill for 5 miles and felt like all of my fitness had vanished… I was panting like crazy and felt like death so I stopped at 5 miles and went to my classes. About half-way through the class, my eyes started going blurry. This same exact thing happened with Brooke. I called Andrew freaking out and we both concluded that it must have been from staring at the board/books for so many hours in a row (I mean 2 days before this the dr told me I wasn’t pregnant when according to my last period I would have most definitely have had a positive test at that point if I was really pregnant). I continued on. Sunday came and Andrew picked me up from the class and we made the drive home. I had so much work that I was supposed to do but sleep won the battle and I slept for 3 hours straight. We got home and I went to bed at 10 and woke up at EIGHT. So 13 hours of sleep… weird. Must be the antibiotics.
That evening we went to dinner with Mer at Outback and I was talking about something and remember panicking because I felt like I was going to fall asleep at the table. I practically had to splash water on my face in the restroom to stay awake (it was 6 p.m.). We took Mer home and then Andrew went to pick up a test. We both were thinking there is no way I’m NOT pregnant. We took the test and sure enough, the test was positive. So we took another and another. Yep, definitely pregnant. We were both so beyond thrilled. Both Andrew and I have been through some pretty crazy stuff in the past and we have just felt so lucky to have started our family together so quickly and to now be having a baby together. That’s the story, and now I have some first trimester thoughts to share with you.
*Sleep. I love being active and trying to do as much as humanly possible in a day. Pregnancy humbles me really quickly and makes me slow down, be at home way more and fall asleep within 2 seconds of laying down. I still take naps (when is that second trimester energy supposed to kick in?) and if I am laying down, falling asleep is just going to happen no matter how many hours of sleep I get at night. Thank you Andrew for dealing with me falling asleep mid-sentence randomly.
*Citrus helped me a lot. I could not handle smells for a few weeks and whenever I was around the smell of food, I would just cut up a lemon or grapefruit and keep it next to my nose.
*Ginger tea helped me for about two weeks a TON. I would drink it slowly and it helped me to fight nausea a lot. After two weeks though my body decided that it hated it and every time I tried to drink it, I would throw up. But it did really help me for a bit!
Lots of ginger tea.
Other things that helped me a bit with nausea. PS I talked to my doctor about EACH and every one of these things so please do the same!!!
*Every time I tried to take a prenatal vitamin, I would throw up. Every time. I found some chewable prenatals at the grocery store and they are amazing.
*My mom brought over some REALLY sour candy one day. I told her I didn’t want anything to do with candy but she said that really sour candy helped with pregnancy nausea. She even brought over a pack that was made specifically for pregnancy nausea. It would help too (my mom is always right).
*My doctor had me take the unisom and vitamin B6 combo and it really helped me at night. I’m not sure if it actually helped me or if it just put me right to sleep but either way, it helped. I couldn’t take it for help during the day though because it knocked me out… aka I need to drive, work and take care of 2 four year olds.
*Right now (I just started taking this) my doctor recommended Zantac for me. I was having ridiculous acid problems and throwing up acid often (ouch… PS TMI isn’t a thing on this part of my blog;) and I haven’t thrown up ONCE since taking this. Hallelujah.
Here’s the thing that I think about often… sure being sick for an extended amount of time is lame BUT it’s not like the stomach flu where you are just sick for no reason. I take it during this time as 1000% worth it because we have the best reward at the end. I’m not sure if it is true or not but I’ve heard that a sick pregnancy = a healthy pregnancy so I’m just going to keep telling myself that.
While I don’t feel like I’ve had HUGE cravings, it’s been more like… ‘Hmmm, that doesn’t sound as awful as everything else on the planet. Food since I started using Zantac has tasted better and better but I have had some things that I enjoyed over the past few months. PS most things I would eat a few times and then never want to come near again (especially when it came to eating at certain restaurants).
1. Pringles. Sour cream and onion. I went through a solid 5 cans of those on my own but now I never want to see a can of them again.
2. Sandwiches with lots of mustard. I am still enjoying those. A half-sandwich like this below was a common snack for me:
3. Fruit x 1,000,000. Still is amazing for me.
4. The combination of fruit with cereal just would take it to the next level. PS what is it with pregnancy and frosted mini wheats and me?!
5. Chips. Never once in my life have I thought about that ranch dip you get at the store for chips but pregnancy has made me think about it most especially with original potato chips. Eaten in bed= even better. I’ve eaten a lot of chips the last few months. Sometimes I want to add even more salt to them but I refrain;)
6. I went through a few week stint where salad bars were the only things that sounded even partly delicious. Enter in huge salads eaten in the parking lot.
7. I haven’t had a lot of sweets (I’ve tried to eat chocolate but this baby wants nothing to do with chocolate… Brooke was the same way) but cinnamon rolls (the Pillsbury ones especially), rice krispie treats and anything that has fruit in it has sounded good at times. For 2.1 days I really liked Now ’n Laters but that passed quickly.
8. Mac and cheese (from the blue box:) has been something I’ve been able to eat the entire first trimester. No smell + delicious.
Foods I’ve had no desire to eat:
*NO EGGS. Please don’t talk about eggs to me. For a while.
*Gum… this isn’t a food but pre-pregnancy = I AM OBSESSED WITH GUM. Pregnant = the idea of chewing gum makes me queasy.
*Water. This one was really hard but for a few weeks I really struggled with the thought of plain water. I couldn’t even look at my water bottle. I used Crystal Lite there for a few days to help me to stay hydrated because I was really having a hard time drinking it.
*In-n-out for a few weeks there. Poor Andrew. Really any fast food. One day Andrew picked up Wendy’s for me because I thought it sounded good. He came home and I quickly realized I couldn’t come near it.
*I couldn’t eat sweet potatoes for a while or avocados but I’m very happy to report they are back in my life again.
*Lasagna… Andrew made my mom’s homemade lasagna because it sounded SOOO good to me one day. I ate it that night and then we had a huge casserole leftover and I couldn’t even think of eating it again. Sorry Andrew.
Emotions: It is really hard for anyone to feel sick for an extended period of time. Maybe it was hormones and maybe it was just being sick but I swear I got frustrated/annoyed 4,000 times easier than I normally do. I haven’t cried a ton during the first trimester BUT the times I have been, I was REALLY crying which isn’t normal for me either. I am feeling more normal with emotions now that I’m in the second trimester though!
Moms reading—> What were your experiences with the first trimester? What helped you?
What food cravings did you have and what aversions did you have?
What were your emotions like during the first trimester?