The 1st Trimester: The Stuff They Don't Warn You About

by Ally- Life as I know it, 5:00 AM
As soon as you see those double lines, or a plus sign, or the "I'm Pregnant", your life changes instantly. You just start to feel pregnant and whether it's psychological or not, it's there to stay. For the first few weeks after finding out, especially if you find out at week 3 like my impatient self, thank you First Response!, although in your mind you're pregnant, on the outside you look and act the same. I can remember working out to Tracey Anderson's Pregnancy Project DVD and thinking "what are these people talking about with their morning sickness and fatigue? I feel great!" Funny enough that was the last time I worked out to her DVD. I read A LOT of pregnancy books but I still never felt like I really knew what to expect in the 1st trimester. Well, week 5 came and then it all went down hill from there.

These came at week 5, on Valentine's Day. I can remember because I didn't want to go out to eat because I was convinced I was losing the baby. Not everyone gets these I found, those who don't are so lucky, because they are terrifying. Especially for someone who never got period cramps very often. I can remember that night so well because every time I went to the bathroom I expected to see blood. I Googled the crap out of "cramps at 5 weeks" and everything I came across said as long as you aren't bleeding and they aren't getting worse, they're normal. I texted friends and asked if they got cramps too and they just said yes and drink more water. For an intense worrier like myself, it was miserable. Looking back on the cramps I got during the 1st trimester, I wonder if they were really THAT bad, or because everything was so new to me, that they felt worse. Who knows, but just remember they're normal and you can always call your doctor if you're worried. 

I "knock on wood" never experienced spotting, but if you do, it's probably fine just call your doctor if you ever have any bleeding. A lot of girls experience spotting in the 1st trimester and as long as it isn't accompanied by cramping, you should be ok. Heavy bleeding with clots is more worrisome, but like I said ANY bleeding at all deserves a call to your doctor. 

SORE Boobs
Oh man, I thought I knew sore boobs when my period came, I didn't know sore boobs at all. It's a total different soreness too. There's so much blood flow to your breasts preparing them to breast feed and those suckers hurt! If you're a stomach sleeper like myself, give that up. You won't want anything touching your precious breasts not even the water from the shower. I still stand in the shower with my hands over my boobs. Luckily, once the 2nd trimester comes the soreness calms down. You're just left with massive knockers!

Change in Bowel Habits
I won't go into too much detail, but just know one day you might be "stopped up" and the next day, you're running for the toilet. That baby really screws you up!

I've never burped more in my life since I've gotten pregnant. I also get horrible gas cramps that I'll think are uterine cramps. Eventually you learn to tell the difference. Everything I read says to just drink more water and eat less gas causing foods. I drink about 2 Liters of a water a day and it really hasn't made a difference. Oh and stay far away from watermelon. Who would of known it was a gas causing food, but trust me it is!

Food Aversions
Literally one day you wake up and everything you used to love sounds gross and makes you want to throw up. For me this was around week 6. I lived off of veggie subs for weeks. Proteins and cooked vegetables are a big pregnancy food aversion and those were definitely mine. I hated the thought of chicken and sauteed green beans. All you can do when you feel like this is eat what you can and just know the baby is getting all it needs from your prenatal vitamins right now. My food aversions started to go away around week 12. 

I was so fortunate I never experienced vomiting but I did have a few bouts of nausea and the only cure was food. You'll learn pretty quickly that for a pregnant woman an empty stomach is a sick stomach. So keep saltines on hand at all times because you can go from feeling fine to feeling like you're going to puke in a matter of seconds. 

Unfortunately this is something I'm still dealing with in the 4th month. I've never had acne so bad in my life. It all started around week 10 and hasn't gotten any better. I definitely don't help the situation because I'm a picker. Some people have glowing skin when they get pregnant and some have pre teen 12 year old skin and I guess I'm the lucky one! What really makes it hard is you can't put anything on your skin like Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid. I just keep reminding myself it's for a good reason and thank the lord for makeup!

You're growing a baby after all so it only makes sense for you to be tired. I used to work night shift and I always compare pregnancy fatigue to that. You're tired by 7pm, sleep till 8am, still don't feel rested, take a nap at 11am, then take another nap at 2pm after lunch, then you're ready for bed by 6pm. You spend your time either sleeping or wishing you were sleeping. I'll be at work and think "If I could just take a nap in the bathroom..." Pregnancy is exhausting!

Symptoms Come and Go
One day I would feel like total crap and the next day feel pretty good. It worried me at first but I just learned to realize it's totally normal and all related to your hormones. I think it's so funny we want to feel like crap when we're pregnant. It's like it's a sign everything is ok. 

Whew that was a lot, I'm ready for a nap! I'd love to hear if there was anything in your 1st trimester you felt totally blindsided about!

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  1. All good things to know for when I decide to get pregnant! Although I'm not looking forward to potential cramping since I already get the worst possible cramps during my period any way. Ugh. Hope most (if not all) of the symptoms are over soon for you!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. This post made me laugh out loud because I was like yep, yep, yep as I read! FYI you also forget most of this stuff once the baby arrives until you get pregnant again and then you're like why am I doing this to myself again??!!! I keep asking my husband to compare my complaints to my other pregnancies to see if I'm being crazier this time or not (feels like I am). Did you read girlfriend's guide to pregnancy or belly laughs? I felt both really helped with some of those honest things no one mentioned to me! So thankful for 2nd trimester happiness!!

  3. I should just forward this to Mark for future reference ;-) I'm totally petrified of the pregnancy brain. I am already absent aka leave keys in the bathroom....I can't imagine how much worse that could get!

  4. Aww I'm sorry you got cramps! I was lucky to avoid both cramps and spotting, and nausea, but the rest I had to deal with quite a bit, luckily not so much the acne. There were days I thought I'd never make it to the bathroom soon enough or that my boobs were just going to up and fall off. Of course now that Sophie's 16 months old, I've thought about adding another to our family, but reading this makes me question if I want another 9 months of that again. Hang in there mama! You got this.

  5. Oh my - the joys of pregnancy!! Lots to look forward to for me one day lol!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  6. This was such a great read! We've started talking about babies (Nick wants me to get pregnant in August, he has a timeline all laid out, ha) so definitely saving for the future! Glad you're feeling better!!

  7. Right there with you on everything - including the dreaded cramps. I still get stretching/growing/round ligament/crampy feeling down there although it's nothing like it was early on. And the acne....I have a third eye right now and I really wish I was kidding.

  8. Baking a baby is no joke! Thanks for informing all of us gals that haven't experienced pregnancy yet!

  9. Pregnancy brain is a real thing. Oh the joys of pregnancy.

  10. oh my gawd.....did you hit the nail on the head with this post! You should have seen my google search history on my was so gross and so pregnancy related. AND yes, I totally remember thinking I could no move or go out because I might loose the baby. That first trimester is a scary, scary time!

  11. the joys of pregnancy haha we'll for most ppl the second trimester is better so soak it up! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  12. YES!!! All of this!!! Right behind you at almost 13 weeks and this post could have been written by me! I don't really have any pregnant friends so it's so nice to hear someone else going through the same things! Thank you for sharing! :)

  13. The amazing things that our bodies can endure continues to blow my mind. I am so glad that you're feeling better! Xo, Stephanie


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