Thoughts on the first trimester of Pregnancy

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Now that the cat is officially out of the bag, I can finally share these thoughts I had from the first few weeks of being pregnant! I found out I was preggo at around 5 weeks, and I can say before that I felt fine, but once I knew I’m not sure if I psyched myself out or these things naturally occurred, but here are some things I experienced:

#1. BREAST ENLARGEMENT: This actually happened BEFORE I officially knew I was pregnant, that in a matter of days, my chest grew exponentially. I thought I was either pregnant, or finally hitting puberty at age 30. If I was pregnant I had imagined this would happen over time, but it seemed to happen overnight, and was painful! So painful that I couldn’t even sleep on my stomach for a few weeks. The pain is no longer there – but they are still growing – and don’t show signs of slowing down!

#2. MORNING SICKNESS SHOULD BE RENAMED “THE BATTLE TO STAY FULL”: For the record, I have not thrown up, but also nauseousness has not been confined to the mornings. I realilzed that in my old life, I used to feel fine if I I happened to miss breakfast, or go 6 hours between lunch and dinner, regular things like that. Around my 6th week of pregnancy, I started to notice I was feeling nauseous all the time, and it was simply because once I got hungry, I felt sick. I had no idea pregnant women need to always be fully stocked with snacks and eat every two hours! This was news to me, and so started the battle to always stay full!

#3. HEALTHY SCHMEALTHY, JUST GIVE ME FOOD: I always imagined that the second I found out I was pregnant I would only put the healthiest food into my body. This did not happen. During “the battle to stay full” (see above), I just needed to eat ANYTHING. And if I was “losing the battle” (ie. already hungry and therefore nauseous), I sought out comfort good. Quinoa would not cut it.

Now that I am in the second trimester these things have all eased up a bit, but new and wonderful weird things are happening! I’ll keep you posted! And as we all know, every woman is different, so please share any thoughts/feelings/HUNGER you had during your first trimester of pregnancy! I love hearing every story.

6 Responses to “Thoughts on the first trimester of Pregnancy”

  1. annie hoertkorn

    I love your straight-forwardness! Congrats again and I can’t wait to hear about the whole journey. Maybe next we can convince Alex and Caity to get a move on 😉

  2. Jessie Vroom

    I feel your pain on the hunger front LB. For my first pregnancy I felt sick if I stayed hungry for more than two seconds. I was always told that you are eating for two so just go for it. I did go for it, I gained 50 pounds. My second pregnancy was much better because I had learned a few tricks. Yes eat when you are hungry, but be prepared. I kept good whole foods around the house at all times, that way I could snack on stuff that was still good, but much kinder. This especially goes for leaving the house. I kept my car stocked with good snacks, and I never left the house without a bag of unsalted mixed nuts, three pieces of fruit, and a cucumber or carrot. Getting stuck outside without snacks forced me to buy crappy food, and it was expensive. All I have to say is: Stay away from Tim Hortons. There is nothing good for you there, even the whole wheat bagels are bad news. And muffins are cakes in disguise.
    Get Chris to make you a fruit/veggie smoothy every day, Jon did that for me and it was wicked! The weight that I gained in my first pregnancy came off, but if I were to compare my pregnancies, the second was better because of the better food, I would swear by it.

    • lberco

      Thanks for feeling my hunger pains Jessie! And being prepared is totally where it is at. I still am not doing a *great* job at going out with lots of snacks on me, but we are definitely trying to keep good whole foods for snacking on in the house. I just go through them so fast! A box of mandarin oranges could literally be gone in a day!

  3. Anna

    I’m surprised (and pleased for you) that exhaustion beyond exhaustion didn’t get a mention…aka being so sporadically tired you could curl up on the bus floor or steal a quick lie down under the table at dinner out just to get a quick nap!

    • lberco

      I was also pleasantly surprised exhaustion wasn’t too bad for me Anna! I was still going to bed around midnight even! But I did lay on the couch and watch a lot of tv in the first trimester…..


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