Wow am I glad the first trimester is behind us! Looking back, those 13 weeks felt like a literal eternity. I think a lot of it had to do with having to keep it a secret from family, friends, and coworkers. But as I already mentioned in my pregnancy reveal blog post, I had a rough first trimester so that definitely added to each day feeling like a week.
In no particular order, here are some symptoms I experienced in the first trimester:
- Light spotting – This lasted just 3-4 days before my missed period. I have not had any other bleeding or spotting since then.
- Bloating – Wow, was my bloat bad in the first trimester! If I could have popped myself with a pin I would have.
- Stomach cramping – These cramps felt exactly like period cramps and were pretty much constant/daily from week 5-8. I had about 4 episodes of very severe cramping which made me feel like I was going to pass out or get sick. I had to get an ultrasound to rule out ectopic pregnancy but thankfully baby was in the correct spot. This was probably my most concerning and scariest symptom and I’m so glad that it has since passed. My doctor said this sometimes happens when the uterus is stretching.
- Nausea – I felt nauseas pretty much all day everyday from week 6-13ish. Eating something every 2 hours definitely helped. I never actually threw up but I almost wish I did to get some relief.
- Food aversions – My diet consisted of carbs and toddler foods in the first trimester. The only form of healthy nutrients that I got was from fruit. I was *specifically* on a clementine kick. Otherwise it was sourdough bread, buttered noodles, Chick Fil A nuggets, saltines, baked potatoes, rice, and Annie’s white shell mac and cheese. Meat and fish were most definitely not an option, as I couldn’t even look at them. I also couldn’t drink coffee.
- Emotional – Unfortunately I felt pretty down in my first trimester. Whether it was the hormones or just feeling like I was in a constant state of hangover, it was no bueno. Despite feeling truly grateful to be pregnant, I’d be lying if I said this was a positive time period for me. This also made me feel really guilty. I talked a bit about this on my Instagram but I think it’s more normal than we think to feel this way especially if you’re struggling with the changes both physically and mentally like I did.
- Headaches – I forget what weeks these occurred for me but they were pretty regular. I took Tylenol to help but I think a lot of it had to do with not getting my caffeine fix since I wasn’t able to drink coffee due to the nausea. Thank god I’m able to drink coffee again. I have anywhere from 1-2 cups/day and I personally feel comfortable with that!
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