Hey guys, sorry I’ve been MIA the last few months but my God it’s been manic. As you may already know we have just moved house, which hands down is the most stressful thing I’ve ever had to do! What with that and work being so busy I just haven’t had time to even look at my blog. I’ve also been super sick the last few weeks and haven’t felt anything close to a human being until a few days ago so yeah, it’s all fun and games over here.
I’m going to be honest with you, my first trimester was a complete bitch and I’m extremely happy to see the back of it. In fact, if the second trimester was an actual person I’d be full body hugging her right now.
Here are some of the things that happened to me during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
I found out I was pregnant at 5 weeks and up until that point I had no idea. I was working out a lot and even lost weight in the first few weeks. By week 6 however, it was like I’d been hit by a bus. Back in the day, when any pregnant woman complained about tiredness I used to mentally roll my eyes and wonder why they didn’t just put their big girl panties on and get the hell on with it. I literally feel so bad for thinking this now that I’ve walked in their shoes. I never expected tiredness like it and this is coming from someone who suffers with Crohns and is used to extreme fatigue. I was napping mid afternoon in order to have enough energy to get to the gym because after a full day of cleaning my body ran out of steam.
Thankfully this only lasted for a short time and, fingers crossed, I’ve been making it through entire days without power naps. Go me.
This happened to me on two occasions during my first trimester. The first time resulted in a late night trip to A&E for swabs and a million blood tests, plus an early scan a few days later to check I wasn’t having an ectopic pregnancy. The second time was a lot more scary as I’d just finished a pretty tough workout on one of the hottest days we had in June. This may be too much info for any males out there reading, but during the early days of pregnancy it’s easy to worry that any moistness down there could well be blood. I know, I’m sorry, I didn’t know how to explain that in any other way. And this particular time I knew instantly that it was in fact blood. Bright red at that. I genuinely thought I was losing my baby and although I was scared, this time I didn’t go to the hospital because I knew there would be nothing they could do.
Anyway, all was fine and since then I’ve read a lot on bleeding through pregnancy and actually it is pretty common.
Morning, noon and night sickness
Sweet heavens above this was by far the worst part of my first trimester. Well, this and the scary bleed. My nausea kicked in at around week 7/8 and lasted till week 11 and it seemed to get worse as the weeks went on. When it was at its worst it would wake me up in the early hours of the morning and I’d have to go downstairs to find something to eat to fill the empty, sicky feeling I had in my stomach. It got to the point where I didn’t even want what I was eating but I had to eat something in order to feel better. I think this was by far the weirdest feeling I experienced during the first 12 weeks and in the end I was eating every hour just to take the edge off it. I also tried the sea-sick bands which seemed to help a bit actually.
Before I fell pregnant I imagined I’d be one of those women who are super healthy and who work out every day till the baby is born. Little did I know that by the time the nausea kicked in I wouldnt even be able to think about broccoli let alone eat it. In fact, my entire first trimester was filled with beige food and processed snacks like pot noodles– something I haven’t eaten since I was 12 years old whilst down at the stables. It’s very easy to assume you’ll be able to have the same eating habits you did before but being pregnant does weird things to your body and everyone was right, you have to eat what you fancy and if that happens to be a crisp sandwich, so be it.
Ah the headaches. As I type this I am actually suffering with a banging headache that I’ve had all afternoon, and I’m well into my second trimester now so that’s a tad annoying. I was a bit of a headache sufferer before getting pregnant but I’m now getting 2-3 severe headaches a week. I would really love to know if this is something any other women have experienced as it’s starting to worry me a little. Coupled with the first trimester nausea, the headaches were enough to put a girl off pregnancy for life. I’ve told Rich numerous times I’m not doing this ever again and the baby isn’t even here yet!
Peeing non stop
Probably the most annoying one of the lot and the cause of my lack of sleep so early on in this pregnancy. You see, a few years ago I was diagnosed with an over active bladder because clearly Crohns just wasn’t enough for this body of mine, it’s gotta have a bladder issue too. Anyone who knows me well will be fully accustomed to my frequent pee stops but this was seriously something else. 6 times I counted getting up one night. SIX TIMES. That’s roughly every 1.5 hours. No wonder I look like I’ve aged about 10 years already.
I’m usually the person in the room who will complain about being cold but one of the earliest symptoms of pregnancy I noticed was how hot I felt all of a sudden. I think this is probably why I had that bleed after working out as they say you’re not meant to get too hot during the first trimester, which given the fact we experienced a mini heat wave was near impossible.
Such a weird pregnancy thing. I noticed pretty early on that I had to keep clearing my nose because it kept getting blocked up to the point I couldn’t breathe. During the night it was really bad and frustrated the hell out of me, and actually I’m still experiencing this now. I have no idea why this happens during pregnancy but I’ve read other women experience this too.
Not feeling like me
I love a good pampering session once a week– the kind of evening where it’s all about self-care and making myself feel good about my appearance, but during my first trimester and even now, I felt like a different person. I couldn’t bring myself to fake tan, curl my hair, wear a bra or matching underwear. It’s not like I didn’t care, I really did but I couldn’t find the energy to do the same things as before. With all the sickness and headaches I was spending a lot more time in my PJ’s and the thought of even washing my hair drained me. I’m into week 14 now and still don’t feel like myself. I don’t feel motivated to work on my blog, even though I’m usually so driven by work. Who am I and what have you done with the real Rachel?
As you know I love a good fake tan and I have always applied it every week without fail for at least the last 8 months. But what no one told me was how dry your skin gets when you are pregnant and I only found this out midway through applying my favourite tan. When your skin is dry the tan goes blotchy and I ended up with big patches of white skin where the tan wouldn’t take. So not only did I feel fatter than ever, I was also pale. Yep, I would fancy me too.
Fancying everything and nothing all at the same time
The thing with nausea in the first trimester is you just gotta go with what you fancy. My meals mainly consisted of foods I’d pictured in my head that didn’t make me want to vom into my own mouth. But then as soon as they were in front of me I’d instantly not want them. One of my most cooked meals before getting pregnant was chicken, green veg and rice– healthy and simple. I couldn’t even look at chicken without gagging. I made the mistake of thinking I could stomach it one day during week 12 and spent the entire meal pushing food around my plate whilst thinking about cheesy crisps.
I’m blaming this on pregnancy but let’s face it, I wasn’t impartial to the odd emotional breakdown before I got pregnant. I thought I was doing quite well with my hormones until our trip to IKEA where everything was just so hard and people annoyed me to the point I had to go sit down. Rich said to me afterwards I needed a time out and he was glad I went to sit on my own. LOL. Since then I’ve found I have no patience with certain situations, I’m laughing at things that aren’t actually that funny and I’ve found myself in tears a few times over things which wouldn’t normally make me cry.
And that my lovelies, was my first trimester. Let’s all keep our little fingers crossed for a better second trimester shall we?
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