As promised, I’m here with my first trimester recap!
In the very beginning, after two miscarriages, I had pregnancy paranoia to the EXTREME. I was constantly preparing myself for the worst and trying not to get my hopes up, to the point where I was almost in denial that anything was happening. (Cheery, right?)
Every time I went to the bathroom, I anticipated bad things. Every doctor’s appointment, I was shocked that there was a heartbeat. I even freaked out anytime I just didn’t feel “pregnant enough.” (Like if I had a random nausea-free, high-energy day and was looking alarmingly un-bloated.)
At one point, around 11 weeks, I had the same headache for 3 days straight and was convinced it was a miscarriage (I had the worst headache of my life after my last miscarriage). Unable to get my mind off of it, I ended up sneaking into the clinic over my lunch hour for a heartbeat check. I couldn’t believe it was still there!
Now that I’m into the second trimester, I barely feel pregnant at all, and I’m actually ok with it. I’m even starting to feel tiny, tiny flutters of movement now and then (but, to be honest, I’m never 100% sure that it isn’t gas).
My belly’s in the teaser stage where it seems huge one day, and then I wake up in the morning and it’s GONE. I can still get away with wearing flowy tops and basically not looking preggo at all…
Right?? Nothin there! I just took that a few hours ago. (And sorry for the grungy bathroom selfie.)
Here are some more exciting nuggets of detail about how the first tri went down…
I’m so, soooo lucky that morning sickness wasn’t bad at all (very similar to my first pregnancy). There was a steady low level of nausea and tiredness, but I could still get through my days ok.
A few things that were different from pregnancy #1:
–Looots of headaches. So, so many. A few migraine-level. I tried not to pop too many pills, but Tylenol was definitely helpful with the more resilient cases. Thank God this stopped around 14 weeks.
–Heartburn! I don’t remember getting this more than a few times with preg #1, and I don’t think any of them were in the first trimester. It happens at very random times too. Like, I’ll be doing everything right—eating small meals, not eating fatty/spicy foods—and then I’ll get a raging case of it after eating a piece of chocolate.
–Amazingly, no problems at all with constipation so far! (Aren’t you happy you know that??)
I was surprised how HUGE my appetite was during the first tri. I remember the opposite happening with my first pregnancy (as I think it does for most women?) so I have no idea where that came from.
That said, I definitely wasn’t just happily chowing my way through the first 12 weeks. I had plenty of food aversions–especially to meat and ESPECIALLY to chicken. One day I had the bright idea of making BBQ chicken in the crock pot, and I almost lost it when I came home to find the smell permeating the ENTIRE HOUSE. I ended up literally shutting myself into our bedroom and making Brent deliver me things all night.
I still can’t really think about BBQ chicken. *shiver*
Coffee was out too–not because I’m avoiding caffeine (I think it’s fine in moderation), but because it sounded so revolting during the first 12 weeks.
As for cravings…I’m never really sure how to tell between a “craving” and “something I just want,” but I was all about the fruit, especially citrus. (Which checks out with pregnancy #1 too.)
I definitely had few days of coming home from work and immediately crashing on the couch for the rest of the night, but for the most part, my energy levels have been pretty high (I mean, considering). I’ve been able to work out pretty consistently the whole time, which has been great since not exercising only makes fatigue worse.
My approach to exercise, in general, has been much different than with pregnancy #1. Last time, I went into pregnancy an avid runner and was suddenly afraid to run at all, even in the first trimester—I remember literally half-jogging/half-skipping down the sidewalk, haha! I mean, wouldn’t I shake the baby out??
This time, I’m setting much more reasonable limitations and I’m more comfortable pushing myself within those. I know that exercise is hugely beneficial for pregnant women–and I’m especially crossing my fingers that it’ll help me out during postpartum recovery!
The main thing I pay attention to is making sure my heart rate doesn’t stay high for too long. I think the “don’t go above 140” thing is too conservative, but I don’t let myself stay above there for more than 30-40 seconds at a time. And if I get that “heart pounding out of my chest” feeling, I take a break immediately. I also had no problem laying on my stomach for brief exercises during the entire first tri, but I’ve stopped that now that I have a little belly poking out.
There will definitely be more on what I’m doing for preggo exercise in a future post! (Preview: I bought a sweet new DVD and am also writing some special workouts.)
FIRST VS. SECOND PREGNANCY
I already mentioned a few of the physical differences, but the biggest difference of all, for me, has been how much faster the time is going with #2. I’m sure it’s partially because I’m not thinking about it nearly as much as I was the first time (well, now that I’m a little more comfortable about the viability of the pregnancy, that is).
Plus, I don’t have to spend any time wondering what it’s going to be like to have a newborn or wondering what labor’s going to be like. I’m comfortable—me, the Type A control freak—just riding things out and not knowing how the whole thing will pan out.
It’s actually much nicer this way.
Fellow moms: what did the first trimester look like for you?