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So in case you missed it — Trev and I are having a baby! A baby boy to be exact. And we are just too excited. It’s our first, happened very quickly and to be honest, the pregnancy has been going very quickly as well.
As this is my first time at this crazy thing called growing a baby — I want to share with you all my experience as I go through it. And though we’re half-way through (woo!), I’ll start with sharing the deets of the first trimester (weeks 1 – 13) in this post.
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In all honesty, I was pretty terrified of being pregnant for the longest time. I wanted to hold out as long as I could before we started trying because I had this image in my head that I would be pregnant with an inability to do anything. Literally I was envisioning me, bed ridden and just slowly evolving away from the woman I was and had become.
Well let me tell you all that I was immensely wrong and awesomely surprised. Since first learning I was pregnant at week 4, I have felt more and more empowered as the days go by. Sure, I’ve had symptoms here and there, but overall I’ve realized that what I’m doing is something that we as women are meant to do and our body just figures itself out to prepare. Which is WILD.
So for any of you who might have similar feelings, yet also plan on trying to get pregnant soon, know that you’re not alone — it’s scary. But once you’re in it, life does not end, you’re able to do the things you were already doing and your life begins to take on so much more meaning.
So what was my first trimester like? I feel lucky in saying it wasn’t all that bad. After reading resources on what to expect, I was really anticipating a lot of things — but as everyone is so different, your experience quite possibly will be so much different than the others. It definitely had its lows… but overall, I can say it evolved positively and I came out without any scars :).
Aside from feeling really bloated and that things were changing inside my stomach, I thankfully didn’t get sick at all. If anything, I learned I had to rid of my intermittent fasting morning routine and start eating breakfast when I awoke to make sure I avoided any nausea. Which was easy to do — small meals and snacks throughout the day to avoid any weird internal feelings? Sold and done.
Now the tiredness… that definitely happened. And quite frankly has been the hardest part thus far. I am a busy-body and a doer, and for me to have to slow down and realize I didn’t have the energy I once had to “go, go, go” was eye opening. So I listened to my body, allowed myself to curl into a ball at 8pm and fall asleep and sleep in until I needed. There were many nights where we’d start watching tv or a movie and my eyes would grow super heavy and Trev would know it was time to retreat to bed. In addition, I’d feel very lethargic throughout the day, or would wake up feeling like I was hungover which would linger for hours. I only got in a few naps — have never been a big nap person — and ultimately just laid down when needed. I am so grateful that since making my career shift from downtown corporate office life to at-home entrepreneur, I have had the flexibility to adjust my schedule for any personal care that was needed.
Depression was probably the worst symptom I had — and I didn’t even realize I had it while I was in it. Since we found out in October, a big chunk of the first trimester occurred over the holidays, which was pretty hard. I didn’t feel like myself and it just didn’t feel like it usually did during the holidays. We weren’t doing a ton of social things and drinking and being merry. Instead I just wanted to be at home and was tired. In addition, we weren’t telling anyone outside of our close family and few best friends, so it felt very isolating. Trevor was the sweetest during this and would always try to remind me that I was growing a baby, so things are going to feel different, and that he loved me — which ultimately got me through. Come the new year I was feeling more revived and motivated to start fresh and really prep for our family. So the sadness soon turned to hopefulness and excitement.
So I didn’t have any crazy specific cravings — and kindaaa think that whole concept is slightly made up and often used as an excuse to binge eat. But I did have a taste for more juicy fruits — like oranges and grapes — over other fruits, so I had my fair share of those. Trevor was a doll and did a stellar job of preparing healthy meals for me which helped with any stomach discomfort — lots of veggies, salmon and things with iron and overall a lot of nutrients. My appetite definitely increased towards the end of the trimester, which makes sense as the growth really starts to speed up at that time.
I was veryyy thirsty and often would have a metallic taste in my mouth (as all the books and forums say). So weird! Hormones are a crazy thing guys. So I tried to drink a ton of water to cure both symptoms, which has never really been that hard for me. Having my Hydroflask full at all times by my side with lemon or just plain water was a big help.
If anything, I’d say the first trimester is a lot of waiting and eagerness to know and experience what’s next. Waiting for that next appointment at the doctors. Waiting for your blood test result. Waiting to start showing. Now that I’m in my second trimester, I’d say that best advice is to just take it day by day and enjoy the period that you’re in. Because the bump will come… and the hunger and the test info (including gender!) will too. So as long as you’re keeping healthy and happy, the next weeks will come before you know it.
Overall I have to say the first trimester goes by in a jiffy. So if you’re about to be in it, or in it right now, try to take each day as it comes (whether that be good, or bad).
Take pictures, be aware of what’s happening to your body — listen to your body! Document your symptoms, what you’re feeling and experiencing in a note on your phone. It’s amazing to look back on and also compare or share with others if they have questions. It helps to talk to others going through it or who have gone through it. Take advantage of your network. I swear once you reveal your pregnant, you’ll learn so many others you know are too.
I’m so excited to continue to share share with you my experiences. Stay tuned for more content to come on The Baby Edit — like a Q&A with my also pregnant friend Jenna from Styled Out West, favorite products, nursery inspo and my second trimerster recap.
Until then — stay healthy, stay happy and stay stylish friends.
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Lifestyle blogger, photographer, mother to my son Boden and frenchie Smalls, wife to my hubs Trevor.
I built this space in an attempt to inspire you to find your edit and empower you to create the life you desire. Through digital content and honest storytelling, I hope to guide you along the way. Because everyone has an edit, and I'm here to help you find yours.
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Mother. Wife. Blogger. Photographer. I built this space in an attempt to inspire you to find your edit and empower you to create the life you desire. Through digital content and honest storytelling, I hope to guide you along the way. Because everyone has an edit, and I'm here to help you find yours.
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