As you guys and gals will hopefully know I’m expecting my first little one (you can read the announcement here) and I’m truly over the moon and excited.
Like many women I kept the news pretty quiet for the first 13 weeks which I’m not going to lie was hard, especially when you want to shout from the rooftops. Some of my closer friends knew from about 8 weeks or so, mostly due to some of the rather irritating downsides to the first trimester.
So I thought I’d share some of my highs and lows of those secret 12 weeks.
The biggest low for me was the morning sickness. And I’m not going to lie, it isn’t just for the meaning. It certainly hit in the morning, usually at its worse, but I also suffered around lunchtime and occasionally evenings too. Luckily I wasn’t sick very much (boats and morning sickness aren’t a good match) but I had nausea daily from 8 weeks until week 11, where it started to ease off slowly.
To help deal with it I ate small but regular meals. This helped maintain my sugar levels which alleviated the sickness. Ginger biscuits are also a must for pregnant ladies, especially first thing in the morning. Lemon and Ginger Tea is also good for nausea.
Another common symptom is needing to pee…. All the time!! Not exactly a low but not necessarily a high either. Plus peeing more leads to drinking more… Catch 22 or what!
Linked to the nausea was a stronger sense of smell and an aversion to a strange combination of food
Cooked breakfast literally turned my stomach, and bacon was a complete no-no. Plus cheesy pizza went on my no-go list which kind of broke my heart.
And last but by no means least is general tiredness. I guess it’s something I’m going to have to get used to in the not so distant future but not having a physical reason i.e. a baby, for the exhaustion is confusing for my little brain.
But don’t panic because there are some major upsides which help balance out the first trimester.
Remember most of these downsides mean that the pregnancy is going well and as it should. Having suffered a miscarriage before with basically no symptoms, I was almost relieved to feel dreadful because in my heart I knew good things were also happening.
Plus the highs are amazing!
For us, we were trying for a family, so when that little stick said pregnant, I was indescribably happy.
Honestly, trying to find the words to describe that feeling. It’s a blur and a mix of so many emotions…. Happy…anxious…bewildered…awe…amazement…scared…nervous…excited. Try having all those running in your head whilst staring (and shaking) at a white stick in your bathroom.
I guess for me it got more real when I showed Dann. The sheer joy on his face made my heart soar.
Of course the other major high of the first trimester is the first scan. I was really nervous (I definitely had the nightmare that the scan would show nothing, be completely empty) and beyond excited.
I didn’t stop smiling the entire time I stared at that little black and white screen. It seriously is the best feeling in the world. Those little words of ‘baby is looking fine’ is just fantastic. And that blurry moving image where you 100% can see that little babe is magical. I’ll relive that moment forever, because there isn’t a feeling quite like it!