Everything You Need to Know About Pregnancy: 1st Trimester

Hey guys! In case you missed my big news, head on over to my blog to hear all about it (I’ll give you a hint: there miiiight be a baby growing in my belly!). Since this is my first pregnancy and I am by no means an expert in any sense of the word, please take everything I’m about to tell you lightly. However, if you’re anything like I was upon hearing the news that I would be growing a human inside of me for the next 9 months, I went straight to Google and read every article, blog, etc… that I could about what the experience would be like. So if anything, I hope that for all those mamas, soon to be mamas, thinking about being mamas, already mamas out there, you will get at least a chuckle out of what I’m about to share with you. And please (please please!) comment down below to add to my list because I would LOVE to hear what you have to say (or disagree with me on!). Alright, here it goes (in no particular order)….

BOOBS. They will hurt. Bad. You know how when you’re about to get your period and they might feel a little tender and sore? Well imagine that, times 999, ALL day EVERY day. At times it feels as though there might be a baby elephant growing inside of them who sometimes wants to crawl out. Because yes, they also grow in size. Does husband like this? Yes. Can husband touch them? No. Good luck, ladies.

NAUSEA. Hold on while I hold up my shield for a moment because I know I am going to be attacked by about 90% of pregnant women out there when I say this….. I did not really experience much nausea. I’m sorry! I just didn’t! (Ok I’m really not that sorry, but I do feel for those of you who have had this to the worst degree). I’ve had pregnant friends who literally could not go a half hour without emptying the contents of their already empty stomach into a garbage can or toilet. I couldn’t imagine and while I would not wish this upon anyone, it could certainly happen to you. When you get pregnant, your hormones LITERALLY go haywire and everyone responds differently to this. Luckily (or maybe not, depending on how you look at it) my response was more along the lines of “give me every carb and piece of fruit this world has to offer”, which brings me to my next topic….

CRAVINGS. There’s an old wives tale that depending on whether you crave salty or sweet you will have a boy or girl. Well darn it wives (whoever you are), what if you crave both? It’s been confirmed I only have one little sweet pea growing inside of me, so how the heck am I supposed to know if it’s going to be a girl or a boy? So far my cravings haven’t been TOO out of control, aside from thinking carbs are the best thing since sliced bread (which I might point out is also a carb) and since I have been constantly thirsty, water and any type of juicy fruit (helloooo watermelon season) have been by best friends also. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a salty treat (homemade popcorn by the hubs) and sometimes I find myself leaving the house to go through Dunkin Donuts drive thru for a $6 milkshake (seriously how can they get away with charging that much? Totally worth it though). 

EXHAUSTION. For me, this has been the tell-all sign that my body is putting in some major work growing this little babe inside of me. I am tired. All. The. Time. Luckily, I work in a school which allows me summers off and let me just tell all those working women or women who already have kids out there- I don’t know how you do it. Seriously. I have no one to take care of but myself (and my husband and pup, but luckily they can be self-sufficient at times ;) ) and sometimes I can’t even stand how tired I am. I can go to bed at 9pm, sleep until 9am, and then take a nap from 2pm-4pm. And STILL be tired in between. And I’m normally not even a napper. What is this nonsense? I suppose if you really stop and think about what is happening, it makes sense that us superwomen need to remember to take some time to rest—both for ourselves and for human infant #2 that we are growing.

PEEING. I am not kidding when I tell you that you might as well set up camp in the bathroom with your favorite magazines and snacks because your bladder will make you spend a lot of time in there. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times a day I use the bathroom. I know I’m drinking a lot of water, but seriously where is this all coming from? Especially at night. You’d think I’d have emptied every last possible drop of liquid in my body but then noooo. I’m finally comfy under the covers, exhausted and ready to fall asleep, and oh! Looks like I need a quick trip to the bathroom. And not just one trip. Three. At a minimum. I’m lucky if I actually get to fall asleep an hour after I initially get into bed because of my stupid bladder. Ok, fine it’s not stupid and it’s not its’ fault. It just comes with the territory of being pregnant so I suppose I can live with it if it’s for my baby. And you will learn to, too. 

HUSBANDS. Ok technically this isn’t necessarily a symptom of being pregnant, but I thought it was worth pointing out their role in all of this. Couples typically say “we’re pregnant” when announcing their big news. My husband and I are no exception to this. To be perfectly honest, he has been so great through everything and I really think that has made all the difference on my experience being so positive so far. He’s been excited from the very first moment (he might have cried. Nobody tell him I told you that.) and has been involved in every aspect along the way, googling what the baby looks like and can do with each passing week, attending doctor appointments and ultrasounds with me, and helping to get the nursery ready. If your husband seems anxious, don’t worry. He probably is. Becoming a dad is a big deal! It’s not necessarily a bad thing if he starts acting differently, he is probably just concerned about being the best husband and father he can be and making sure he can provide for you and the little clone the two of you created together. Be patient and be there for one another—and enjoy your last 9 months of it being just the two of you, because as I’ve heard, bringing baby into the picture makes for a whole new lifestyle.

I’m sure there are quite literally a hundred other things I could write about that you might experience during the 1st trimester of pregnancy, but I’d rather not keep you here all day listening to me ramble on about the fact that I never feel like showering because I don’t have the energy or that sometimes when I wake up in the morning I feel dizzy because I get out of bed too fast or that my sense of smell is like that of a hunting dog out in the wilderness. Instead, I’d love to hear what you’ve experienced or what you expect to experience during pregnancy. Comment down below and have a great day everyone!