You’re pregnant! Its amazing, you are so uncontrollably happy and excited about what is to come! That was the case for me, or at least I thought it would have been when I would eventually see that positive sign on the pregnancy test. What came after the test was somewhat different from what I would have expected- and it got me to thinking… what is the first Trimester really like in pregnancy?
Before even Knowing for sure that I was pregnant
I have to say that before I even found out I was pregnant, and before it was even an inkling of possibility in my head, I was going through a bit of a different and strange mental state. My emotions were quite literally flailing all over the place as if independent from my body. It was a bit of a worrying time filled with anxiety and dread when it came to my job and other personal problems. It baffles me now that the possibility of being pregnant never really popped into my head at that point, especially when I had a rather embarrassing breakdown in front of my boss about stress.
Looking back now, it could have been SO obvious that I was pregnant just by looking at my behaviours and attitudes- it was so unlike me to be acting like this. It even got to the point where I was becoming so worried about my mental health that I booked a doctor’s appointment to talk over my anxiety and stress. The first trimester is all about the hormonal moodswings and emotions!
The initial shock of finding out
I always used to imagine my immediate reaction to be super excited or super distraught… but what I didn’t expect was the full on theme park of rollercoaster emotions that went on. You can read about how it all went by reading my Pregnancy Discovery post.
What was your reaction to finding the positive sign on the pregnancy test?
Baby bumps in the first trimester
It Might have been a bit pre-emptive when the day after finding out I was pregnant (1st December 2017) I was checking for a bump. Wishful thinking! I have always been obsessed with baby bumps and wished that when I was lucky enough to become pregnant I would have a cute little bump that I could balance a cup of tea upon (ah lets see if this happens) while munching on Jammy Dodgers and Rich Tea Biscuits, so when I found out I was pregnant I was already imagining a baby bump forming. It got even more ridiculous when I forced my sister to take a photo of me and my bump literally the day after finding out about being pregnant (this makes me cringe now, lol).
I knew that bumps were not an immediate thing to show, but being pregnant, I was just so excited to start seeing a change, afterall, how could I be feeling so significantly different within myself and not show any change whatsoever on the outside? It was just bizarre to me!
My bump didn’t start showing til the usual 16 week mark, but even then I expected it to be larger than it was!
Morning Sickness in the first trimester
As a bit of a pessimist, I expected my morning sickness to be one of hellish nature having heard all of the horror stories. I used to have a bit of a phobia of being sick and the thought of putting my body through something that would promote being sick on most days made me hate the idea of pregnant.
My surprise reaction to finding out I was pregnant was partly due to the fact that I never once had a day of being sick or feeling sick- just mood swings and a lack of period. I always heard that being sick was one of the first symptoms of being pregnant and because of the lack of morning sickness for me, pregnancy never floated across my mind as a possibility.
Funnily enough though, I had my fair share of sickness the very next day after finding out I was pregnant and a few days after that it happened again. I wasn’t sure if my mind had just convinced itself to throw up, knowing I was pregnant and knowing that it was a side effect of pregnancy, or if it was actually a bout of morning sickness.
So I got away very lucky for morning sickness, but when it hit… oh boy it hit. I would walk around the city centre to work, covering my nose and mouth with a scarf, focusing so much on not throwing up, when all I wanted to do was barf up my guts. I have never exercised bodily control in such a successful way- and don’t even get me started on trying to control it when I was on one of the Glasgow First Buses to the city centre.
The good news was that the suggested methods to avoid or prevent morning sickness worked for me- ginger nuts before getting up and a cup of tea with some sugar, sparkling water, ready salted crisps and just remaining full at all times helped.
I have heard of some of the wildest cravings EVER for women who have been pregnant. From a woman who craved lumps of coal, to a woman who woke up at 3am with the oddest craving of cheerios and milk, not in a normal china bowl, but in a carved out watermelon bowl… I was expecting to eat some of the weirdest stuff. My biggest fear being that I would start craving my most hated food ever… (and don’t judge me for this) cheese (seriously, this hatred of mine has ended friendships before because some people just can’t handle another me hating on their beloved cheese). Thankfully the only craving I have had including cheese, was pizza and oddly enough I love pizza so it wasn’t a problem.
I had cravings for Flaming Hot Monster Munch (I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THESE BAD BOYS), mangos, pineapples, vinegar, sparkling water (I used to hate sparkling water because it just tasted like spicy water without a flavour). Thankfully I haven’t desired a lump of coal or a watermelon bowl of cheerios and milk, so its reasonably easy to feed these cravings.
Aches and Pains
Sciatica, leg cramps, sore nips… these were just a handful of the aches and pains I have experienced during my first trimester and unfortunately these have all carried over to my second trimester so I am praying that they go away eventually!
One of the worst was when I had a solid 4 weeks of killer headaches that were so bad I couldn’t even sleep. The leg cramp I experienced a week ago was up there with one of the worst cramps I have ever experienced in my entire life.
Ugh, this one was a killer during my first trimester, and it is extremely common. Its important to try and keep your iron levels up because feeling tired can be a common sign of being anaemic and being anaemic during pregnancy is a big thing to avoid if possible! Thankfully it has eased up a bit in the second trimester but for the first trimester, I was just a walking bag of snoozeville. The trouble was that I was on holiday for Christmas for 2 whole weeks which meant that I got into the habit of taking a mid-afternoon nap every day. Returning back to work in January felt a bit like a cruel joke. It was the most difficult thing ever to go through a solid 8 hours without being able to retreat to my bed half way through. Coming home from work, I would be a crabbit mess and demand my bed before dinner but it wasn’t always like this thankfully.
so… What is the realistic side of the first Trimester in pregnancy? Well…
What I have learned through my first trimester of pregnancy is that no two pregnancies are ever the same! Take it from the Mums who post on forum boards, blogs and even your midwife. Something that I experience could be entirely different from what you experience. Its quite to cool to think a pregnancy is such a unique experience.
There is no general side to pregnancy, so what might be realistic for me might be the dream of yours and vice versa!
It will all be worth the exhaustion in the end (plus a couple of months lol) and I cannot wait to meet my little bumble bump!