First Trimester Update
As I sit here writing this post, I’m exactly 19 weeks and 5 days along… so almost halfway! In some ways, this pregnancy has flown by but in other ways I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever. When I found out I was pregnant in July I immediately started to get sick (like week 4) and I sat on the couch and laid in bed day after day doing nothing but eating, sleeping and puking.
I wanted to write this post for a lot of reasons. One being that I wanted to be able to look back and remember it all for myself. It’s been so hard and nothing like my pregnancy with Aria. Another reason I wanted to write this post was so other moms could read it and know that they aren’t alone! I struggled with feeling alone for a long time in my first trimester… and mentally it really got to me. I didn’t have friends and family check in on me and even though I had Blake, I always felt like he didn’t really understand it all. Our house was so unkept & disgusting that I had to hire a housecleaner to come help me and I could hardly keep up with my work.
I felt alone and misunderstood… and really like nobody cared. When you’re sitting on the couch or laying in bed HELPLESS day in and day out, it takes such a huge toll on you. I felt like I was watching my life pass me by and I wanted to be productive and get things done but I really couldn’t at all. When Aria was home with me, and Blake was at work, we pretty much watched TV all day long and I felt like a failure as a mother. I knew Aria needed to go play outside or just get out of the house and I couldn’t give that to her. It’s absolutely crazy how much a woman’s body goes through while pregnant, especially in the first trimester! Here are some of the symptoms I went through… sorry if it’s TMI but it’s real life!
First Trimester Symptoms:
Nausea & Throwing Up
Exhaustion (napping 1-2 times a day)
Congestion (I still can’t breathe through my nose and my lips have been chapped pretty much this entire pregnancy because of it)
Joint pain in knees & hips
Lack of sleep
Back pain ( I was shocked that this started so early on)
Heartburn (the worst pain aside from nausea)
Tender Breasts (how I suspected I was pregnant…man they hurt)
Short of breath
Extremely thirsty (like cravinggg water)
I’m finally starting to feel better and I have more energy too! My sanity is back and I feel like myself again (for the most part, haha) so I’m really thankful for that. We just went in for our ultrasound today and they confirmed that we are having a BOY!! (See our announcement here) He’s measuring a week big (I knew it!) and we got some cute little pictures of him. It’s so cool to see him moving around on the ultrasound screen. I can feel him moving pretty much everyday now.
If you’re a Mom or you’re expecting, I hope that you get something from this post. I really wanted to let other expecting mothers know that they are not alone even if it feels like it. If you’re going through your first trimester and need someone to talk to, I would LOVE to be that person for you. I didn’t feel like I had another woman to talk to and it was brutal… so please DM me or email me and vent if you need to. If you haven’t announced your pregnancy yet, I’ll keep your secret I swear. 🙂 It’s so important to talk about what you’re going through and how you’re feeling because your hormones are going crazy and your life has just been turned upside down. I’m here for you girl!
If you’re one of those Mommas that had easy pregnancies, count your blessings. I would never wish a hard pregnancy on anyone… and I still don’t feel like either of mine have been as bad as some out there. Even though it was hard, I’m still thankful for the pregnancy and this baby. I feel very lucky.
Thanks for stopping by to read this post you guys! I hope you have a great week and know you are awesome and you are loved!