11 Jan First Trimester Update: Weeks 5-9
Herroooo! Like I mentioned in my last post, I knew that I wanted to document my pregnancy on the blog, so I have been taking notes along the way and can’t wait to share them with you once I consolidate them into groups!
These updates will include how I was feeling at that point in the pregnancy and is not necessarily a reflection of how I may be feeling now!
Baby Leo Weeks 5-9
Week 7: Baby is the size of a Blueberry!
Week 8: Baby is the size of a Raspberry!
(picture was from us in Newport, RI celebrating our 2 year anni!)
Week 9: Baby is the size of an olive!
(She thought she was kissing my “food baby”. Tricked ya!!)
Random thoughts & how I’m feeling:
Woowee. Real talk here. Although I really didn’t experience the full on nausea // not able to eat // throwing up horribleness that some women experience the first trimester, I have to be honest and say this was definitely not my favorite part about pregnancy. I was more than happy to see those weeks fly by.
(This was an everyday occurrence)
The only way that I can really describe how I was feeling was that I was hungover and the verge of getting the flu all at the same time. My hormones were all over the place and i just really didn’t feel like myself. I was EXHAUSTED. I was starving. I wasn’t hungry. I wanted pizza, bagels, and crackers. I wanted a salad. I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on.
And of course, being the crazy girl that I am, I remember I kept saying to Brian, “how am I going to do this? I can’t be this tired yet. I’m not even THAT pregnant”.
and then he’d look at me and say…”What does that even mean? Pregnant is pregnant.”
I guess I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that something the size of pea was wreaking havoc on my system and I had nothing to show for it! Nowww I understand that those first few weeks are when your body is growing through some AMAZING and freaking IMPORTANT stuff. It’s funny, because most of the guidelines or restrictions for pregnancy are actually for the first trimester. Which makes sense. Your body is building the placenta. The lifeline to that little nugget and what could be more important than that.
Eventually I just surrendered to the daily afternoon naps (sometimes in my car between clients), allowed my body the food that it was craving, and accepted the fact that for the next 9 months my body and workouts were going to look a little different – and that was all okay. In fact, IT WAS GREAT! This was what I had been waiting for, and the sooner I was able to understand that the most important thing I can do it is listen to my body, the better off I was!
Now that I’ve got that off my chest – here’s what else I’m experiencing:
-Not too much to report on these first few weeks. I’d say the exhaustion started setting in around Week 8 or so. I did have my best friends bachelorette party in Dewey Beach, and I was able to fly under the radar – ordering “vodka sodas” and their famous Orange Crushes without the alcohol!
– Blood sugar. I feel like I’m having a hard time keeping my blood sugar stable. Probably due to all the carbohydrates that I am craving and other things making up my diet that I don’t typically eat, but it seems like in a second my blood sugar plumets and feel the need to eat a loaf of bread.
-TMI – potty issues. I actually stopped taking a prenatal with iron, because it was causing me so much discomfort. The moment I stopped taking the iron – I was good to go. Literally. 🙂 My doctor said as long as I was eating a balanced diet (trying here) with high iron foods (spinach,salmon, beans, beef, chicken and quinoa), I’d be fine for now. I switched to just taking a folic acid, omega 3&6, and a probiotic separately and I’m feeling MUCH better!
-I am Miss Moody over here. Mainly because I am just. so. tired. I mean I thought I knew tired during soccer preseason, but this is a different level. Plus, I also think having this big secret is wearing on Bri and I. We are so impatient and just want to tell everyone! Soon enough 🙂
GOLDFISH (literally keep a huge box by my bed at all times- sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night – pop a handful – without even batting an eye), pho, popsicles, turkey clubs, pizza, bagels, cereal, peanut butter and jelly – does it have carbs in it? I WANT IT!
hot sauce. ew.
I’ve tried to stay pretty consistent, although a bit lackluster due to exhaustion. I know that I’ll always feel better afterwards, but there were a lot of days where I couldn’t do anything, but make it through my training and teaching schedule. I haven’t been doing much yoga, because being in that hot room folding upside down pretty much sounds like death right now. I’ve walked out of class early about 3 times now and have decided to give it a break for a little bit.
Other than some random bouts of nausea and an over all feeling of ICK, I’m doing A Okay and super excited to tell people!!! Keep cooking little one – we are already so excited to meet you! <3