It's official, I am in my second trimester! Well, according to some of my pregnancy resources, some of them say it starts when week 13 is finished. I'm going to go with the ones that say I am already in my second trimester, because well... I am impatient like that. If you missed our pregnancy announcement post you can catch it HERE to read all about how we found out, how we told our family and an overview on how pregnancy has been.
In this post I will do a weekly breakdown of the first trimester, what symptoms I was feeling, etc. So far during my pregnancy I have loved following other women's pregnancies. I love hearing what each week was like and contrasting it to my own. It is nice to relate with other pregnant women and feel like everything is "normal". From watching pregnancy videos, reading blogs, and having a few of my best friends pregnant at the same time, I am quickly realizing that each pregnancy is very different and every woman's experience is different. And that's OKAY! We do not all need to have identical pregnancies for it to mean we are all growing healthy babies and that is something I have learned in these last 13 weeks.
On top of doing a weekly breakdown I will answer random questions about pregnancy. I hope there are some pregnant, soon to be mommies reading this and if so I hope this post helps in someway or is just a joy to read! Lets get into it...
In maternity clothes yet?
Not yet, but things are a bit tighter.
What helped with the nausea?
Carbs, ginger tea and preggie-pops. My sister in law bought me the preggie-pops and I was so surprised at how much they helped me with my nausea. You can buy them at Target or on Amazon. I would carry them in my purse just in case an unexpected burst of nausea would hit. That would hold me over until I could get some carbs in my tummy. Peanut butter toast seemed to be my thing in the first trimester. It helped settle my stomach, or I would eat some crackers. My sister in law also bought me ginger tea, this is delicious and helped settle my tummy at times, I would make it with honey and it was a warm sweet treat.
I have just been leaning towards more carbohydrates and less meat. In the beginning chicken never sounded good. I have had some random cravings including pineapple, oranges, green chili, milk, fro-yo, and french toast, but I haven't seemed to have one single craving that I continue to eat week after week.
What are you missing most?
Coffee, coffee and more coffee! Oh, and sushi... specifically a spicy tuna roll. Basically anything I can't eat, I want and crave. Drinking tea or hot coco helps with the coffee cravings.
Total weight gain?
About 3 lbs, a bit less. I am surprised because the doctor said 5-8 was the norm for first trimester, but heck I'm not complaining!
I am not far enough along to know the gender yet, so here is my prediction... girl! At first I totally thought it was a boy because I just couldn't picture us having a girl, and because Nick said he wanted a boy. But now I am convinced it's a girl. My grandma has a strong feeling it's a girl, and my mom and I both had girl related dreams. Another reason I think it is a girl is because I did the pee + baking soda test (Google it) and the test said it was a girl. We also did the ring, string and belly test (lol also Google) and it totally said girl! Who knows if these silly tests are real but I am sold. Plus, we have two boy kitties so maybe it's time I finally get my girl hehe.
Emotional or moody?
Really not too bad at all, even my husband would agree! My hormones/emotions seemed way more out of wack when I would PMS than now that I am pregnant. I have cried a few times that maybe I wouldn't have otherwise, but it isn't very often and I feel normal and happy.
Yes, it is much lower impact and calmer than my workouts prior to pregnancy, but I am enjoying staying active and working out. Most of my workouts consist of walking on the treadmill at a very high incline, followed by weights. I have continued to take the Body-Pump class at 24 hour fitness, but I have stopped doing my high intensity interval training workouts. I also have quit running while I am pregnant. It takes me much longer to burn calories, but the doctor said to keep your heart rate at around 140 so I just want to do what is best for the baby. I plan on working out my entire pregnancy, it helps me to feel happy, healthy and when I don't workout I find my muscles and joints feel extremely tight which makes me irritable.
- We found out around week 4/5.
- No weight gain yet.
- No doc apt yet.
- Worked out.
- Not many symptoms, just light cramping and feeling more sleepy.
- Light spotting and cramping.
- Increased sense of smell.
- Working out.
- Same weight.
- Very thirsty, always drinking water.
- Loving naps.
- Had my first nauseous moments.
- Felt light headed at times.
- One day this week I took a THREE hour nap!!!
- Still very thirsty.
- Less than 1 lb weight gain, but weight fluctuates anyways.
- No cravings yet.
- Slight change in nipples.
- 1 lb total weight gain.
- Had first doctor appointment and heart the heart beat. Did a vaginal ultrasound.
- Babies heart rate was 152 beats per minute - normal.
- Baby is 1.45 cm.
- Nauseous this week, needed to eat consistently to not feel sick.
- 2 lb total weight gain.
- Still nauseous if I don't eat consistently. Carbs help.
- Less sleepy but still more tired than normal.
- Same weight gain, 2 lb total.
- Breaking out a bit on my face.
- Feeling less exhausted.
- Slight nausea.
- 2.5 lb total weight gain.
- Workouts are walking and weights.
- Experienced lots of light headed and dizziness this week.
- Last few days of the week I was extremely exhausted.
- Lots of nausea this week.
- Worked out less.
- Less tired.
One trimester down, two more to go until baby Greco arrives! Stay tuned!
As I'm sure you can tell by the title, yes, I am pregnant!! Please excuse my excessive punctuation in this post, I am just so excited! We are expecting our first baby in June of 2017. My heart could not be filled with more gratitude and excitement. Nick and I have been together for 12+ years, and married 2+ years, so now felt like the perfect time to start our little family. We made the decision to start trying for a baby in August, while in Italy. We didn't get pregnant that month, but we did in September. We were shocked that we got pregnant so quick and we are just so grateful that we were able to do so without any complications. When we first found out I was pregnant I was about four weeks along, we found out very early. Our reaction was interesting, I was amazed at how shocked we both were. We both went into a state of panic/excitement/fear/joy all in one. I thought since we made a decision that we are ready to be parents that when we found out it would only be joy. It's surprising that even though we are "ready" (if that's ever the case), we were still shocked and very nervous. Becoming parents is just such a new thing for Nick and I both, uncharted territory. In life it is such a fine line between fear and excitement. The moment we found out, all I could think about was how excited I was to tell my mom, sister, best friends and Nick's family! Since I am now 27, the anticipation for Nick and I to become pregnant was high. My sister bugged us about it everyday, she was dying for the day she'd become an aunt. The morning after we found out, we went to Starbucks and ordered two drinks, the cups would be our announcement for my mom and sister. On my mom's cup we wrote Grandma of four (she was already a Grandma of three) and my sisters cup said Auntie Nicole. When we surprised them with their cups, their reactions were precious. My sister cried like a baby for a good five minutes and automatically started kissing my belly. My mom seemed to be in pure shock with a layer of "I already knew because mom's know everything". They were both thrilled by the news. The next few days we let our closest friends and family know about the good news. I feel so grateful to have such an amazing support system that is genuinely excited and happy for baby Greco to come.
As I am writing this, I am eleven weeks pregnant and the baby is the size of a lime. It's so strange because sometimes I forget I am pregnant, hard to believe there is a little lime sized baby in there that will be a plum by next week! I am still in my first trimester of pregnancy and I must say, God has been so good to me in this first trimester. I was anticipating insane mood swings, pure exhaustion and lots of vomiting. If you are reading this and that was your pregnancy, you're going to hate me (as my other pregnant friends do) ... I've had it pretty easy so far. I have had days were I could sleep twenty hours and still feel tired, but thankfully that is not the case everyday. In the first few weeks I was more tired, I would say it started to let up around week nine. As for nausea, I do get it, but as long as I eat bread, crackers, or suck on a preggie pop, then I am totally fine and the nausea subsides. I am already amazed by what my body as a woman is doing, being pregnant makes me feel so grateful to be a woman, and I'm sure that feeling will just grow as this journey continues.
Follow along with me as I enter this chapter of being a mommy, I will blog the whole journey. I am so excited about this new addition to my blog, the mom life section. I hope to connect with other mommies around the world and support each other through what is called the hardest job ever, being a parent. Thanks so much for reading, make sure to enter your email below to stay in the loop!