Overall, my pregnancy has been great. #BLESSED
I really was not that sick at all. I don’t have any morning sickness nightmares that a lot of ladies have. I felt mostly okay. I was just very tired.
Weeks 5-9, I had NO energy. I could barely move. That was really the worst of my first trimester. I only got sick a few times. Literally three. And I did start getting migraines around week 8 which was HORRIBLE and kept me bedridden for a few days, but other than that, so far so good.
Another thing that was really scary was some pretty horrible cramping. I was only newly pregnant at this time and so the cramping terrified me, but RyRo googled it and said it was completely normal so that helped ease my panicked mind. NIGHTMARES. OH MY GOODNESS. When you are preg, you have SUPER vivid dreams and they can be terrifying and strange.
WHOA. They are NO JOKE ya’ll. I was SO moody. Could cry at the drop of a hat. Literally, everyone annoyed me. Not everyone, but most people and I just was a literal crazy person. Poor RyRo. He was a champ. And we made it. I am in my 2nd trimester now and things are a lot better (More to come on that later).
I didn’t have a TON of cravings except for during week 3-4 (before I even knew I was pregnant) all I wanted was blackbean soup and turkey sandwiches. Yea, you aren’t supposed to eat deli meat that has not been cooked on both sides while your pregnant, but I did and I lived to tell about it.
I loved eating red beans and rice, gumbo, and sandwiches. Eventually the black bean soup phase faded to black and I began to crave chicken strips (pretty much from anywhere) and also mexican food.
Things I hated:
I had LOTS of food aversions. Things that just did not sit well with me. I would make things and then not want to eat them because it just seemed disgusting.
Things I Miss:
Honestly, we used to go out quite a bit for cocktails with friends or just to hang out. I had no energy, so I really missed that. To be honest, I also missed drinking a glass of wine or vodka soda in the evenings. This is something I just enjoy doing when I am cooking dinner and winding down for the day. If that offends you. Oh well. I have other friends who are pregnant who said the same thing, so this helped me not to feel so bad.
Prenatal Vitamins (The Struggle was real):
I had to change my prenatals. I had been using women’s gummy vitamins for YEARS but they were SO disgusting to me during my first trimester that I had to switch to a pill. My absolute FAVORITE prenatal vitamin is the Women’s One A Day. You only have to take 1 which to me is perfect. I was doing the ALIVE prenatal and they are WAY TOO BIG and you also had to take 2. Some days I could barely stomach it. Once I found the Women’s One a Day, life was good and no longer felt like i was going to vomit every time I took my vitamin. Some of the gummy vitamins you have to take like 6. WOOF. I could not even handle it.
I try to walk at least thirty minutes a day and I do stretches and hand weights. I have a little routine that I do.
First Doctor’s Appointment:
So, basically when you get pregnant, no one in the medical profession, really cares until after your first trimester. I know. So crazy. I wanted to go to the doctor the day I found out and they did not want to see me until 9 – 12 Weeks. I was floored.
I thought about changing doctors. I even asked my sister who is in medicine to help me and she referred a couple of doctors and I called their offices and made appointments, and I just felt SO lost. I prayed to God that I needed a sign because I did not know what to do.
Having a tiny person inside of your stomach and not having any control on what’s going on inside of there is pretty mind blowing and stressful and emotional. You realize how little control you have on life and I really have had to learn to let go and trust that God has got it under control.
Having made an appointment with a new doctor and then also keeping my appointment with my old doctor, I really needed some help here. Like I said, I prayed and waited. THE NEXT DAY (not even kidding), I get a call from a different doctor in my OB’s practice. I had a medical procedure done (the day after I found out I was pregnant) and since my doctor was out of the office for a while, he wanted to make sure I had gotten the results. I had already gotten the results because the radiologist called me already (everything came back fine).
Once he finished telling me, I told him about being pregnant and he was so kind, listened, and really seemed to care. He asked If I had ever had complications with a pregnancy before, and I shared that I had never been pregnant before. He said, “well you must be really anxious then.” I explained that I actually was and he asked when my first appointment was, it was several weeks away and he offered that I come to see him the NEXT week to help ease some of my anxiety of the unknown. I knew immediately that THIS was the answer to my prayer.
I went to see him the following week. I was 7 weeks exactly and we even got to hear the baby’s heartbeat. Which was MIND BLOWING. You can even see it beating on the screen.
I fell in LOVE with my doctor and decided not to go back to my original OBGYN but to stay with him. He is very fatherly. Very sweet and caring and calm. He is also honest and firm. Just what I need.
Getting through the first trimester:
As I write this, I am almost 14 weeks along. I made it. I have to tell you, I was so anxious during my first trimester. I just wanted to make it through and know everything was okay with the baby. Thankfully all of his genetic testing came back great and he seems to be a healthy little guy. We had a second ultrasound during my 11th week and he was moving around. It was PRECIOUS. He looked more human and not just like a squiggly line.
Some fun things we did during the first trimester were order furniture, pick out paint and bedding, and a stroller. Picking out a stroller deserves its own post. What an experience. The options are overwhelming. Picking out EVERYTHING is overwhelming but we did it! My in-laws also bought several stuffed animals and clothes already and my mom bought a sweet book.
Another fun thing we did was take our Social Media Announcement Photos. So weird that, that is even a thing now. But it is.
It is AMAZING that now you can take a blood test at 10 Weeks through Progenity that will confirm the gender of your baby. Not only that but the ultrasound techs can actually tell at that time too, but just to be on the safe side they usually do not.
My dear friend Audrea is a talented photog and she did these photos for us SUPER early in the AM! Here are some of my Favs! I ordered the CUTEST Hunter Boots for Babies from Nordstrom. Oh my goodness. Just Precious.
Next week I’ll share my nursery vision board! I can’t wait to have it all put together.