1 – I never got morning sickness! Please don’t hate me. I don’t know how I avoided this. If you know me, you’d know this is a miracle. I am the most nauseous person you’ll ever meet. I can’t go in cars, planes, trains, boats without getting off with some level of nausea. Everyone in my family joked to Zak that I was going to be a nightmare when I got pregnant. Look who’s laughing now, fam?
2 – Pickle cravings are REAL. A few days before I found out I was pregnant, Zak came downstairs to find me eating three giant pickles at 8:30 in the morning! This really should have tipped me off, but it didn’t. The uncontrollable urge to eat pickles lasted for about three weeks and then it just disappeared. Then, I moved on to breakfast food (yum!). As you can see from the image above, I had a tough time choosing between the omelette and cinnamon swirl pancakes one morning (before the food aversions started), so I decided to get both!
3 – Food aversions are also real. Chicken has become the single most repulsive food on the planet to me. The mere thought of it gives me scary goosebumps. A co-worker brought chicken in for lunch and I had to (in a not-so-subtle way) excuse myself from the room where everyone was eating.
4 – I’ve never been so exhausted in my life. By the time I got home from a work day at school, I could barely muster the energy to kick off my shoes before falling into bed. I had never been a napper before I got pregnant, but until about week 12 I took a nap (or wanted to take a nap) every day.
5 – Getting myself to exercise was hard, but so worth it. It felt near impossible to start, but I always had more energy when I finished. I set a goal to move for at least 30 minutes a day. I would go for a walk around the neighborhood or do a short yoga practice. I’m in love with the free app called Down Dog. You can customize the length and type of practice you’d like to do. I set my mat up in front of a window and press play. It’s so easy.
6 – I didn’t start showing until nearly week 12. Even now at 19 weeks the bump looks more like a bunch of questionable food choices than a baby bump. I only gained about 3 pounds in the first trimester (which is perfectly fine according to my doctor). Quick PSA: Eating for two is a myth. You only need to add about 300 calories more a day in the first trimester. (P.S. I use the Baby Pics app for the photo stickers).
7 – I’ve developed a super sense of smell. This is probably the most annoying symptom for Zak. Poor thing can’t get away with anything, haha!
8 – “I have to pee” has become my most commonly said phrase. Sometimes I just stay on the toilet for a few minutes after I pee because I will likely have to go again in a few minutes anyways. When I go on a walk around our neighborhood, I have to stay close to home because I get anxiety thinking about being too far away and needing to pee.
9 – I stood up as the matron of honor in my best friend’s wedding at 7½ weeks pregnant. They say it’s good luck to have a pregnant person in your bridal party. (Although no one knew about the baby except the people in this picture.) Can we talk about how beautiful these women are? My dress was a blush floral gown from Jenny Yoo.
10 – I love learning about all the fun changes happening with the baby and to my body! There are lots of good pregnancy apps. My favorite pregnancy app is The Bump App. It gives you fun size comparisons every day to help you understand how big the baby is. The other day it told me that Baby K’s foot was the size of a pop can tab–so cute! I also have both the Ovia Pregnancy and the What To Expect apps on my phone. They all give you different development updates.
But by far my favorite thing about the first trimester was seeing the baby for the first time…I mean, just look at those little fists!
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