Last week, I made a big announcement. Now that I’m in the second trimester, I thought I’d share some things I learned from the first 3ish months.
Here are some lessons from my first trimester.
- It’s all weird science. For the first few weeks, I had no problem taking my prenatal vitamin. Then one day, I started hanging over the toilet within twenty minutes of taking it. Finding a good time to take it that didn’t make me sick (later in the day, after a meal) took some figuring out, but eventually I got the hang of it.
- Sleep is life. I have never been so tired on such a consistent basis in my whole life, except for maybe when I was a newborn (but hey, I don’t remember). I work two jobs, so napping isn’t really an option during the day. I basically just had to muscle through this step.
- My Google searches got interesting. Any time I wasn’t sure about eating/drinking something, doing a certain workout, or pretty much anything, I googled it. The best might have been at 9 weeks when I got violently ill and slept next to the toilet, when I googled “9 weeks pregnant puking dying.” (That incident was probably just food poisoning though).
- Be prepared. For anything. Anytime I’m planning on driving or travelling to visit family a couple hours away, I make sure to carry some sort of food (Lara Bars are amazing, as is fruit and hard boiled eggs).
- Cravings aren’t super intense yet, and they’re fleeting. My mom introduced me to the term “food swings” which has been fairly accurate- if I wait an hour, they usually go away. The most interesting food swing was for spaghettios and meatballs- the canned version. I haven’t had those since i was 13 or 14, and there’s no way I’d consider eating them now. I have acted on a craving for Salt and Vinegar chips though, it turns out even just a handful was enough to curb it.
- Did I mention sleep yet?
- I started getting REALLY SLOW. My hips shifted fairly early, which changed my gait and made them fairly sore (especially on my right side). Coupled with fatigue, my runs got slower by about a minute per mile. I have to take walking breaks every now and then. Ultimately, I’m okay with this- I can still move quite a bit and I was able to run 15 miles last weekend no problem- just slower than I’m used to.
- Accepting that my body isn’t just mine. Things have started changing already, one day my skin is clear and glowing, the next it is dull and I have a cystic acne outbreak. My stomach is starting to show already and my thighs are touching now, because my hips have turned out. Gaining weight is inevitable (and healthy). No matter how much sleep I get, I still might get tired in the middle of the day. I can’t eat/drink certain things I enjoy because it’s not good for the kiddo- coffee, Shakeology, bacon…
- Baby registries can be a tad overwhelming. As a first time parent, I have no idea what I need vs. what is nice to have vs. completely unnecessary. I created my registry on Amazon, mainly for convenience because I already have an account and a lot of my family members have Prime, so it made sense. Another thing that made sense- asking for help! I turned to my mom and other moms when I hit a roadblock. A lot of people are willing to help if you let them…go figure!
- Emotions are a rollercoaster. Sometimes with PMS, you want to rip someone’s head off and then love them the next. Pregnancy is a lot like that, but all the time. I got frustrated because I tend to rationalize my feelings/thought processes. This mentality that all of my feelings require justification made the emotional roller coaster difficult, because with hormones, you can’t always explain why you feel a certain way. It’s just what happens.
- I’m so excited to be a mom. Honestly, ever since I can remember, my career goals and life envisioning has varied quite a bit, but I have always wanted to be a mom. No matter what, I am happy (and nervous- this is a whole new lifetime that’s about to start) and plan on continuing to stay healthy.
Here’s to Trimester 2!
Any first trimester woes or victories you want to share?
Has running ever gotten harder during a change in your life?