My Pregnancy Experience: First Trimester

I’ve had baby fever for quite some time, I come from a pretty large family, I’ve worked with kids most of my life, I’ve been around a lot of pregnant women, but you really have no idea about your own pregnancy until you’re actually pregnant. I mean it does make sense; pregnancy is so individualized. We are all different and unique right? No wonder you can’t be fully prepared for it. Even if you’ve had several kids, your body is different each time you get pregnant and the person growing inside you and their needs are different each time as well. First and foremost I was incredibly thankful and happy for this to happen the very moment it did. The timing was truly divine. I will say when I started my first draft of this blog it became me sharing my story of conception, so I plan on sharing that as well, but it needs it's own space. I know what a gift this little one is and I still give thanks every single day for this baby, this pregnancy and the wonderful birth experience we will have. 

We found out about our pregnancy when I was 7 weeks along. A few days after that the symptoms started to sink in. The nausea and fatigue were what hit me the most, but my appetite increased as well. I do find it interesting how there are so many horror stories about pregnancy. Up until this moment I never really made to connection of how many terrible stories I have heard about other women’s pregnancies and also how pregnancy is represented in a negative light in our own media. No wonder so many people are terrified of it-myself WAS included. I don’t want to take away that each experience is unique; some really horrible and some extremely beautiful. I encourage you if you had a wonderful and beautiful pregnancy SHARE IT! We need more of that positivity. A lot of the stories I heard about was the nausea and morning sickness. Luckily, the nausea I experienced all hours of the day and night was the worst it got for me. I am thankful for that! I know several women that not only felt sick, but also got sick. I am so glad that I had to just combat the one thing. Don’t get me wrong, it sucked for sure. No one likes to feel like they need to throw up, and to feel it almost all day long is very icky! I did drink ‘Pregnancy Tea’ by Taditional Medicinals, fresh ginger tea (about an inch of fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped, steeped in hot water) and ginger chews. Those 3 things made the nausea either go away completely, or it would become very mild (and tolerable).

Another symptom I experienced was my growing appetite. Now, I always have been the type of person who puts down a lot of food. I can eat A LOT, and I enjoy eating very much. This was so different. I felt like I just could not get enough food in. Every moment I was awake, I was hungry. I was hungry right when I woke up all the way until I went to bed. I really wanted to just be open and accept my pregnancy for what it was and how my body was changing. I ate when I wanted and what I wanted without being critical. Any time I felt some judgement coming on I would reframe my thinking to be about the needs of my baby & body. I did actually kind of get tired of eating, more so I guess I got tired of chewing. My jaw got physically tired of chewing. Thank goodness for smoothies!

The last symptom that was pretty intense for me during my first trimester was the fatigue. I was so tired. It was a level of tiredness that I’ve never felt before. I mean I really can’t describe it, you really only know what I’m talking about if you’ve been pregnant yourself. So if you haven’t, prepare yourself for feeling this extreme exhaustion. I will say that I am extremely thankful for my husband who pretty much took over doing everything. I was so thankful that I could nap every day and not have to stress about doing anything. I truly give so much praise to women who manage pregnancy alone, and even more respect who do it solo while taking care of other little ones. It was so hard for me to show up for my stepson. It did give me an opportunity to teach him about pregnancy, the changes I was going through, and to have compassion for those we love. I know I’m privileged to have the space and support to just lay down for the rest of the day after I got off work if I needed to. I did try to get walks in, usually after my naps. But like I mentioned before I really tried to listen to my body & intuition and honor my needs. I spent so much time during my life on the go, pushing through the exhaustion (sometimes sickness). This wasn’t the regular everyday. I’m growing a person. They chose me & my family and I wanted to honor and respect that. If I needed to lay down then that’s what I did. I really tried to find the balance a bit later on, but my body hasn’t experienced this before and needed a ton of rest at the beginning stages.

I really felt like this new turn I took on my path was one that involves healing and living my life in alignment with my highest good was truly leveling up. That I was practicing and preparing for this next right of passage in my life as a mother, woman and wife. I found myself so excited and filled with a new joy of this major transition that was about to happen. Again in my life I felt aligned-I’m on the right path-I’m exactly where I need to be. I love hearing other people’s pregnancy experiences. How was your first trimester? Was it a learning experience with a few curve balls thrown at you or was it an absolutely horrible experience-maybe somewhere in between? Please share in the come below! I would love to connect 💛


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