When I first found out we were pregnant again I imagined blogging about it every week, and keeping a bit of a virtual diary of our pregnancy journey second time round. But its only since we entered the second trimester in the last few weeks that I’ve felt well enough and had the energy to properly open my laptop and start blogging again with some type of consistency. I feel quite sad that I havent been able to capture weekly updates of our pregnancy up until now, but hopefully from the second trimester onwards I’ll be able to post more regular updates. I didn’t want to completely miss doing anything on how the first trimester has been, so instead I’ll share an update on the overall first trimester to bring you all up to speed, and to have something to look back on in the future..
Just like in my first pregnancy, I have had terrible morning sickness throughout the first trimester of this pregnancy. Like last time, it comes and goes throughout the day and leaves me feeling pretty debilitated. On top of it I feel completely and totally exhausted, have awful migraines and spend most days feeling completely floored. Getting through each day at work is a challenge and I spend every day just trying to make it through to the next one, going to work and then crawling into bed with the little lady almost as soon as we get home.
For three whole months I went off my beloved tea. It was one of the first inklings I had that I might be pregnant. For someone who usually has at least three cups of tea a day, suddenly finding that tea tasted funny and then completely going off it sent small alarm bells going off in my head. That, and my sudden aversion to the smell of garlic. Just a slightest whiff of it brought on my morning sickness with a vengeance and it got so bad that I stopped cooking with it, avoided eating anything with it in it and had to ban the husband from eating anything with it at work.
Cravings so far seem to have been random and sporadic. They have been for totally random things, and for some reason seem to peak particularly at night. One evening very early on in the first trimester I had a craving for buttered broccoli at 10pm, another evening it was mango and the husband was sent out at 11pm to go and find some (he’s definitely a keeper!). Another evening I succumbed to a late night kiwi craving resulting in an 11pm kiwi fest, and more often than not the husband has to bring up a bowl of strawberries and grapes for me when he comes up to bed. I guess the only good thing is that most of the cravings so far seem to be healthy.
I thought I had got away completely unscathed on the emotions and hormones front, that was until one Saturday I found myself sobbing into the fridge on a punnet of grapes over a small and insignificant thing the husband said. Then there was the time that Frozen made me cry. Frozen! We’re definitely experiencing some hormonal fluctuations.
What I’m Enjoying The Most So Far
In all honesty, there is nothing about the first trimester that I have enjoyed. I feel incredibly ungrateful admitting it, but like my first pregnancy, I found the first trimester incredibly trying. You have all the symptoms of pregnancy, but are in the difficult position of not yet being able to, or not yet wanting to tell people about your pregnancy which means you have to carry on with everything as normal. On top of the morning sickness and exhaustion which seems to last all day every day, I’ve had uncomfortable stomach aches and painful hip joints that started to seize up half way through the first trimester. Right now pregnancy doesn’t feel like much fun, although I know that it is completely worth it. I’m just hoping that things ease up around the second trimester which I loved the last time around.
What I’m Missing The Most So Far
Runny eggs. Breakfast muffins are just not the same without them. Like last time round, they will probably be one of the first things I eat again after this baby arrives. I can live without certain cheeses, pate and cured hams (just about), but the one thing that I sincerely miss and think about at breakfast every weekend that rolls around are runny eggs. On a more practical level, I really miss having energy and being able to do normal every day things like make dinner or blog. I’m the type of person that likes to be out or always doing things in the house, but I just havent been able to. Routine has been thrown out the window and I cant wait to have it back.
What I’m Looking Forward To
I cant wait to get my energy back and start to feel more normal which I’m hoping will happen once we get into the second trimester. But what I’m looking forward to the most is feeling those first baby movements and kicks which I’m expecting to happen earlier than they did with the little lady. Despite all the symptoms and the scan picture that clearly shows that I am pregnant, it still doesn’t really feel like there is a baby in there. I remember how magical and special it was feeling the little lady moving around inside of me and I cant wait to feel that again with this little person. It really was the best part of pregnancy last time round and I think it’ll help make it more real for all of us, especially the little lady.
My bump has definitely grown and started showing a lot quicker in this pregnancy compared to my first one. Towards the end of the first trimester my bump had definitely popped, and even my belly button seems to be making a run for freedom already. If I look back at my bump photos of my first pregnancy, it looks like I am a week or two ahead in comparison! It’s already made dressing for work quite tricky so I suspect I may need to invest in some maternity wear earlier with this pregnancy.
First Trimester Highlights
The 12 week scan was definitely the highlight of the first trimester, along with finally being able to tell our families that we were expecting baby number two. We were nervous about breaking the news on both sides because of weddings that coincide pretty closely with our due date, but everyone has been amazingly happy for us and so supportive. We really couldn’t have asked for a better reaction to our lovely news.