Our First Trimester

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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.

Food Aversions

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.

Food Cravings

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.

Bump Developments

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.


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  1. Kate
    January 7, 2016 / 10:24 am

    I totally agree with dislike for the first trimester, it’s definitely the worst time! So glad you’re into the second and can start enjoying it more. πŸ™‚
    I’m now into the third trimester (nearly 30 weeks!) and am definitely enjoying the rugby kicks that bug keeps giving me but I’m getting so large and starting to waddle! πŸ˜‰
    When is your due date?

    • My Petit Canard
      January 7, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      Oh how exciting, not long to go for you at all now! We’re just over 14 weeks now, due on the 23rd of June. How about you? Do you know what you’re having? πŸ™‚

      • Kate
        January 7, 2016 / 4:09 pm

        Ooh so exciting, a June baby! Our due date is 21 March and I’m finishing work at 36 weeks so only 6 more weeks to go. We’re having a boy! We found out at the 20 week scan, I have absolutely NO willpower and really wanted to know haha. Are you going to find out?
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        • My Petit Canard
          January 7, 2016 / 9:22 pm

          How exciting! Not long to go now at all, I am so envious of you – I cant wait to be that close πŸ™‚

  2. The Speed Bump
    January 9, 2016 / 11:37 pm

    Congratulations! I hated the first trimester and it’s one of the things that’s put me off trying for a second for now – I had a great birth but a nightmare pregnancy! Fingers crossed for a lovely second trimester full of glowing and blooming for you! #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 10, 2016 / 10:05 pm

      Hmm not sure which I rather, the nightmare pregnancy or the great birth lol. I can see how it would put you off a second though, 9/10 months is a long time to be uncomfortable or feeling pretty crappy. Hopefully you have a better experience second time round, they say no two pregnancies or births are the same.. πŸ˜‰ x

  3. January 10, 2016 / 4:36 am

    The first trimester was awful – and I totally went off tea too! All I could stomach for months was BLT sandwiches and ready salted Hula Hoops; it wasn’t exactly the organic health kick I’d had in mind, lol. Hope the sickness clears up soon for you! πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 10, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      Its so comforting to hear how many other ladies have found the first trimester so difficult too. BLT sandwiches and hula hoops dont sound too bad, I couldnt find anything that would help ease my stomach. Morning sickness is the worst, thank goodness its pretty much passed now! πŸ™‚

  4. January 10, 2016 / 10:37 am

    I am out of the 1st trimester today (I think!) 12 weeks today. Hasn’t been a good one for me either but lucky I didn’t suffer with morning sickness. Only nausea.
    Hope 2nd trimester is better for you lovely
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 10, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      Aw yay, congrats! Its so nice when you finally finish the first trimester, its such a milestone in my mind. Hopefully the nausea has eased up for you, I think they are both as bad as each other! Here’s to hoping we both have lovely, glowing second trimesters πŸ˜‰ x

  5. Mommy's Little Princesses
    January 10, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Congratulation! I agree I just love it when you first feel the baby move it is just so precious and magical. I hope the next trimester will be a good one for you hon and not as hard on you. How lucky are you to be having such healthy cravings.Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday. Xx#KCACOLS

    • My Petit Canard
      January 10, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you! I really cant wait to feel proper kicks and movement, hopefully in the next couple of week. I am definitely really luck with the cravings (and I know it!) lol.

  6. January 10, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    The one thing I remember about the first trimester with my pregnancy with Mini R was how exhausted I was. It’s so frustrating not being able to tell anyone and yet feeling unbelievably tired. I missed all the cheese and runny eggs, especially being pregnant over xmas – cheese boards galore! Hope the rest of your pregnancy is happy and healthy. #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 10, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      Oh it sounds so similar! But it is definitely getting better the further along we get. Heres to a healthy and glowing second trimester πŸ˜‰

  7. January 10, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Congratulations!I hope you start feeling better soon, the first months of pregnancy suck! Can’t believe how healthy your cravings are, I just wanted to eat chocolate for 9 months! Xx #kcacols

    • My Petit Canard
      January 10, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Thank you! Definitely starting to turn the corner now and feel much more like myself. I think I must be lucky with the cravings, although I cant turn down the odd cake or choc bar here or there πŸ˜‰

  8. January 11, 2016 / 6:46 am

    I hope you’re feeling more energised now and the sickness has left you alone! I haven’t really had any cravings yet, but I can no longer stand broccoli! I find this sort of thing very strange, but I suppose it’s just another quirk of pregnancy!

    Thank you for hosting #marvmondays x

    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      Oh, so much better. Not 100% yet, but definitely getting there. I love broccoli, I’d hate it if I went off it :-(. Pregnancy cracvings and aversities are so odd! lol

  9. Rhyming with wine
    January 11, 2016 / 7:56 am

    Congratulations again on your wonderful news lovely. i too hated the first trimester, but the second trimester was amazing with both of my pregnancies so i hope you get to enjoy these next few magical months. i too seemed to expand much quicker with my second, although my cravings were less fruit related and followed more of a cake theme (no surprise there with me really).

    happy second trimester xx

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    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 10:42 pm

      Oh I am definitely expanding quicker second time round – damn you already stretched pregnancy skin! I’m hoping at some point it slows down (ever the optimist). Either way, im just glad that im not feeling so rotten anymore, hopefully I can really start to enjoy and appreciate it soon. I feel so terrible for not loving it yet!

  10. agent spitback
    January 11, 2016 / 10:39 am

    Congratulations! What wonderful news! I loath the morning sickness. I had terrible morning sickness and i could not eat or drink anything. Hope you get your energy back and morning sickness begone!
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 10:40 pm

      Thank you lovely. Morning sickness is so awful, but I think I am past the worst of it now (touch wood, fingers crossed!). I wouldnt wish it on anyone!

  11. Charlotte
    January 11, 2016 / 11:29 am

    aww congrats! how exciting – blogging can be tough to fit in to busy lives at the best of times let alone when you have your head in the toilet! (i had terrible morning sickness too bleugh!) but it’s great that you have a platform to share things and keep a little virtual log! plus i would consider it a good thing that you got healthy cravings! i mean it could be worse ! Thanks for co-hosting another fab #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 10:43 pm

      So very true! Im definitely not complaining about the cravings, I am super lucky :-). Really enjoying blogging again now that I am starting to get my energy back. Hopefully I can start blogging about my pregnancy more regularly so that I can look back on it later on..

  12. January 11, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    first of all congratulations again, I was just like you and hated the first 3 months feeling sick and tired all the time, it will soon pass though and you will blossom and hopefully feel much better #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 6:46 pm

      Thanks Fiona! I think I have just about turned that corner, the nausea has finally gone and slowly but surely my energy is returning. Hopefully the next two trimesters will be kinder to me πŸ™‚

  13. January 12, 2016 / 7:47 am

    I hope you start feeling better now. In all honesty, I didn’t really like being pregnant either time. I had sickness on and off right up to 34 weeks the first time round and whilst It wasn’t as rough the second time, it was hard looking after a toddler and being pregnant. I can honestly say I’m not sad we’ve decided not to have another!

    At least you know it’s all worth it in the end!

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    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      Oh Nym, how awful – morning sickness up to 34 weeks! No wonder you didnt enjoy it. I would feel exactly the same if I had that experience too. Morning sickness is so awful. Completly debhabilitating and I wouldnt wish it on anyone. But like you said, its totally worth all the discomfort (and pain) in the end πŸ™‚

  14. Sarah
    January 12, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    My first trimester was so horrendous that it sort of puts me off getting pregnant again. The nausea was awful. Hope your nausea is starting to pass and you start getting a bit more energy again πŸ™‚ #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 10:49 pm

      Its just the worst isnt it. So glad that part is over now. I’ve got to the stage where I hardly feel pregnant at the moment (except for bed time!) so at the moment I cant complain. Hopefully I get more of more energy back and start to experience some of the nicer bits of pregnancy soon! πŸ™‚

  15. January 14, 2016 / 7:30 am

    Thanks for sharing and congratulations! I remember the first trimester well, it can be so difficult. Hope you begin to feel better soon x #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      Thank you! Thank goodness it has finally passed, looking forward to enjoing our second trimester πŸ™‚

  16. A Cornish Mum
    January 14, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    I so hope the sicky stage has passed now! I’ll be honest and say I hated pregnancy both times, but the end result more than made up for it!

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 11:18 pm

      Youre not alone! A lot of people that have commented on my post felt the same. It seems to be a bit of a 50/50 thing. First time round the first trimester was awful and then I enjoyed it from the second trimester onwards. Really hoping its the same this time round, but we’ll see! However, as you said, the end result definitely makes it all worth it πŸ™‚

  17. lizzie ( firstooth )
    January 15, 2016 / 7:52 am

    Congratulations! This sounds like the mirror of my second pregnancy and I cried almost daily because of the sickness and having another baby that needed me. It’s so exhausting but at least you’re on the right side of it now. The best bits to come are feeling the movements are getting big! How exciting I hope it all goes smoothly #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 17, 2016 / 12:44 am

      Thank you! I am definitely looking forward to the more enjoyable experiences of pregnancy. Now that I’m hopefully over the worst of it, I cant wait! πŸ™‚

  18. January 15, 2016 / 8:47 am

    Well done for making it through the first trimester! I had a horrible first pregnancy where I was sick the entire way through, which is the main thing putting me off baby no.2. 9 months is such a long time to face that again, especially with a toddler running around. I found even with the sickness though, the second trimester was more bearable due to feeling the baby’s movement, which is just amazing! hope your second trimester flies by!
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 17, 2016 / 12:46 am

      You poor thing, how awful! I’m not surprised it putting you off a second, I would think twice too. But they say no two pregnancies and labours are the same so fingers crossed you have an easier and nicer time if you do decide to have another πŸ™‚ x

  19. January 15, 2016 / 9:42 am

    Congrats lovely! the 1st trimester can be a bit sucky, especially without runny eggs and tea. looking forward to reading your updates and thanks for linking to #coolmumclub x
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 17, 2016 / 12:46 am

      Thanks lovely! Back on the tea, but still missing the runny eggs πŸ˜‰

  20. mummyofboygirltwins
    January 21, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Congratulations! Fingers crossed for a lovely second trimester for you! You look amazing πŸ™‚ Jess xx
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 21, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you lovely, so far so good this trimester! πŸ™‚

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