Y’all…this first trimester is killing me.
I’m almost through it now and I’m actually starting to feel better but I still have had a rough go of this pregnancy game.
So today, I thought it would be fun to write out a little list of five things I wish I had known about the first trimester.
#1: First and foremost, don’t ever underestimate pregnancy
This is one huge ughhhhh for me. I was totally that cocky person pre-pregnancy that was all “oh yeah pregnancy won’t be so bad, I’ll still feel great!” yeah…no. I grossly underestimated pregnancy and I’m totally kicking myself for it. I feel so stupid honestly. Here I was, someone who had never been pregnant before, guessing at what growing a human would be like. And karma totally kicked my butt!
Prime example for you: Before I got pregnant, Ryan and I registered for a full marathon in Disney World and I was totally committed to it. I was telling myself that I’d still be early on in my pregnancy (I was figuring I’d be 12 weeks at the most but really I’ll be 10 weeks) and that I’d still be feeling really good and I’d be totally fine.
Then I backed out of the marathon because I was so nauseous and felt so sick and tired that I knew there was no way a marathon was realistic. So that knocked me down a peg or two.
#2: Eat…even when you don’t feel like it.
Because I felt so nauseous almost all the way through the first trimester, I really struggled with my eating habits. I didn’t feel like eating anything because I’d wake up with this nausea and it just totally turned me off to eating anything when I felt like that. And, when I was eating, I was eating very little or I was eating very plain, bland food.
So, I wish someone would have told me that eating often and eating little things throughout the day would keep the nausea at bay. I’ve more or less figured it out now but ugh those first few weeks were rough.
#3: Sleep whenever you can.
I had no idea how tired I would feel during the first trimester. Kind of going back to #1, I totally underestimated pregnancy and what it would do to my body. I didn’t realize how exhausting growing a human was or how tired I’d be because my body is working over-time to grow and nourish this tiny thing. I wish someone would have warned me about how tiring this all was!
#4: Your body changes faster than you think.
One of my first hints of pregnancy was how sore my breasts were. I’ve had sore breasts before, but it was because I was wearing a bra that was too tight or because I had worked out my chest the day or two days before. However, now that I know that they were sore because I was pregnant, I’m suddenly so amazed at how quickly my body is changing to accommodate this little baby. I’m exhausted because my body is changing in ways I can’t always see or feel just yet to grow a human, and that’s pretty cool.
I guess I just wish someone would have warned me about how soon things change and how it can be overwhelming to be immediately not in charge of your body anymore.
#5: Push through all of that crap.
This is the most annoying one of all. I wish someone had told me that even though I feel like crap, even though I’m exhausted and nauseous and not feeling like myself, life still goes on. The world is still moving around me and I need to keep up.
It took me until almost 8 weeks to figure this out because that’s when I was feeling more semi-myself and thinking about all the things I hadn’t been doing over the past 4 weeks. Mostly, it hit me because I could tell my husband was annoyed that I’d been lounging about while he was doing a bunch of house projects but nonetheless, you figure it out however you need to figure it out, I suppose and I guess that was my way.
I wish someone had told me that I can’t just stop and take a break because I’m growing a baby. This baby is only going to be inside me for 9 months and it’s going to go by faster than I can imagine and this baby will be here one way or another and I need to keep moving to be prepared when it does.
So there you have it, friends. The top 5 things I wish someone would have told me about the first trimester. Let me know if you like this type of post and I’ll be sure to do one for the second and third trimesters as well.
What are some things that you wish someone had told you about?