First Trimester Challenges

When I first found out I was pregnant I had this wonderful vision of how I would keep a weekly blog update about my status. How I was feeling, things that were working for me, things which weren’t. Well, at about week 6 of my pregnancy it was like I hit a brick wall. I felt terrible and could barely get out of bed much less steel myself to sit at my computer and write. All I wanted to do was sleep. So I started to keep a journal, as I did with my first pregnancy. I have a wealth of information to share and I thought month by month was the best way to do this.

Just to keep you updated as to where I am currently in this pregnancy, officially, I am 21 weeks, that is 5 full months, starting my 6th. That means all of this is written down and history in my world but do not worry I still have great, amazing, unparalleled notes.

Back to my first month of pregnancy…

In the first month chances are slim you even know you are pregnant, well, that is what everyone tells you anyway. This very well might be true if you are either not trying to get pregnant or just starting and do not have that crazy obsessed “did it work” mentality yet. If you are anything like me you were probably tracking your ovulation, hence you know when to start paying attention and I paid attention to everything. In the first couple weeks you technically are not pregnant you are waiting for ovulation, conception, and implantation; so we are going to skip to the second and third months in this post as well. That is when all of the fun begins.

Let’s say you reach the implantation stage. Now I have always been one to pay very close attention to my body. Knowing we were trying I was waiting for two things, implantation cramps and/or bleeding. With my daughter I experienced the bleeding with this baby I felt some cramps which I now think were implantation cramps. My biggest heads up was missing my period. I was only late by a day but for me that is strange. I am actually usually early. Sorry for the “too much information” but it is important. You know your body best so listen to it.

First Trimester - 6 weeks

Let’s jump ahead to week 6 (the 2nd month) when all of the “fun” really began. By this time I had been to my reproductive specialist and knew for sure, through a blood test and ultrasound. There was something to be excited for. We had previous pregnancies which we lost very soon after this date so we were cautiously excited. With both of those previously lost pregnancies, I never got symptoms; I never felt sick or tired just normal.

With this pregnancy Baby C let themselves be known right away. Almost like clock work, 6 weeks on the dot, I was feeling super sick with morning sickness and exhausted. I do not use the word exhausted lightly. I mean like cannot wake myself up, crawl out of bed or stay awake past 7pm exhausted. The fact that I was throwing up…a lot, most likely did not help the situation. Slowly I became more and more sensitive to smells and my list of things I could eat slowly started to disappear. I was even to the point where Cheeze-its, pickles, and ginger ale were the only things that would sustain me through the day. After one particularly exhausting day, even those decided to drop off the table and I was in trouble.

With this pregnancy Baby C let themselves be known right away. Almost like clock work, 6 weeks on the dot, I was feeling super sick with morning sickness and exhausted. I do not use the word exhausted lightly. I mean like cannot wake myself up, crawl out of bed or stay awake past 7pm exhausted. The fact that I was throwing up…a lot, most likely did not help the situation. Slowly I became more and more sensitive to smells and my list of things I could eat slowly started to disappear. I was even to the point where Cheeze-its, pickles, and ginger ale were the only things that would sustain me through the day. After one particularly exhausting day, even those decided to drop off the table and I was in trouble.

First Trimester - 9 Weeks

Around week 8 it became apparent that this was not going to let up anytime soon. On average you are not supposed to see your OBGYN until your 8th week. They like waiting until then for scanning purposes and such, but with how I was feeling I could not wait. I was prescribed Zofran, which used to be quite normal. It is now becoming less and less common as new and better medications are found. Unfortunately, those newer and better medications were not something my insurance covered (another post) or I could afford and I needed help.

By the time I received the Zofran I was already throwing up everything. I tried each and every day to eat whatever sounded appetizing. At this point, I had lost 8 pounds and nutrition, while important, was not my first thought. It really didn’t matter. Nothing worked, not even the medication. I ended up in the hospital twice with dehydration issues. They would pump me full of fluids and give me the expensive anti-nausea meds which I guess were not for prescription and send me home. I found small ways to work through my 8 weeks of total misery and will share those with you later in the week.

Every chance I got I slept and it took a toll on me emotionally. I kept hoping and praying that this pregnancy would stick. It became a terrible cycle, every time I would start to feel better I would get nervous and that would cause my nerves to fray and that would make me sick again, well that and the hormones coursing through me. We only told our parents that we were expecting until the 8th week. We were then forced into telling some siblings because we had plans to be with them out of town and so were staying together. It was going to be kind of obvious. At that point, I started to feel slightly more comfortable with the pregnancy and thinking that everything would turn out well, which so far it has!

First Trimester - 12 weeks

This brings us to week 12, so the end of the first trimester. I was still sick all the time, my doctor kept promising that it would ease up soon. Fingers crossed! It really felt like every pregnancy symptom in the world was rearing its ugly head. Again this is the TOTAL opposite of my first pregnancy. With my daughter I had little things here and there but nothing like this pregnancy. Tender breasts, fatigue, frequent potty breaks. stretching cramps and of course increased sensitivity to smells were all going strong. I was hoping and praying that it would ease up but again at the same time was nervous about it stopping. My family was pushing us to tell everyone and I was just not there yet. Hopes for the second trimester were super high! I will fill you in on how the 4th months pans out soon.

Remember, every pregnancy is different. My symptoms will not be yours. Please read every book you can and talk to your doctor, they are the best sources of information. Although a friendly blogger is also good 😉

Xoxo,

Kristin – The Perfectionist Mom

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19 Comments

  1. You are right every pregnancy is different. Even with the same mom. My kids were totally different experiences. Sounds like you might be over the worst though. Hoping for an easier 2 trimester for you!

    1. I had always heard that pregnancies could be different but this is SO different. Of course we do not know if it is a boy or girl yet so everyone is saying…”Oh, it must be a boy with how different they are!” I guess we shall see.

  2. Wishing you a peaceful remainder of your pregnancy!

    1. Thank you so much and thank you for reading.

  3. This is great information for new parents. Even though every pregnancy is different, it can be comforting to know what you might expect as the body changes.

    1. It is so amazing to me how much a woman’s body changes and what it goes through. Truly one of the coolest things ever! Thank you for stopping by.

  4. Great information! Every pregnancy is different! Been working on getting healthier before we have another one! Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well! Congrats!

    1. Thank you so much. I did the exact same thing with getting healthier. I do think it helped during this pregnancy. Now in the second trimester I am not AS tired as the first. Chasing a toddler will take it out of your any day though!

  5. I had a very rough pregnancy from beginning to end with 5 months of bed rest. It was something I just can’t bear to repeat. Ha
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    1. Oh I am so sorry to hear that. I am really hoping to avoid bed rest. I basically felt like I was on it during the first trimester and it was miserable.

  6. I love the pictures of your baby bump! It’s so good to keep journals of your pregnancies. It’s fun to look back on.

    1. Thanks! I love taking the pics every week or so it is crazy to see how fast it grew the second time around! I love the journal too. It is really helpful for the second or even third time around because it is hard to remember what happened when.

  7. It does get better. I know it’s hard when you are feeling so rough but it does. From week 6 to 12 I couldn’t smell food, of any kind. I survived on bananas and water.

  8. The first symptom that I had for both pregnancies was terrible cramps on the day I was supposed to get my period. They were like the worst cramps ever (well, until I experience labor.) So, the first time, I didn’t know what it was, but the second time I sure did. I was also super sick with both. With my first, I could only eat bagels and cream cheese, and with my second it was cheese on rye bread. Now, I can’t eat either without getting nauseous just thinking about them 🙂

  9. Pregnancy is so exciting! I’m sorry you’ve had a rough go of it so far! I was sick morning, noon, and night for the majority of my pregnancy and I know how much it runs you down! My mom was the same way, having to have IVs throughout her pregnancy with me. I hope it eases up for you!

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  10. Congrats on the pregnancy! My second pregnancy was much harder. I was so exhausted all the time. Then I had gestational diabetes and had to spend the third trimester eating like a rabbit. I hope you feel better as the pregnancy goes along. Congrats again, and thanks for sharing at the #ManicMondays blog hop!

    1. Thank you so much! Second pregnancies seem to be more difficult probably because you are taking care of more people than just yourself. Toddlers and kids can distract from even the biggest pregnancy bliss ;).

  11. In my own experience, I have learned that you should wait to tell people when you are ready. Even if people do not understand, it’s not their business to tell. And yeah, that sickness and nausea is a struggle. I hope it gets better soon. Thank you for sharing this at #mommymeetupmondays!

    1. It is much better! Thank you for the kind words. I agree with you on waiting to tell people until you are ready. It becomes stressful when you want to tell certain people and THEY get on you about telling everyone. That adds a new layer of, “stop telling me what to do!” to the mix. Thank you for stopping by.

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