I’m going to preface this by saying I was awful during the first trimester at remembering anythingggg. Well, I still can’t remember anything but I’m not sure that’s going anywhere. I am going to work on more formal details when I break them into weeks coming up but I’ll just recap the whole first trimester at one time!
What baby is up to:
By 12 weeks, baby #2 will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it.
His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.
Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and synapses are forming furiously in your baby’s brain. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.
I found out I was pregnant before my missed period, so like 4ish weeks we’ll say. Around 5 weeks, I woke up in the middle of the night with severe stabbing pains every time I moved. If I sneezed, coughed, turned, it hurt so bad. If you’ve been pregnant before, it was almost like round ligament pains (RLP) , and I just brushed them off but then Aaron was concerned and felt I should get it checked out. My first appointment wasn’t supposed to be until 8 weeks, but I called the nurse and she got me right in.
I loved the doctor who saw us and she totally reassured me that it wasn’t an ectopic pregnancy, but since it’s too early for RLP, I needed an ultrasound at 6 weeks to rule out anything on the uterus, ovaries, etc. I scheduled the appointment for the following week and she told me just to take Tylenol and rest up. So that’s what I did. I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks where we heard the heart beat, saw the little babe, and found out all was good! Not even a cyst. I’m still saying it’s RLP but who knows. The pain did dwindle after that and now it’s about fully gone.
I gained about 5 lbs by the time I had my 12 week appointment. We heard the heartbeat from the outside at 12 weeks and completely reassured me. Always so fun to hear that!
- I was oh so tired, though it didn’t hit until 5-6 weeks. Most afternoons I was asleep when Annabelle napped, even if it was only 15-20 minutes.
- Sickness. I wasn’t sick with Annabelle but good golly I feel awful for those who deal with nausea for their pregnancy! I was nauseous and sick everyday from waking up until 11-12ish. I basically had to eat all the time to keep something in my stomach (carbs). I remember one morning an omelet sounded so good and by the time I finished, I was in the bathroom ready to vomit. Weird, right? That lasted until weeks 9-10, of which I was super nervous that something happened since it had stopped.
- Growing boobs. I was comfortable in my 34B size before Annabelle, and then they dwindled away after nursing to barely an A (HAHAH) and wala they reappeared and I’m not quite sure what to do with them, lol. Not pancake status anymore 😉
- Couldn’t eat veggies but that was fine with me. Cooking food sounded terrible but if it was made and put in front of me I was ok with it.
- I went to bed super early and slept until Annabelle woke up most days. It was exhausting being so tired!
- Mom brain/pregnancy brain. Totally a thing. I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday.
- I am loving candy and can do without sweets and baked goods. I mean, I’ll make them and eat one or two but it doesn’t do it for me.
- Carbs are my favorite, haha.
- Bloating wasn’t as much as with Annabelle, though I did begin to show earlier and was nervous how to hide it until we told everyone!
- I didn’t like tea for a number of weeks, either, which was the same as with Annabelle.
Contrary to having insomnia with Annabelle, I slept great! Typically one wake up for the bathroom but then I’d fall back to sleep. I slept a little too much for my liking, haha, but gotta do what you gotta do.
Hmm, I’m much more moody this time around. I go from being happy to one thing making me mad and getting upset and totally being mean in the next minute. I am not sure a fan of that! ha I’d rather be happy and that’s it. I’m working on trying to not get mad about things and calm down first, but those darn hormones!
Honestly my workouts were good! I started waking up early right before I found out I was pregnant and loved getting back to it, so I tried keeping it up. There were days that I ended up sleeping past when I could work out, which was fine, but I still fit it in in the afternoon. I also did the 21 Day Fix towards the end of the First Trimester which was great.
Craziest thing I did:
Plan a birthday party for 135 people while being pregnant. Yeah, talk about exhausting. From shopping, cooking, decorating, I was down and out. Only a few people knew I was pregnant, which made it even harder. Thankfully (!!!) I was not sick the weekend of her party. It was some sort of miracle and made everything so much better.
That’s about it on this end! Basically chasing a toddler and being pregnant during the first trimester left little time to think and remember to take notes, ha!
That’s about it! I’ll share our plans for the nursery and what deals I’ve been scoring in another post soon!
If you have more than one child, were your pregnancies different?
What’s a food that you don’t think you could ever give up?
Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud.