When other women tell me they “didn’t know” they were pregnant or “didn’t feel any symptoms”, my mind is blown. Maybe it’s because I’m very in tune with my body or I am just experiencing everything to the millionth degree, but my symptoms had my body practically screaming “you’re pregnant!” from day one. Though the first trimester was physically challenging for me, I’ll take it as a blessing that the baby is thriving inside my body. After experiencing a miscarriage earlier this year and becoming pregnant again in July, I am grateful for every sign of baby that my body wants to show.
The symptoms and side effects were all over the place for the first trimester – physical, mental, emotional. Although it hasn’t always been easy, it has been fun to watch my body change as it prepares for baby Koz.
+ Energy: The fatigue is no joke! All of the sudden my easy 30-45 minute workouts are exhausting. More often than not, I have to take multiple breaks during my workout class and that never happens! I push through and workout daily but they have become much harder than I expected. Towards the end of the first trimester I did start to get some energy back so I’m hoping this will shift as I enter the 2nd trimester.
+ Sleep: It’s been off and on for me. I have been waking up at 5am almost every day which is so odd. It has been hard for me to go back to sleep so I have been either taking a mid-day power nap or just going to bed early. Given that I have a very demanding full-time job and we moved during the 1st trimester, the lack of sleep has been the hardest part for me.
+ Morning sickness: The most present of all symptoms, from day one! Although it is not just in the morning – its all day long! As long as I eat early in the day and make sure not to go too long without eating, I can get usually keep the nausea down. Evenings are the worst and I don’t think I’ve kept one dinner down the entire 1st trimester. Better luck next trimester!
+ Food aversions & cravings: Given my all-day nausea, I have been sticking to small, bland meals. My cravings have been strong for toast and fruit. I am very grossed out by meat, veggies and anything with a smell/flavor. My daily diet pretty much consists of eggs, toast, fruit and potatoes – in any shape or form! My doctor agreed that I should eat whatever I can keep down so that’s the what I’m doing.
+ Body Symptoms: The two biggest symptoms I am experiencing nonstop are bloating and breast tenderness. You know that feeling after you eat a big meal and your stomach feels bloated? Yea, I feel that way all day, every day. I’m told it’s increased hormones and that this too shall pass. Additionally, my breasts are super tender all of the time. I have been wearing two sports bras to hold the girls firmly in place – I do what it takes because I love outdoor running days!
Going forward, I think I’ll do a monthly update (months 4-9) so I can watch the bump grew and see how my body changes throughout my pregnancy. Feel free to follow along if you enjoy this as well!