You know, I have to document some of these things. The whole process is so interesting when you’re living in it, and it feels nice to be able to reflect now that I’m feeling more like myself during the 2nd trimester — you know, minus the fact that it’s starting to get hard to pick things up off the floor :). The 1st trimester wasn’t really bad, but adjusting to all of the changes to myself and my life was sometimes a challenge. The baby is already changing my life! 🙂
So, here you are — 5 things that surprised me about the first trimester!
1. It’s really the most awkward phase
I felt pregnant. I felt nauseous. I had weird cravings here and there. I was bloated. I was exhausted 95% of the time. I had pains all around my torso. But you know what? I didn’t look an ounce pregnant. I felt like I had to suck up all of these feelings. People don’t sympathize with you as much because they’re tired too. They have aches too. They have certain things they’d prefer to eat too. I realized that it’s not until you start to show that people naturally start to care more about your well-being and then you start to really look and feel genuinely pregnant. Even if that doesn’t surprise you, it will be frustrating to have to deal with all of these changes to your body when you can’t really see the fruits of your labor yet 😉 That took adjusting for me, but the weeks really do fly by!
2. The people that will show you the most TLC are the people who have been there
By “been there” I mean women who were pregnant or are currently pregnant. They understand. Anyone who has never been pregnant but who show you just as much TLC have most likely been really close to someone who was pregnant. At least this has been the situation for me. Everyone else will continue around you like it’s “business as usual.” I’m not saying people are being insensitive; it’s just now that I’m actually living through the process, I can fully understand that no one can really understand the capacity of what a woman has to go through during pregnancy until they’re actually in it. You’ll probably have to shrug off the actions of some of friends because it’s hard for you to explain and therefore hard for them to understand what you’re going through.
3. Sneezing can be painful
I still remember when I was done washing up before bed, and I had the urge to sneeze. I let it out and my hips hurt like CRAZY. It was like something exploded in my pelvic area. I have never felt anything like it before. I couldn’t walk and had to sit down. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get back up, but luckily everything was situated after a minute. Apparently all of the hormones loosened up the joints of my hips to make room for the growing baby, so when I sneezed, it shook things up a bit. Needless to say, I’m constantly scared to sneeze. I’ve heard that if you sneeze in your third trimester, you will pee in your pants!
4. Buffet Belly
Towards the end of the first trimester, you’ll probably start showing. I wasn’t sure if I was going to start showing at all during the first trimester since they said petite women tend to show later, but then I realized that it was starting to look like I went to a buffet. Yes, a buffet… every. single. day. It wouldn’t go away, so clearly baby was ready to make his/her appearance! Most people just notice the pre-bump phase to the baby bump phase. That in-between buffet belly phase is a funny stage. Something else funny is that while you’re in the middle of everything, you’ll start to notice every pregnant woman around you. I honestly feel like I see at least one pregnant woman every place I go to. It’s either something innate or a lot of people really do plan to have their babies in the summer.
5. You’re not supposed to eat much more than you already do
Once I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to do what would be best for my body. When I researched on diet, every site made if very clear NOT to “eat for two.” Friends will try to fatten you up, and they will try to give you extra snacks and food to eat, but don’t cave. The reality is, you’re only supposed to eat 300 calories more than what you normally eat (that’s if you’re already at a healthy BMI). Yup, 300 calories. That’s like an apple and some peanut butter. Interesting, huh? Because I dealt with nausea during my first trimester, I ended up eating small meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner then had a snack either every hour or every other hour. My snacks have been fruits, trail mix, and veggies — every once in a while I’ll throw in some chips or cookies to keep myself sane. So far, I’ve been keeping up with a healthy weight gain, and I have a feeling baby is pretty happy!
Can’t wait to see what else unravels during this 2nd trimester!