**This post was originally written on January 31st, but was hidden until after we started telling people in February!**
This pregnancy business isn’t for sissies!
Luckily I’ve managed to sidestep my mom’s 1st trimester experience with me of throwing up all-day every-day for the first three months, but that doesn’t mean it has been all fun and games. In fact, even as thrilled, excited, overjoyed, and ecstatic as I am to be pregnant, I never realized how hard the first trimester could be! I’ve read the books and been around pregnant women before, but somehow it just never sunk in how much my body would begin to change in such a short period of time (and with only a ½ inch little embryo inside of me!).
Word of warning, if you are offended or not interested in hearing about my pregnant body and symptoms, stop reading now!
The first change I noticed was with my breasts. Since the first day of my missed period, my breasts have been extremely tender and sensitive (which was also my first clue that I might be pregnant!). Also around this time I started experiencing a lot of excess saliva. At first I just thought I was crazy, but after checking one of my pregnancy books I realized this is an uncommon, but possible first trimester symptom. So how much is a lot of excess saliva? Enough that I find myself choking on my own spit on and off throughout the day. Nice, huh? Along with this came the need to use the bathroom all the time; like seriously all the time! I wake up at least 2-3 times every night to go to the bathroom!
The last two symptoms came on about the same time and have only gotten worse as the weeks have progressed… the dreaded nausea and tiredness! While I haven’t thrown up, I am nauseated all day long (and even at night). I’ve tried just about everything and no matter what I do the only time I feel even slightly ok is when I’m laying down or immediately after eating (which is hard to do when you feel like you’re going to throw up all the time). This is combined with me being tired all day long. Even after getting 9-10 hours of sleep, I wake up and just want to crawl back in bed. I go to work and can barely keep my eyes open! On the weekends I’ll have a to-do list of all the things I want to get done and am lucky if I even do one thing on my list!
And the last symptom? I am one of those lucky people who shows early. I am almost 8 weeks pregnant and I can NOT button any of my pants comfortably. My pants fit everywhere else and I haven’t gained any weight, but there is no way they are getting buttoned and staying buttoned for any length of time. Luckily I figured out the rubber-band trick, so now the only thing I have to worry about is wearing shirts that cover up my lower stomach!
Baby Jones definitely is letting me know he/she is in there and keeping busy!
And even for all my symptoms (and occasional whining), I wouldn’t trade them for anything because they mean I’m pregnant, which means the world to me!! 🙂