I thought that I would share the first trimester of my pregnancy with you guys. It’s a nice record for me to look back on and hopefully it will help those who are not sure what to expect in the first trimester of pregnancy. I would also like to take a moment to say a huge thank you to all of you for your kind words, it really means a lot to us. This post is going to be quite a long one so grab yourself a cup of tea and a few biscuits while you’re there.
So I guess I should start at the very beginning. Well not quite the beginning, this is not that kind of blog! But I should probably tell you how we found out. Although we had not really been trying we hadn’t been preventing either so although we both knew pregnancy was a possibility we also thought that it might take a while. It took us around 4 months to conceive Edith, so we thought there would be a little bit of time.
Oh no. It was when my period was a few days late that I started to wonder if I could be pregnant, but as we’d waited for so long for Edith, after 2 miscarriages it was two and half years of waiting, I didn’t get my hopes up at all. It was was few days later when my period still hadn’t turned up and I began to feel a little bit sick after eating and I was so bloated, to the point of my jeans not doing up. Still in denial we decided that if my period didn’t turn up by the Saturday we would pop out and by a test.
So that’s what we did. A Tesco cheapy did the trick, I’m not spending more than £3 for something I pee on, we got home and I went up to do the oh so glamorous job of peeing on the stick. Most tests say to wait a few minutes, oh no, there was no need. A big fat positive turned up within in seconds. I went down stairs, stick in hand, and handed it over to my husband. Eeek we’re having another baby! I couldn’t remember the exact date of my last period but I thought I was around 4 weeks 5 days.
5 Weeks – The joyful side effects of pregnancy kicked in really quickly. Bloating kicked in quickly it meant that my jeans we’re a no go, or I would have to wear them undone it was just too uncomfortable to do them up. I alternated between not being able to go and not being able to stop going, I was rather gassy too. It wasn’t long before the extreme tiredness kicked in, that along with back ache and cramping too.
6 Weeks – The tiredness got worse and looking after a toddler who was still breastfeeding was just exhausting. My boobs were so painful and at that point I knew that getting her stop was a necessity. I also had some abdominal pain on my right side, I thought I would wait a couple of days to see if it went by itself. It didn’t, so I rang the early pregnancy unit at our hospital. They couldn’t see me anytime soon so they advised making an appointment with my GP. I called the Doctors who were confused and said that the early pregnancy unit would have been the best people to see. Nothing like going round in circles.
In the end I had a call back from a lovely Doctor who said it didn’t seem like anything sinister but he wanted me to come in for an appointment that afternoon just to be checked over. I did and thankfully nothing was wrong and the pain went away. An ectopic pregnancy was ruled out.
7 Weeks – This is when the all day nausea fully kicked in. Not morning sickness but all day sickness. Luckily I wasn’t actually sick but it was so exhausting feeling so awful. Thankfully it was the start of the summer holidays so my husband could look after Edith allowing me to try and sleep off the nausea as much as I could. I didn’t really want to eat any food and anything healthy turned my stomach. Flavoured water and ready salted crisps became my best friends.
8 Weeks – I had an early scan due to my partial molar miscarriage before. It means with every pregnancy I have I am entitled to an early scan to rule it out. Thankfully everything looked fine. The baby kind of looked like a blob more than a baby but there was a nice strong healthy heartbeat (and only one baby!). The scan dated me bang on what I thought I was, which has never happened before, I’m normally a few days out. It was another week of feeling awful again. Nausea really got me down. I remember just walking around in a zombie like nausea haze.
9 Weeks – I had my booking in appointment with the midwife, which was a week later due to them being so busy! The midwife was the lady who did my sweep with Edith and then came in for emergency cover while I was in labour. Such a small world. Everything went well and they gave me an estimated due date of the 6th of March. You can guess how the week went. More nausea and the need to nap most afternoons. Jelly sweets really helped, pizza (which is normally one of my favourites) did not.
10 Weeks – The start of these odd twinges in my stomach. It felt like my stomach muscles were pulled tight and then being cut like strings. I didn’t have it with Edith but I spoke to my Mum about it and she said that she had the same with the rest of us. Odd that neither of us had it with our first. I was still walking about in my haze. Housework was like running a marathon, I was so exhausted.
11 Weeks – Not feeling as sick all day but the nausea is still there. My linea negra is starting to appear along with a little bump. I didn’t get my line until much later with Edith and my bump didn’t start showing until 16 weeks.
12 Weeks – Oh the joys of heartburn starting already. That and the acid reflux in my throat. I had that a lot with Edith but again I don’t remember having it so soon. My emotions are a bit all over the place and I can’t shake the moody feeling. Cravings are starting to creep in too. Chinese chips and pick n mix. Not together but I couldn’t get them out of my mind! My nausea is starting to ease off, thankfully.
We had our scan at 12 weeks 1 day. Baby looked fine and was measuring spot on. Baby was so much more chilled out than Edith was, she was bouncing around the screen and wouldn’t keep still. The sonographer then checked my ovaries and told me that there is a luteal cyst in my right ovary and then said no more. We were a little bit like “Oh ok, is that really bad?”.
Luckily the midwifery support worker, who took my bloods for the nucheal test, explained that they would just keep and eye on things. She said it was probably is nothing to worry about. I’m going to bring it up with my midwife at my 16 week appointment.
I’m currently 14 weeks and while the nausea and exhaustion isn’t completely gone, I feel so much better. I have more energy too and I can start eating healthy foods. In all honesty I don’t think I ate any vegetables that weren’t covered in gravy on a roast dinner. But at that point it’s either eat crisps or nothing so I decided that eating unhealthily for a short period of time was okay. Luckily I’m starting to enjoy food again, there are still things that turn my stomach but I’m sure they’ll ease up too.
Oh the joys of the first trimester, it really is the worst trimester for me. Things will only get better from here (until I’m too huge too move!).
How did you find the first trimester?