1st Trimester Pregnancy Recap | Baby O'Brien
So many emotions! My first trimester of pregnancy was unlike anything I've ever experienced. I'll never forget the morning of July 1st, 2017. I woke up that morning just KNOWING I was pregnant. I hadn't taken a pregnancy test yet but I've always been in sync with my body and somehow I just knew. As soon as Shawn woke up, I told him and he promptly responded with a "that's great honey, but don't get my hopes up!" haha! We were already hoping to get pregnant the second half of this year so telling him something that hadn't been verified 100% yet was too much for him to handle. He's always been the logical, give me the facts type of guy and he would keep saying that he would be CRUSHED if I wasn't really pregnant even though I had a strong gut feeling that we were. We waited a week to go to Target to buy a pregnancy test and it was the longest week of my life. My period never came that week so by the time I actually took the pregnancy test a week later I was 99% sure that we were pregnant!! Sure enough, I passed the test and we were so overjoyed!
MORNING SICKNESS & NAUSEA
I didn't experience morning sickness like I know some women do. Hallelujah! I did however get morning sickness maybe three or four times throughout my first trimester. Nausea hit me HARD though. I would wake up, brush my teeth, and go straight to the fridge to find something to eat in order to avoid feeling nauseated, only to find it extremely difficult to actually eat anything. My saving grace was buying boxes and boxes of kids organic yogurt tubes (think go-gurts but a better version) at Costco and freezing them. I'm currently in my second trimester and still have one every morning before I eat anything else.
FATIGUE & EXHAUSTION
Fatigue and exhaustion were the main reasons why I took such a long break from blogging for about two months this summer! All I did was take naps throughout the day to try to keep my energy up which makes sense since my body was busy creating a tiny little human being. Still so surreal!!
Carbs, carbs, carbs, candy corn, and soup. I mainly craved soup, any type of soup. I kid you not, I ate soup every single day for about three months straight after finding out I was pregnant. It was all I could eat! Anything from chicken noodle to lentil soup, even white bean kale soup! I ate soup every day! I felt a little crazy for making soup so often in the heat of the summer, but that was all that my body wanted and I figured having veggies is never a bad idea! I created an aversion to everything I would cook prior to getting pregnant, poor Shawn lol! Out went some of our favorites like our salads that contained kale or any raw veggies. I feel like I created aversions to more things than anything I actually craved.
We used to work out 6 days a week, always making sure to make it a priority. I instantly began modifying my workouts and learned how to listen to my body. We workout four to five times a week now, Shawn works out five times and I workout four days out of the week. My four miles runs went from right under 30 minutes long at a steady pace to now about 45-50 minutes long, still at a steady pace but much much much slower. I also used to do free weights before but I've cut that down quite considerably. I've found that working out makes it so much easier at night to sleep though. It also releases any stress or tension which is always an added benefit. Of course, I always make sure to be safe for my and baby's sake.
All my pregnancy hormones kind of attacked my skin. I began breaking out on my chin area when I never used to break out like that before. Drinking water was always a priority and I somehow couldn't manage to even drink a liter of water a day, which I think contributed to such terrible hormonal breakouts. I've also always been ultra-sensitive so my pregnancy hormones went through the roof during my first trimester. I cried often, sometimes about silly things which makes me look back and laugh! One day I cried because we had a large bag of candy corn in our fridge (ps. it's still there) and prior to getting pregnant, we would NEVER have candy in our fridge. So Shawn took it out of the fridge and tried to throw it out, which made me so emotional because I just wanted my candy corn. Haha! I also cried because I couldn't reach my oatmeal in the pantry and I wanted oatmeal! haha! SO silly right?!
No huge physical changes to report from my first trimester. I still would do my hair and makeup and get dolled up for weekend outings. I only gained about four pounds and began getting just a little thicker around my pelvic area towards the end of the first trimester.
TELLING OUR PARENTS & SIBLINGS
We're always shooting something new and have been so excited about starting our Youtube channel together, so to tell our parents and siblings, we decided to film a vlog style video ending with the big news and share it with them. It was something that is normal because they're always asking who we're working with or what we're working on every time we see them so the exciting news would catch them surprise! And it did! We didn't get to record their reactions, but you can watch the video we shared with them when you click this link here.
I feel like I've covered mostly everything from my first trimester of pregnancy. I'm currently 19 weeks pregnant and we officially find out the gender in about a week! So many emotions! I just cannot wait to find out! If you're curious about anything else, leave a question in the comments below!
As always, thank you so much for taking a moment of your day to stop by. See you back here on Wednesday for a brand new blogpost