Hello there! By now I’m sure you’ve heard our exciting news that yes I’m pregnant and we’re expecting a little girl in April of 2019. While this won’t turn into a pregnancy or mommy blog, because I’ll never get tired of talking food and fitness, I do want to share a few pregnancy updates every so often. Starting with finding out we were pregnant and all about the first trimester.
As a side note, I have many close family members and friends who went through A LOT to get pregnant or went through heartbreaking losses. So I totally understand if some need to skip reading these posts for now. I know every woman’s body is different when it comes to pregnancy but I also plan to share some tips, resources, and lifestyle changes I made before we started trying to get pregnant. I’m convinced some of them helped increase our chances to conceive naturally.
But again, every couple’s experience is different. What helped us to get pregnant may not work for other people, so for the most part, it is all about trial and error, as well as knowing when to contact professionals if you have tried everything you can think of. We were lucky. We were amazed at just how quickly we were able to conceive our unborn baby girl, as we thought it would take a while. Don’t get me wrong, our sexual desires were there, but that may have been because our friends told us to use something like a sex machine to help spice up our bedroom antics. It’s always good to try something different when it comes to your sex life, and it must’ve worked because I am now pregnant. I know it is not as easy as that for some people, which is why I want to try and help as many of you feel the joy that we are experiencing right now.
Weeks 4-5, Finding Out We Were Pregnant
I took my first at-home pregnancy test when I was about five weeks pregnant. We had been trying to conceive for a few months but since going off birth control last November I was having an absence of a period. I was all prepared for its arrival, having stocked up on ladies pad and menstruation requirements, but my period never showed. I was convinced we wouldn’t be able to get pregnant and/or if we did my hormones wouldn’t be balanced enough for anything to develop. To regulate my cycle, I had been making several lifestyle changes. Such as incorporating certain foods into my diet, less high-intensity exercise, going to acupuncture, taking herbs and supplements, and just trying to be stress-free about the whole thing.
I really was pretty relaxed about it, I thought if we were able to get pregnant, great, if not our time would come. For a few months over the Summer I did take a pregnancy test every few weeks just to see, because this was our first time actively trying.
Well one night I went out for a yoga class followed by sushi with a few girlfriends and after chatting and eating I received the weirdest heartburn and indigestion which I’ve never experienced before. When I got home I immediately took one of these affordable Amazon pregnancy tests and two blue lines appeared instantly!
In complete shock I went to the drugstore around the corner to purchase a better quality test (even though I read there is no such thing as a false positive) and again two blue lines almost instantly. I started to panic a bit because well I had just eaten SUSHI and had a few glasses of wine the weekend before. I wondered how far along I could be.
When I called and explained my situation to my doctor, that I didn’t have a date for my last menstrual cycle since going off birth control, they let me come in to receive blood work. I saw the doctor as well and he estimated I was in the very early weeks of this pregnancy, phew. Besides that indigestion and heartburn, I really wasn’t experiencing many other symptoms this week. OHHH besides the fact that my breasts had grown about a whole cup size and had become extremely tender. Which they say is one of the first signs of pregnancy.
And then one day you wake up and nausea kicks in, and oh no it’s not morning sickness, you feel it ALL DAY LONG. Luckily I never threw up. But as soon as I woke up every morning I needed some toast or a banana and almond butter to hold my stomach over. I had also become extremely tired. Thank goodness it was still Summer vacation because I slept for about 10 hours each night and then took an additional nap almost every day.
This was the first week back at work for teachers and the all-day nausea was continuing but work helped me keep my mind off things a bit. After waking up earlier I was falling asleep on the couch around 8:30 p.m. before Tom even got home. I would wake up to chat with him during dinner then head back to bed. We also had our first visit official pregnancy visit with the doctor this week. Along with a long list of prenatal tablets including Childlife Prenatal DHA, he gave me my approximate due date of April 15th, and we saw the baby via a vaginal ultrasound and heard the heartbeat for the first time. All this made this whole thing very very real!
I downloaded The Bump App and the What to Expect When You’re Expecting App to track our baby’s progress and keep informed on my body as well.
Nausea, sore boobs, so tired, and this week some foods started to sound not so appealing. I noticed it was particular foods I ate the week I first found out I was pregnant, before the nausea. Salmon and Burgers used to be a fav but this week and until the end of the first trimester I struggled with the thought of them. I was OK with vegetables but wanted nothing to do with giant salads or anything sweet for the next few weeks (a complete shocker to me). This week I also started to feel super bloated, I was still pretty regular when it came to going to the bathroom but just didn’t feel like myself.
Pretty much all the same symptoms continued but weren’t so extreme, except the bloating, so very bloated. Every so often I would experience some light cramping which is known as round ligament pain from your uterus and organs expanding and moving around. I started reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting and started applying this Belly Butter on my belly, hips, breasts, and thighs in the morning and this toning oil at night to help prevent stretch marks.
Around this week I also started to wake up 3-4 times in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. I was trying to stay hydrated throughout the night but I swear it just went right through me. And if I wasn’t getting up to pee I was sound asleep having crazy dreams. They were so real and vivid and sometimes I woke up confused on what was real life.
We had another appointment this week and met with the nurse practitioner that asked us questions about our genetic history. Having heard how advanced technologies (like ngs assays) offer precise genomic insights, we were actually curious to see the results. It wasn’t a high-risk pregnancy, but we decided to do the Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing. Our insurance covered it and we’d be able to find out our risk for certain genetic disorders and the sex of the baby. Again we heard the heartbeat via a doppler this time, I had a full exam, and I had lots and lots of blood drawn.
Been living in these leggings for the last few weeks.
Most of my first trimester pregnancy symptoms had subsided, again except for bloating. I would occasionally feel nauseous, but it definitely wouldn’t last all day. Eating lots of smaller meals worked well for me because otherwise I would get some serious heartburn or indigestion. As far as a ‘bump’ I would wake up feeling like my stomach still looked slightly normal, but my lower abdomen was definitely growing.
Besides feeling bloated and some occasional heartburn and indigestion I was feeling pretty good this week. Later in the week we had our first sonogram where we got to see our baby’s hands, feet, head, and see her moving around. This week was Tom’s birthday and for dessert I had arranged for a local bakery, Charles Street Bakery, to make us a Gender Reveal Cake. We cut into it that night and found out we were having a GIRL! I was actually having dreams about and convinced it was a boy based on my symptoms and cravings. So I was shocked to see pink icing in the middle of the cake.
At this point we had told both our families and OUR little growing family felt more and more real.
This long sleeve dress was perfect for my little lower belly bump and I can definitely grow into it. I’m going to order more in one size up and the sleeveless dress in other colors.
Almost the end of the first trimester and besides a growing lower belly and some new teenage pimples around my chin I was feeling pretty normal. We took a trip to Columbus, OH this weekend so baby girl had her first Buckeye game. I felt totally fine flying, was just a little tired to start the next week, mostly from lack of sleep.
This was also the first week I ordered and wore these maternity jeans because I just couldn’t deal with a button anymore.
This week I had my 14 week appointment with the doctor. I had kept all my meals about the same through the first 14 weeks, but had added a few extra carbs for nausea and slowed down my workouts. I gained 4 pounds throughout the first trimester (it’s recommended 3-5 depending on how much nausea you have and your start weight). The doctor said my belly measurements were good and her heart beat was 142 beats per minute (120-160 is considered normal). All our blood work and testing from the Non Invasive Prenatal Test had come back normal as well, phew.
Again these leggings and a similar coat I can grow into.
And we finally broke the news on social media which I was SO excited about!
Overall I feel so grateful to have a healthy baby girl on the way. I hope things continue to go well for baby girl and myself. Next week I’ll share some of my First Trimester Pregnancy Favorites and a bit more on my meals and workouts besides what you’ve seen in my Food and Fitness Week in Reviews. Have a great weekend!
Questions of the Day:
Any first time pregnancy advice?
What was your first trimester like?
What other baby/pregnancy apps and books do you recommend?