Oh man, how is it already July 30th? I feel like I blinked and this month was over. It’s been one very busy but exciting time around here. Since I haven’t talked at all about this baby except for mentioning that I was expecting, I figured I would give you a little insight into my pregnancy thus far.
My first trimester felt like the longest couple months of my life. Outside of a few early pregnancy symptoms, I never felt “pregnant” until about week six when I experienced my first bout of morning sickness. Fortunately, mine wasn’t completely debilitating like it has been for some of my friends. I just felt sort of icky all the time and while I didn’t really feel like eating much, not eating made me feel a whole lot worse. So, I ate a lot of whole-wheat saltines, cottage cheese and Rice Krispy’s. About once a week I would crave something super specific like turkey sandwiches, mashed potatoes or marinara sauce. I would eat it every day for a few days and then, all of a sudden, it would be the most vile thing on earth. I couldn’t see, smell or think about. Fortunately, most of those food aversions are gone now and I’m back to eating a regular diet. Except for Indian Food, which I was an avid fan and a regular consumer of until this baby. I can’t be near it, let alone talk about it, without feeling like I might loose my lunch. Ugh. I may not proof read that sentence before I publish it for fear of making myself sick.
Outside of food aversions the first trimester, I can’t begin to tell you how exhausted I was. I may or may not have found myself napping in my car a time or two on my lunch breaks just to get through the day. Fortunately, once I hit about week 11 the fog I felt I was walking through lifted. While I’m still slightly more tired than I used to be, getting a regular eight hours of sleep and slipping in the occasional nap has really helped me to stay functional.
The second trimester has been good to me. I’ve regained most of my energy and overall I’m feeling pretty awesome. After taking off a few weeks from barre and running in May and June, due to serious fatigue and just feeling overall awful, I’ve been back, with a few modifications, to a pretty regular work out routine. I haven’t had any crazy cravings but I definitely prefer some foods to others. Tomato based foods like bolognese, salsa and tomato sandwiches have been some of my favorites. I’m also a big fan of fresh fruit, French fries, all Mexican food, pretty much anything French or Italian and doughnuts. So, basically nothing has changed in my diet. Ha!
This pregnancy has been a pretty remarkable experience so far. I will admit that the first trimester was a bit terrifying. While I was overjoyed to be pregnant, I never anticipated the overwhelming fear that I felt once I found out. I just kept looking at my belly and thinking, “Stay in there! Stay in there!” It took me a solid two weeks after the pregnancy was confirmed to talk myself off the fear ledge and realize I just had to enjoy this experience and let what was going to happen, happen. But I still never felt quite comfortable. My husband, mom and doctor are extraordinary human beings. When I had questions, just needed to talk it out or felt like the fear was consuming me, they were all incredibly supportive and kept me sane during those first couple months.
I’m not sure it’s really hit me that there’s a tiny person growing in my belly yet. But every time I hear the heart beat or think about seeing the baby move during the ultrasound I get a big smile on my face and it feels a little more real. My bump is still tiny but growing daily and I think once it finally “pops” and I feel those first few kicks, it’ll truly feel like I’m brining my own little one into this world.