The First Trimester
I thought I would write a post about my first trimester, seeing as it and some of the symptoms are now (touch wood) behind me. Baby brain (or pregnancy brain) it seems is not. As I was convinced I had already written this post and searched my laptop for it. Clearly I had dreamt that!
So the first time I was pregnant was 12 years ago and the second time 9,and I think I have definitely forgotten stuff. How I felt at certain times, for how long etc. It seems I had even forgotten my babies birth weights (according to the amused midwife!) although I am not convinced she got it right when she changed from lbs to kg (that is my excuse anyway!)
This time round I am 41 and a geriatric mother, which is not only a horrible phrase but means that you are treated differently by the NHS. Consultant led (until you can prove otherwise) although my midwife assures me that I will be able to get my home birth all being well. Cross everything for me!
So I spent the first 14 weeks feeling very nauseous. Never actually being sick but feeling it pretty much most of each and every day. I’ll give you a tip, never tell a nauseous pregnant woman “well at least you’re not being sick” so not helpful! So to help me with my sickness I was carb loading. Literally all I felt like eating was plain food, salty stuff (crisps!) and junk I carried round plain biscuits or crackers. I also found apples helped me feel less sick. My boyfriend and kids did not understand why I was still able to eat if I felt sick but eat I did!! Luckily at 15 weeks now I am not craving the white carbs and am eating much more healthily.
I used sickness bands , which I pretty much wore 24/7. If you are hiding your pregnancy though, these are a bit of a giveaway! Luckily for me it was jumper season. I also used Myrtle & Maude peppermint oil bonbons and their organic pulse oil which really helped.
I have gone right off coffee. I wouldn’t have caffeine anyway but even the thought of decaff was ugh. I am still off it and mostly just drink water now. I take water with me everywhere and sometimes sipping that helped with the sickness too.
I was sooooooo tired. I had forgotten just how tired and have regularly been going to bed at 8.30pm and sneaking a nap in if I can in the daytime. If you can, you should def do it!
I started to show much sooner this time and found that my regular jeans were uncomfortable and cutting into my tummy but I wasn’t ready for maternity stuff yet. I bought myself a pair of H&M jeggings in a couple of sizes up and I figured they would do for early pregnancy and post pregnancy too. Now though at 15 weeks I am embracing maternity wear and it is SO comfy!
I have a Beyond Nine jumpsuit which I was kindly gifted and I bloomin love. It is extremely comfortable and looks fantastic and as the name suggests you can wear it before and after pregnancy. That, a pair of leggings to allow me to wear the bigger or flowy items in my wardrobes, maternity tights, a pair of skinny maternity jeans and a couple of oversized jumpers and my capsule maternity wardrobe is complete. Ooh and I bought a teddy bear coat in the sale from Zara in the size up that will see me and my growing bump through the winter.
Twelve weeks went incredibly slowly and after having a previous miscarriage 10 years earlier I was very much willing the time to pass. I had an early scan at 6 weeks due to bleeding and the time from that until 13 weeks when I had my 12 week scan really dragged. I told my close friends, close family and I actually told the children, because they could see I wasn’t right and I found having them know really helped me. They are also old enough to understand if something had gone wrong. I hate keeping secrets though and found going to a party when I couldn’t tell people hard. Felt really guilty for keeping it from them.
I have really missed my G&T’s, my boyf had taken to drinking beer so I didn’t get jealous. I don’t like beer, so no drink envy! But then I discovered Seedlip Drinks which taste alcoholic. I have been drinking the Spice one with tonic in a big gin glass and really feeling like I am having a drink! The irony is that I can only manage one!!
My bra’s were suddenly very full. My boyfriend informed me that he had read your breasts gain 2lbs during pregnancy in his mums book on pregnancy! My lovely friend Liz at Mumba Bra sent me a present when she heard my news and I have lived in Mumba Bra’s since. They are extremely comfortable, designed to last through pregnancy and breastfeeding. They have a clever modesty panel, clips so you know which side you last fed from (none of the public boob grab anymore to see which is bigger!) and also has a black and white pattern to keep your babies attention when feeding. Very clever!
I have just started an online Hypnobirthing course with Siobhan Miller (the cousin I never knew I had… true story!) and am really enjoying that. The course is just £35 which is amazing value for money and I highly recommend hypnobirthing (but I will write another post on that another time).
So now I am 15 weeks and looking forward to Christmas now the sickness has subsided.
Have a good one!