My first trimester has not been easy-breezy at all. However, I don’t even care how sick I felt because I was just so grateful to be pregnant, and realized that the unpleasant symptoms are just part of the process. When I first found out I was actually pregnant, I was already 5 weeks along. I had absolutely NO SYMPTOMS. No nausea, no cravings, no exhaustion, NOTHING. I complained to David that I thought this pregnancy was not real because I was not experiencing the typical symptoms. However, the day that I turned 6 weeks along, the sickness officially began. I completely lost my appetite, was extremely nauseous all day long and threw up regularly. I literally could not function from weeks 6-8. I lived off of graham crackers, saltines, gatorade, as well as egg and cheese bagels from Einstein Brothers. Now, every time I think about those bagels, I want to puke. I cannot even look at the restaurant when I drive by it every day.
I finally called my doctor to ask about possible relief through medicine, and she told me to take 25 mg of Unisom Sleep Tabs and 50 mg of Vitamin B6 in the evenings. She said it is perfectly safe for pregnancy. The combination of the Unisom and B6 is actually the same thing as the prescription drug Diclegis, which is taken for nausea. I did not feel 100% normal while taking this, but it helped me function and keep food down. Starting at about 9 weeks until now (I’m currently 13 weeks and 2 days), the nausea only creeps up on me in the evenings. I still do not have a normal appetite, but am eating pretty good now! My only struggle is making sure I eat enough protein because all meats make me want to puke!
I also had a very small tear on the inside of my uterus that caused some mild spotting, which of course, freaked me out. I did the worst thing possible and googled it, which made me freak out even more. Luckily, the tear was discovered during an ultrasound, and my doctor said it was teeny tiny…she was not concerned at all. I am pretty sure it is resolved, and I am praying that I do not get another one. Despite the tear, the baby has been growing right on track and has a strong heartbeat! At my last ultrasound, he/she was hanging out upside down and was squirming around like crazy. I went to my 13 week appointment, where I thought my doctor would listen to baby’s heartbeat on the fetal doppler. When she came into the room, she said, “let’s just do an ultrasound, those are more fun!” She didn’t give me any photos at 13 weeks because she was really only listening for “fetal tones” as she said. During this unexpected ultrasound, the baby also hiccuped for us! It is absolutely insane that I cannot feel those movements yet…I cannot wait until I do! Watching the baby on the ultrasounds is incredible! David was in AWE when he saw him/her moving around, and also when we saw the heart just beating away. It really looks like a little flicker of light. It is crazy to think just 13 or so weeks ago, this baby was a ball of microscopic cells. Now, it looks like a legit baby that is around 3 inches long. Crazy!
I have not experienced any strong cravings, but have had some mild ones. I cannot get enough watermelon, pineapple and apples. I also like sliced tomato dipped in hummus. I suppose I like these foods because they are full of water….and it is easy to get dehydrated while pregnant in my case. I really want a sub sandwich from Publix, but deli meat is a no-go. My doctor said deli meat is fine to eat if it is heated until steaming hot, but I am still scared that I will somehow contract Listeria. I also love sushi right now…cooked rolls and veggie rolls only of course. My list of food aversions is massive though. I absolutely cannot even think about eating Chinese food, a large chicken breast (MAYBE if it is cut up very small), steak, pork, garlic, the list goes on!
I am so excited to be in the last week of my first trimester. The second trimester starts for me on Monday! YAY! I don’t have any “bump” photos because I don’t have one yet…you really cannot tell that I am pregnant as of right now. Hurry up, May! I am ready to meet Baby Bohannon!