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During the first weeks of pregnancy I felt a combination of sluggish and nauseous. The food aversions set in and so many of my healthy habits flew out the window. I also found myself very tired and would nap during Jack’s nap times when normally I would work, or write, or do household chores. It turns out though that as tough as the first weeks were, the second half of the first trimester was the real challenge!
How have I been feeling? The sluggish, exhausted feelings carried over into weeks 8-12. The nausea did as well, but on a whole new level. I felt sick pretty much 24/7 and was vomiting multiple times a week. The weird thing is that I could never really pinpoint a time, and sometimes I would be most sick in the morning and other times in the evening. I remember one time I laid down for bed around 9:30 and had to jump up real fast before I got sick. It was hard to guess when the nausea would hit the most, but one thing was for certain, the more full my belly was the less nausea I would feel. I was constantly eating something all day long to help keep the sick feeling at bay. The hardest part of eating all day though was that literally nothing sounded good, and my appetite would change by the second. There were actually times when I would think something sounded good so I would start making it, and by the time it was done cooking I couldn’t even eat it! I also found that anything I ate while nauseated then did not sound good the second time around, so my usually leftover-loving self was not able to eat things more than once.
Fitness was pretty much non-existent during these weeks. Not only was I feeling sick from pregnancy, but I was also taking care of a sick baby, and then I got sick myself! All of this along with the winter weather had me wanting to stay inside and hibernate. I also take Jack to our gym’s daycare while I work out, and I didn’t want him around other kids when he was sick, and then I didn’t want him around kids while his immune system was down. It was a tough cycle! I kept reminding myself though that ‘this too shall pass’ and I tried not to get too worked up or emotional about not exercising. The best thing at this point was to just listen to my body and give it the rest it needed. I remember having a pretty hard time coming to terms with not exercising during the start of my first pregnancy. I missed those feel-good endorphins and I was (to be honest) afraid I would gain a lot of weight and lose my endurance. If I learned anything while pregnant with Jack though it’s that your body is amazing! My weight gain wasn’t crazy, my endurance didn’t become non-existent, and healthier foods eventually did make a comeback in my diet. It was easier to give myself a little grace the second time around knowing that my body knew exactly what to do!
- Bloating (Still showing WAY more now than I did with Jack at this point!)
- Feeling ‘Blue’ (I would say that winter, being sick, and not exercising all contributed to this feeling!)
- Hungry / Not Hungry
- Mexican food, Chipotle, Guacamole and Chips
- Vegetable Soup from Frisch’s (Don’t knock it ’til you try it! One week Tim had to go get this for me twice!)
- Greek salad with chicken, no feta, and extra dressing from Panera
- Tortilla Soup (I ordered it from both Max & Erma’s and McAllister’s Deli and loved it! Usually I like more of a brothy tortilla soup, but this time all I wanted was the cheesy/creamy kind!)
- Skyline Chili 3-Ways (I had this twice – one time homemade and one time at the restaurant – and haven’t been able to eat it again since I felt nauseus at the time. Boo!)
- Chicken Noodle Soup (Basically soup of any kind was a hit!)
- Popsicles / Sherbet / Any Fruit Flavored Dessert <– Especially lemon!
- Cantaloupe and Strawberries
- ‘Real’ Food (I wasn’t really into anything snacky!)
- Coffee / Lattes
- Peanut Butter
- Depends on the moment!
I thought the first half of the first trimester was hard, but the second half really knocked me off my feet. It’s so hard to understand things like fatigue and food aversions during pregnancy… Until you’re smack-dab in the midst of it. The second time around I do feel more secure in the direction my body is going. I feel less panicked / stressed / worried than I did with Jack, and I trust that my body knows how to take care of itself while still growing a healthy baby. During these weeks, we also got to hear Baby #2’s heartbeat for the first time and it was so strong and perfect. I remember feeling so unbelievably thankful in that moment to be in this position again, to hear a baby’s heartbeat and to know that he or she will be with me every second during these months ahead. For those first-time moms out there, I hope you know that it does get better and easier! Trust your body and The Lord and the direction of your life. So much of pregnancy is completely out of our control, so letting go of that rigid control for a bit is not only good for your health and your baby’s, but it’s also good for your mind and soul.
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