Finally! An update on the little bubba and the exhausting first trimester!
The first trimester of pregnancy is a funny time. Your body is doing crazy things, you are freaking exhausted all the time, and you can’t even tell anyone why you’re ducking to the bathroom every 30 minutes or look like you need a nap come lunchtime.
We were very cautiously optimistic in the early days of finding out I was pregnant. I’d had an early miscarriage a month before we found out I was pregnant again so we were afraid to get too excited and too happy about it this time around. We breathed a massive sigh of relief when we saw our little jellybean (our bubba’s nickname) moving around on the ultrasound at the 12 week scan!
The first trimester was not all fun and games for me. I was flat out exhausted from about 3.5 weeks. It took every bit of willpower to make it through the workday. I would come home from work and collapse on the couch, too tired to cook or clean or really do much of anything that wasn’t in a supine position.
I started getting a bit nauseous about 6 weeks in. It started as feeling nauseous from about 8pm, then it started getting earlier in the evenings. Then it was in the mornings too. Then it was just about all day, all the time. Fun!!
When it started I found I would go from feeling nauseous, to feeling ravenous, to eating and then feeling nauseous again. This happy little cycle would continue all day. Sometimes I would feel okay, but there was always a little undercurrent of nausea, like I was standing on a boat.
Things that made me feel nauseous included:
- waking up
trying to get to sleep
eating too much
not eating enough
food smells in general. Or pictures of food
I also managed to get a terrible bout of hayfever in the early weeks. You know what you can take for hayfever in the first trimester? Nothing! That’s what. So I suffered through my inflamed sinuses without pharmaceutical assistance for the health of my unborn child. Totally and utterly going to be worth it though.
Around week 9 the nausea got super bad. Like, feeling incredibly awful all of the time. Luckily I had very little throwing up but if I was out, standing up or being active for more than about an hour would absolutely wreck me. I ended up having four days off work during weeks 9 and 10 due to the horrific nausea and exhaustion.
In the midst of all this fun, I finished a job and started a new one so I was crazy busy finishing one thing and then crazy busy starting a whole new work adventure! I also had my dad’s 60th where I had to travel to Sydney then stand up all night, be social and give a speech. I was so tired by the end of that weekend!
It’s been a pretty crazy few months. We were lucky to have an ultrasound really early on, and got to see our little jellybean. Due to the miscarriage they couldn’t get an estimated due date from my dates so I had a dating scan to figure out exactly how far along I was. I was 5 weeks and 4 days at my scan so we obviously couldn’t see much but we did see that little flickering heartbeat, which was super exciting! That made it all feel real for us (we didn’t get to scans or anything last time) and we felt like we could get excited after seeing that little heartbeat.
Our 12 week scan was amazing and surreal, jellybean was moving around so much and we got lots of lovely pictures of our little miracle.
It was a relief finally being able to tell people and explain why I’ve been so tired and sick, plus it was getting hard to hide it! I started showing really early and I was running out of loose flowy dresses! I’ve had to invest in some maternity clothes already, pants, skirts and dresses, so I would have some decent clothes to wear to work!
I’m so glad I can finally share what’s been going on and I’m super excited that I can share my pregnancy with you! I have been completely exhausted (more than usual) for the last few weeks, hence the lack of posts, and I pretty much still come home, lay on the couch for an hour or so and then go to bed!
I’ll post another update here soon on what’s been happening in pregnancy land, and hopefully I can get back to some usual posts soon as well!