As I am now safely out of my first trimester and swiftly into my second, I thought I would take this opportunity to recap on the first three months of my pregnancy journey. Be warned this post isn’t going to be all nicey nicey talking about the nice side of pregnancy, it can get a bit gross. So what’s happened?
So I know this is a bit of a sensitive subject to talk about on a blog, but it is part of my journey and it was the first time I got to actually see my baby so it means slot to me.
As I said in my previous post, I had some minor complications at the start of my pregnancy. I found out I was pregnant at 5 weeks and 3 days. At 6 weeks I started heavily bleeding at work so was sent for an emergency scan at the Early Pregnancy Unit 48 hours later. At the hospital I had blood tests and a scan to determine if I was suffering from an early miscarriage. Thankfully the scan showed our baby bobbing along nicely and showed a strong heartbeat. This was a huge relief. Up until this point it hadn’t really sunk in that I was pregnant, I was still discussing feelings and emotions with my boyfriend and I was still unsure about the next steps that we were going to take. This was the first time I felt extensive love for my baby and the moment I knew we had made the right choice with pursuing the pregnancy.
I really don’t know why this is called ‘morning’ sickness when in my case, it can last all day long and into the evening .
This stage is most definitely a massive low during the first three months of pregnancy. Not only did I feel queasy all day long, I was spending most of my time on the bathroom floor with my head down the toilet. My apatite had completely gone and I could barely keep water down some days. Thankfully, this stage only hit me at 8 weeks and at 11 weeks it had mostly gone. Even though it was a massive worry that I wasn’t keeping anything down, I was kept assured that sickness is a good sign within the first few months of pregnancy as it shows the pregnancy is going well and informed to just eat little and often. As long as water was staying down, I was doing ok.
Bloating and Constipation
During the first three months of pregnancy your digestive system slows down so that more nutrients reach the baby during their most important growth stage. This left me massively bloated. I could eat the tiniest portion of food and I would look like I was 6 months pregnant. Its so uncomfortable, the only word I can use to describe it is blurgh. A side effect of bloating is constipation. I’m not going to go into detail here as its pretty gross but imagine being so bloated you feel like your the size of the house and not being about to do a number 2 for 4 days straight. Absolute nightmare.
Cravings and Food Aversions
Craving wise I didn’t have any weird cravings. For a while during the 9th/10th week in between morning sickness I craved curry. Not just any curry, it had to be a Wagamamas Chicken Katsu Curry. I tried having a Chicken Korma from my favourite Indian take away, but it just didn’t cut it. Food I couldn’t stomach was anything with a smell. By smell it can be anything, strong, weak, it didn’t matter. If I could smell it cooking, smell it on the plate or smell it as I was about to eat it, it wasn’t getting eaten. This probably has something to do with the fact that I was suffering from morning sickness at this time so I didn’t really want to eat.
This hit hard during the 9th week. Weather it was due to morning sickness and having no energy from heaving constantly or weather it was pregnancy related. I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I had days off work sleeping literally all day long. However much sleep I got at night it never felt enough. Even the smallest of task such as walking from my bed to the toilet drained me. I am so thankful this only lasted a week or so as I don’t think I would be able to cope with that much longer. I literally turned into a zombie.
12 Week Scan
The part I have been waiting oh so patiently for. For every woman the 12 week scan is a massive milestone. Not only is it the first time most expectant mothers see their baby, but it is also a step into the second trimester.
The 12 week scan is a huge milestone to get to as your chance of miscarriage during this week significantly drops. After seeing our baby at our emergency 6 week scan I didn’t really know what to expect. The 6 week scan just looked like a blob, or a diamond ring as Callum would say. I couldn’t believe how much our baby had grown in just a matter of 6 weeks. The sonographer measured the baby and checked all vital organs and even showed us the heartbeat. It was so surreal to see our baby bobbing about inside me and not being able to feel a thing. It made it feel so much more real actually seeing it move in there.
I am so excited that at 14 weeks pregnant I am now officially in the second trimester. Time seems to be flying by, which is scary as in 5 and a half months I will have our beautiful baby in our arms. I can not wait for my 20 week scan next month to determine the sex of our baby and to check that it is growing perfectly.
I can not thank my family and friends enough for how supportive they have been. It was a shock to both me and Callum when we fell pregnant, but having a massive support network has been a massive help. Baby Smith is so lucky to be able to grow up around so many people who already love him/her so much.
Love Tilly and Bump xx