Hi everyone! Apologies for being MIA recently. The first trimester is kind of kicking my ass. I feel like a different person! Don’t get me wrong, I really am cherishing every moment of it, but it’s a bit disconcerting to be bone tired by 10am and nauseous almost all day everyday. Here are some of the things I’m experiencing now:
- Nausea. I haven’t actually gotten sick (yet), but I do feel a relatively constant sensation of indigestion and sour stomach.
- Food aversions. The main thing that my tastes have changed for is raw vegetables. I used to eat salads at least once a day, and another serving or two of veggies with dinner… now I’m lucky if I can choke down a few bites before feeling pukey. The other day Benjamin asked me if I was just using pregnancy as an excuse to eat crappy food (ok, to his credit, this was after I decided I wanted McDonald’s soft serve ice cream, before lunch, while on our road trip to Baltimore for Christmas). Although it’s even hard for me to believe just how strong these food aversions are, I really don’t think I am trying to take advantage of the situation! Certainly not consciously. It really is amazing how I will put food in my mouth (food that I JUST ORDERED from a menu or pulled out of the ‘fridge, thinking it sounded good), and I immediately want to spit it out, as it tastes different/bad or I have this strong reaction of “this is NOT what I want to be eating right now”. The only things that universally satisfy my ever-changing palate are cereal, bread products, and crackers. Healthy, no?
- Exhaustion. I’ve written enough about this, so I won’t go on and on, but I am constantly amazed at how I could literally fall asleep at any given moment throughout the day. It’s SO unlike me. My ability to accomplish a to-do list has been decreased to about 1/10th of what I used to be able to do. I don’t know how people ever get through this stage when they have another child at home to take care of. Yikes. I haven’t seen the inside of the gym or yoga studio in at least 3 weeks. I wake up in the morning with the intention of including some kind of exercise into my day (beyond the normal commute or dog walks), and then by 10am I’m ready for a nap. Exercise has now made it to the very bottom of my agenda.
- Constipation. Again, I’ve mentioned this before… and now that there are friends and family reading I won’t go into details (!), but let’s just say it’s a constant battle. And I seem to be losing.
- Thirst. If I don’t have a water bottle with me at all times, I get horrendous dry mouth and begin to feel nauseous immediately. I know it’s great to be drinking lots of water, but I had no idea how much liquid I was capable of drinking until now. Wow.
- Hair growth. Nope, not just on my head (which would be a welcome change for my fine hair!). The hair on my arms is darker and thicker, and my once-pale-as-a-ghost stomach is now covered in little black hairs. Not to mention the fact that my eyebrows need to be plucked more often and my upper lip is starting to get furry. Gross! This just might be my least favorite symptom so far. “They” say that all this extra hair will go away after pregnancy is over… but I’m not holding my breath.
Benjamin finds my food aversions and cravings absolutely hilarious. It’s like my previously health-conscious body has been taken over by aliens or something. I’m sure he doesn’t find my constant exhaustion quite as funny, since I’m probably not much fun to hang out with, but at least we both know we only have a few more weeks of it! I’ve read in all the pregnancy books and heard from others that the second trimester is a whole new ballgame with tons of energy and (hopefully) a decrease in my uncomfortable indigestion and nausea.
I hope you all had wonderful holidays and were able to take some time off and relax! Benjamin and I had a nice week in Baltimore celebrating Christmas with my family, and we head to Jamaica (woot woot!) on Wednesday for a little New Years trip. It is a work trip for him, but I get to go along and enjoy the beautiful weather and sit with my feet in the sand for a few days. I’m just hoping the nausea will hold off for the travels!