Everyone always talks about beautiful and wonderful pregnancy is. No one talks about the first trimester. I think they just must forget about it after the baby comes. The first trimester was extremely difficult and unpleasant. I was so sick and tired for almost 12 weeks. I ate so many crackers and ginger ale. At one point there was a box of crackers next to my bed, at my desk at work, and next to the couch in the living room. Crackers everywhere. For an entire month, I had to work from home because getting sick in the morning sucked all my energy. I don’t even think I was averaging 1,000 steps/day for most of my first trimester. Some people are super blessed and have an easy first trimester, but I was not one of those people.
Ice cold water
Pasta — especially boxed mac & cheese
Nausea every morning
Sensitivity to smells
My sweet husband was so patient and kind during my rough first trimester. He pretty much solely took care of our dog. I was unable to clean or cook any food because the smells made me sick. He had to pick up food for almost every dinner and eat it in a different room than me. I stopped grocery shopping and now I order all of our food online through Instacart and go pick it up on my way home from work or on the weekends.
One craving that I did have near the end of the first trimester for a couple of weeks was Strawberry Pop-Tarts. I was sitting at my desk at work one day and just had to have one. Thankfully, I was able to find a vending machine and paid $2.50 for a package of 2! If you buy them at a grocery store you can get a 6 pack for that price, but I didn’t care. I just had to have it. And it was glorious. I ate a 12 pack over the course of several weeks and that craving faded away.
Besides feeling terrible, the second hardest part about the first trimester was being pregnant, but not looking pregnant. Not that I wanted a full belly right away, but some kind of sign that notified people there was something different about me would have been nice. I think my appearance was about as bad as how I felt. I definitely wasn’t glowing. If there was a glow, it was probably sweat or just my skin being greasier than normal. Even my hair felt kind of terrible. I had a hair appointment near the end of my first trimester and had my hair stylist do a special conditioning treatment because my hair felt so coarse and dry. Thankfully, I can say I didn’t have any extreme pregnancy acne. I did notice some more breakouts on my back, but my skin was actually pretty good. This is extra surprising to me because I had to completely switch up my skincare routine. I had to give up my beloved Drunk Elephant skincare due to some of the ingredients not being the safest for pregnancy.
Despite feeling terrible for weeks, the best part was knowing that my baby was growing and doing well. Even though it was terrible feeling so awful for so long, I can confidently say it was worth it and I’d do it again.