What To Expect In The First Trimester of Pregnancy

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After being pregnant for what feels like forever I am finally writing my first-trimester story. Whether you’ve just found out your pregnant or you’re currently trying to conceive I hope this post helps you. As I write this I am actually 22 weeks pregnant but finally feel well enough to share my experience. About bloody time!

I want to begin by saying pregnancy is hard and it’s ok to admit that. I struggled and I mean I really struggled but it’s not forever and the second trimester truly does get better. It’s all about learning what works best for you and just ensuring your comfortable.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting.

If you’ve ever seen the film ‘What to expect when you’re expecting’ I am literally the definition of the character Wendy. Wendy (portrayed by the actress Elizabeth Banks) is an average pregnant woman looking for the ‘glow’ in which she cannot find. She ends up having a baby meltdown during a motherhood chat show and shares her whole damn experience. Every second of the 4 minute scene is so relatable to my situation so make sure you click the link and have a laugh at my expense.

* Credit to Movieclips for sharing this scene.

So, without further ado let’s get into symptoms and some of the things you can expect to experience. Of course, without a doubt every woman is different and not one woman will have the same pregnancy. Here are just a few of the main things I noticed during my first trimester and how I dealt with these.

Morning Sickness/Nausea

The very first thing I noticed before I even knew I was pregnant was the feeling of nausea. For a good week I began to feel very sick and in all honesty, I thought I was coming down with something. Eventually, I realised that a sickness bug may not have been the reason for this and that was when I discovered I was pregnant.

Due to how intense my sickness was I ended up in A&E because of dehydration (from being sick). This was when I discovered that I, in fact, was only 6 weeks along and had been experiencing nausea since being only 4 weeks pregnant.

This started very early on for me and actually carried on into my second trimester. Unfortunately, I was about 16 weeks by the time this had stopped properly and even still now I can be sick from time to time. Of course, not every woman will experience morning sickness but if you do here are some of the coping strategies that helped me through.

Sea bands – Average Price £7.00-£8.00

These are small acupressure bands which can be worn on your wrists to prevent the symptoms of sickness. Wearing these SeaBands on each of my wrists really helped whenever I felt nauseous. They are extremely comfortable and very discreet so no need to worry. They can be purchased from most online retailers, Pharmacies and even stores like superdrug and Boots.

Anti-sickness Medication From Doctor

I understand that there are always going to be mixed opinions when it comes to taking medication whilst pregnant. At first, I was a little reluctant to take any medication due to the horror stories I had read online. However, my doctor ensured me that these tablets were safe and if I was in need they are only going to make me better. It’s always worth knowing that there is safe medication out there in which your doctor can help you with. Do not struggle ladies, it’s not worth it!

Ginger Sweets – Average price £2.00-£4.00

Ginger sweets were one of the last methods I decided to try just because I LOATHE the taste of ginger. After reading so much online about how ginger helped people through their pregnancy I had to give it a go. I managed to find myself both hard ginger candy and chewable ginger treats from Holland and Barrett.

early pregnancy
early pregnancy

Tiredness

This was yet another thing that I really struggled with at the beginning. I was managing to fall asleep around 6 pm and would stay asleep for a good 12 hours a night. This for me wasn’t too different as I’ve always been someone who needs a good night sleep to be able to fucntion however, 12 hours was deifnitely extreme.

Heightened Sense of Smell

There were so many scents that I could not stand the smell off during my first trimester. Most of the things were so random and were products I never had an issue with beforehand.

As strange as this is, the main one for me was the smell of my partner. His aftershave and his masculine smell was something I found extremely sexy before however, pregnancy took that one straight away.

Surely this wasn’t normal? I was so confused I ended up spending most of my time googling “Pregnant and can’t stand the smell of my partner, help” a thousand times a day. Luckily I didn’t run away from him and eventually found out that it was very normal to feel that way.

Mood Swings – Increased hormones

Oh gosh! hormones, Where do I even begin to start. I really struggled with my hormones at the beginning but this may be to do with the fact I came off antidepressants.

I feel so sorry for my partner because he had an unwanted one-way ticket to hell and he did not enjoy his trip. Everything that I felt was his fault and I was constantly taking everything out on him. Thinking back I feel absolutely awful for this but you just can’t help your hormones and mood swings.

Cramping & Gas

Yup, it’s gross but passing wind is something you’re going to have to learn to accept. I don’t really understand the reason behind this but it happens and it happens a lot.

Dehydration

I can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure you drink enough. Your baby is taking so much out of your nutrients you need to ensure you still fit and healthy. Water is so vital to our bodies so no matter how many times you may sick it back up, keep on drinking.

I actually ended up making myself so ill from lack of liquids and had to spend an evening in hospital. I was already feeling so weak and suffering enough the last thing I needed was having to be there.

Baby Bump Before The Baby

This was something I found super interesting. How is it even possible to have a baby bump when your baby is the size of a baked bean? crazy right?

Majority of this is down to bloating and your body preparing for a big change. After all, your uterus is growing and stretching at a rapid rate to prepare for your little offspring.

Of course, every woman in this world is completely different. Don’t be disheartened if your bump isn’t as round and as perfect as the pregnant lady you’re following on Instagram. I was constantly searching #9weekspregnant #12weeksbabybump and forever, getting myself down.

So, basically you’re probably feeling a little fat right now but I am here to tell you that’s ok!

early pregnancy

Anyhoo, congrats to all you beautiful ladies and remember set aside your worries and allow your body to do it’s job.

8 Comments

  1. Matthew
    January 23, 2019 / 4:36 pm

    Congratulations on your pregnancy!

    • January 23, 2019 / 4:36 pm

      Thank you so much 😊 I’m super excited x

  2. Ashley Firth
    January 23, 2019 / 10:27 pm

    I never thought to use travel sickness bands when I was pregnant! What a great tip! I found I had an extreme heightened sense of taste and smell during my pregnancies too xxx

    • January 24, 2019 / 6:52 am

      Oh really? See they worked a treat for me! They helped so much 😊 it’s crazy what ideas you get when you’re puking 24/7 😂 and oh that’s fascinating! I thought that was a really strange reaction to have to being pregnant! Never knew heightened scene of smell was a thing! But anyway, thank you so much for reading lovely! D

  3. January 24, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    Congrats! I always used to recommend sea bands for morning sickness when I worked in Boots pharmacy! God help me when I get pregnant because I already struggle with tiredness and mood swings horribly 😅😂 lovely post! ☺️X

    • January 24, 2019 / 8:55 pm

      Thanks lovely! And don’t you worry I’m sure you’ll be fine! Although, I say that now I’m a hormonal mess and I was a nightmare 🤣 haha! Good luck!

      (Thanks for reading though, really appreciate it) x

  4. January 26, 2019 / 3:12 am

    It’s totally okay to say that pregnancy is hard, that’s what makes it beautiful in the sense that it takes a lot to go through it. Oh man, I’ve heard so much about morning sickness. At least the morning sickness stopped at this point. Oooh, I hear so many great things about ginger. I had a hard time digesting food a few months ago and ginger root pills helped. YESSS about keeping yourself hydrated! Thanks for sharing your journey so far! MAJOR congrats to you!! Sending you positive vibes to have a great rest of the journey :).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • January 26, 2019 / 7:46 am

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post! 😊 I love sharing my pregnancy journey! It can be hard but like you say that’s what’s beautiful ❤️ x

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