My first pregnancy not only was the beginning of my daughter’s life, it was also the beginning of my journey into parenthood. As in many journeys, I didn’t know exactly how it was going to be. There was a general structure, in this case approximately 40 weeks of growing a person inside of me. And that brought about a lot of change, which ranged from downright miserable (morning sickness) to absolutely amazing (baby kicks!). Here are some of the major ones I experienced during my first pregnancy:
In the first trimester, there was so much excitement when we found out that I was pregnant. But that was nearly overshadowed by hearing baby’s heartbeat for the first time during the 8 week ultrasound. Along with those highs were some not so lovely symptoms though. I was absolutely exhausted. Luckily my schedule was flexible and I could take a solid nap in the afternoon. I was also extremely nauseous. The nausea started around the 5 week mark and the only thing that helped relieve the symptom was lying down. Thinking about cooking made me feel ill, and I had aversions to anything remotely fresh and healthy. My go-to food was pasta with tomato sauce, which I tried to pass off as a solid vegetable choice. But that quickly changed (at the time it felt like forever).
In the second trimester, I started to feel better and have more energy. Salads were back as a staple in my diet and I was hitting the gym more. I actually felt pretty great. My body started to noticeably change and I had to get some maternity clothing. Going shopping for pants was a somewhat traumatizing experience, but we’ll save that story for another day. The upside was that baby was getting bigger, and I was able to feel the kicks and movements. Which was absolutely awesome. This was hands down one of my favorite experiences during my pregnancy.
In the third trimester, I still felt much better than the first trimester but not quite as awesome as in the second. The low of this one was the glucose tests. They were gross. And yes, that’s right, I had to take both the 1 and 3 hour tests. I also had to get used to my growing and changing body. It was awkward to sleep and get up in the morning. But neither of those things were the end of the world. Plus there were also really fun times, including baby showers and eventually meeting our little one! I was really just so excited to meet baby, and spent a lot of time wondering if it would be a boy or girl (we chose not to find out during the anatomy scan), what being a mom would be like, planning how to best organize the nursery, etc.
The 39 weeks I spent pregnant felt like both an eternity and a blink of an eye. In hindsight, the length, changes and highs and lows of the pregnancy were a taste of parenthood to come. It was a visual reminder that life is not static. And it came in very handy once baby was born….because she was constantly changing!
What was the biggest change for your during your pregnancy? What did you most enjoy about this journey?