Wednesday, June 20, 2012

End of the first trimester

Today, I am 12 weeks and 5 days pregnant.  Based on some calculations, that is already at the end of the first trimester.  Based on other calculations, the first trimester is over at 13 weeks 3 days or even some people have commented that 14 weeks should be the end of the first trimester, depending on what method you use.  Either way, I'm already there, or I'm very close to getting there.

I thought, since I'm ending one phase of this pregnancy and beginning another, I'd do a little check in and update.

This pregnancy has been very different in some ways, but it also has been much the same in other ways.  I have had significant morning (but really all day) sickness this time around, just like last time.  However, the medicine I relied on the last pregnancy to make it better actually made it worse this time around, and I also abstained from taking the medicine so I WOULD feel sick so that I would feel the symptoms of this pregnancy.  I was very scared at times during the first trimester of this pregnancy due to the previously explained events, and feeling sick was sort of a terrible but warm fuzzy feeling that reminded me everything in my body was still working on growing this child.

I also have had some newer symptoms.  I've mentioned to a few of you while asking for advice or recommendations, that I've had pretty frequent migraines this time around.  I will all of a sudden get significant vision changes, with a strong headache following about a half hour later.  It can be triggered by nausea, sunlight, fatigue, not eating enough, not drinking enough, and standing up too quickly, from what I've gathered so far.  It also has been triggered once or twice by absolutely nothing.  These headaches last anywhere from a few hours to almost a full day, which makes it very difficult to be an active parent to little man on those days.  Thankfully, I have a very patient child who is just as happy to sit and cuddle in my lap as he is to run around and play.  

Another new symptom is the 16 year old boy acne.  I don't think I need to say more, but I'm ready for that to be over with.... really?

I've also had much more dizziness this time around.  Very frequently in the mornings I've noticed that if I don't eat something soon enough, I tend to get very woozy and have needed to lay down on the floor a few times, at home, in our bathroom, in my office at work, etc.  I've been trying to add more protein into my diet, especially for breakfast, but there are days when I am tired and I sleep in a little later, and then am running out of the door right on time and grab breakfast at work.  I need to either get up earlier or put a protein bar in my car to have something on the way.  I really, really like Lara bars, so maybe I'll try keeping one of those in the car.  (Lara bars are a food bar- an alternative to granola bars or other nutrition bars/etc. that have TONS of processed ingredients and, well, basically crap in them.  Lara bars have no more than 9 ingredients in any bar, and are made from fruits, nuts, and spices.  All whole food, all real food.  That's it.)

I am terrible at taking pictures, so I don't have a lot to share in terms of my 'bloat bump' at this point, but I do have one picture I'll share.  Some days, I think I look 5 months pregnant, and some days I think I look normal, so I'm pretty sure it is all bloat or residual mama pouch from little man's pregnancy, but I know everyone loves bump pictures, so I'll share :)

(And yes, I'm wearing maternity pants in this picture.  In the first trimester.  Yep.  They're elastic waisted and amazingly comfortable.  My sister calls these my 'Thanksgiving pants'.  Don't judge, you know you love them too!)

I'll try to post little updates every so often as I go along, as I remember to!  I also have some fun stuff coming up on the blog, including some great giveaways coming up in the next few months as well as a few posts about product updates about what I am currently using, a few thoughts on the transition from one child to two, and a few more thoughts on my parenting style and how it is very rapidly changing.  Hope you come to check it all out!

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  1. You are gorgeous. Seriously. I never looked this good a single day in my life, even as a teenager. And I am wearing maternity pants right now (not pregnant).

    Keep on truckin', mama. You're 1/3 of the way there.

  2. I've been thinking about you and wondering how things are going, I'm sorry to hear about the headaches:(. You look beautiful!

  3. I love Lara bars - I have on every morning for breakfast with some smoothie or juice, and I usually have another in my purse in case I need a snack. They are a great way to keep a quick boost around that's not full of crap you don't want to eat! If you haven't had them - cashew cookie and peanut butter cookie are my favorites.

  4. Thank you guys so much!!! @ Sara- I have not had peanut butter cookie but that sounds amazing! Is it new?


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