I’m so over the first trimester. Week after week I tell myself, “it will be over soon, the magical second trimester is coming up!” Naturally I thought it would start on week 12: 3 months, 12 weeks, makes sense right? When I found myself still as sick as a college student after too many shots of 151, I realized that the 12th week is actually the last week of the 3rd month, so one more week to go. Well, turns out your 2nd trimester doesn’t start until the 14th week and I am FINALLY here!
So, what’s changed?
Last night I finally slept through an entire night without getting up to pee once. I still woke up with intense back pain, mind you, and “an entire night” these days seem to max out at about 6 hours. I have a weird, salty metallic taste in my mouth that doesn’t go away, no matter how many Sour Patch Kids I suck on. I haven’t thrown up yet this morning, though I think I missed most of the morning since I just woke up. I feel a slight hint of what I think might be energy — who knows, I might finally do a prenatal pilates class today! Or walk the dogs! Or do cartwheels in the park. Okay, probably not the latter but I do feel like getting out and finally enjoying the sunshine.
More importantly, I wanted to do a round-up of all the things I’ve learned in the first trimester.
The Eating Healthy Thing
It’s so easy to think about eating healthy foods but when your appetite and cravings are controlled by a hormone-flooded crazed-female brain, you eat what you want, when you want. My first trimester diet consisted of instant noodles and Stouffer’s French Bread Pizza. I desperately wanted to eat healthier, but it was so difficult. Most cold meals were out of the question: no deli meats meant no more turkey sandwiches for lunch. Ordering a salad meant worrying about whether all the bacteria was properly rinsed off the greens. Or does this place make fresh Caesar dressing? If so, is there raw egg in this? My usual “safe” meal of salmon and brown rice got me thinking about my mercury intake. Most of my cravings have a pretty quick expiration of 30 minutes attached to them. By the time you go to the grocery store to buy ingredients, or head to a restaurant, sit down and order, the craving could turn into an aversion. The sad thing is that it becomes so much easier to eat instant, packaged foods when pregnant, a habit I hope to soon break if my nausea really does go away this week.
The Glowing Thing
Over the years it’s become common knowledge that pregnant women glow with beautiful skin and luscious hair. Apparently not the case in the first trimester. I’ve battled the most breakouts I’ve ever had at one time, dull skin and super sensitive/rashy spots on my chin and throat. Attractive, I know. My hair is also more oily than it’s ever been! I’ve had to completely adjust my skincare routine to keep it at bay.
The “Bump” Thing
Everybody thinks baby bumps are so cute — until they get one of their own. Probably because in the first trimester it’s not truly a baby bump, more like a flat tire around the belly! Shortly after finding out I was pregnant I quickly ballooned up around the midsection. It was just enough bloating to make my regular jeans a chore to button up (and uncomfortable too!). Good thing Spring and Summer are around the corner, I’m ready to stock up on dresses and thin leggings.
The Resting Thing
Everybody (books, friends and co-workers alike) tells you to rest up. Is this really an option? I am tired all day — in a physical, I-just-ran-a-marathon, out-of-breath kind of way. To make matters worse, I have the wildest, most vividly-detailed dreams that leave my brain completely drained in the mornings. To cope I’ve been sneaking off for 30-45 minute naps at work — we have a little dark room with a couch dedicated for breast-feeding and private phone calls. Without the nap, I typically crash as soon as I get home. I am tired of always being so tired!