Yep, we’re having a baby! We got the news right before our trip to Paris, a trip that we thought would be a great opportunity to relax and well, make a baby, but it was too late, we were already pregnant! Once I saw the positive test the trip became different than we expected (a lot less cheese and wine than planned) but still amazing and I had very few physical symptoms yet so I enjoyed walking for miles and miles everyday to see the beautiful city.
Fast forward to the week we returned from Paris and it hit me. Full on sickness, all day, every day.
I wish I could say it’s been really easy and I’ve just been glowing and feeling great, but unfortunately, my experience has been the opposite. It still seems slightly unreal and it’s truly amazing how fast 17 weeks can fly by! Well, I take that back…the weeks fly by but the days drag on and on forever. Getting through the workday for the first 2 months was pretty much all I could do and that was a challenge in itself. I don’t know who coined the term ‘morning sickness’ but it’s not even remotely accurate. If you’re one of the un-lucky mamas that experience morning sickness you can expect a variety of symptoms, from all day nausea and exhaustion to actually vomiting multiple times per day. While I’m lucky that I’ve only thrown up once so far (from my first migraine ever), I did feel terrible from morning to night and couldn’t wait to go back to bed by 9PM latest.
I journaled an overview of every week and most went something like this; ‘ I’m absolutely exhausted today, head is pounding and am so nauseous and tired that I can barely think straight. Skin continues to get worse (literally it was like middle school level bad acne again) and am also feeling really anxious.’ And another one, “Going on two weeks non-stop nausea, I had no idea that it would be this bad! So tired, random appetite and can’t remember what feeling good is like. I’ve never felt so uncomfortable in my own body. Super bloated, terrible skin, cramps, nauseous and exhausted all the time, excited to get through this period!”
Sadly, not much helped ease the nausea, I tried everything that was suggested and each thing only helped for a very brief period, my few reccs are listed below. Getting out of the house helped but it was so hard to get motivated to do anything.
So basically, I’ve been tons of fun 😉
The other hard thing that’s tough about the initial phases of pregnancy is that no one knows you’re pregnant. I did tell my direct manager early on because I was so sick. He’s a dad, which is great, but let’s be honest, he’s still a man and has no idea what it’s like. It was a relief to finally start telling close friends and family to help replace some of the tough symptoms with excitement and joy.
It wasn’t all bad either. When I could step away from the physical symptoms the excitement has been overwhelming, having a baby is going to change everything and Wyatt and I are so excited about the immense changes to come!
After week five my diet took a turn for the worst. One thing that I found so amazing during the first trimester was that after week five I couldn’t even stand to think about my favorite things: coffee, chocolate, wine, each sounded repulsive. So cool that our body takes over to protect us from the things that are no longer serving us and don’t support the growth of a human! Most of my first trimester was dedicated to eating anything I could, most of which was included carb heavy and honestly not very healthy options. I had very specific cravings as well, mostly for sweets, muffins, orange juice, etc.
As someone who takes their diet and nutrition very seriously I had some serious guilt around this, but ultimately, I had to listen to my body, give myself a break and just do what I could. This didn’t really shift until my second trimester started well into week 13 when I could start eating more normally.
Since it is so hard to eat normally in the first trimester my naturopath put me on Prenatal Pro with a really good folate source, she taught me that folic acid isn’t ideal. Folic acid is synthetic so it’s harder for the body to process and can cause other health problems or release too much folic acid into your system vs. folate which is naturally found in foods and therefore easier for the body to break down. I also learned that a prenatal with multiple doses is better than a single dose for absorption. At the end of the day I think it’s important to get a good, potent prenatal that will really support you and your baby, don’t skimp on centrum one a days right now ladies, go for the gold! I will say the prenatals added to my nausea, which is usually associated with high levels of iron, so that’s the downside, but I also knew I wasn’t getting key nutrients so I choked them down.
Prenatal Pro- 6 per day
Pro EPA/DHA Fish oil- 2 capsules per day
Nature Thyroid for hypothyroid support
High quality probiotics- 2 per day
If you’re a mama to be and you’re experiencing a lot of sickness remember that you’re not alone, you’re doing your best and give yourself a break, you deserve it, after all, you’re growing a human and life is going to change! I’m at week 17 and feeling great, so there is hope!
Mamas, please share any advice you’ve got including, health tips, reading materials + must haves for your babyregistry!