So I’m finally sitting down to write a little post about my first trimester! I meant to do this a couple of weeks ago but finding time between working and sleeping has been rather difficult. I’m now just over 17 weeks pregnant and have the anomaly scan in 3 weeks, so I thought it was about time I got this post up!
I found out I was pregnant on 26th February. I’m not going to lie it was a huge surprise to us all but definitely a good one! Family is the most important thing to me and I’ve always wanted to be a mum, so even though it’s come a few years earlier than we expected both James and I, along with our family are so, so happy.
Taking the test…
It took four pregnancy tests before I actually believed I was pregnant! I had to go out and buy one of those Clear Blue pregnancy tests that tell you how many weeks since you conceived before it actually hit me (I’m sure I’m not the only one!)
In terms of pregnancy signs before I did the test, the only thing I really noticed other than being late was that my boobs were bigger (which when you hardly have any boobs is very noticeable) and were so painful! Sorry if that’s TMI but what do you expect from a pregnancy-related post?
Over the first few weeks, I did experience a lot of tiredness. I felt so blessed to work for myself at home though, as it meant I could take a quick 10 minute nap if I needed to! Another thing that made me feel really lucky was that I didn’t have morning sickness. Sure I went for weeks feeling nauseous (unless I was eating) but the only time I was actually sick was before my dating scan because I was so nervous! Typical Meg.
I can’t imagine how awful it must be for women who have severe morning sickness. I almost feel guilty not to have had any, though it didn’t surprise me, as my mum didn’t have it with either of her pregnancies.
Although cravings tend to come a little later on, I found that in the first few weeks of pregnancy I went off so many things. Even though I’m a vegetarian and have been eating Quorn for years, I went off it completely. I also went off salad for a few weeks, which was strange since I’ve always loved salad. The things I liked most in the first few weeks of pregnancy were crisps and potatoes. Thankfully I’m back to eating normally and healthily now (minus the Quorn)!
I’ve not missed drinking alcohol one bit. I was never a big drinker so it’s not an issue for me. I was however a big coffee drinker, so I bought some decaf to try but I couldn’t face it for a good few weeks. I’ll have a little cup of decaf coffee every day now but I don’t miss the real thing.
Obviously James and I told our families very soon after we found out but we had the dilemma of whether to tell friends or not. He was happy doing whatever but I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to keep it a secret until I’d had the first scan. I had already told one of my best friends and she was so, so happy and excited that it made me want to tell everyone else!
The thing is, I have a really close-knit group of best friends and I decided that even if the worse did happen (which thankfully it didn’t) I’d want them to all be there for me anyway. Telling them was so exciting and their reactions were amazing!
One of my best friends is in Australia at the moment but she'll be back at Christmas to meet the little one. Another best friend is jetting off on her travels at the beginning of September so I'll be sending her regular pictures and video updates.
I feel so lucky to have such a supportive family and best friends.
The dating scan…
I had an appointment with my midwife when I was about 7 weeks pregnant, which was great because it started to feel more real but it mainly consisted of filling in lots of forms! The thing I was looking forward to most was the dating scan – the day we’d get to see our baby for the first time.
And it was everything I’d hoped. I can’t even describe the wonder of seeing your little baby on the screen. He or she was wiggling about to start with and then decided to have a little nap just before we needed to get the fluid measured for the Down's syndrome test! I ended up having to wiggle my bum, cough and have my head lowered almost to the floor on the chair just so the baby would jump up! We got there eventually though and the lady said that baby looked perfectly healthy. The results from the Down’s syndrome screening also came back low risk.
I found that my skin simply couldn’t make its mind up during the first trimester! One day it’d feel quite dry and the next it would be oily / spotty. I decided to just strip back my skincare routine back to the basics and not use any extra treatments – sometimes letting your skin just sort itself out is best.
I started using the Sanctuary Mum To Be Stretch Mark Oil quite early on, as I read the sooner the better in terms of keeping stretch marks at bay. I think for some people they’re just inevitable though. Although I didn’t really get any in my first trimester, I’ve got a few on my hips now my bump has appeared. I can’t say I’m bothered - it’s all part of being pregnant.
We had two girl names we absolutely loved and we've narrowed it down to just one now. Boys names were so much harder to decide on! I'm pretty set on one now and I think James is too (at least most days he is haha). I think I'll keep them a secret for now though just incase things change.
Bye bye symptoms…
Towards the end of the first trimester, I started losing all the symptoms such as the tiredness, nausea and boob pain (haha), which worried me at first. Apparently it’s completely normal though as the hormones start to settle down. Now I’m just enjoying feeling (slightly) more energetic and don’t miss the sick-feeling one bit.
So I think that’s everything! I’m planning on doing a gender reveal post once I know if we’re having a little girl or boy. I think girl, James thinks boy so we’ll see who’s right (not that it matters one bit!) I’ll also share a second trimester update, since a few things have obviously changed over the past few weeks.
I hope you’ve found this post interesting! I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I really want to document bits of this pregnancy so I can look back on it in the future.
Oh and if you have any questions about pregnancy, the first trimester etc I’m more than happy to answer them! I’m no expert but I’m happy to share more about my experience so far!