I am so excited to finally get to talk about my journey through pregnancy. My oh my has this first trimester been a challenging one.
Let’s start from the beginning and how we found out:
I took two pregnancy tests right before my last cycle and they came out negative. I think it’s always discouraging to couple trying to conceive to see a negative result, however, this was only our first one and we knew the chances were a bit slim. According to the Cleveland Clinic (.org), the average couple has about a 20 to 25 percent chance of conceiving in any given month.
So we understood and knew, but there was always that little voice in our head saying, “what if we can’t?”.
We put that aside and the following cycle (next month) our dreams turned into a reality. On a whim I decided to take the last pregnancy test we had. I told Eric, let’s just use it up! Low and behold, the test was positive. Then we ran to the store and bought another pack just to make sure.
We didn’t take any fun pictures or record any videos because honestly, we were both super surprised…and scared…and in disbelief.
We obviously knew what the outcome should be, so of course after the initial shock settled down, we were simply over-the-moon.
I just want to add that I do believe this to be a blessing. There are so many couples out there that have a lot of trouble. I continue to keep them in my prayers. Please be mindful of what you ask people about their plans for kids and show support if you know of a couple/person struggling. If you are struggling or know someone who is, HERE’S a resource that might help.
That evening we went out to dinner with my mom and her bf and told them the news. We couldn’t believe the words coming out of our mouths – that we were expecting!
Special things like this don’t always have to be recorded and made into a big production. For us, telling individual family members privately while keeping the secret from social was an incredible experience. There’s nothing like living in the present. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with planning surprises and recording those moments, we would have liked to but it just wasn’t meant to happen for us.
Moving forward, we told my sister and managed to get that on video! That video is definitely one of my most precious possessions.
After week 6 we were in full first trimester mode!
Just a little background: The first trimester is said to take place during weeks 1-13/14
Thankfully, I haven’t really gotten “sick” like, typical morning sickness, but I’ve felt nauseous 95% of the time. I do consider myself very lucky compared to most women. The first trimester really felt like an extreme form of PMS, and believe me, every month I suffer from pretty terrible PMS.
- All of my favorite things from my past life eating a standard American diet (meat + cheese)
- candy – anything sweet, really!
- plain, thin potato chips
- bagels with miyokos cream cheese
- smoothies from Swamp Rabbit
- carrots with Just Caesar dressing
- All the things I “should be” eating! – leafy greens
- black beans
- pretty much everything but the things I mentioned above #pregolife
Don’t get me wrong, this has been a dream come true!
#Storytime: Eric and I first initially bonded over our desire to be parents one day and to think that it’s actually here and we’re actively living it is so incredibly wild and hard to believe. I have to admit, aside from our wedding, the two best moments of my life so far was the first time hearing our baby’s heartbeat and the second is seeing our lil’ biscuit movin’ and groovin’ in my tummy at our second prenatal appointment.
Mother Earth is divine and growing this new life has made me feel more connected to Her than ever before. It’s easy to feel discouraged – not seeing a bump quite yet and always feeling sick – but the thing I continue to tell myself is that my body is creating life. Literally creating another human and its hard work. It comes with crazy ups and downs, but in the end you have a new, beautiful soul.
In a way, I feel like I’ve always known this baby. I’ve been preparing myself for these moments. And living in the moment is more important now than ever before.
Sometime’s it’s hard to feel the positive energy when the darkness creeps in. I’m talking about those feelings of sadness, depression constant criticism. With pregnancy comes a flood of emotions, and during this pregnancy I have been so incredibly emotional. The hard part is that I’m an emotional being in general, I wear my heart on my sleeve and I am not afraid to express my emotions. It’s how I connect with people and respond to the highs and lows of life. As a momma-to-be, I’ve definitely lost control of my emotions, but Eric has been an absolute blessing. He is patient, kind, and willing to do just about anything to help me get through it. Unconditional love never felt so alive.
For the first time in my life, I truly feel like I’m right where I’m supposed to be.
I know it’s not like that for every woman that’s pregnant. I am truly lucky to feel so incredibly excited and blessed by all this.
Below is a list of things that helped me during the first trimester:
- ginger ale, seltzer, any kind of bubbly water (for nausea)
- Mint gum
- toast with butter
- hot showers
- tons of water
What did you crave during your 1st trimester? What symptoms did you experience? Comment below, I’d love to know everything!
I am excited to share more pregnancy updates with you! For more daily updates, follow me on Instagram: @thehippiebiscuit
Until next time,