First Trimester

24/03/2020

Happiness & morning sickness

Weeks 1 – 12

At around week 6 pregnancy hormones and morning sickness kicked in.  My husband and I were travelling around Iceland, I always wanted to go, it was one of my life goals was to see the waterfalls, icebergs and of course the northern lights… but I struggled to stay awake, seriously as soon as I got in a car I was gone… as soon as my head hit the pillow I was gone.  I could fall sleep standing up!  I’m not sure I did the right thing going on a holiday in the first few weeks of pregnancy because you just don’t know how you are going to feel! I felt so good during my daughter’s pregnancy but this one was a shocker!

That was not the worst of it… slowly the sickness kicked in!  The wrong smell set me off!  For new year’s we went to an amazing restaurant when my food came- I had to run to the toilet and I just barely made it! The sensitivity to smells got stronger throughout the first trimester every smell apart from chocolate set me off.

Then there was the time that I thought I was having a heart attack…. I had no idea what heartburn was but I very quickly found out, it’s not pleasant! What is with that burning sensation?!? There really is no need!

As my first trimester progressed I continued to feel worst, the nausea that hit me just after midday, I don’t know what triggered it but the urge to throw up was overwhelming! Keeping my pregnancy from my boss and colleagues was almost impossible! I often booked a meeting room, so I could lock myself and work without any worries.

Don’t even get me started on the raging emotions…. One minute I’m crying, the next I’m angry and hungry! I have huge respect for people that keep their pregnancy secret.  I couldn’t last more than 6 weeks! I felt that I really needed those around me to know, I needed the support and just to be able to talk about how I was feeling….

I didn’t manage to workout much and it was really upsetting but I had no energy and I listened to my body!

So, if you want to mentally prepare yourself, watch out for:

  • Sickness
  • Tiredness
  • Heartburn
  • Sensitivity to smells
  • Nausea
  • Lack of energy
  • Dull skin- my skin started to look flat towards the end of my first trimester…. Grrr, what glow?!

Only two things made me feel better:  Starchy food and hugs! Let the journey continue!

Until next time, stay kind, stay beautiful x

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