You’ll have to forgive me, for sharing our big news a few months ago, then going silent. I can’t say it was intentional…the days and weeks just seem to be flying by so fast at the moment.
In fact, I officially finished the first trimester 6 weeks ago (?!) yet am only now sitting down to put thoughts on paper. I loved having my first pregnancy diaries to look back on, and compare with, so feel it would be nice to do an abridged version this time around too. So here it is.
After undergoing multiple rounds of IVF, the news that we were actually, truly, pregnant, was simply amazing. But having a highly monitored cycle – means that we found out really early. Like 4 weeks early. And we were realistic enough to know that a positive pregnancy test did not necessarily mean the pregnancy would progress.
The countdown to the all-important scan at 7 weeks was a killer. I stopped running, and despite my best efforts to stay busy, it was hard not to get my hopes up. And plan the upcoming months.
Thankfully, THANKFULLY, we walked out of that first scan with big smiles – after being our little jelly bean’s heart beating nice and strong, and measuring spot on.
Big sigh of relief, indeed.
We broke the news to our families – who were well aware of our IVF attempts – and, as you can imagine, they were all thrilled to bits. C even outed me to her daycare teachers when she declared, with gusto, that “Mummy’s got a baby in her tummy”.
Yes…a 2 year old is not the best secret keeper its turns out!
The next big milestone was the 13 week scan, at which the various other screening tests also took place. We again received fantastic results – and finally – we felt that we could really get excited. And breathe.
In some ways this pregnancy has been very similar to my first. I stacked on weight early (yes it seems as soon as I get that positive pregnancy test I go up a dress size, or two), and I started experiencing headaches.
But in more many ways, it has been incredibly different.
This time I’ve been suffering from horrible all-day nausea – which started at 6 weeks and continued to the end of the first trimester. The nausea seemed to get worse as the day went on, peaking just before bed time – only easing while I was eating – and returning shortly after I stopped. Carbs, carbs and more carbs were my friend, and the desire to cook disappeared completely. This was all very new to me, as when pregnant with Charlotte, I pretty much functioned as normal throughout the first trimester.
(11 weeks pregnant, and feeling oh so sick)
I also had grand plans to run or at least continuing exercising throughout this pregnancy, but I stopped around 7 weeks. The all-consuming nausea seriously knocked me around, and it took all the effort I had to put on a straight face, squeeze into clothes that weren’t tracksuit pants, and keep up appearances at work. All while running around after a toddler of course. Bed times came earlier and earlier, and I headed to bed at the same time as C most nights. Yes, 7.30pm.
When pregnant with Charlotte, it was all I could think about.
This time, if I’m honest, I frequently forget that I’m pregnant! Sure I catch a glimpse of my expanding body in the mirror and am quickly reminded, but truthfully, there are moments in the day when I simply just forget.
But, despite this, I am so very excited about the prospect of our family becoming a family of 4. I can’t wait for C to be a big sister – a role I have no doubt she will take on with enthusiasm. And I am constantly overwhelmed with feelings of gratefulness – and awe - as to the wonders of modern medicine.
So the first trimester, in summary:
How I felt? Tired and sick. Horribly sick.
What I missed? Running, no feeling sick, vino, rare steak and brie cheese.
Symptoms? Nausea and headaches. The seemingly dreaded duo.
Cravings? Carbs, carbs and more carbs. Preferably something I didn’t have to cook. Yes I think ate more takeaway during the first trimester than I have in the last 5 years!
Highlights? The wonderful wonderful news that we were pregnant, and seeing our little one grow and grow!
But although it was a rather rough first 13 weeks, I am pleased to report that things have improved since then. All to be covered when I recap the second trimester!