My Experience With Pregnancy #2 – First Trimester
They say every pregnancy is different. Personally, I chose not believe this as I just assumed other people are different (way to go eh). But the truth is, that even if all your habits remain the same each pregnancy and how it feels for you can be almost opposites.
Which is pretty much my experience so far!
When I was pregnant with baby bear the first trimester sucked. You feel hung over all the time, your energy is low and food is a category in itself.
But this pregnancy, this little cub was ten times worse than that. This pregnancy all but crippled me. While I wasn’t physically puking (thank god) I was beyond nauseous and horribly ill feeling. In fact, from about four in the afternoon until seven I could barely move from the couch.
I hurt. I wanted to curl into a ball. And often, there were tears.
Thankfully my mornings were somewhat balanced (save for about a week). I didn’t feel good but I could manage.
Every pregnancy is different: believe this. It’s true
I’ve long since accepted that the rule of the first trimester is survival and not health. However it still threw me for a loop when I wanted things so far outside my norm it was unreal.
With baby bear it was pretty basic, no salads, no chicken and much more bananas and bread.
This pregnancy was similar but I wanted things I normally wouldn’t eat.
From week seven to eleven foods like grilled cheese, bagels and cream cheese & banana featured heavily.
The only plus was that I wanted nothing to do with sugar.
It was a running joke in my house that this baby was clearly more my husband than me with all the junk I wanted to eat! I did manage to get a few veggie servings each day for which I was thankful.
My favorite though: cabbage rolls. This happened with baby bear too. I could eat us out of house and home of cabbage rolls!
Food abnormalities eased up by week thirteen and I was once again able to eat my normal diet with a bit more emphasis on starch (thank god!)
Naturally my energy is really high due to my solid nutritional habits. This means I’m not a happy camper when it comes to dips. And dip is what it did. Until roughly sixteen weeks, it went without a question that I would be napping each day from 1:30-2:30. If not, I couldn’t function.
This truthfully killed me because napping seems so unproductive to me! But it was what my body said I needed and thus what we did.
If you follow my blog you’ll know that I’m extremely consistent with workouts. Not because I “have to” but because it’s so ingrained in me that it’s just what I do. Workouts keep me sane, grounded and positive.
I’ve been able to keep up with my regular workouts the entire pregnancy which means strength training three times per week and dancing twice. However, the general basis and intensity of the workouts has changed based on my body.
Currently I’m rocking a lifting working three times per week and on my other two days and doing a mini band workout + yoga. I feel great, my body is still performing great and mentally it keeps me grounded..
Another “wives tale” to listen to. You really do show faster with your second! I started showing so so much earlier with this little cub than I did with baby bear. It’s been exciting and alarming (mainly because I refuse to buy clothes when spring/summer and loose clothes are coming!).
The downside was that because I was able to become so lean post baby bear, my body had a hard time adjusting to the sudden baby bulge and put up a bit fight. Basically, there has been much more cramping and stabbing pains that I ever had the first time around. This caused me to make a trip to the doctors due to the pain but (thankfully?) it’s just my body refusing to change.
It has since gotten much better though and my tummy seems to have popped.
Moods & Mentality
Overall I am doing great as I’m just so excited. Baby bear knows there’s a “baby” in my tummy and likes to tell random people (paired with her lifting her shirt to show her tummy).
I’m getting excited to find out the gender in a few weeks which I’ll be revealing on the blog so keep your eyes out! I really couldn’t care less what we’re having as I’m excited both ways! I do have a feeling little cub is a boy though because this pregnancy sits so high and bear sat so low. But I guess we’ll see!
Last time when pregnant I hated it. I spent a lot of time thinking of everything I couldn’t do (and wanted to). I spent a lot of time struggling with my belly growing and even more time questioning everything post partum. While I was so so happy to be pregnant and loved the kicks, I can’t say I enjoyed it or even truly appreciated it.
A lot has changed in the last year and a half. My goal this pregnancy is to appreciate it more, stress less and love all the ups downs and annoyances. So far I think I’m rocking this (though I can’t deny I was happy to see the other side of first trimester!).
We spend far too much time wondering and worrying (or at least I did). This time around I get re-do and I’m making the most of it. What our bodies are capable of is truly amazing and inspiring, I plan to appreciate it this time.
What about you- what changes did you notice the second time around? Or what are you struggling with on your first?