Pregnancy: Part 1

I can’t believe I’m 35 weeks into this thing! And I really can’t believe that in just 5 weeks, I’m going to get to meet my baby for the first time. I’m getting super excited just thinking about October 20th! I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like, but every time I feel a kick or a flip, I get a tiny glimpse of how I am going to feel when I meet him for the first time.

This hasn’t been an easy journey by any means. The first few weeks weren’t too bad; I didn’t even notice a change. Then, I got what seemed like the flu. It knocked me out for almost a week. Welcome to pregnancy. Next up, was the nausea. I was nauseated for a solid 4 months. I’m talking it never skipped a day. Every morning, I would strategize on how to avoid throwing up. I thought, maybe if I eat before I get out of bed, maybe if I eat more protein, maybe if I eat only bread, maybe if I drink ginger-ale, maybe if I eat foods with no sugar, maybe if I eat more, maybe if I eat less  – nothing helped. I did discover, towards the end of my 1st trimester, that putting peppermint essential oil on my temples was the ONLY thing that even mildly helped. So I carried that peppermint oil religiously. Everywhere I went, along came the peppermint oil. I applied it every hour or so. I really enjoyed the smell and felt refreshed when I applied it, but I don’t think that everyone else was ecstatic about the strong peppermint smell that accompanied me everywhere I went. A little tip: if you try the peppermint trick, be careful of it getting in your eyes. I always made sure that it was as far from my eyes as possible and there was no excess oil to drip into my eyes. Despite my best efforts, I experience some serious eye burning. I’m laughing now because when it would get in my eyes, my eyes would start watering, and I’d have to close my eyes, which inevitably led to whoever was around to notice that I had gotten it in my eyes. I’d always say – listen, I’d rather pour this peppermint oil in both of my eyes than experience anymore of this nausea. Still true.  I would most definitely recommend that to anyone experiencing pregnancy nausea.

During the first trimester I also felt extremely tired. This was quite an adjustment for me because I am not a napper, and I am not accustomed to feeling so worn out at 1pm. I would get up as late as I could with just enough time to eat something, probably throw up, and make it to the office. Luckily for me, my commute to work was basically non-existent. When I would sit at my desk, it would take me a good 30 minutes at least to wake up. I quit drinking coffee (which used to be my favorite part of the day) because it would make my nausea 400 times worse. Once I got through the morning, the middle part of my day was more normal, just with much less energy. Once 5 or 6pm rolled around, I was ready to pack up and go home (more like, straight to bed). Again, that was super weird for me because I normally wouldn’t go home until 7 or 8pm. I would say that it wasn’t until the end of my 1st trimester that I got used to being tired. I always felt like I needed to be doing more. It was hard to not compare myself to others. I expected things to go a certain way, but I started to learn that I couldn’t be hard on myself when things didn’t go as I had expected.

I really didn’t take too many pictures during the 1st trimester. There were no were no weekly bump pictures in cute maternity clothes. I was either too nauseated or too tired to even think about pictures.

I’m going to take a break now. Yes, you guessed it: I’m tired again. Oh, and hungry. I eat like I’m feeding a small army. More on that, in part 2. Be back soon.

-Catherine

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