Continuing the pregnancy diaries as
I progress incredibly slowly through my first trimester. A few weeks have
passed since finding out that I’m pregnant and the shock is slowly dissipating.
But shock seems to be replaced by yet more symptoms.
Important note – none of this is intended as medical advice. This is an honest account of my experience, but every pregnancy is different. If you have any concerns please contact your doctor or medical professional.
First scan –
I am forever grateful that our doctor offers early scans as routine. I had my first scan at 6w5d and I am so glad that I didn’t have to wait until 12 weeks. It meant that I had less time to worry about growing a tumour in my fallopian tubes (thanks to the power of Google I had convinced myself that it was either an ectopic pregnancy or a molar pregnancy or both – see, I told you that lying awake every morning and googling pregnancy symptoms is a bad idea…)
Fortunately everything looks to be in the right place and there is only one baby (another fleeting panic) and, although we still couldn’t hear the heartbeat, it was incredible to see it fluttering away on the screen. So far so good!
Telling the family –
Once the first scan had given us a little bit of reassurance, it was time to start telling the immediate family. The fact that my sister was going to be in town and wondering why on earth I wasn’t toasting that with champagne and bottomless brunches meant that the cat had to be let out of the bag a little early. Cue lots of happy tears when picking her up at the airport.
Jeez these guys hurt! The other night I took my bra off when I got home (changing into comfies at 7pm is pretty much necessary) and gasped out loud in pain. Not Much Fun… Sometimes they literally feel like they are on fire!
Normally my skin is pretty darn well-behaved, but not so at the moment! I have random spots appearing all over my face. Not massive ones, but prominent enough for me not to like them very much… Using my Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser religiously seems to keep them somewhat under control.
Another clue that I might be pregnant before my missed period – my normally pretty damn flawless skin being so bad. Then again, we had lots of guests staying so I also chalked it up to burning the candle at both ends and a few too many late nights…
I am sooooooooo bored of drinking water. But I also have a raging thirst! I’m so thirsty that sometimes my mouth starts to hurt if I’m not constantly drinking water. (Note: this may also be because my new blood pressure meds list dry mouth as a side effect, but I think it’s also a relatively common pregnancy symptom) My giant tumbler of water is my new favourite accessory!
Baby brain –
I think that baby brain has hit guys, I’m forgetful and a wee bit clumsy.
Swollen feet –
Despite the fact that I really hoped that it would be later in my pregnancy before my hands and feet started to swell, this all started at week 7. This means lots of cozy evenings on the couch with my feet up – which is no bad thing! It’s particularly bad after a day at the office so I think I’m going to have to find a box or something to elevate my feet slightly while sitting at my desk.
I seem to have replaced booze calories with Twiglet calories and KitKat calories, not exactly ideal but at least Twiglets are a good source of fiber. I am definitely eating more than normal and frequently giving in to the need for snacks where normally I would exert a little more self-control. Week 6 also saw me move into what I like to call ‘the Marmite phase’, Marmite on toast, or sourdough English muffins every day (with plenty of butter). Again, apparently it’s a good source of folic acid, so this isn’t all bad news.
Month two involved some travel, there was no sitting around on the couch for me (one of the best things about the early weeks, Netflix is my new bestie). Week 8 I flew to NYC for a long weekend with my sister, booked long before I knew baby Barefoot was even a possibility.
This meant lots of walking. But
we countered that with daily afternoon nap times before getting ready to go out
for dinner. All the walking actually seems to be helping, feet are a little
sore but not as swollen.
Struggling with working out
what I can and can’t eat –
I know the basics, no alcohol, no caffeine, no rare steaks and sushi, but there are lots of other things that are confusing me. I’m not supposed to have deli meats and cured meats but allegedly they are safe if heated/cooked. What about in a hot sandwich, are they hot enough in there? Ugh – I feel like I am skipping on anything that I’m a little bit concerned about which means that my usually very adventurous appetite is somewhat curtailed. But I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry. ~ Any mamas out there with any advice?
First-time mama blogger living in the beautiful Caribbean. Sharing pregnancy and parenting adventures with lifestyle posts, food and fashion.
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