Hi! Welcome to my first “official” First Born Friday. I’m so glad you’re here to learn more about the guy that made me a Mom for the first time.
Today, I’m going to share about my first Trimester. I was going to do the whole pregnancy, but I realized I have a lot to say, so I’ll break it up.
While it wasn’t as difficult as my twins’ pregnancy, it definitely wasn’t easy. Everything was new, and I wasn’t prepared for the changes my body would go through.
I found out I was pregnant the week after Valentine’s Day. We hadn’t been “trying,” but we hadn’t been preventing either. I’m never late, so on the day I was due, I bought a pregnancy test. I’m not sure why, but I already knew.
Sure enough…pregnant! I didn’t want to tell my husband over the phone, so I called my mom first. I remember saying, “Mom. I think I’m pregnant.” I felt really crampy though, so I wasn’t sure if the test was accurate. I called and made a doctor’s appointment for the following day.
When my husband came home, I sat him down and said, “Now don’t freak out, but I think I’m pregnant.” I think he was a little shocked and a little in disbelief because I don’t remember him saying anything.
The Doctor’s visit confirmed it, and life seemed to go on as normal. I didn’t really feel different for the first few weeks.
Then about 7 to 8 weeks in, it hit me…MORNING SICKNESS. It’s not really fair to call it morning sickness because I was sick ALL THE TIME. No food sounded good to me, and I even had to take my prenatal vitamins at night or I would throw them up. I tried every natural remedy they told me about Ginger candy, ginger tea, ginger pills (which I threw up…yuck,) sea bands (for motion sickness, a band you put on your wrist to hit a pressure point,) saltine crackers, ginger ale. Nothing worked. The only thing I could eat consistently was a bagel with cream cheese.
The only people we told about my pregnancy was my parents and my husband’s parents, so I didn’t go out much. I was pretty superstitious about not telling anyone until after the first trimester was over, plus I felt so bad all the time, I didn’t want to go out anyways. My days consisted of laying on the couch, trying to eat, trying to sleep, trying to eat again, and laying back down. I had been laid off from my job right before the holidays, so I guess it was lucky I had no place to go.
Finally, it was time for my 12 week Ultrasound. I was so nervous and excited. I had heard the baby’s heartbeat at an earlier doctor visit(no one tells you, but there are TONS of doctor visits,) but now was time to see what was going on in there.
My husband had nicknamed our baby “Hermie.” If you’ll recall, he’s the Elf Dentist in the claymation Christmas movie with Rudolph. I’m not sure why either.
After the Ultrasound, I finally felt like it was real. It’s so hard to believe at first because you don’t feel any movement going on inside, you’re not showing, and you just feel like you have the worst flu ever.
It was finally time to tell our group of friends. We were the first in our group to get married, and now we would be the first to have a baby. I didn’t think anything would change. Boy, was I wrong (But, that’s a whole other post topic.)
We went to one of my friend’s houses for dinner, and someone noticed I was drinking soda and not wine. They jokingly said, “You’re not pregnant, are you?” All I could do was shake my head yes. I was afraid I might cry. No one tells you how crazy emotional and hormonal pregnancy makes you either!
Everyone was super excited, and so were we.
I was nearing the end of my first trimester, and the Doctor had told me my sickness should ease up soon. Hmmmm….not so much.
To be continued…
Autumn @ Stay gold Autumn says
Congratulations on your pregnancy!! I can’t imagine the hormone mood swings because certain types of birth control had me crying during shampoo commercials. It will be fun to see your bump progress!
Saving Sanely says
I love stories like this! We’ve been trying to get pregnant for awhile now so I really enjoy living vicariously through those who are going through it so I have an idea of what’s in store for when that day comes!
I was super fortunate that I only felt nauseous when I hadn’t eaten. I didn’t get morning sickness however I got super human sense of smell so that was a little nuts. One day I couldn’t even go in our kitchen – the bin needed changing and normally I probably wouldn’t have noticed but something was that smelly to me that I had to stay in the living room while the boys did the bins so that I could actually go back in the kitchen. We had our first scan just before Christmas so it was like a Christmas present to us.
Ha! My husband used to call me a superhero because of my sense of smell. too funny!
Oh my gosh. My mother in law keeps asking me when we will be having kids. I keep telling her “not any time soon.” I just have this feeling that we will be morning sickness twinsies. I can’t even take vitamins without feeling like I’ll throw up!
I’m not going to lie…it is NOT fun. But, it is definitely worth it!
Such a beautiful post. I can’t wait to be a parent one day! It changes everything 🙂
Thank you Dayne! Yes, it does.
I am very set on not telling anyone until after the first trimester too. It makes you nervous. It sounds like you had the instinct you were pregnant. we are not trying yet, but the end of next year we are going to. I’m so excited to start to meet OBGYN and start talking about the options. My family history isn’t the greatest with getting pregnant.
I love the nick-name for the baby. It is so cute!
Thank you! And best of luck to you!
What a fun pregnancy story! I love that your friends found out by noticing you were drinking soda.
Hee hee. Thanks!
What a cute bump! My morning sickness was all day too, but I was always told that it was a good sign of strong healthy hormones. 😀
Yes, I heard that too. Thanks for reading! 🙂
Cynthia @craftoflaughter says
Such a beautiful post to share one of the best times of you life! I love it
Your baby bump is so adorable!!! 😀
harrietb (@harrietb) says
Congratulations to you. Childbirth is such an amazing experience too.
Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations says
Ugh, yes, morning sickness is pretty the much the most inaccurate name they could come up with for that. For me I have found that citrus really helps my nausea, especially pink lemonade!
What an exciting time! Thanks for sharing your experience
Aw, Hermie!! That is so cute. I remember watching that movie. You look amazing!
Shann, I so cannot relate as I have never been pregnant. But your story is great, and funny how your friends figured it out too.
I love hearing about pregnancy and watching vlogs on YouTube about it! Congrats on all your kids
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I too had “morning sickness” like you, it was all day long. lt lasted the first 4 months or so, and then finally I could enjoy food… a little too much!
Yes, once it let up I ate a lot too .
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
Congratulations! I loved being pregnant. I felt awesome with both of mine.
Quin B. (www.sisterladygirl.com) says
I’ve got two teens now, but am able to look back on both pregnancies with great fondness. Fortunately, I didn’t experience morning sickness with either one, but I empathize with you. This too shall pass. Congratulations and all the best!
I can only image morning sickness. Thank goodness I didn’t have it. I had trouble with my vitamins too. I wound up having to find a different brand.
Lucky! Thanks for reading. 🙂
Katie @thebrooksielife says
Such a fun story!! Hope you got some sort of relief soon after that but I’m thinking you didn’t! That time you have to give up wine…dead giveaway hehe.
Caitlyn S says
Wonderful!! congratulations and enjoy every minute!!
Becki S says
Excited to read this series! We are a few years away from a little one but I love data collection so I am always trying to read more about what could/will/should happen! Thanks for sharing
You’re welcome. Thank you for reading!
Ugh! Cliffhanger!!! I can’t believe you took a test the first day you were late and it was positive…talk about knowing your body. That’s nuts! I can’t wait to hear more about your first pregnancy. I love baby stories. 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Ah! Congratulations! I hope everything continues to go normal. Both my pregnancies were pretty hard on me that I had decided I was done having kids right in the middle of being pregnant with number 2. Hypermesis was just a downer on the whole thing. If you can enjoy it though, enjoy every kick, soon you’ll be holding that baby!
Oh, this is a flashback post, so I’ve already held him. 😉 My pregnancies were very hard too.
Jessica @ Moxie and Mischief says
“Now don’t freak out, but I think I’m pregnant.” Classic! Haha. I called my husband at work to inform him I was pregnant. He worked the night shift and I couldn’t wait. I said something along the lines of “Oh, f–k, I’m pregnant!” (Luckily we had been trying so it wasn’t bad news!)
Ha Ha! Too funny.
One of my friends had crazy morning sickness like that too! That’s got to be rough. She didn’t tell us until after the first trimester either. we were all wondering why she was late to work so much, haha.
That’s too funny! thanks for reading!
Curtis Joseph says
My brother and I are twins, my mom has told us all about her pregnancy and how difficult it was! This was a great read.
With my second pregnancy I was sick to the moment I gave birth. Not fun!!
Sounds very similar to my first first trimester 🙂 I was super sick and couldn’t keep anything down!
Hehehe I was one of the weirdos that never got morning sickness or really any pregnancy side affect lol…. I didn’t even really have food cravings lol… I weirded my self out so many times because I just never had anything that was suppose to happen , happen lol… The only thing was I was always tired! Swear I could of slept the entire 9 mo and it wouldn’t of been enough lol….
You are so lucky! Although, I hear you on the tired thing too. Thanks for reading! 🙂
What a sweet post! I love that you wrote it down and you can always reflect on it and share.
I love these type of posts. I remember my 1st pregnancy like it was yesterday, not over 12 years ago!! I love hearing others experiences as well!
Thank you! Yes, mine was 6 years ago now. 🙂
Elizabeth O. says
Congratulations! I am so lucky I didn’t have morning sickness with my two pregnancies. No food appealed to me, too, but that’s about it.
Very lucky. It was NOT fun.
I had food cravings, yes, but i didn’t suffer from morning sickness when I was pregnant. Congratulations to you and your husband. I can’t wait to read the continuation.
Thanks for sharing! I don’t want to have children, but it’s interesting to learn about the experience vicariously 🙂
You’re welcome. Thanks for reading!
M from The Stay-at-Home Life says
Hermie is such an adorable nickname!
🙂 Thank you!
Lauren White says
I love hearing pregnancy stories! Looking forward to your next post!
J at A Hot Southern Mess says
Great post! I really appreciate how open and honest you were about how your trimester was. So many women say that their pregnancies were “so easy”. It’s refreshing to hear the truth! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much, and thank you for reading!
First of all, I love that your husband called the baby Hermie! That’s so cute 😉 Second – I agree that morning sickness should not have the word ‘morning’ in it. It should just be called ‘I’m dying’ lol. I love this post! 🙂
Ha ha! Yes! Thanks Trish!
Thanks for sharing your personal story. Brings back a lot of memories (I was last pregnant 26 years ago). More recently, my daughter has had two adorable girls; the youngest is about 11 months old and the oldest is almost 3 years old. The ultrasounds NOW are so much clearer and show way more detail than they did in my days of pregnancy.
Yes! When my Mom was pregnant with me, she never even had an ultrasound at all. Thank you for reading!
morningsickness sounds awful! But I love that your husband called him Hermie! So cute!
And Possibly Dinosaurs
It was! Thank you Caitlin! 🙂
The excitement you must have felt when you saw little ‘Hermie’ on the ultrasound, how awesome!
Yes! Thank you Britt 🙂