There are some things that you should know about the first trimester. Please, don’t listen to Kourtney Kardashian when she says that she feels most beautiful when she is pregnant. Maybe the beauty comes later, along with the cute baby bump. In my personal experience, I have found that there is nothing cute about the first trimester.
Pregnancy books and websites will tell you all about the basic pregnancy symptoms. Ya know. Morning sickness, sore boobs, and constipation. But oh no! That is not all you can expect. Why are these resources so stingy with the down and dirty details?
If you are anything like me you will wake up in the morning looking svelte with an almost flat tummy. And then, as soon as any morsel of food enters your mouth, bam! Your bloat bump (blump) has you lookin’ six months pregnant. And its not baby.
In the first trimester, especially if you are a first time mom, your body is experiencing some major changes. And, it is going to feel weird. It is even painful at times. Your abs will feel like you have done a million crunches, and your boobs may feel like they are full of concrete. And, for me, I feel like someone is stabbing me in the belly button from the inside. Oh, the miracle that is pregnancy.
I always assumed food aversions meant certain things don’t sound yummy any longer. Oh no… foods that were once tasty and delicious are now disgusting and gag inducing. The smell or sight of pizza… I just… I can’t.
It does not matter how long you sleep. Within hours, maybe even minutes, of waking up, you will feel as though you ran a marathon, and need to go back to sleep. And, even the most menial tasks, like brushing your teeth, become exhausting.
On top of your exhaustion, you will likely begin to experience bizarre, vivid nightmares. In the last week, I have dreamt of a house infested with mold and huge spiders, and sleep walking down a childhood street. I am a bit scared to see what is coming next.
Of course these aren’t complaints. There are simply so many things you will experience during your first trimester that you just don’t expect. But, at the end of the day, they really are amazing experiences for an amazing cause. Bring on the second trimester.
Check out my week-to-week baby bump posts.