The Truth about the 1st Trimester

I wanted to talk about my experience during the 1st Trimester. I can honestly say I have a fair amount of experience, I've got a 3 year old, a 4 year old - and I'm going going through the 1st trimester with baby #3! Also, I am not a medical expert, this is just based on my own opinion and experience.

I love being pregnant. I am eternally grateful and feel so privileged to be carrying life inside of me. Saying that, pregnancy can be tough. Especially if it is your first pregnancy and you don't really know what to expect, the first trimester is often a rough one.

A few truths for you first time mums;

* You probably won't feel pregnant.
Especially so early on, you may worry about the fact that you've missed your period or have other uncomfortable symptoms but you won't feel 'pregnant'. I never really felt pregnant until I actually saw the little baby on a ultrasound!

* Nap time is precious
Seriously, you will need to nap most days, and you should. Even if it's only for half an hour. No amount of sleep feels like enough. Just think about it, you should be tired, you are growing a human being inside of you. You need as much energy as you can get!

* You might not get morning sickness, but you probably will
Unless you are one of those very rare mums you don't experience it (if so, congratulations!), you will have sickness. With my first pregnancy I was sick in the mornings, evenings and during the night. The second time round, I haven't actually been sick, but small things really make me gag. Like the smell of washing up liquid or the taste of toothpaste!

* There is not right or wrong time to announce your pregnancy
It is all down to you and your own circumstances. Nowadays it is recommended to wait until 12 weeks to announce it, partly because after 12 weeks the risk of miscarriage is drastically reduced. I think that other people also feel if they tell people too soon, they might 'jinx' their pregnancy. Tell the world when you feel the time is right. 

Not telling people about your pregnancy early on, I feel puts you under more stress.
Your body will be changing, your hormones will be all over the place and this is the time when you need someone to talk to about it. 

I didn't really have any strange cravings early on in this pregnancy. During my first pregnancy all I wanted was green apples and chocolate milkshake! Not everyone has cravings, especially this early on, but who knows! Everyone's different!

Well that's my experience of the 1st Trimester. I have to say, in all honesty, other people have had much worse, or much better experiences. So you just kind of have to go with the flow. Your body knows what it's doing. Just take it easy. Good luck! and most of all CONGRATULATIONS!


Unknown said...

I would have benefited from reading something like this when I fell pregnant. The tiredness was unbelievable. Every pregnant woman should take a mandatory afternoon nap! Great tips! Bx #SundayStars

diary of a midlife mummy said...

Oh that brings back lots of memories and is a fab little guide for anyone out there experiencing this for their first time. It's daunting in a way as everyone is different and you can never really know what to expect!! Thanks again for linking up with #SundayStars Steph xxxx

Unknown said...

ahh the first trimester i miss being pregnant so much I wasn't sick at all with my third baby and hardly felt it either so was lucky! Congratulations on your pregnancy thanks for linking up to #sundaystars x

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