Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to write about this experience. I’m definitely new to this baby world and I really didn’t know what to expect. I managed to take a pregnancy test the earliest that I possibly could. I had been tracking my period on an app on my phone (technology!) called Clue, which I absolutely love. So when my period was supposed to arrive, I was already purchasing a pregnancy test. That’s right, I got to experience every magical moment from the very beginning.
At that point, everything I knew was taught to me by characters in TV and movies and everyone seemed so happy so I figured the morning sickness wouldn’t be that bad. Oh, but it was for me. Now, after reading so many different articles, books, and of course, talking to my doctor, I know that I’m not the first to say that I was absolutely miserable in the first trimester.
Having morning sickness, to me, was like being hungover all the time. I had a headache, everything gave me nausea and when it was the most crucial to eat healthy and nutritious foods, I just wanted to sit there on an empty stomach, which of course made the nausea worse. I could definitely tell my hormones were changing because I was moody all the time. I had to go to the bathroom every half hour which interrupted my sleep cycle and that didn’t help the grumpiness.
There were a few things that made me feel better, especially towards the end:
- Vitamin Water Especially the dragonfruit flavor. I think I needed all the sugar and was pretty hydrated after being sick so much.
- “Bringing Up Bébé” A book I picked up after seeing it on Mother Mag, probably my favorite motherhood site. I highly recommend.
- Warheads Why does sour candy curve nausea? I don’t know, but I figured if I had to go sour, I would go all the way. I also loved eating cucumbers in lime juice.
- Ginger Chews Ginger is definitely supposed to help and these were awesome. I grabbed a handful and threw them in my purse (which basically became a snack bag).
- Sleep Lastly, duh, just sleep. It’s the only thing that made me feel better. Plus I would also fall asleep at random times. I think most of my days off were spent sleeping.
I found so much solace in reading blog posts of women experiencing the same thing. There were days when I didn’t want to get out of bed, let alone go to work or clean the apartment. Another thought that brought me comfort was thinking how it would all be worth it. Of course, like all things, the first trimester came to an end and so did all the negative that came with it. So far, my pregnancy has been pretty textbook. At exactly the end of three months, I felt like myself again.