Let me start off by saying that I am terrible at keeping a secret. That is, in part, why I have not posted in a while. I have been trying to keep a secret. As you have probably guessed by the title of this post, we are expecting! This will be our first child, and we are both really excited. This is not exactly how we planned it. We wanted to wait a bit longer before having children, but we feel like this is going to be a great thing! The adventure continues.
People have told me on a number of occasions how difficult being pregnant is, but I had NO idea! There are so many things that I did not expect. It is so hard to know how your pregnancy will be because every woman is different, and every pregnancy is different. So, I am going to share some of the things that I have experienced this 1st trimester that were a surprise to me.
I have heard that you are tired when you are pregnant, but this is not any tired that I have experienced before. I wake up in the morning, and I am ready for a nap a couple hours later. That is kind of tough when I am at work. Napping at your desk is frowned upon. I feel like I could have slept through my entire 1st trimester and still be exhausted! Growing another human is hard work!
Everyone told me about breaking out while they were pregnant, but I have had the opposite problem; my skin has been so dry that it itches. Normally, my skin is pretty oily. So, this is odd to me. The only time I can remember when I had dry skin was when I was serving a mission in Chicago. I had never been in a cold climate before, and I developed Excema. We are now in a dry, cold climate. That makes my skin dry to start with, and the pregnancy has only made that worse. I have been using a lot of lotion. Luckily, we have plenty of lotion around because my husband has naturally dry skin.
I have experienced headaches occasionally throughout my life, but pregnancy has brought those to a whole other level. I had one headache that lasted almost 36 hours. Did you know that you are only allowed to take Tylenol when you’re pregnant? Tylenol does not even touch my pregnancy headaches. You know what worked? Caffeine! Thank goodness for my mother-in-law’s knowledge. When you’re pregnant your blood volume increases dramatically. In order to accommodate that extra blood, your vessels expand. They can then push against your head and cause some awful headaches.
Morning sickness does not have to happen in the morning. In the very beginning of my pregnancy, I felt a bit nauseous in the mornings, but that quickly subsided. My nausea seemed to flare its ugly head around 4 or 5 in the evening. When I got home from work, I just wanted to ball up on the bed and sleep until my stomach felt normal again. I found that if I ate little snacks throughout the day, I did not feel as bad in the evenings. That was hard for me though because I would forget to eat while I was working. Luckily, I have not had much nausea in the past week or so. Yeah for the end of the 1st trimester!
I’ve heard people talk about how they fart quite often when they are pregnant. This is not the gas I was surprised by. I was surprised by the gurgling in my stomach and the bloating that followed. There were days in the first few weeks of my pregnancy where I thought I could see a bump already, but it was just gas. I was not expecting that. I have never been a person who gets bloated. So, that was a new experience for me.
N and I are so excited to welcome this little baby into our family and our lives. I know I have a journey ahead of me, and I can’t wait to share some of those adventures with you.