The First Trimester

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hi friends!

For those of you who don't know, the first trimester is weeks 1-12. So I am out of the first trimester as I post this, but wrote the following while I was going through it (in secrecy), 😉 so that's why I refer to baby girl as just "baby".

The first 8 weeks were actually a breeze. I didn't even feel like I was pregnant and had to keep reminding myself that I still hadn't gotten my period and of the 3 positive tests that I got, OH and of the blood test I had my TX doc confirm 😂 I think I felt so "normal" because of how busy I was (Click here to read series one about how and when we found out and why I was so busy).  My body knew that feeling nauseous and exhausted was just not in the books for the 24 hour drive across the country! I kept up my normal workout routine (5 days/week) up until the move, at which I was 7 weeks pregnant. 
As soon as we got moved in and Chris got back to work (which was right away), I started feeling TERRIBLE. Nauseous all. day. long. I couldn't work up the energy to unpack or decorate the house, which is one of my favorite things to do! Daily activities were a struggle and going to the grocery store was an all day endeavor that required at least 2 naps. Needless to say, workouts were not a priority. I exercised about 3 days/week and it was very moderate weight and light cardio (incline walking). I just listened to my body and did what I could! 

At 9 weeks, we went to the midwife and got to hear baby's heartbeat for the first time. Y'all, I can't even describe to you how this felt. Those of you who have gone through it's absolutely AMAZING. That baby went from a ball of cells to having their own heartbeat in a matter of weeks. God is so, so good. 

Here's the video 😭😍 I cry every single time. 
Baby Robey's heartbeat at 9 weeks.

Weeks 9-12 were actually miserable, I'm not going to lie. Getting to the gym was a struggle, and I ate cereal and/or ice cream at least once a day. Cold foods were my best friends--it was all my stomach could handle! I couldn't even stomach a cup of coffee...coming from a girl who used to drink at LEAST 2 *large* cups a day, this was just insane to me. Showers made me feel worse and I took at least 1 nap a day. And don't even get me started on the breakouts! I felt like such a waste of a human. UNTIL I reminded myself that I am growing a human inside of me and for that, I am a super human. I'll tell you what, God's timing is amazing. This could not have worked out more perfectly. I was in between jobs while I was feeling my worst, and able to just rest and listen to my body.

I wish I could say I worked out consistently, but honestly it was maybe 3 times a week. This was really discouraging for me, especially with being in the middle of the holidays and not eating my best. BUT, we got through it! Not pushing it and listening to my body was exactly what this baby needed. 

My appetite definitely went down, but I just kept listening to my body and fueling it when I was hungry and eating what I craved. Like I said above, I ate cereal and/or ice cream everyday but I also ate SO MUCH fruit! Once I found out I was pregnant, I completely threw macros out the window. I wasn't just eating for me anymore! I trust my body to tell me what it needs.

Products I use and why:

Smarty Pants pre-natal

  • I actually started out taking a pre-natal prescribed to me by my doctor in Texas. I took it for a couple weeks after getting off birth control (this was before I was preggo) and hated the way it made me feel. I was under a false pretense that all pre-natals made you feel like crap and turned your pee bright yellow! I stopped taking them and didn't start taking another until after I found out I was pregnant at 5 weeks (I know, shame on me). After researching, I knew I had to find one that had folate (not folic acid), DHA, and >1000 IU vitamin D, while not breaking the bank.
    • Folate vs folic acid: basically, folate is the natural form and folic acid is the synthetic form. I was so surprised to see the pre-natal that my doctor gave me had folic acid instead of folate! Unfortunately this is very common, so check the label! 
    • DHA: good for baby's brain development! Many pre-natals are lacking this nutrient. You can also get a good amount of natural DHA from organic eggs! 
    • Vitamin D: all pre-natals I've seen had some amount of vitamin D, but many not enough (most having only 400 IU!). It is recommended that pregnant women take 4000 IU of vitamin D a day to support growth of baby and prevent, so if you are dairy-free, and spend most of your days indoors, you may need to supplement more. Read this article by the American Pregnancy Association of you want more info!

Palmer's Cocoa Butter 

  • This is specifically to prevent stretch marks, and/or promote skin elasticity. I know that my skin is prone to stretch marks by the ones on my inner thighs from my high school growth spurt! So I use this after every shower on my belly, lower back, hips and thighs. The itchy skin is REAL so this lotion also helps with not having to reapply halfway through the day and makes me feel comfortable in my own skin-literally. 
    • To all you experienced mommas out there: I realize that I will still get stretch marks and I am okay with that! But anything I can do to take care of my skin, I am going to do :) 

Further Food collagen peptides

  • Again, this is for stretch mark prevention along with all of the other benefits of collagen (hair/skins/nail health, bone health, joint health, etc.). Collagen gives our skin elasticity and strength from within. It also helps repair damages skins cells! I was taking this before I got pregnant for the above reasons :) 
  • *ALWAYS ask your doctor before taking new supplements while pregnant or breastfeeding. 

About Time whey protein

  • I love About Time products because they are sweetened with Stevia and no other BS. It is a great way to get some protein in, especially when I was only eating ice cream and cereal 😬 I mixed it in my morning overnight oats and smoothies (since I could only stomach cold foods), and even mixed it in my milk before putting into cereal! 
  • *ALWAYS ask your doctor before taking new supplements while pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Ice cream/Froyo
Mandarin oranges
Green grapes (not those peasant red ones 😂) 
Gingerale (I got Zevia gingerale which was a life saver)

I gained 2 or 3 pounds, which is normal.

Books I read/are reading: 
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper
What to Expect When You're Expecting

My favorite app:
Ovia Pregnancy 

That's all for now! If you have any requests or suggestions please let me know :) Up next on the series is, I am going to talk about why I am choosing a natural, unmedicated birth. So stay tuned!

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