Pregnancy Diary: My First Trimester
My first trimester went a little something like this:
Cold & Coughing.
When/How We Found Out
I caught a cold in Venice (happens when the seasons change) and naturally felt horrible. My period was supposed to come on in a couple of days, but I didn't want to dope up on medicine if there was a possibility I was pregnant. So, Mike and I went to the grocery store and picked up medicine and a pregnancy test. I used the bathroom within 20 minutes of getting back to our apartment and took the test. I told Mike to bring me the box with the pictures and instructions because I really couldn't believe what I was seeing. Like, oh sh** is this real? Is that "Incinta?!"
My workouts took a back seat during my first trimester. I remember going to one of the group fitness classes at the gym and I could feel myself holding back and worrying if I was doing too much. I felt the same way when I tried to lift weights on my own. I was holding back, even with lighter weights because, mentally, I was uncomfortable. I know exercising didn't cause either of my previous miscarriages, but that anxiety was still there. So, instead of going crazy by overthinking everything, I cut back on my workouts. I knew it would affect my body composition, but it didn't compare to the mental release and peace of mind I had.
DOCTOR VISITS IN VENICE
This wasn't my first experience with a doctor while living abroad. I had a great experience with a doctor in Ankara, Turkey, and although I miscarried, my doctor in Greece was absolutely amazing. He was patient, kind and communicated with us very well. Our doctor in Italy this season didn't speak much English, but still made us feel very comfortable. He was very accommodating, considering my health history. My first appointment was at 5 weeks and we had an ultrasound just to make sure the pregnancy was not ectopic and everything was normal. I went back every two weeks and got an ultrasound each time. Most doctors don't do an ultrasound, let alone THREE ultrasounds, this early in the pregnancy, so I was pretty lucky. Every time I got to see my baby and hear that heartbeat was a blessing!
My doctor also prescribed Progesterone just as a precaution. There's debatable studies and opinions about whether or not progesterone actually aids in pregnancy, but it wouldn't do any harm to try it. I also took baby aspirin (81mg). Again, debatable results, but it wouldn't harm the baby; only help.
Fatigue was my most obvious and consistent symptom. I was tired all the time and usually gave in to resting. I knew it wasn't just that I was being lazy, but a lot going on in my body. So I let my body have its way.
Bloat game was crazy! Sometimes I looked 5 months pregnant and I was only 7-8 weeks. Every time I ate or drank something, my stomach expanded.
Food Aversions weren't crazy, but still there. I preferred to eat more pizza and pasta, which was very easy to do! Cooking and eating meat was not always very appetizing. Unless it was actually in a pasta or on a pizza, I wasn't a big fan.
Constipation. It's real. It sucks.
Headaches started coming a few times a week. These are a little tricky because there could've been a few different causes for the discomfort: not drinking enough water, hormones, or allergies. Either way, they suck and continue to happen a couple of times a week now.
This mama got new and aching Boobs between weeks 7-10 and they are still growing! If I only my 12-year-old self knew that I would have to wait another 16 years for my dream boobs! I knew it was going to happen but waking up in the morning and seeing a new body can be a bit shocking!
Nausea: Fortunately, I didn't experience any morning/night sickness. If I did get nauseous, it was because I wasn't eating often enough.
MANAGING ANXIETY THROUGH ITALIAN EXPERIENCES
Sometimes, I really don't understand God's timing, but living in Venice was one of the first times that it seemed incredibly perfect. I met amazing wives that became friends, and we had a lot of fun together. Venice Food and Wine Festival, perfect pictures in Burano, 28 hours in Capri, the excitement and energy at the basketball games and just life all around Venice was more than enough to keep my spirits up. By admiring life around me, just in awe of God's beautiful work, I couldn't help but feel incredibly grateful of the beautiful work that was happening inside of my body--that's still happening.
We began telling our closest family and friends I was pregnant when I was about 12 weeks along. It can be a little scary because the future is so uncertain, but the love, joy and prayers from everyone else help so much! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we've already found out the gender of our baby! My belly continues to grow and it's probably my favorite part of this pregnancy. I'm making my way through this second trimester and look forward to sharing more with you soon! If you have any questions, just let me know below!