We're Pregnant! Update and First Trimester Notes

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As you can read in the title of this post, we’re pregnant! Up until recently it has been hard to believe there’s a little human growing inside me, but now that we are into the second trimester it is starting to feel really real. We found out in June that we were expecting and have since been keeping the news close to the vest with the exception of our families and a few close friends. We followed the typical route of waiting until the second trimester (further from the risk of miscarriage) to share the news more broadly. We are now in week 17 and thrilled to announce that our baby boy will be arriving February 2020!

Today’s post is just a few notes from my first trimester experience that you may find helpful now or in the future. I will continue to share various pregnancy updates as we go through the next five months, but if there is anything in particular you are interested in reading I’d love to hear it in the comment section below!

Symptoms

Throughout the first trimester I was super lucky to have dodged the most annoying of the early pregnancy symptoms. I was really worried about morning sickness heaving heard some horror stories. The only ‘morning sickness’ I had was around week 6 when the nausea usually kicks in. For me the extent was some mild indigestion after eating breakfast, kinda like a blahh feeling where you just want to lay down after a big meal. When this happened I would just pop a ginger candy or two (these are the best ones from Amazon) and I would feel better. Besides this light discomfort I felt great. I had to cut back my coffee intake but even by doing so I didn’t notice feeling extra fatigued or tired - in fact I was shocked with how little I actually missed my afternoon coffee! I did make a point of getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night (as often as I could) which helped with the coffee reduction and not feeling too exhausted throughout the day.

One symptom that did plague me was bloating - apparently this is due to the increase in the hormone progesterone. Drinking my favorite smoothie in the morning (recipe at bottom of post) definitely helped reduce this as well as staying active and working out. Speaking of working out, that is one thing I have made a point of continuing now that I am pregnant. I try to go to classes at least three times a week, usually doing a mix of pilates, barre and spin. Working out is a form of self-care for me, not only helping to keep me fit but also ease my mind from stress and anxiety. I plan to at least try to keep up my 3X a week schedule going forward, especially as my doctor told me this can help make labor easier and shorter. Who doesn’t want that!

Books

As an avid reader I have been stocking up on pregnancy books of all kinds and learning everything I can - it’s just so fascinating to me the changes going on inside as a baby grows. Jeff bought me What to Expect When You’re Expecting soon after getting our positive pregnancy test. This book is a classic and has some great info. I particularly like how they’ve structured the book with common questions and answers by week. By far the book I’ve gotten the most from is Expecting Better by Emily Oster. I read this book in 3 days I could just not put it down. Emily breaks down common pregnancy beliefs, worries and fears with research-backed facts and statistics. Everything is explained in a detailed way that is still understandable in layman’s terms. They say knowledge is power and this book helped ease a lot of my stress and concerns by looking at stats and risks in terms of probability.

Clothing

The one thing I have already had to say goodbye to are my tight high-waisted jeans. With the growing bump and bloating (see above) even if I could get these jeans on they were so uncomfortable it wasn’t worth it. A few of my lower rise jeans and denim shorts still fit but I know it’s only a matter of time before I need to set them aside too. Some women can just cruise with dresses and leggings but I need my jeans. So far the only maternity items I have bought are jeans and they have not arrived yet so I haven’t had a chance to try them on. I will definitely do a post about these once I have them!

Being petite, a big unfitted sack dress that is typical “maternity” just is not my jam. Talk about unflattering, those muumuu style dresses will totally engulf my small frame. Though they aren’t technically maternity, I did buy two midi-length bodycon dresses so far, one that I am wearing in these photos and another black dress. I love how these look styled with a baby bump and got myself one ASAP. Why not feel a little sexy when you’re pregnant? I will definitely pick up a few more to wear into fall and winter with layers, some similar picks are below.

Food/Eating

As far as food, I picked up a few books on healthy eating for pregnancy but didn’t find these particularly helpful. I eat pretty healthy normally so these books basically just said to eat the things I was already eating. There is of course the list of certain foods that should not be eaten. Most of these weren’t a big deal, though I do find myself craving a turkey hoagie (which I can’t have unless the turkey is heated until steaming - ew). I’ve just avoided steak in general since the idea of eating it well-done is worse than no steak at all. No alcohol has been the toughest, I’m not going to lie. A lot of the activities Jeff and I do involve alcohol of some kind - checking out a new bar, hanging out a brewery, enjoying a glass of wine with dinner or having a bloody mary with brunch. Not being able to have these has been an adjustment. I have a few tiny glasses of wine and have been exploring non-alcoholic beer - so far Heinken 0.0% is the best I have found. But let’s just say I definitely look forward to enjoying my first (large) glass of red wine postpartum.

As I mentioned above, smoothies are one of my favorite ways to get healthy foods and nutrients into my day whether pregnant or not. Over the past year I have really embraced smoothies, having them for breakfast 4 or 5 times a week. Below is my go-to which has also been great with helping that pregnancy bloat!

Emily’s Breakfast Smoothie

  • Chia Seeds - buy from your grocery store’s bulk area to save $

  • Flax Seeds

  • Raw Almond Butter (no sugar added) - I love the Trader Joe’s one

  • Handful (or two) of Spinach - I'll sometimes use kale but it makes a thicker smoothie, I generally prefer spinach instead

  • 1 frozen medjool date - You can find these at Trader Joe’s; make sure you remove the pits before freezing so you can just pop them right into the blender

  • 1/2 Banana - frozen or fresh, whatever is on hand; peel and break in half before freezing

  • Handful of blueberries - frozen or fresh, whatever is on hand

  • Frozen Mango - 1/2 a cup or so

  • A couple ice cubes

  • Filtered water