my 1st trimester - the real deal

I feel like everyone starts out saying this but I honestly cannot believe I am writing a pregnancy post. It is very surreal and incredibly exciting to finally share the news with everyone. Since I started writing this post, we found out we are having a baby boy and we couldn't be more excited!

Let me start off by saying, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I have a few friends who have children and while we were trying to get pregnant I watched a lot of "how I knew I was pregnant" type YouTube videos so I could join the many women who symptom spot and drive themselves crazy wondering if they are pregnant. Of course if you're reading this post, you're likely pregnant or trying to get pregnant so you will know that everyone has different symptoms. I honestly probably didn't even believe that until I actually was pregnant and realized I had very different signs and symptoms from what I read/watched/heard.

Wait, I'm what??

I will have to do another post sharing our pregnancy journey but after a few months of trying on and off, we were totally surprised we got pregnant when we did. No signs, no symptoms, absolutely no evidence I was pregnant until I was a day late...but more for another time!

THE SYMPTOMS

The exhaustion...holy moly was I exhausted. It was hard to tell in the beginning because we just got home from a wedding in Key West and we barely slept the whole trip so by the time we got home, I was already tired. At the time, I didn't realize that it was because I was pregnant! I literally couldn't make it through an entire day without napping, I felt like a zombie most of the time. I am so lucky to work from home so I was able to take frequent naps during the day and go to sleep by 8:30 pm but whoa, I was not prepared for the insane tiredness. I will admit, to this day (25 weeks pregnant) I still get tired throughout the day. Some days, I wake up and I'm good until 10:00 pm, others, well not so much! The guest room has been my nap spot as I quickly realized that sleeping on a couch is not comfortable for your back.

The crying...ohhhh man the crying! I could probably count on two hands how many times I actually cried in my life. Needless to say, it wasn't a lot but the second I got pregnant...BOOM cue the waterworks! I'm not going to lie, there is probably a time, at least once a day I am crying over a TV show or some crazy emotion. It's very odd for me and something I actually really hated in the beginning (I've since embraced all the crazy emotions). I would be eating dinner and just burst into tears, usually with a homesick-like feeling. I didn't realize how crazy my emotions would be and the hormones really took a toll on me as someone who hates / never cries!

The on and off skin problems. I remember around 9 weeks, I'm wondering where is this glow everyone talks about? One of the reasons I didn't think I was pregnant is because my skin was breaking out like it normal does before I get my period. My breakouts and redness lasted until 13-14 weeks. My skin is finally clear but still breakouts occasionally. I'm still not sure when that whole glow thing kicks in?

The dreaded waiting game. Todd and I were just talking yesterday about how l-o-n-g it felt until we were able to go to our 8 week appointment. I think we had to wait 4-5 weeks until the appointment to confirm we were pregnant and it was the longest month of our lives. You overanalyze everything and your mind is literally on overload thinking of all the exciting things but also all the worst case scenarios. You feel alone in a sense because you're too nervous to share the news with anyone and the only thing you can do is wait.

The sickness. I feel very lucky that I was not one of those people with morning sickness. I did get a little nauseous in the car which is unusual for me but overall I didn't throw up or constantly feel sick. However, I did get headaches...oh the headaches. I am headache prone to begin with so I expected a few headaches from not drinking caffeine but I was not prepared for the daily headaches and not having any medicine to take for them. Unfortunately, headaches are a common pregnancy symptom and my doctor recommended regular Tylenol which didn't help much. I would lay around with an ice pack on my head most of the day feeling miserable. Luckily once I hit 20 weeks the headaches started going away and I've only had a few since. Since almost none of my friends suffered from them, I had to Google / Pinterest every "pregnancy headache" hack I could find. There's not much out there but ice packs and peppermint essential oils on the temples but I did find going to the chiropractor was really beneficial.

What's interesting is the more people I talked too, the more I realized how different everyone's pregnancy is. Many of the things I experienced, my friends did not so I resorted to Googling everything I could on what I was feeling. I hope if you are pregnant, that this post helps you if we had similar symptoms!