I found out I was pregnant when I was just over 4 weeks. So it seemed like a LONG time before we reached that 12 week stage everyone talks about. We were just so happy and elated to find out we were having a baby and it was all so new and amazing in those first few weeks. I started noticing symptoms straight away which I found exciting at first, but then not so enjoyable as time went on!
I think from around 6 weeks onwards I felt pretty exhausted on and off, not constantly thankfully. I also noticed an increased sense of smell and certain things were completely repulsive to me! Such as strong food smells and strong aftershave and perfume.
Around 7 weeks the nausea started – this I was not prepared for. I foolishly thought I might be one of the lucky ones who doesn’t really get morning sickness, as I generally have a pretty strong stomach. However, when I asked my mum about her three pregnancies, the first thing she has always said is how sick and nauseous she was so I should have known. I think only very lucky people get away with no or minimal nausea! Mine involved feeling sick pretty much all day for about 5 or 6 weeks, and actually being sick most mornings. My husband started making me toast to eat in the car on the way to work to combat the car sickness which seemed to help. I stuck to mainly plain foods (not like me) which meant most of our dinner options went out the window! I also tried travel bands, don’t think they did much. I found that eating small amounts very regularly made the nausea manageable during the day and salty snacks were my food of choice! Crisps, crackers, cheese triangles etc! Dry cereal was also good and I ate strawberries and grapes as snacks and drank cranberry juice to make sure I was getting some vitamins! A lot of times I wasn’t remotely hungry but forced myself to eat as that helped the nausea – weird isn’t it?
As the weeks went on the nausea continued and I also felt pretty exhausted after each work day – so I’d just come home every night and lie on the sofa and achieve nothing! I noticed that my emotions were heightened and I could cry at the drop of a hat at anything happy or sad on TV!
Other things which helped me along the way were baths, lots of TV, listening to old CDs (Take That and Westlife lol), and a nice relaxing weekend in Ballycastle with plenty of fresh air (I am turning into my mum, it’s official).
Our 12 week scan finally came around and it was amazing, worth everything ten times over as we heard our baby’s heartbeat and saw the scan. It took until about 14 or 15 weeks for the nausea to reduce considerably and my energy levels to return to ‘semi’ normal. I am now 19 weeks and generally feel pretty good! I still feel a bit sick in the mornings and am pretty tired, but am so happy to be past the first trimester and am keeping my fingers crossed everything goes well for the remainder of my pregnancy.
How were the First Twelve Weeks for you?
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