This post is all about my first trimester – the good, the bad, and the ugly. In case you missed it, I shared that we’re having a baby! I’ve been asked the questions below frequently so I’m sharing the answers here. I’ll be sharing a second trimester update once I enter the third trimester (early July). I’m currently 16 weeks and I just can’t believe that I’m already almost halfway!
Q: Did you have morning sickness?
The most frequent question I’ve been asked. For the first 9 weeks, I was nauseous 24 hours a day and couldn’t eat anything except instant oatmeal, saltines, bananas, and granola bars. At 10 weeks, my nausea went away but I started actually getting sick. I got sick first thing in the morning every day or every other day up until 14/15 weeks and I’m still getting sick occasionally. The good thing is that I feel normal the rest of the day and all my energy came back around 14 weeks. The food aversions have almost completely went away as well, so I’m back to eating normal meals that involve protein, vegetables, etc.
Q: Any cravings?
I crave pineapple every day, and just cold fruit in general – oranges, bananas, grapes, kiwi, strawberries. I’ve been making a fruit smoothie every day and it’s addicting –
- 1 cup Apple Juice
- 1 Banana
- Handful of frozen mango
- Handful of frozen strawberries
- (Sometimes I add fresh pineapple OR I use orange juice instead of apple juice)
During the first trimester, I would occasionally crave a burger & fries when I felt like I could eat it, but other than that no crazy cravings so far. I used to eat ice cream and cookies multiple times a week and I’ve barely wanted either, which has been super weird!
Q: Other pregnancy symptoms?
I was extremely tired the first trimester. Towards the end, around weeks 10-15, I had terrible insomnia. I would wake up feeling sick at 2am or 3am and be up for a few hours. Sometimes I would just wake up at 5am and be up for the day. I’ve also had really awful congestion and EYE allergies. I usually have some allergies around this time of year but it’s been 10x worse during pregnancy. My eyes have been red, itchy, watery, and extremely sensitive to light, especially after I spend a day outside. I spent 2 days outside exploring gardens the week of my birthday and I could barely open my eyes on my birthday. I had to stay inside in a dark room most of the day and cancel our dinner reservation. Eye drops, cold compresses, and Benadryl have helped that situation improve since.
Q: Are you still working out? What kind of workouts?
At the beginning of my pregnancy, we bought a small foldable treadmill so I could continue walking. I didn’t have the energy to go on the Peloton bike or do my normal strength/HIIT workouts. Also, I subscribed to The Pilates Class app so I could do their prenatal Pilates classes. I love Prenatal Yoga classes on the Peloton app as well.
I tried to at least walk on the treadmill or do 1-2 Pilates or Yoga classes per week during the first trimester but I didn’t beat myself up on days/weeks I wasn’t able to do anything. I’m back to working out a little more regularly the last few weeks.
Each day, I try to do either a short Peloton ride or walk outside or on the treadmill, and do a Peloton yoga class, either 10 or 20 minutes. I do strength training or Pilates 2-3 times per week. I do Prenatal strength training on the Peloton app or google workout routines via The Bump, What to Expect, YouTube, etc.
Q: What changes have you made to your beauty/skincare routine?
I switched all of my skincare to pregnancy safe products before I was even pregnant. My Esthetician, Re’ona at Sugar & Hive, helped me switch all of my products over to safe alternatives. I use Perfect Skincare Cleanser, Perfect Skincare C Serum (AM), Sorella Apothecary Facial in a Bottle (PM), Skin Better Moisturizer (AM & PM), and Skin Better Lactic Acid Toner (AM & PM).
As for the rest of my routine, I switched to Necessaire Body Wash, Body Lotion, Body Serum, and Hand Cream. They are clean and filled with vitamins that are great for your skin. I also switched to BeautyCounter Clean Deo. I made a few swaps to my makeup routine as well so I am going to share a post on my favorite Sephora Clean Beauty products soon!
Q: Have you started shopping for maternity clothes?
Quite frankly, I haven’t been able to fit in one single pair of my jeans since week 6, haha! It’s mostly because I’ve been incredibly bloated. I started showing a little bit of a bump around week 14/15, and while it is still small, I’m most comfortable in loose fitting clothing. I’ve bought maternity biker shorts from Amazon that I’m obsessed with for working out. I’m also loving these maternity leggings from Fabletics. I’ve bought a ton of loose fitting dresses for spring/summer. I can still fit in most of my sweatpants, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. so I wear those around the house. I’ll share some of my favorite bump-friendly pieces in another blog post soon.
Q: What pregnancy books are you reading?
I’ve been writing in my Bump journal since the day I found out I was pregnant. I’ve read The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy and I’m currently reading Cribsheet, Expecting Better, and Why Did No One Tell Me This? Tristan has been reading We’re Pregnant! The First Time Dad’s Pregnancy Handbook. Please comment with any good suggestions!!
I’ve also enjoyed these pregnancy cookbooks for simple, easy recipes –