My take on what it feels like to go through your first trimester of pregnancy (weeks 4 through 13)

Hi, guys! So I’m pregnant, the news is out. And while this is totally not going to turn into a pregnancy blog, I do want to share a few things that I’ve been feeling during my first trimester. And here’s why: Long before I ever even wanted to get pregnant, if one of my favorite bloggers who I read frequently would write about her pregnancy updates, I would quickly click away, not caring at all. But then, after I became pregnant, I found myself going back to the archives of those bloggers to see the updates that they shared just to find out if I felt the same things as they did. So if you want to close this window now because it’s not your thing, I GET it. But maybe one day you’ll be back. And when you’re ready, this will be here waiting for you … and I’ve tried to keep it SUPER real, so beware.

Being pregnant is a bizarre thing. If you’re like me, and it took you a long time to finally get that positive pregnancy test, you’d think that you would spend the next 9 to 10 months completely over the moon, smiling from ear to ear no matter what. But it’s not really like that at first — at least not for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so excited to become a parent and welcome our little one into the world, and I’m incredibly grateful, but being pregnant is less than fun at the start, and during the first part, you’re constantly worried about everything that can go wrong. (And listen up: When I was trying to conceive for a VERY long time, and I would have people who were pregnant complain to me about feeling awful, I wanted to smash a pie in their child-bearing faces. So I get it. But then all of a sudden, I found myself feeling … well, crappy, and perhaps not being as positive as always.)

You see, even though you’re happy to be in the situation you’re in, it still feels weird all the time. In fact, I haven’t really felt like myself since before I knew I was pregnant (but am starting to feel a LOT better, now that I’m past the first trimester and my tune has quickly changed). And being someone who works so hard on their fitness and health, I like to be in control of how I feel each day. But I must say: Based on what I hear from other women, I’ve had a SUPER easy time though. I’ve never thrown up, and I’ve not been bed-ridden at all, and I still teach group fitness classes a few times a week. But of course, it’s different for everyone, so let’s look at how it went down for me with a little week-by-week break-down. (And once again, beware, there’s a slight “TMI” alert on some of this.)

First trimester of pregnancy recap by A Lady Goes West

On the day we took our pregnancy announcement photos, when I was exactly 13 weeks.
(Top, pants, shoes)

How my first trimester of pregnancy felt week by week (weeks 4 through 13)

Week 4

Found out I was pregnant on Super Bowl Sunday, exactly four weeks after my last cycle. In shock and disbelief (due to the amount of pregnancy tests I had taken over the years that always came up negative — I was just used to being disappointed and carrying on with my day). Also feeling so nervous about the possibility of miscarriage that I could hardly get excited. Felt mostly normal though and told my parents the news instantly. A little upset at the realization that I won’t be drinking wine any more (#truth). Kept my workouts the same, but in the back of my mind while doing them I kept thinking, “I wonder if this is bad for the baby/tiny embryo inside of me …” Downloaded The Bump app and began reading up on all the things I could and couldn’t do. No spray tans, no gel manicures, no wine, no sushi, no kombucha — starting to rethink this pregnancy thing. Already feeling bloated, but no physical signs of a tiny being in my body. (Baby is as big as a poppyseed.)

Week 5 

Went to the doctor to confirm that I was pregnant. Shared the news with my brother, which made me very happy. Began to notice how extra tired I was all the time. No other symptoms though outside of a very sore chest (not fun and lasted many weeks). When the weekend hit … definitely missing wine. In fact, Dave and I went to visit Santa Cruz this weekend and went out to dinner. That was my first time going out to dinner pregnant, and I realized that you really have to study the menu to avoid things you can’t have. We passed on feta cheese at the Mediterranean spot just in case, and we sat at the bar, but I drank water. Boohoo. I was also exhausted. And when Dave went out that night with friends after the Santa Cruz Warriors game, I went back to his sister’s house to “take care of Rudy,” i.e. go to sleep. Feeling bloated, but not really showing any physical signs of the little human being. (Baby is as big as an appleseed.)

Week 6

So tired. Unbelievably tired. Also, strange waves of nausea and weird tastes in my mouth coming over me, as well as cramping (which is apparently normal during implantation of the embryo). This week, I already felt like I needed to pull back a bit on my workouts. In fact, I had my last training session with a personal trainer, and I was huffing and puffing so badly for each move, I could hardly finish our one hour, I nearly had to tell him the news, but then didn’t. It’s not that I had lost all of my fitness abilities instantly just because I was pregnant, it’s like my heart rate was constantly racing, so I was breathing heavy and was instantly fatigued by all moves. Not all that fun. Also this week, I started feeling very averse to vegetables. We told Dave’s parents this weekend too when they visited, and they were elated! Starting to feel a little puffy, but not really showing anything yet. (Baby is as big as a sweet pea.)

Week 7

Sleeping about nine hours a night and definitely taking it a bit easier in my workouts, including dropping my weight in BODYPUMP. I taught a class this week and used the most pathetic squat weight. I hope no one noticed. Dave and I also traveled to Chicago this week, and I was SO worried that I would feel nauseous and exhausted. But the change of scenery was good for me, and I felt okay. We were able to tell our best friends, Grant and Bre, the news this week, because they met us in Chicago, and it was awesome. I thought I would be totally upset not to have wine and other adult beverages when the four of us were together, but our group had so much fun, I didn’t really care. I also did TONS of walking on this trip and skipped a lot of workouts, so that’s fine. And the day I came back I laid on the couch ALL DAY. I literally couldn’t. Feeling bloated, but decided this was from donuts, deep dish pizza, numerous desserts and a lot of food that I normally don’t eat. (Baby is as big as a blueberry.) 

Ashley in Chicago by A Lady Goes West

Finishing up week 7 on our last day in Chicago and clutching a muffin (CARBS!).
(Shoessunglasses)

Week 8 

For about two weeks, I had a runny and stuffy nose and found out that was actually a pregnancy symptom, which continued through week 8 before stopping. My racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, mild nausea and acid reflux (disgusting and unpleasant) were common symptoms too. Outside of taking or teaching one BODYPUMP a week, I kept all of my other workouts on the low-intensity side (and I continued teaching Bootybarre). That helped. Also, I slept nine hours a night. And all I wanted to eat was carbs. Lots and lots of carbs. We had another appointment with the doctor this week and had an ultrasound which showed the baby’s heartbeat. While it was starting to feel real at this point, it still didn’t feel TOTALLY real yet. Oh and my face seemed to begin to look a little blotchy, which is probably pregnancy related. Feeling large as well. Pants are tight. Could be the carbs or could be the hormones. Did I mention I was moody? Moodiness was BEYOND. (Baby is as big as a raspberry.)

Week 9

Pregnancy dreams are no joke. They started around week 7 and continued to get way more intense. They are realistic and vivid and incredibly strange. Sometimes I find myself dreaming things that are SO true, I can’t believe it — like reuniting with people from college and going on adventures that lead me back to my regular life. When I wake up, I am glad it was all a dream. And going to the bathroom TWICE a night has started. Great. Tiredness? Off the chain. Weird taste in my mouth? All the time. Nausea? Not terrible. Stomach? Not exactly flat any more. Far from it. Also, totally struggling to drink water the past few weeks. Knowing I need to be hydrated, but water sucks. I hate water. This weekend we hosted a dinner party and were able to tell our friends in attendance about the pending little bundle of joy. It was awesome to share that with them and FINALLY talk to someone about how I was feeling, because most of the girls have already had babies. We also told Dave’s siblings and LOVED sharing the excitement with them. Funny thing is, Dave’s older sister is due to have her first baby just two months before me! (Baby is as a big as a cherry.)

Week 10 

Starting to worry about my hydration levels, because I cannot take water. I tried sparking and mineral, and it’s still a struggle (although discovering Perrier’s new watermelon flavor was a definitely a highlight). At this point, I have an official tiny bump, especially in my workout clothes, so I’m sure people in my classes are wondering, although no one said anything — thank goodness. Feeling totally exhausted all the time still. Not really nauseous, but boy that taste in my mouth is weird and unpleasant. Also found out I shouldn’t be eating my egg yolks over easy while pregnant (which I did at least a few times a week). Major fail. So I switched to pasture-raised eggs, which are way safer, and they happen to be extra delicious, so it all worked out. Workout pants are tight. Chest is sore. SO ready to have another doctor appointment so I can know this baby is making it for the long haul. Planned a pregnancy announcement photoshoot and also did a regular photoshoot for the blog, in which some of the pics showed my supposed-to-be-hidden bump. Whoops! Continued to feel large. Perhaps I need new clothes? (Baby is as big as a strawberry.)

Week 11

Good news, this week, I ordered some larger clothing from Gap, including some white maternity jeans, which I may need in the coming weeks. I also continued to feel tired. And we had another doctor’s appointment and heard the baby’s heartbeat on the doppler, which was amazing. I kept my workouts going and managed to do about 7 this week (with a day off). Water was still a major struggle. Found out I shouldn’t be having fresh unpasteurized juices while pregnant either (like the freshly squeezed carrot juice in my favorite Orange Carrot Karma smoothie from Jamba Juice, which I definitely had a few times). Whoops. Major fail again. I also started to tell more people about the news, and it made me super happy to do so. Oh and the mild nausea started to subside, but I continued to ride the carbohydrate bus. And I sat in the front seat. (Baby is as big as a lime.)

Week 12

I started to feel a little better this week in the exhaustion department. I also started to tell a few more friends the news, and hearing the excitement (and tears from some) was just amazing — I even received some baby gifts from my dear friends, and that’s so touching! (Little baby things are so cute!) And I would definitely say that a visible (albeit small) baby bump is out all the time. I can hide it in regular clothes, but it’s there. Oh and those Gap pieces I ordered the previous week were no good. I ordered them too big, so after spending time on the phone with customer service, I ended up returning some and exchanging others, and then continued to stuff myself into regular pants (sucking in is not an option with a baby bump, FYI). Found out I probably shouldn’t be eating so much sauerkraut as well (fermented and unpasteurized) while pregnant. Whoops again. Fail again. Threw out my last jar with sadness. During this week, my workouts remained pretty good and my food remained carb-heavy. Bread, pasta, rice cakes, repeat. Overall, feeling slightly more normal, as my appearance becomes slightly less normal. (Baby is as big as a plum.)

Ashley and Gwena at Oracle Arena by A Lady Goes West

Taking my tiny and hidden bump out to a Warriors game at 12 weeks.
(Purse, shoes)

Week 13

Depending on the website you use, the 13th week can be considered part of the first trimester or the second. I’ll say that I had some major improvements this week, so I feel like it was sort of the start of my second trimester. The best part was having more energy. The worst part was having the waist-band of all of my pants getting way too tight. We did a first trimester screen at a specialist, which went well, and we prepped our big announcement. All of a sudden, the nausea and exhaustion turned into major excitement and happiness, and those feelings remain strong. Yay pregnancy! So happy now! (Baby is as big as a lemon.)

My major first trimester aversions:

  • Vegetables (although I still forced myself to eat them occasionally)
  • Water (NOT a good thing. I literally had to MAKE myself drink water)
  • Strong smells, like spraying myself with body-spray would make me want to puke
  • Getting off the couch (I didn’t lay on the couch all day, but when I did, so hard to get up)
  • Tight pants
  • Protein shakes (the thought of them made me want to vomit)
  • Hunger (if I let myself get hungry, I would feel nauseous, so I always ate) 

My major first trimester likes:

  • Pineapple (like really, the best thing I’ve ever tasted and made it into my faves)
  • Mango (once again, couldn’t and still can’t get enough of delicious fruit)
  • Bananas (everyday!)
  • Almond butter
  • Toast, bagels (breakfast everyday was and is almond butter on toast with banana)
  • Rice cakes
  • Coconut water
  • Pasta (dinner most nights was and is either lentil or whole wheat pasta with marinara)
  • Pizza (homemade and super saucy)
  • Moving around (exercise was tiring, but felt good)
  • Walks (I tried to do extra Rudy walks, but boy they were slow)
  • Sleeping (8.5 to 9.5 hours a night)
  • Naps (definitely took some naps for the first few weeks mid-day)
  • The Bump app
  • Long, hot showers (bad for the environment, but good for my soul)

My first trimester workouts:

  • Kept up with 5 to 7 workouts a week, but all with slightly lighter intensity
  • Taught 1 to 3 Bootybarre classes a week, done with no modifications and felt fine
  • Took 1 BODYPUMP class a week or taught 1 BODYPUMP class a week, brought my squat and back weights down a bit, but kept everything else the same and totally struggled with fatigue
  • Did other walking here and there and several leisure bike rides

My first trimester sleeping:

  • Awesome! Got around 9 hours a night, in spite of weird/vivid pregnancy dreams

My overall first trimester experience:

Now that my first trimester of pregnancy has come to a close, I look forward to sharing more with you about this little baby inside of me. We have registered with our hospital and scheduled various appointments that make this seem super real. And we will be finding out the gender extra early and should have that news next week! Yay!

I would say that the first trimester seemed like the slowest moving 13 weeks of my life, mostly because I felt a little strange and was keeping my pregnancy a secret. But looking back, I guess I had it pretty good. 

What’s next: 

On the diet front, I’ve been craving a ton of carbs, for basically every meal, but now that my nausea has been slowing down, I’m getting back to more veggie-based meals. Now let’s hope I regain my love of drinking tons of water — because clearly this is an important time to be hydrated. But we shall see, because I’m not exactly in charge of my cravings any longer. It’s that tiny thing brewing inside me.

I plan to continue working out regularly and teaching group fitness classes for as long as I feel comfortable. I’ve never done this pregnancy thing before, so I’m not going to set any major goals for myself, other than to keep moving.

On the blog, I’m not going to hide the fact that I’m pregnant (it’s hard not to mention it, now that the news it out there), but it’s also not going to be the number-one topic of discussion around here. So don’t worry! Love you, friends! Drink some wine for me! Or kombucha! Get a gel mani. Live your life! And I’ll see you back here soon.

P.S. As I alluded to when announcing, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff that went on during my journey to pregnancy (it didn’t just happen overnight — AT ALL), and I’m putting it all together and promise to share it with you soon. Boy, did I learn A LOT, and it should be valuable for you whether you plan to have a baby in the future or not. Hormones are EVERYTHING!

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55 Comments

  1. Having a baby is like marathon training–it is different for EVERYONE. You can be so excited, and so miserable (or not super happy) all at once. That doesn’t mean you aren’t grateful for the opportunity, it just means that your experience is different. You are handling it with the regular grace and style that we expect of you! You are respectful of those of us who would give their left teeth to be pregnant, but you are being real.
    Love you, Ash. And I respect your approach.

    1. Hi Susie! I hope you don’t have to give your left teeth, my friend. Keep those teeth. And I can totally sympathize with the struggle, so I FEEEL YOU! Thank you for reading my thoughts! You are so right – it’s different for everybody!

  2. Loved reading this. All I can say is take it as it comes. If you don’t feel like veggies, don’t worry about it. You’ll be switching up what you like to eat the entire pregnancy. It’s crazy! I am guessing girl because I felt the same way with my first and my pants were tight immediately. Heartburn/reflux is so terrible. THe 2nd trimester it should go down but may return in the 3rd. Positive news is an old wives tale says it means hair on the babe so that’s fun, right?!

    1. Hi Heather! Good to know that you felt some of these things too! And I have heard that the second trimester is the best one — so I’m prepared for that hehehe. As far as hair on the babe? That works for me! Wives tales are fun! I don’t know many of them, but I love that kind of thing. Thanks for reading and weighing in, Heather! And IS the second time easier???

  3. Congratulations-so happy for you! I just had my 3rd little girl 1 week ago so this pregnancy stuff is still fresh for me! I was adverse to peanut butter but my love for almond butter still stayed strong!!
    Love reading your pregnancy updates-it’s such a wild ride! Thank goodness there’s an end date and a little reward!
    Good luck!!

    1. Hi Liz! Averse to peanut butter? That seems so sad, and I sure hope it doesn’t happen to me hahaha! Congrats on your 3rd little girl! How exciting!! Just a week ago? Yes, I guess it is fresh! And I TOTALLY am excited for the reward at the end of this. But for now, just trying to take it all in. Thank you SO much for reading and weighing in! 🙂

  4. Yay I’m excited to hear all of your updates!! I didn’t really have any aversions oddly enough. For me the first trimester was always the hardest fatigue wise!! It did get better in the second trimester for sure and I was able to teach stroller strides classes a week before Donovan arrived! (Of course barely demoing anything at all).

    1. Hi Marielle! Yes, that’s why I’m not sure how long I will teach, because I DO NOT want to be able to only do some of the moves while instructing a class like barre or BODYPUMP — it’s not fair to the students — even if I feel like I want to keep doing it. So I will have to make those decisions as I get closer. With a stroller class, clearly you don’t have to do all of the moves, because you can talk it through to the mommas involved — so I can see doing that as long as possible heheh! And how awesome that you didn’t have any aversions! But the fatigue is REAL! hahah! Thanks for saying hi, friend! 🙂

  5. I appreciate that you are always looking out for your non-pregnant and non-mom readers, but I for one do not feel any need to tune out the pregnancy stuff because I am super interested and care about YOU, which means I want to hear about your journey. While being pregnant and becoming a mom is something that I want so badly and am beginning to come to terms with the fact that it might never happen for me, I do not feel the slightest bit deterred from wanting to read all about your pregnancy, including the bumps in the road (pun intended).

    I will sip my kombucha with my gel manicured fingers and enjoy the read. Xoxo.

    1. hahahahha Courtney! You are hilarious, and you are the best. Enjoy that fizzy kombucha with all of its fermented probiotic goodness. Oh how I miss it. And my nails? Oh a fright! Gel is the ONLY way to go — and I will return to it as soon as humanly possible hahahha! I TRULY appreciate your kind words, and I really love that you still want to hear about all of this stuff. So I’ll keep it coming. And you just never know what life holds for you, my lady, so don’t count yourself out of any opportunities that may come your way. 🙂

  6. Congratulations on your pregnancy! I craved carbs when I was pregnant, too. I have three children (6,4,1) and food cravings/adversions were different with all of them. The biggest adversion was with my younger son and that was red enchilada sauce. Even the thought of it would make me want to gag. Craving wise – my strongest was with my daughter and that was salt and vinegar chips. Yeah. Real healthy. Luckily that one only lasted during my first trimester. I craved red meat when I was pregnant with my oldest son. grilled cheese sandwiches were a favorite too. I hope you have a good pregnancy. I look forward to reading about your journey

    1. Hi Deanna, that’s so interesting that your cravings and aversions were different with each pregnancy. I’m guessing you probably had varying levels of nausea with each too? I want all the carbs — that’s for sure heheh! I’ve never been a chips person (I like sweet snacks usually), but if it happens during this pregnancy, I guess I’ll go with the flow! And congrats on having three!! This pregnancy thing is totally weird, but I know it will be worth it at the end hahah! Thank you SO much for sharing your experience!!

  7. I love scrolling through and reading what you experienced Ashley; it’s so awesome and so incredible how God forms the little baby and the baby grows with all of that DNA from the tiny tiny blueberry size to a 5-9 pound baby that comes 9 months later. It’s absolutely incredible and humbling to watch mama’s love their babies, take care of them, and nurture them in the womb and when they enter the world. I can’t wait to keep following your journey.

    1. Hi Emily! It is amazing! I still have trouble understanding that whatever is happening inside of me will become a full-fledged baby in this world somehow ehehhehe! Thank you SO much for always being so sweet and reading and saying hi, my friend! 🙂

  8. I think I had more​ aversions during pregnancy than cravings! However there was one weekend in my second trimester when I ate an entire bag of Tootsie rolls…and no it was not a small bag. I honestly could not stop eating them LOL! I almost punched my husband when he bought more the following week.

    The fatigue was no joke, around 20 weeks I all of the sudden had my energy back and it was amazing! I was able to do most of my normal workouts right up until I had him, I just had to decrease the intensity of the cardio. Everyone is different but hopefully you will feel great!

    1. Hi Jess! Oh no — fatigue until week 20? That’s a long time! But at least you felt good after that. And that’s hilarious about the Tootsie Rolls. And Tootsie Rolls aren’t even that good, but once you have one — well you have to keep going. I’m definitely NOT doing any portion control these days either hahaha. And yes, I hope to feel good in my workouts for a long time, but if I don’t, then I’ll pull back. No need to be a hero right now. Congrats on your son, by the way!! And thank you for saying hi and sharing your experience. LOVE to hear it! 🙂

  9. Glad you’re starting to feel better! I had aversions to everything my second pregnancy until about 18 weeks. It was a rough cycle of feeling sick because I wasn’t eating and not eating because I was feeling sick. A trip to NYC helped clear that up. My favorite food that pregnancy was spinach and feta omelets so don’t freak out too much about occasionally eating the wrong things. It never even occurred to me that feta was a soft cheese until you just mentioned it.. oops.

    1. Hi Amy K! How funny that getting out of town and going on a trip helped you too! Same thing with my trip to Chicago early on. I think there is some feta that is fine, but you know, we’re all trying out bests. And in some cultures, they don’t even give up wine and end up having healthy babies — so I think we are all just very hard on ourselves hahaha. But totally, I have made many mistakes already unknowingly hhehehe! And that’s terrible you felt so bad until 18 weeks! Hope the rest of the pregnancy was easy. 🙂 And THANK YOU for saying hi, lady!

  10. Congrats! The second trimester was so much easier. I had a lot more energy and I was able to stay pretty active well into the third trimester. The last two months were rough though, especially the final two weeks when I gained 10 pounds in less than 10 days!

    Flavored Perrier was my go to drink while out and about during my pregnancy. I usually went for grapefruit but watermelon sounds delicious.

    My best piece of advice is to enjoy being a couple (and spoil your pup!) during your pregnancy. I love our little boy but I do miss it just being us and our dogs. Being able to drop everything for a weekend away or just to go to a movie takes a little more planning these days. Thankfully my mother-in-law lives close by so we are able to get regular date nights just about every week.

    It’s totally worth it, especially when you get to see your parents with your baby. My dad loves Easter and it was extra sweet to see him cuddling his grandson this past weekend during our visit.

    If we are making guesses, I am guessing girl. She will be gorgeous, just like mommy!

    1. Hi Stephanie! 10 pounds in 10 days? I’ve heard the last few days are tough, but that sounds VERY tough! And how nice that you have some family close by to watch your little guy. Sadly, that is not the case with us, so we won’t have a lot of babysitting opportunities until we find someone we can trust. So you are totally right, we will need to make those dates etc. right now while we can. I really appreciate you sharing your experience with me!! Hope all is well with everything else too! 🙂

  11. This is similar to how I felt. I was doing CrossFit and I couldn’t breathe at all anymore when I was working out. It sucked. I had NO CLUE how people were doing crazy stuff all the time and here I was, miserable. I had to stop running at 14 weeks because it caused so much pain in my lower abdomen from ligaments stretching, I assume. I had HORRENDOUS back pain from weeks 17-22 (that never went away, but got less miserable), and at 36 weeks I quit working out entirely because my back spasmed so easily and was so painful. And I was so tired. I woke up at 11 some days, napped from 2-4, and went to bed at 9pm. I also carb loaded like crazy. I was eating mostly Paleo before getting pregnant and didn’t want anything to do with vegetables while I was pregnant. I had major food aversions early on and only wanted to eat sandwiches. And then at the end of pregnancy, I only wanted apples, pineapples, and tortilla chips. Pregnancy is weird. And I probably complained a lot.

    1. Hi Liz! hahahha! You are funny! You know, I guess we have to take the lead from our bodies and follow. So if running isn’t feeling good, you’ve got to stop. I don’t like to run anyways, so I’m good there. And Crossfit is SO darn intense — it also has a huge risk for diastas recti and ab separation, so I don’t know how people keep doing it for so long. I’m sorry to hear that you had such back pain. And veggies are NOT appetizing for a lot of pregnant women I’ve heard, so we do the best we can. At least fruit sounds good! I look forward to all the strangeness ahead. Thank you SO much for sharing your experience! 🙂

  12. Ok, first of all I AM SO BEYOND EXCITED AND HAPPY FOR YOU!! I am one of those people that have dreamed of babies and pregnancy for as long as I can remember, and I am so excited you are sharing your journey with us. You are by far the cutest little pregnant babe that ever lived. I cant wait to hear about all the updates and the gender reveal and everything. Have I said I’m excited?! Umm, I had NO idea you couldn’t get gel manis when you’re pregnant. I’m an every two weaker!! At least you’re saving some money HAHA. SO beyond happy for you Ashley. <3

    1. Hi gal!! You save a lot of money being pregnant, without the gel manis, the spray tans, the wine or adult beverages or expensive sushi — there’s not a ton to splurge on hahah. It’s quite amazing hahaha! And you are the SWEETEST — I will totally keep sharing everything I learn, and then when it’s your turn, you can learn it all for yourself too!! Thanks, Jacquelyn!!! 🙂

  13. I always love reading pregnancy updates even though I’ve never been pregnant. The human body is so fascinating!! So, continue to write what’s on your mind and I’ll keep reading (whether it’s pregnancy or not). 🙂

    Glad to hear your energy is improving and aversions are dissipating!

    1. Breanne! You are the sweetest! Thank you for reading and being so supportive. I love it! And YES, it’s so glad to start feeling slightly better. Pregnancy is a strange and beautiful thing, and I’ll share a lot of it with you hehehe. Hope all is well! 🙂

  14. I have a 7 month old, and while I was pregnant I could barely tolerate eating chicken and HATED the smell of chicken broth which I use to cook rice, lentils, quinoa, etc. I can still remember the physical revulsion that I felt the first time I tried to boil rice in chicken broth. I wasn’t a fan of seafood. I didn’t hate it, but it never sounded appetizing. I also made the mistake of cooking Indian curry at home when I was 11 weeks pregnant, and I still haven’t tried eating Indian food again. It was bad…so bad…

    I LOVED pineapple the whole pregnancy, and pineapple coconut water helped me so much towards the end staying hydrated when I was having braxton hicks contractions. I would wake up in the middle of the night and drink a pint of it. During my first trimester, I lived off of bagels and cereal.

    1. Hi Katie! Oh man! You had a lot of aversions heheh! Poor thing! I can totally feel you with the Indian food though — because I ate a gross granola bar with a spirulina flavor, and I don’t think I can ever go near spirulina again. Anywho — ALL about the pineapple too! And coconut water. I think I will be consuming much more of it in the future, especially as the summer heats up!! Thank you SO much for saying hi and sharing your experience! Hope your little one is doing well!! 🙂

  15. YAY for lemons!! This app is so fun, it helps so much to conceptualize the size of the baby with fruit 😀 I remember being SO fascinated when my cousins baby was a blueberry. You wouldn’t believe what a little man he is now! Also side note, I panicked after reading no spray tans (X_X), and had to Google whether you can still self-tan with lotion when you are pregnant…sounds like it’s okay. Phew! Hah. XOX

    1. Jill! Hilarious! It would be a gruel joke to a fat pregnant person to not let them use ANY sort of tanning product hahah! Thanks for doing the research for me on that one. 🙂 SOO good to see you today, my friend!!

    1. Christina! You are so sweet! I keep hearing that I have a glow, but I haven’t noticed it yet heheh! Hope you’re having a great day! Good luck with the giveaway too!

  16. Loving this post! So funny how you started it because I am newly pregnant (8.5 weeks !) and I have been doing Exactly what you said- going back to old blogs and re reading pregnancy posts with a fine tooth comb! Lol. I never minded reading them but didn’t pay attention to the details so much 🙂 I have had horrendous nausea and its been a real challenge. I am so happy and grateful and just trying to think positively every day. Walks help. All food is the enemy haha I wish I was craving carbs or Anything!! I will be happily following along our journey and I am so happy you’re sharing. Btw- what is wrong with gel manicures?? I haven’t been told anything.. And I am mildly/totally addicted..!!

    1. Happy pregnancy to you, Rose! Yay for you!!! And it TOTALLY helps to see if other people are feeling the weird things to you are. And even though you can get that advice from random websites, it feels so much better to get it from bloggers you KNOW. hehehe I’m sorry to hear about your nausea- but that’s part of the game I guess. Walking is great! Keep that up! And your cravings will hopefully kick in soon. About the manicures — there are a few reasons why I’ve read you shouldn’t get them. (1) fumes in the salon (2) change of infection from salon tools (3) chemicals in polish can seep into skin (4) use of LED or UV light is bad for baby. But of course, none of this is tested — so you can make your own choice. I know that OPI polish is safe, so you may be fine if you always choose that brand. Just do what you need to do to stay sane. It’s nobody’s business but yours!! 🙂 Keep positive, lady! I’m here for you!!! (Since I am SO far more experienced than you with my several extra weeks of pregnancy under my belt hahah!))

  17. Ahahah yes, yes yes! Reading this takes me back, especially with the carbs and the fatigue! Thanks for sharing your experiences; I’m so excited for you and excited to follow along!

    Wishing you many a delicious mocktail!

    1. Hi Alyse! So many carbs and so much fatigue hahaha! And I haven’t had a mocktail yet, but I feel that needs to change. Plain old water is SO old! hahah! Thanks for reading, friend! 🙂 Hope all is well with your little one!

  18. Love that you’re sharing these posts, as my husband and I plan to start trying within the next few years and I know from friends and co-workers how difficult it was for many of them to actually get pregnant. My best friends from back home just had her baby this Feb, I’m actually going to meet him later today =) She had a really similar first trimester experience, no veggies or water, but said that changed during the second. Can’t wait to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl!!!

    1. Hi Patricia! It’s always good to be prepared and AWARE of the potential struggles of fertility, although you may (and hopefully) have a very easy time, when you are ready. Congrats to your friend! Enjoy visiting the little one! 🙂 And as always, thank you for reading!

  19. So happy for you and your husband! It seems like yesterday I was expecting…..I now have teens!
    You should follow Lemon Stripes. She is a blogger from the east coast and she is expecting in July. She shares a lot about her pregnancy and her journey to get there. I remember only wanting carbs, too! You will get your appetite back and then some. 🙂

    1. Hi! So time flies when you have kids … is that what you are saying? hahah! And I will totally check her out! Love to read about other people’s journeys too. Thanks so much for saying hi and for reading!! 🙂

  20. I’m glad to hear the 1st trimester hasn’t been too rough on you! I can only imagine the amount of worrying that you must have felt and also the sorrow for the lack of wine, lol. That would certainly be tough for me too. 😉

    Even if you don’t always feel 100% you still look amazing. You really are glowing in your pregnancy announcement photos!

    1. You are the sweetest, Sarah. And yes, I truly miss wine hahah! I think I’ve had a pretty good run so far, but there are many, many weeks left — so we shall see. You have so much to look forward to with pregnancy ehhehe! Hope all is well, lady! 🙂

  21. Seriously, congrats! So excited for your new addition and can’t wait to welcome them to the world. Also, I LOVE this post, it’s amazing and honest and made me feel like I was right there with you. XOXO

    1. Hi Jamie! You are too sweet! THANK YOU for reading and supporting me! And you know it feels good to talk about all the things that were happening! Hope all is well with you, lady! 🙂

  22. You are the cutest pregnant person ! I love reading this and look forward to your journey. I thought you guys were pregnant as your food photos changed and you lightened up your workouts. Seems your doing everything right. Enjoy this special time.

    1. Hi Laura! I knew some people would guess that things had changed slightly — especially with the lack of wine in pictures. And I’m totally going to take it easy with workouts, while continuing to do them. Thank you SO much for reading, friend! 🙂 Hope you have a great day and weekend!

  23. The first trimester is such a doozy! The whole thing is a crazy rollercoaster different for everyone but I’ve learned to take everything one day at a time. Today might be a day where I can’t get off the couch, hate vegetables, and can only eat peanut butter and bread all day. That’s okay! Maybe tomorrow I’ll want vegetables all day and have extra energy! Can’t wait to hear more about your journey and I’m so happy for you!

    1. I really appreciate it, Heather! I’m definitely hearing that EVERY single person has something different to say about their pregnancies! And YES to PB and BREAD every day heheh! 🙂

  24. I just discovered your blog (I’m 13 weeks pregnant right now) and I’m absolutely loving reading about your experience! Water is absolutely the worst and none of my pants fit! I didn’t think I’d have that problem for a while since this is my first baby, but baby dictates everything haha. I’m super impressed you were able to keep up your workouts. I’m thrilled that I’m finally feeling better because I miss my toned muscles. Can’t wait to get back into light exercising. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Rachel! CONGRATS!! So exciting for you! And I’m glad to hear you are starting to feel better — that first trimester is rough. Your body will go through a lot of changes, so just move to feel GOOD and you can focus on muscle tone later heheh! 🙂 Good luck!!

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