Hello, pregnancy! My first trimester of pregnancy was full of nausea and tiredness, but I made it through! Find out exactly what went on during my first trimester and how I’m dealing. You can simply just watch my first trimester recap video below, or continue reading or both!
First Trimester Recap
Hey fam bam! Happy September! We are going to call today Mommy Mondays. On Mommy Mondays I’ll be sharing a pregnancy update with you guys. This pregnancy update is all about the first trimester starting with 6 weeks of pregnancy to 13 weeks of pregnancy. I also answered some pregnancy questions that you guys had.
6 weeks pregnant
I became 6 weeks pregnant on Father’s Day. On that Friday before Father’s Day, I took a sick day because I felt absolutely horrible. I was throwing up and just didn’t feel well at all. Originally I thought I had just caught a bug or something. I didn’t even think to take a pregnancy test at first but decided to take one on Father’s Day just to see and if I was I figured it would be the perfect way to surprise Jordy and the best Father’s Day gift ever. Well, the test was positive!
In the What to Expect app, you can change the baby size comparison from fruit to an 80s or 90s item which I think is pretty cool so I’ve been having some fun with that.
At 6 weeks, the baby is as big as a jellybean.
Nausea: Here we go with the all-day “morning” sickness again. I feel nauseous all through the day but especially first thing in the morning and right before bed.
Breast soreness: I noticed my breasts getting bigger and they were extremely tender to the touch and I mean EXTREMELY. They didn’t hurt THIS much when I was pregnant with Joia. They are SO SORE. Even in the shower when the water hits I am basically clenching my teeth. The soreness is crazy this time around!
7 weeks pregnant
Baby is the size of a lemon head candy.
My Weight: 151lbs
This is the week I went to the doctor to confirm pregnancy. I was almost 8 weeks when I was seen. I wasn’t sure about my last period because I honestly hadn’t been keeping track any longer as I was just going to forget about trying to get pregnant at this point. Since I didn’t know for sure when my last period was, they decided to do a dating ultrasound which determined that I was 7 weeks and 6 days. So we found out the baby was due on Feb 8th.
Symptoms were pretty much the same this week. I needed nausea medicine so they gave me some samples. Here’s a little pregnancy tip when dealing with nausea so bad that you need nausea medication for it. Insurance acts like they don’t want to cover it so simply ask your doctor for samples!
8 weeks pregnant
Baby is the size of a gummy bear.
Pregnancy Symptoms: I start to notice food aversions – smells of certain foods make me gag.
Happiness went from high to low. I found out Simba had urinary issues and he could pass away if he didn’t have surgery ASAP.
9 weeks pregnant
Baby is the size of a jack (jacks and marbles).
New Pregnancy Symptoms:
Tired – I can feel my energy is low and want to take naps all the time.
Frequent urination – I’m noticing I have to go to the bathroom a lot and it’s annoying!
10 weeks pregnant
Baby is the size of a Tootsie roll pop.
New Pregnancy Symptoms: Getting frequent headaches
I had a doc appointment and just went over general pregnancy information and how I was feeling. Got more nausea samples.
11 weeks pregnant
Baby is the size of a hot wheels car.
New Pregnancy Symptoms: I’m feeling super bloated after eating.
Symptoms pretty much stay the same throughout the rest of the first trimester. Nausea appears to keep getting worse instead of better
12 weeks pregnant
Baby is the size of a hacky sack.
The uterus is right where it should be. We hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. Baby’s heart rate was good and strong. Heart rate was 160 but the midwife said that didn’t mean anything at this stage as far as the sex is concerned as boy and girl can have a high heart rate at this point.
13 weeks pregnant
Baby is the size of a Pokémon card.
New Pregnancy Symptoms: Dizziness. I’m noticing if I get up too fast I’ll feel dizzy.
Nausea still going super strong. Starting to notice a little baby bump. I’m so ready to find out the sex of the baby in TWO WEEKS! I have a feeling it’s a boy by this point.
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Q: How long were you trying to conceive?
A: Since the end of October of last year. What had happened was…I basically forgot to put the NuvaRing back in the day I was supposed to so there was already a chance I could get pregnant. So at that point, we decided to just stop using the NuvaRing.
Q: What was your trying to conceive method?
A: At first, wasn’t really trying anything really other than stop using birth control. Then a few months later when I still wasn’t pregnant I decided to use the Ovia app to track my periods and fertility. There were several times I thought I was pregnant, but I’d take a test and I’d be negative. I even went to the doctor back in April because I thought I could be pregnant because my period hadn’t come on for like 2 months and then I had some irregular bleeding.
Turns out I still wasn’t pregnant and I had high levels of FSH which my midwife said “FSH stands for follicle stimulating hormone, and it is supposed to fluctuate with the part of your cycle when the egg is being made and released (it actually makes that happen). We can see elevated levels of FSH in premature menopause, low ovarian reserve (amount of eggs left), and with PCOS. But with your other labs being OK I am not sure why your FSH is high, hence the specialist appointment. Either way, it is not life-threatening, but can make getting pregnant again very difficult or impossible. That is the main worry I have. “
I was scheduled to see a specialist in July to see what wassup. So at this point, I’m no longer trying to get pregnant since my midwife said it would be hard for me too. I stopped tracking my cycle and fertility and focused on working out to lose weight because I was like 150lbs which was 20lbs heavier than I wanted to be and I began drinking more water. So in May that was my main focus and I lost 6lbs and then in June, I find out that I’m pregnant.
Q: What was the symptom that made you say…I think I’m pregnant?
A: Well, I was throwing up two days before I found out I was pregnant. I thought it was just a bug or something is that I hadn’t even seen the specialist yet, but throwing up was the first symptom because I was indeed pregnant.
Q: Do you have morning sickness?
A: I have all day sickness…worse than the first time and they say if you have morning sickness that it’s a girl, wrong!
Q: How do your pregnancy symptoms now compare to your last pregnancy?
A: My skin is way more dry with this pregnancy and I feel sick way more. One morning Jordy had to pull the car over so I could barf! Sometimes I can smell something and it makes me wanna throw up or I no longer like the smell of some foods that I once liked, like teriyaki beef noodles. So my sense of smell has heightened. And my breasts stay super sore all the time.
Q: What are your cravings?
A: I crave more salty things this pregnancy like chips, fries, or pretzels. I also crave spicy foods as I did with the last pregnancy. But in the first trimester, I really didn’t eat much of anything because I’d throw up or just not have the appetite.
Q: What are you going to do differently than other pregnancies?
A: This time I’m working out at least 3-5xs a week. I’m also not taking weekly baby bump photos as I did with my first. Didn’t have the energy and I already had a little stomach from my weight gain so felt it was pointless to document when I already had a pudge LOL
Q: Were you and Jordy planning on getting pregnant again?
A: We were planning on it. We felt like this was a good time since Joia will be going to kindergarten next year so we’d only be paying for one child to go to daycare instead of 2. However, it did take longer than we thought to get pregnant. I pretty much got pregnant with Joia as soon as I stopped taking birth control. This was not the case with Justin. It took about half a year this time.
Q: Did you do anything different this time trying to get pregnant?
A: Not really. Much later in our trying to conceive journey, I was going to use an ovulation kit for the first time, but I ended up being pregnant before I could use it.
Q: Are we gonna be on the journey with you? We hope so!
A: You sure are! We have like 3 doctor appointment videos to edit and I’m also going to start doing weekly pregnancy videos. So a new pregnancy update will be up next Monday! Let’s call it Mommy Mondays!
Thanks to lifequotes313, _pooh_baby89, danie_locs, Pria, Meredith, Leah, Love Marie, sheriberiful, and Quita Love for sending in pregnancy questions for me to answer. If you have any questions you’d like for me to answer in the next pregnancy update, feel free to leave your question in the comments of this video or send me a DM on Instagram (@MeetTheChambers).