My first trimester was filled with some highs and definitely some lows!
Here’s a quick rundown of the lows & highs of pregnancy in the first trimester for me.
LOWS of Pregnancy
- Lack of energy
- Lack of appetite
- Slight cramping
- Misdiagnosed with blighted ovum
HIGHS of Pregnancy
- Positive pregnancy tests
- Announcing pregnancy to close family and friends
- Support from close family and friends during the time of being diagnosed with blighted ovum
- Husband and wife bond growing and becoming stronger
- God’s love for us
- Seeing baby on ultrasound for the first time
- Hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time
Being pregnant is definitely not a walk in the park, but I am enjoying every second of it even if that second included me telling my husband to pull over while I barfed on the side of the road. Yes, nausea and vomiting became my bestest friend during my first trimester. I didn’t have much of an appetite and a couple of weeks later I couldn’t keep anything down for longer than 5 minutes…not even water or saltines! Even certain smells made me barf. I was totally miserable. I HATE to barf, but there was nothing I could do about it at first until I was able to get some medicine from my midwife and even after that I still found myself barfing, but just not as much. Although vomiting was my best friend during my first trimester, it was not my first friend.
Lack of Energy
My first friend became a lack of energy. When I first found out I was pregnant, I was extremely tired and lounged around all day and went to bed extremely early. I would go to bed at like 8:30 PM and sleep all the way until it was time for me to get up for work the next morning. My husband hated that I went to bed so early and he would say I was a zombie some days. I couldn’t even stay awake long enough to look at my favorite TV shows or update my blog. I had hardly any energy at all, but the sleep was awesome.
Yeah, sleep was awesome alright…until I had the urge to pee every 10 seconds! Yes, I had met another friend of pregnancy or more like an enemy. I hate to have to wake up to use the bathroom…always have, but man try waking up several times in one night instead of just once! It is soooooooo annoying. It’s almost as annoying as nausea and vomiting, but not quite.
Those are all of the normal lows of my pregnancy, but an all-time low that I wasn’t expecting at all is being told when I was 6 weeks pregnant (or so the doc thought) that my baby wouldn’t make it. The doctor told me that I would 100% miscarry and after we asked if he was totally sure about that he changed it to 99.9%….what a jerk! The way he talked to my husband and I felt like I was in a nightmare and that I was talking to the devil himself! I couldn’t believe how he was talking to us. The doctor was very rude about the entire situation and basically just told me that I had a blighted ovum and to expect to miscarry. He said that I could let it happen naturally or have a D&C. I decided to get a second opinion because he was just rude and ridiculous.
Even if I was to miscarry there is no way I wanted anyone in that office to deal with me and my family after being treated in such a horrible manner. I was absolutely devastated and was pretty depressed about the entire situation. I would cry and cry and cry and couldn’t stop. My husband was very strong throughout the whole ordeal, but he was hurting as well just as much as I was. I had to get myself together and trust in God before I caused harm to my baby that apparently wouldn’t make if I didn’t have faith.
The doctor told me it was no reason to have hope, but he obviously doesn’t know the God I serve. We did a lot of research on women being diagnosed with a blighted ovum and we found out that many were misdiagnosed. I was praying that was the case with me as well and decided to get a second opinion. You can read more about my misdiagnosis HERE.
Always Get a Second Opinion
Here come the highs of my first trimester! I got my second opinion and viola! Would you look at God…my precious warrior baby was perfectly fine. I was simply just earlier in my pregnancy than the last doctor thought. Actually, I was due 5 days later than originally expected and according to my last period which totally makes a huge difference. My baby was fine. I wasn’t totally out of the woods yet because miscarriage usually happens in the first trimester. We prayed every single day for our baby and still do. Another high was seeing our baby move all around for the first time on the ultrasound. Hearing our baby’s heartbeat for the first time was just as amazing as seeing her wiggle around!
Last, but definitely not least, announcing our pregnancy to our close family and friends and seeing their reactions were priceless. It is also awesome to have so much support from our family and friends in the first trimester. Obviously my first trimester was filled with some worry, but our faith was stronger. Finding out that my baby was okay and still had a chance trumps all the lows of my pregnancy. All of the vomiting was totally worth it right along with all of the tiredness and peeing a million times a day. Nope, I didn’t mind any of it one bit. Keep making me throw up baby, at least I know you’re okay in there! Nobody or any kind of pregnancy symptom will rain on my parade.
My first trimester was a roller coaster, but I wouldn’t change not one bit of it. It has made me stronger for sure and it also lets me know that my baby is strong too! Yay for the first trimester and moving on to the second trimester.
What are some of your highs and lows of the first trimester? Comment below! I’d love to hear from you.