There is nothing that I have experienced before that comes anywhere near what pregnancy has been for me. I used to ask women who were pregnant, or who have been pregnant before, what it was like for them. I was so excited to feel what they were feeling. You get a lot of mixed responses from people, and as well as you think you are prepared for pregnancy you really aren’t.
Nothing can prepare you for the excitement and surprise that comes from finding out you’re pregnant. If you have tried to get pregnant before you may be familiar with the disappointment of negative pregnancy tests. Even after a few months of trying you can get discouraged. Seeing that second line come and slowly darken was so exciting and surprising.
I had heard from so many women how horrible morning sickness was, and for a lot of women it is horrible. I somehow didn’t experience the intense blows of morning sickness. I got nauseous, but for the most part I was able to get through my days and eat like normal (I only threw up because I literally got the stomach flu around week 13).
You hear about all the crazy cravings for pickles and ice cream, but food aversion? I have not had a lot of cravings for things, but I can tell you everything that I have ZERO interest in eating. My first trimester I had major food aversion, very few things appealed to me. It has lessened now and I do occasionally get cravings, Five Guys being the most recent craving.
Mood swings, no one told me about the mood swings. I don’t know why I thought that I wasn’t going to get worse mood swings, but it happened. It is different for everyone but with my mood swings came a lot of irritability.
I thought after your first trimester you wake up one day with the bump and it grows from there. I am sure for many women that is the case, but for me that is not the case at all. Going in for the gender ultrasound (guesses?) it was hard to believe that baby was as big as it was inside of me because I had no bump. Even now at almost 21 week I barely have a bump. I am at that in between stage where I don’t really fit into my normal pants, but I can still try if I want to feel uncomfortable.
With so little space for baby, I have been able to feel baby move sooner. It was flutters first, and now I can actually feel kicks. I love being able to feel baby kick (or punch) inside of me. It has been so sweet to see Tanner’s reaction as he has felt our little one move. I didn’t think you could feel such distinct movement this early on in pregnancy, but it’s definitely not gas.
This pregnancy has been so amazing so far. It still doesn’t even register that we are having a baby or that I am pregnant sometimes. Tanner has been the best support through this pregnancy. I am so grateful that he is by my side through this, and he’s going to be the best dad for our little one. I know that every experience is different, and some people wait a little longer for their sweet baby to come, but I know that all the experiences are worth it in the end.