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First Trimester

Photography provided by @K_DougDE

The first trimester of my very first pregnancy was hell, I’m not even about to lie or sugar coat it like it was the best experience all flowers & happiness because it wasn’t. Most will only speak on the good parts of pregnancy, I’m here to speak on the good & bad parts. If you don’t know, pregnancy consists of three different stages of development for a baby. First, second & third trimesters. The first trimester is pretty much the first three months. Second trimester is the second set of three months, basically months four through six. Third trimester is the last three months, the moths of six through nine. Pregnancy is a total of nine months in all. All pregnancies are not the same & everyone doesn’t go through the same things.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

First things first, the morning sickness hit me so hard. I was sick for like three months straight with minimum breaks. Everything I ate came back up. Everything I drank even came up. This was the worst vomiting experience I have ever had in my lifetime. I tried to eat light but even those light meals came up on a regular basis. I tried to just keep drinking water which helped some but not much at all. For me, and this is not to say that it will help for every woman that is pregnant, but the main things that brought me back to life and made things better for me was ginger ale and toast. I started just drinking it and eating toast before regular meals and that helped out 100%!

The second thing that made my first trimester terrible was stomach aches and cramping. I’m one of those females that had already had very bad menstrual cycle times in my past so this just brought back those feelings completely. For me, this was the first sign that something major was going on with my body before the missed period. I kept having cramps, really bad cramps that felt like my period was coming on constantly but it never came. These cramps lasted for the entire first three months. All I wanted to do was lay down and sleep constantly. Luckily, I knew the first trimester was ending when the cramps slowed down.

Third thing I hated about my first trimester is the fatigue. If you’ve been a subscriber to my blog site up until now, you already know that I suffer from what you would call a mental illness referred to as insomnia. With this condition I would typically not sleep at all for a couple days. I would constantly be up which I had gotten used to especially for working third shift of my 9-5 job and getting design, painting and blog work done during the early mornings of the day. But the complete opposite happened for me during this first trimester. I wasn’t up at all. I was sleeping heavy, from day to night and night to day. This limited my time of getting work done. This stopped normal activities for me all together. It’s like my body was catching up to the years that I hadn’t slept from my insomnia. My fatigue stopped mainly the closer I got to the second trimester and the more I drank water.

Fourth thing that made this trimester crappy would be relationship revelations. That’s what I would call them. I’m not going to touch too much on this one because I have another blog post coming for it. But when I learned and officially announced that I was pregnant, so many relationships I once had changed dramatically. Most were for the best and others just went downhill completely but we will talk about that at a later date.

Fifth and last thing that made this trimester tough for me was that feeling of being worried about everything all at the same time. I began to think heavy about my future and my child’s future on a regular basis and it stressed me out. Some things had already planned but to be honest when you find out you’re pregnant no one is 100% prepared for everything to come. I don’t care what anyone says. You can have all the money in the world but you will not be prepared for every little thing that comes along the way and that bothered me a lot. I felt like I was already failing my unborn child. It took a lot of prayer, stress free environments and real family and friends to help me get through this part of the beginning of my pregnancy on a healthy note. Depression took over some but not too much. When I realized depression was setting in, I had already done enough research and had enough education on the subject from previous experiences to manage it better and keep it from getting the best of me completely. Once I began to push towards the second trimester things got better for me in this area as well.

I know I just ran down the bad parts of my first trimester and I know you are probably thinking like damn were there any good parts Keara? Yes, there were. With me going into the bad parts of my pregnancy this is not to discourage anyone wanting to become pregnant nor is it to say that yours will turn out the same, it’s just a reflection of my experience. First off, the moment I found out I was pregnant I was excited completely. This is my first pregnancy so to know that I am currently carrying a whole human being is overwhelmly a happy feeling. I only wanted to talk about my unborn baby. Everything I done was centered around him/her including creating this blog segment. That first time seeing my baby for my first ultrasound appointment was the most magical and emotional experience ever. That confirmed everything and just made me want to do better as a person overall. I had a nasty smoking habit and had a drink socially from time to time beforehand, which this stopped both of those activities completely. I had already wanted to stop smoking so this was the push I truly needed to make that happen. I wanted to gain more healthy weight and of course my eating increased to make that happen. I wanted to focus on my goals and making more money and of course this was an additional push to make that happen. God truly worked in a mysterious way for me when it came to my goals for 2019 through me becoming pregnant for the first time.

I’ll be back with updates on my second trimester and much more soon!

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Disclaimer: All pregnancies are not the same and everyone doesn’t go through the same things. My pregnancy experience is not the same as anyone else’s. The views and statements made through #DEArtMom blog segment of Delux Designs (DE), LLC does not reflect the experiences and views of other women whom are or have been pregnant before. The statements and posts of this blog segment are not a reflection of any licensed physicians or doctors and should not be attempted or duplicated by anyone that is currently pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Always consult with your own physician or doctor before taking any medications or trying any pregnancy practices found online.

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