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I'm pregnant! Here are 17 things that I was most shocked to learn and experience during my first trimester.

I'm pregnant! Here are 17 things that I was most shocked to learn and experience during my first trimester.


Becoming pregnant for the first time is wonderful and exciting, but it is also a time that is filled with a lot of new and unfamiliar things. In this week’s post, I wanted to talk about and share a bit about my experience so far. Specifically, the things that occurred in my first trimester that I was most surprised to see or learn. 

  1. You can take a pregnancy test and the result can be a question mark (?)!!. While this offered me no peace of mind when I was 5 days late for my period, it did offer some great comedic relief.

  2. How soon the pregnancy symptoms start. Once I knew I was pregnant (about 4-5 weeks along), I began to feel the changes happening in my body almost immediately.

  3. My breasts grew an entire size between weeks 5 and 7.

  4. I already need to buy new bras.

  5. From the get-go, my nipples have been extremely sore. All day, every day.

  6. No matter how many hours I sleep at night (some nights I’m ready to go to sleep at 9PM!), I find myself exhausted throughout the next day. I may have a couple of hours here and there where I am alert and focused, but it is always followed by a few hours of complete exhaustion.

  7. Where my fatigue is concerned, I’ve had very little success overcoming it. I’ve tried to get up, go for a walk outside, eat something, etc. Nothing has really worked, other than just waiting for it to pass.

  8. My ‘morning sickness’ has been manageable (so far). While I do get waves of nausea throughout the day, it goes away as soon as I eat something. But from what I hear, I have it pretty easy

  9. Because of this, I eat more often than I did before I got pregnant. But not necessarily because I am hungrier.

  10. Slices of ginger and lemon in hot water has been my go-to remedy for treating nausea first thing in the morning or late at night. It doesn’t just sort of work; it actually works like a charm.

  11. I haven’t had any crazy cravings (yet).

  12. The foods I crave the most are any kind of fruit, green smoothies (which I am thrilled about) and carbohydrates in general. My go-to snacks are pineapple; smoothies consisting of leafy greens, cucumber, lemon, apple and mint leaves; and Skinny Pop popcorn.

  13. I have not been in the mood to cook anything and am eating out a lot, which is the complete opposite of my normal routine.

  14. The only aversions I have are to bland-tasting foods, as opposed to a type of food in particular. Tofu, for example, I cannot eat unless it is prepared in a way that gives it a  powerful flavor. This may sound odd, because doesn’t everyone prefer food to taste amazing as opposed to just blah, but before pregnancy I tended to prefer foods in their natural state, without too much added flavor. 

  15. I feel incredibly bloated nearly every single day, from the second I get up in the morning until I go to bed. It doesn’t matter how healthy I eat, how often I go to the bathroom (which has been regularly) or if I avoid certain ‘bloating’ foods. Nothing seems to help in this department.

  16. My skin (so far) has been completely clear. For about a year and half prior to getting pregnant, I struggled with breakouts - most of which occurred in an around the middle or end of my cycle. Since getting pregnant, I haven’t gotten a single pimple. I’m not sure if it’s the prenatal vitamins or the pregnancy hormones, but whatever it is, I just pray it keeps working!

  17. My emotions have been pretty stable. Other than the guilt of feeling a bit unproductive as a result of my fatigue or a bit insecure about my body changing, there haven’t been any ups and downs. 

So, there you have it! This was my first trimester in a nut shell. With that said, no two pregnancies are exactly alike so I’d love to hear from you in the comments below about what surprised you most about your first trimester!


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