1. I really thought I would “feel pregnant” as soon as I saw a positive pregnancy test.
While yes, I did suspect I was pregnant from a few early symptoms, I haven’t *felt* pregnant up to this point. (Though the ultrasound definitely confirms it!)
I feel like I usually do, just much more tired. Exhausted, in fact. And occasionally, more bloated.
2. I really lucked out in the morning sickness department.
Other than two very brief moments of queasiness (one moment happened when walking by a Popeye’s fast food restaurant), I haven’t felt the urge to vomit, or even gag, like I was expecting might happen.
3. My desire for certain foods is bizarre.
- I still love green juices and smoothies, but they can’t be too sweet– apples and bananas are both too sweet for me right now, but carrot juice is fine with plenty of lemon and greens. I used to love my banana-based smoothies, and now, not so much. For a couple of weeks, I couldn’t stand to even smell Austin’s morning smoothie, made with banana and peanut butter.
- Salads, on the other hand, I don’t want right now. I like raw crunchy veggies, but NOT salads. So, I’m dipping baby carrots, red peppers, and sliced cucumber into my favorite salad dressings as a “deconstructed” salad. And, every now and then, I do manage to force-feed myself a real salad. But, not often.
- Cooked vegetables are fantastic right now. If they’re sauteed in a bit of grass-fed butter and sprinkled with salt, I’m in heaven. Goat cheese makes them even better. (Though, I am avoiding feta and soft goat cheese, due to listeria concerns.)
- I can’t get enough of fresh pineapple! In fact, I may have a problem.
- At any point, I might see something on TV or on a computer screen and REALLY want to eat it. Donuts, cheeseburgers, tater tots, fried cheese sticks, corn dogs… it’s strange how appealing they all sound to me lately! However, if I actually think about eating any of it, it doesn’t sound good to me.
- The idea of food, in general, is overall less appealing to me right now. Certain foods sound good to me, but as soon as I get around to making them, I don’t want to eat anymore. Or, I’ll feel hungry, but NOTHING sounds good. In these situations, usually pineapple, sliced cucumber, or cooked eggs will do, but I’m just not excited about anything I’m eating. So strange for me!
- Chocolate doesn’t sound appealing at all. Who am I?
4. I nap almost every day.
It’s amazing how much sleep you need during the first trimester. I had no idea! Not only do I take a nap immediately after work almost every day, I also have no problem going back to bed promptly at 10pm. (Which is pretty early for me!) No amount of sleep feels like enough.
5. My workouts have changed.
I don’t want to become sedentary over the next 9 months, but I also don’t want to exercise too hard during this fragile time. Knowing quite a few people who have had difficult pregnancies, I’ve stopped performing all high-impact workouts, in favor of gentle, low-impact options. I’ve been walking many of my errands, such as going to the grocery store or the mall, which is perfect for light exercise and fresh air, and when I’m at home, I’ll do a 30-minute Physique 57 DVD or a workout from Tracy Anderson’s Pregnancy Project.