First Trimester Experiences

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1. I really thought I would “feel pregnant” as soon as I saw a positive pregnancy test.

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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.

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Thanks for sharing Megan! I thought it was weird that I didn’t want salads anymore, I guess I wasn’t alone! Now at 22 weeks I am back on salads!


This is too funny, because I’m 8 weeks prego and my pregnancy sounds soooo much like yours. I’ve been worried about how I haven’t experienced morning sickness like most people, so this makes me feel better. And ditto on salads…pre-pregnancy I ate one to two salads every day, but now I haven’t eaten one in a couple weeks! Also, we share the pineapple obsession…in fact, I might need to eat some right now 🙂 Congrats on being prego! I am so excited to keep reading your posts!!!


Congrats on your Pregnancy! I’m currently 11 weeks 4 days and I can relate to so much of what you’re saying. i heard so much about dreaded morning sickness, that I have been seriously concerned that I have not vomited once. For a few weeks I had mild nausea, but nothing awful. it’s always a relief to hear from other people that feel the same. I’ve been obsessed with pineapple and grapes since finding out I was pregnant. can’t get enough. Also, bagels and cream cheese and toast with PB and jam. Also, chicken. I could seriously eat bbq chicken every single meal! I have never heard about a stiff neck, though. My first sign was insomnia- something that still hasn’t gone away. Although, up until this past week, I was always tired. Also, my boobs which normally hurt after ovulation, didn’t start hurting until the time my period was due. Congrats again!!!


Congratulations on the baby!! My husband and I got married 2 years ago and although we are not thinking about getting pregnant yet we are thinking about preparing for when that wonderful day finally comes. I was wondering why do you recommend Garden of Life Raw Prenatal Vitamins and Oceans Mom? Also, how early before or after you conceived did you start taking them? Thank you!


    After researching other brands, I felt most comfortable with Garden of Life because their prenatal vitamins contain absolutely no binders or fillers. It’s also important to me that the vitamins are sourced from whole foods, rather than synthetic versions, so they are absorbed by the body better. I started taking these about 2 months before getting pregnant, and will probably continue taking them while breastfeeding.


I am in my 18th week of pregnancy right now and your first trimester sounds EXACTLY like mine this time around. Funny!
Congrats on the pregnancy and thanks for sharing! Love your blog!!!!


I just entered the 2nd trimester today and even thinking about eating a salad or raw vegetables still makes me want to gag. Since I’m mostly vegan this has been interesting. Thank heavens for smoothies:) I hope this aversion goes away soon!


I would like to get ur tips as I m 16 week pregt. now.



Hi, Megan! I tried to seach for this question in order not to be repetitive but since there are way too many links for the word “stevia” I’ll give it a try here: did you use stevia during your pregnancy? Thanks 😉


Hi Megan,
Love your blog– for your green smoothies did you use frozen fruit, or frozen bananas you froze yourself? so worried about all that lysteria! any advice would be great 🙂


    I always freeze my own bananas, but otherwise I use store-bought organic fruit. I didn’t really worry about lysteria during my pregnancy, since other than always choosing organic produce, I didn’t feel like it was something I could control– so no need to worry about something I can’t do anything about. (Other than not eating a raw salad for nine months… which also doesn’t sound healthy!) Best of luck to you!


thank you Megan, that’s really helpful. Would love some recipe ideas you used during your pregnancy


Hi there! Just wondering why at the end of this post you mentioned high impact workouts being associated with a hard labor? That doesn’t make sense to me.. I want to stay fit and have heard that regular weight lifting that one is used to since before pregnancy would help baby develop better. Do you have any more Information on this? Thanks so much!

    Megan Gilmore

    I didn’t mean that it creates a hard labor– I was referring to the fact that I had several friends at the time suffering from miscarriages, and it made me very paranoid to do anything aggressive during the first trimester, since it’s the most fragile time of a pregnancy. I don’t think exercise has been proven to do any harm, but my gut-instinct at the time was to take it easy, so that’s what I did with both of my babies.

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