Hey guys! I thought it would be fun to do a pregnancy update so I can remember this time for what I have gone through. Pregnancy is very hard, but also a very beautiful journey, and I know I am lucky to be able to go through it! Before I get down to the details by trimester, I want to share my maternity photos that we got taken by Audrey Hoover.
First of all, oh my is she sweet! Taking pictures can be so awkward when you don’t know the person taking them, but they were not awkward at all! She did an absolute amazing job, and we got them back in a week! Not too many people can say that about turn around time. I really wanted to do a photo shoot in the snow, and she was sweet enough to put weekends on hold weather depending so that I could get exactly what I wanted! Tom sprained his ankle the evening before pictures, so he was hobbling around the entire time and she made them great!!! I already ordered some to have them printed off and hung up in the nursery. I am going to post some of my favorites below, and then I will break down my pregnancy by trimester and all of my symptoms.
It’s hard to just choose a few because they are so perfect! My dress is from Asos, and I incentivized Tom by letting him pick out his own outfit. He was such a trooper because he hates the cold! So happy we have these pictures to cherish and look back on!
First Trimester: My first trimester was really rough, and thinking back to it I almost don’t remember the bad times because I have appreciated how much better I have felt since. I got put on nausea medication because I was so nauseous all of the time – gagging, but not able to throw up which is such an icky feeling. You know when you just want to throw up so you can feel better but you aren’t able to? That was me! I was also SO exhausted. I can’t even tell you how many times I cried to Tom because I was so tired; and he felt completely helpless since there was nothing he could do to make me feel any better. If I even attempted to go to orange theory I would literally not even want to climb the stairs in my house to go to bed, and then cry about it lol. It was bad! Many times I’d fall asleep on the couch because I just couldn’t get up. At the time it seemed like it was never going to end, but looking back, for some odd reason it doesn’t seem so bad anymore. I know it’s bad to say but feeling so horrible was also so reassuring that everything with my pregnancy was okay, since the first 13 weeks are so nerve wracking.
Second Trimester: I didn’t start feeling the “high” of second trimester until about 17 weeks when my nausea went away. I finally was getting my energy back. I was able to start working out again, and I got off my nausea medication! I started to get some really bad headaches, but they would subside with Tylenol. The flutters I started feeling at week 17 turned to full on kicks at 21 weeks. Tom even felt them! It was such a weird feeling, but now it’s like a normal thing to me. People have told me I will miss them when they’re gone – so i’m trying to enjoy them while they last.. So long as baby girl isn’t keeping me up at night! Second trimester was also fun because we got to find out the gender – we did the blood test as soon as we could because we are impatient! We didn’t want to do the traditional gender reveal party (nothing against anyone who does), so we threw a housewarming party and surprised everyone there with the gender. Tom and I found out together alone, and then surprised everyone else. We did this so that we could have that special moment just us two, and then be able to watch other peoples reactions instead of thinking about our own. If I could do it this way a million times I would!
Third Trimester: Third trimester has brought the exhaustion back, but not nearly as bad as first trimester. I am able to get by as long as I get a nap in. I have had a lot of heart burn and acid reflux, but taking tums has somewhat helped with that. I’ll usually wake up in the morning with charlie horses in my calves and have to stretch, but Tom also uses his acupuncture gun (I think this is what it’s called?) on my calves before bed to try and help for the next morning. He got it off of Amazon. My job requires me to stand all day long, which has led me to have back pain, but wearing a maternity belt has worked wonders for me in supporting my growing belly! On the bright side, I haven’t started swelling yet! I’ve heard that when you don’t elevate your legs, etc. that it can lead to swelling – but i’m now 33w2d and nothing yet! I still have 6 weeks until my due date, but boy am I excited/happy/nervous/anxious/all the things!
I know most symptoms are more good than bad, but I just keep in mind that my body is going through an amazing process and creating a life inside of me. I am counting down the days and I am in full on nesting mode! Probably driving Tom a little crazy with my to-do list for him all of the time – but that’s the teacher inside of me! My goal is to finish hanging our nursery things on the wall this weekend, so that I can do a nursery update over on stories. Stay tuned! Also, if you have any questions at all or just want to talk mama to mama I am here for you and would love to chat! I have loved all of the girls I have connected with during this experience whether it be from symptoms, to maternity clothes, to nursery decor, to just being in the same stages of life! Please don’t hesitate to reach out – I love meeting new people and it’s nice to know you’re not in this journey alone!