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The truth about the first trimester

Sarah - Whimsical MumblingsBy Whimsical Mumblings blogger, Sarah.

I wanted to talk to you today about my experience during the first trimester. I can honestly say I have a fair amount of experience, my daughter is only one and I’m already in my second trimester with baby number two.

Also, I am not a medical expert, this is based on my own opinion and experience.

I love being pregnant. I am eternally grateful and feel so privileged to be carrying life inside of me. Saying that, pregnancy can be tough. Especially if it is your first pregnancy and you don’t really know what to expect, the first trimester is often a rough one.

A few facts for you first time mums:

1) You probably won’t feel pregnant.
Especially so early on, you may worry about the fact that you’ve missed your period or have other uncomfortable symptoms but you won’t feel ‘pregnant’. I never really felt pregnant until I actually saw the little baby on an ultrasound.

2) Nap time is precious
Seriously, you will need to nap most days, and you should. Even if it’s only for half an hour. No amount of sleep feels like enough. Just think about it, you should be tired, you are growing a human being inside of you. You need as much energy as you can get.

3) You may not get morning sickness, but you probably will
Unless you are one of those very rare mums you don’t experience it (if so, congratulations), you will have morning sickness. During my first pregnancy I was sick in the mornings, evenings and during the night. The second time round, I haven’t actually been sick, but small things really make me queasy. For example, the smell of washing up liquid or the taste of toothpaste. Strange but true.

4) There isn’t a right or wrong time to announce your pregnancy
It is all down to you and your circumstances. It is recommended to wait until twelve weeks to announce a pregnancy, partly because after twelve weeks the risk of miscarriage is drastically reduced. I think that other people also feel if they tell people too soon, they might ‘jinx’ their pregnancy. Tell the world when you feel the time is right.  Not telling people about your pregnancy early on, I believe puts you under more stress. Your body will be changing, your hormones will be all over the place and this is the time when you need someone to talk to about it.

I didn’t really have any strange cravings early on in this pregnancy. During my first pregnancy all I wanted to eat was green apples and chocolate milkshake. Although, not everyone has cravings, especially this early on, but who knows. Everyone’s different.

That’s my experience of the first trimester and I have to say, in all honesty, experiences can vary. Go with the flow, your body knows what it’s doing, just take it easy.

Good luck and most important of all, congratulations!

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