When K and I found out we were expecting, I was about 5 weeks along. I immediately made an appointment to verify, and then went back at 8 weeks for my full first prenatal exam and ultrasound. With barely any symptoms, even seeing the tiny little dot on the ultrasound felt so unbelievable. At my second full appointment, I got to hear the baby’s heartbeat which helped bring everything to a reality!
Since finding out, it seems like there are so many others in the online community and my every day life who are also currently pregnant or just had a little one. I’ve been having fun perusing through other blogs and learning how others have coped with certain things. What has been especially helpful is all these people putting up lists of the baby items that actually have used or needed! I’ve also been peppering my cousin and sister-in-law with all my stupid questions. It’s so amazing how many great resources are out there.
Symptom-wise, I have been extremely fortunate. The first thing I noticed, even before I took a pregnancy test, was that running was all of a sudden really hard. I went from doing a casual 3-mile loop to feeling out of breath and tired after just 1 mile. It was frustrating because I didn’t know yet why cardio was so difficult! Overall, my main symptoms have been fatigue and sore boobs. It seriously felt like for weeks 5-12 if I wasn’t working, I was sleeping. I was exhausted ALL THE TIME. I went from working out every day to maybe 4 times over the course of 6 weeks. That was a hard thing to accept for me, but health wise I constantly reminded myself that sleep and rest is what my body needed and not to push it.
Marly, our cat, has been obsessed with me the past couple months. She’s in my lap as soon as I lay on the couch and could not care less about K anymore – who previously was her absolute favorite. I’m enjoying the extra cuddles and hope she transitions well to a newborn in the house.
With the first trimester being a breeze, here’s to hoping the rest of the pregnancy goes as smoothly!