Sooo this post is about my first trimester (plus part of the second trimester) of pregnancy, because what I’m about to share lasted the first four months! I am at the end of my pregnancy – Yay! – and now looking back, the first few months were the “hardest” for me. I put it in quotes because it’s not that it was hard to handle, but more about how weak and sick I felt most of the time. Now I’m not going to sugar-coat the facts here because I want to be as honest as I can and share everything from my point of view. I also don’t want you to think I’m complaining, I’m totally not, I just wanted to share exactly how I felt and what I did to feel better, and if you’re pregnant maybe this will help you out as well.
When I found out I was pregnant I thought it would be smooth sailing as both my mom and my sister had smooth pregnancies, yet that was not the case for me at all. I found it funny when my sister would come to me and ask, “What does that feel like?” since she already has 2 kids LOL! My point is that every pregnancy is completely different and the most important thing is to listen to YOUR body and your doctor! Many people, especially the older generations, would tell me how I need to do things or question why I made a certain choice or try to tell me how I should raise my child. I can’t lie, it can be very overwhelming to listen to all of this. When I would talk to my doctor and question him about other people’s advice he would tell me not to listen to those old tales, he’s also Hispanic (and an amazing doctor, BTW!) and he said most of those tales are just not true. For example, I was told that if you have a lot of heartburn during the pregnancy then it means that your baby has a lot of hair. Lies! My doctor told me that’s just a myth and the baby’s hair has nothing to do with it. Next, we have the infamous belief that you’re eating for two, also not true. He advised me to continue with my normal diet, obviously with the exceptions of certain foods you can’t have while pregnant.
Now moving on to my “All Day Sickness.”
Nausea. I would gag for everything! Headaches about 3-4 times a week. A complete lack of energy to the max LOL! I laugh because I tried so hard to be energetic but my body was just not having it! Ugh! Then it was the throwing up. Although I had no cravings, there were certain foods I couldn’t tolerate at all, like meat/bacon – I couldn’t even stand the smell of it. I was also getting a lot of leg cramps while I was sleeping – normally around 3-4 am. I would wake up my husband in so much pain and it was funny seeing him trying while still half asleep. I guess it was good “sleep” practice for when the baby arrives LOL. Heartburn, all the time! Also pregnancy brain, I would forget everything lol.
Ohh and let me not forget the funniest one of all, my husband was feeling all the symptoms as well #NotEvenJoking LOL! The doctor mentioned that some husbands experience sympathy pregnancy AKA Couvade Syndrome.
These are a few things that worked for me:
Nausea: In the mornings and throughout the day I had water with lemon. I also drank ginger-ale and this provided such a relief! I also recommend “Preggie Pops” which are lollipops that help relieve nausea, and “Morning Ease” which were candies I would buy at Lucky’s Market. Also, crackers were a must for me and taking my prenatal vitamins before going to bed instead of in the morning since they made me sick throughout the day too.
Headache: There’s really not much you can do about this one and Tylenol was the only medicine my doctor would allow. Another thing was water! Lots and lots of water! It’s very important to stay hydrated, especially during pregnancy.
Heartburn: Tums, all day every day! LOL. You will get sick of them but they truly worked for me. I would keep in my purse at all times.
Ohh and an extra tip for the Husband lol: Make sure you’re there for him as he should also be there for you. Show them, extra love, LOL. Remember they get overwhelmed as well.
I really hope this post helps you if you’re pregnant! Now as for those weird and awkward comments, sometimes you just need to breathe and nod, at the end of the day they don’t mean any harm, they’re just trying to help. Also keep an open communication with your spouse and let them know how you’re feeling. My husband was really good to me, as he always is, and would try to calm me down and make me feel more at ease when I would feel anxious and he would make sure to remind me that everything would be OK and together we got this.