• Thu, Dec 6 2012

The First Trimester Is Great, Even Though You Feel Like Crap

The first trimester is the hardest part of a pregnancy. You haven’t started showing yet, but you are exhausted, sick and emotional. Thank God this “pregnancy glow” thing is real. There has to be some reward for getting through the first trimester and all of the weird shit your body is starting to do and feel.

It’s funny when you feel like all hell, but everyone you have ever known and even strangers are telling you how “gorgeous” you look.  And not just people who know you are pregnant and are trying to make you feel better. Wow, you are really glowing! When I do bother to look in the mirror, I actually am thinking that I look pretty damn radiant. My cheeks have a constant flush and my eyes haven’t looked this bright since I did a two-month juice cleanse.

Apparently, I have a major increase in blood flow to thank for my “perma-flushed” look. I would be happy for that, if I knew it wasn’t also what I had to thank for my gums bleeding every time I floss and the occasional nosebleed. Yes, I am just gorgeous!

Another weird yet glamorous side effect of my pregnancy is that the hair on my head has completely stopped shedding. I know this because my husband has a habit of passive-aggressively sticking the clump of hair that gathers around the drain to the wall of the shower. It’s his way of saying, “this is disgusting – please don’t forget it here.” I totally agree, yet inevitably always forget to pull it from the drain. Lately – nothing. The hair on my head is full and glorious. I have the pregnancy hormones to thank for this, too. They reduce hair fall during pregnancy. But don’t be alarmed when a few months after you give birth you start shedding like a Labrador in the summer. Mother nature giveth, and she taketh away.

See, there are some positive side-effects of the first trimester. But everything else you go through is pretty much weird and/or kind of awful. Case in point – the nausea.

I don’t know why it’s called morning sickness. I never experienced it in the morning, but I think all women are different. I also never actually threw up in either of my pregnancies. But holy-mother-of-unbearable-nausea. It starts around noon and increasingly gets worse as the day goes on. I can barely eat anything past five o’clock. Unless it’s a Kit-Kat. Somehow, I can always manage to get one of those down.

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  • http://lawleramericanadventure.wordpress.com/ Nicole

    Morning sickness is the fucking worst. I’m 14 weeks and a couple of weeks ago my husband & I went on a trip to Boston and Salem and, while we were on a hop-on, hop-off trolley going into the city, I got a bout of morning sickness that resulted in me vomiting all down the side of the bus, on the cars driving next to us and, because I hadn’t been able to get my head far enough out, vomit blew back in on me. At 9am. With a full day of site seeing and our hotel was half an hour away.
    I also ended up crouching next to a cemetery in Salem a few hours later and threw up so forcefully, I pulled a muscle in my chest.
    To the people of Massachusetts, I apologise profusely.

  • Bex

    I never experienced any “glow” in the first trimester. I was told by my husband, friends, and co-workers that I literally looked like I turned green when I got hit with a round of “morning” sickness (which seemed to be all day, every day). I don’t know what this “bright eyed, rosy cheeked” thing is, because I was shaking on the bathroom floor with watering eyes and snot dripping out of my nose. And anyone who thinks that there actually is a glow never puked in an Office Max parking lot.
    Lustrous hair? Not for me! By the time my little one was the size of an apple seed he’d already thrown my thyroid hormone all out of whack. Instead of shiny locks I got dry hair, brittle nails, and a developing goiter. Sexy, right?
    It’s a good thing there’s an awesome reward at the end, because this pregnancy thing sucks.