Since I’m going to be 16 weeks on Thursday (and will be posting a week 15 recap soon), I figured it was about time to recap my first trimester for you! In a nut shell, my first trimester with baby #2 was extremely different than my first trimester with Xander. This post will provide photos and details about how it all went down.
As I mentioned in my Baby Heddleston 2.0 FAQ post, this pregnancy was planned and we only had to try once during the ovulation after my first period. Yup, it’s going to feel like I haven’t had a period in YEARS! Pregnancy + breastfeeding = glorious. Anyway, since I was super sure that we did in fact try during ovulation, I bought pregnancy tests from Target right around the time I thought I would be expecting my second period. These were blue line tests, which I then learned to find that sometimes those aren’t the most accurate – but I only learned this because the first time I took the test the line was so faint that I thought I was just imagining things.
Fast forward three days. I woke up and ran a PR in the Pike’s Peek 10K (week four’s picture below). After cleaning up and napping, I took a test again with more concentrated urine. Sure enough the line was much darker and I confirmed it with a digital test the next morning (the we are pregnant photo with John and me below). Based on my LMP the due date was calculated as 12/26/13!
Week 5: My complexion was a train wreck. It’s interesting to note that there are no engorged breasts this time around, which was the very first pregnancy symptom I had with Xander. I think this is probably due to my still nursing Xander and the hormones are finding other ways to manifest themselves. This is just my theory though. During week five I ran and set a new PR in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. The whole time I couldn’t stop thinking “I’m running a half marathon while pregnant – no one knows it – and I’m about to PR!” It was an awesome feeling.
Week 6: Xander and I were in PA for most of the week and it was so hard to not tell my parents! I hadn’t had even my first midwife appointment though, so I knew I needed to keep things secret still. I felt pretty decent this week, took a few naps, and didn’t workout as much. I was okay with this because I was still on the post-half marathon high and knew my body should probably have a week of rest anyway.
Week 7: The second half of this week were the worst nausea days ever. So so bad. I even called the midwife to see if I could take a leftover suppository from a previous sickness to help ease the nausea. The morning after I took the suppository I was feeling a bit better, but I still napped during everyone of Xander’s naps this week. Mother’s Day was also during this week and while I tried to enjoy it, I was feeling crappy and that was hard to ignore.
Week 8: We had our first midwife appointment that included a trans-vaginal ultrasound and listening to the heartbeat! What an awesome day!! Our due date also got adjusted this week to 1/2/14 (it has since been adjusted back), but it made piecing together the weeks and pictures a little confusing – so things still might be off a little (as you’ll see below). I also lost about 2-3 pounds during weeks seven and eight due to being so nauseous and having difficulty eating.
Week 9 (which I think was actually week 10): ZOOMA Annapolis race weekend! The real reason I dropped down to the 10K from the half marathon was due to the pregnancy! My training definitely took a back seat since I was so nauseous and this ended up being an amazing decision because it was SUCH a hot morning. I also experienced TONS of lower back pain during this week – probably the worst of the first trimester.
Week 10 (which I think was actually week 11): Energy levels were pretty decent this week and I even made strawberry jam and shortcake. I started my deep water running class this week too – this will be fun!
Week 11: Undocumented and un-pictured since I was adjusting the weeks based on the due date switch.
Week 12 (at the time thought this was week 11): Ohio trip!! We spilled the beans to John’s family and had a fabulous trip. Lots of lower back pain during this week as well. SO annoying and hate that the lower back pain has been coming and going so much during the first trimester. Makes me convinced that I’m going to have all back labor like I did with Xander.
Week 13 (at the time thought this was week 12): Had NT scan this week and due date got adjusted back to 12/26! For those curious, we only opt to due the NT scan because our insurance covers it and we want to see the baby – NOT because the results of the test would change anything. Baby had a heartbeat of 163 and measurements are looking good!
Week 14 (the REAL week 14): Finally got up to PA to tell my parents we are pregnant! It was just a quick weekend trip but we filled it with lots of visits, good food, and quality baby time. Had a huge meat aversion this week. Weight is steadily minus 3 pounds from pre-pregnancy weight.
There you have it! My first trimester all wrapped up into one post. Let me know if you have any questions!