Trimester 1 - The Wrath of Khan

My first pregnancy did not go how I planned.

In my head, it was going to be easy; I was going to be one of those women who glowed and bounced their way through, working out regularly and eating my normal, "healthy", diet.

Yeahhhhh. No.

pretty much my diet those first few months

(sums up my diet pretty well: saltines and fizzy water)

It sucked. I was sick and it honestly rocked me to my core. It was a hard period for me; not only were my expectations completely ruined but I felt like ass every day... all. day. long. And it took well into the 2nd trimester to feel better.

So, when I found out I was pregnant this time around, I crossed my fingers hoping for an easier pregnancy but knowing that it was probable that I'd feel wretched again. I sat down and made a list of goals for this pregnancy.

That list looked like this:

1. Go with the flow.

That was it. That was all I hoped for; that no matter how bad or great I felt, I would at least TRY (strong emphasis on this word) to take it all in stride.

And then 5 weeks hit and I started feeling all the things but I remembered my list and I sucked it up. "It's so temporary" I thought. And then 8 weeks hit and I started puking, spinning, and stopped liking the way anything tasted... or smelled.

meeting January Harshe around 8 weeks

(around 8 weeks meeting Ms. January Harshe)

I looked at my list. And then I laughed out loud. When you're in the midst of pukey-goodness morning sickness, it's really hard to go with the flow. Especially when you are unable to keep food down or smell any smells.

The list went away and I let go of all expectation. On the days I felt good, we walked, I ate what sounded good, and we were as mobile as possible... sometimes I even did yoga. On days where I felt wretched, we usually still walked because of our high-energy dog (unless I was confined to the bathroom region), we watched more television than I like, and ate take out.

We ate a lot of takeout.

And then, unlike my 1st pregnancy, around week 12 I stopped feeling SO horrible. My appetite came back and I felt like a real person.

Below are a series of questions I'll be answering as I work through my pregnancy. Because I felt so bad, I didn't keep great records and I wish I had. So, this is as much for me as it is for you!

10 weeks and SIIIIIICK

(10 weeks and pretty sick, but still smiling)

Weight gain: Not sure and not really caring at this point. I have clothes that fit and I can finally keep food down so that's the most important.

Favorite Maternity Wear: Gap. I would love some advice on good brands!

Workouts: Mostly yoga and walking. I was able to eek out a couple of lifting sessions prior to the more intense nausea and vomitting.

Cravings: Caesar salad and Mexican food until about 8 weeks

Aversions: Almost everything from weeks 8-12, including Caesar salad and Mexican.