First Trimester

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Permission to Stay in My Pajamas?


I am twenty-eight years old and pregnant for the first time. I'm now at eleven weeks -- almost through the first trimester. I have felt perpetually tired these past weeks, and I might even go so far as to say that, in general, I have felt simply crappy most of the time.

This persistent sluggishness has shattered the image I've always had of myself as a physically capable, strong person. Whether a full-time student or salaried employee, I've always worked hard and been able to exercise, lug ungodly amounts of laundry to the laundromat, and carry four bags of groceries at a time, etc., on top of it all. Being pregnant, I can't remember what it was like to have that kind of strength and energy.

Nothing could prepare me for how draining the first trimester has been. It is so funny to me that even when the baby is the size of a grain of rice, your body feels like it has launched a project of immense proportions. It is such a mercy that, due to recent circumstances, I do not have a job, because I'm not even sure if I could make it through a basic work day.

We live in such a work-obsessed culture, that it is difficult to exempt yourself from work and allow yourself to feel tired and weak. But for the sake of the baby, I've tried to go with the flow of my body, and give myself permission to stay in my pajamas all day if I need to.

A good friend told me that the first pregnancy is the hardest, because your body is creating a "blueprint" for something that it has never encountered. I suppose it would be like a couch potato suddenly adopting the training schedule of a professional athlete. I'm trying to keep this in mind on the days when, after doing a few simple chores and errands, I feel totally wiped out.

I'm writing this just in case there are others out there who also feel inflicted with "laziness" during their first trimester, as I have. Hopefully, God-willing, our normal energy level will return in time for the demands of motherhood!

Julia






A easy one so far.........

Well my first couple of months were not too bad at all, when I found out at 5 weeks that I was having a baby. I stopped smoking right away and started being very careful about a lot of the things I did. I never got sick, but I did lose some weight which was scary. I thought something was wrong but my doc said that does happen from time to time so I was then ok.

I wanted to go look at baby stuff right away, as the excitement was eating me alive!! I knew I would be alright. God is with me I keep thinking. I even had my pastor at church pray for me. His wife just had their first baby so if kind of put me at ease.... but I will tell you I still pray everyday for things to go good for me!!

I am due end of April or beginning or May!! I wish all of you out there good luck!!

christina






2nd time around

I have a 4 year old son and had been trying to get pregnant for two years. I finally got pregnant and was so excited and my husband was even more excited. I finally made it to the doctor at around 2 months along. They gave an ultrasound.

We were so happy to be able to see the baby. Then the nurse got really quiet and I knew something was wrong. The baby had no heartbeat and had stopped growing at around 6 weeks old. My egg sack was an irregular shape and starting to detach. I was going to be miscarrying very soon.

There is nothing worse than receiving news like that in a public office where there is nothing but pregnant women all around you. I felt like someone had just ripped my heart out of my chest. So the doctor scheduled a d&c for a couple days later. That was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I kept thinking maybe the baby was still alive I was terminating a healthy baby. I was in big time denial. I found out three weeks later after they did the tests on the tissue that it was a girl. That is what I was wanting and of course I lost it. That made it even harder as if that was even possible.

I am happy to say I went to the doctor a week ago and I am 3 weeks (after conception) pregnant. I have a sonagram appointment at the end of the month and I am so nervous. I just hope I don't worry constantly through my whole pregnancy about miscarrying to where I have a miserable pregnancy. Hopefully I will have a miracle and this will be another girl. If not, I will still love my baby just as much. Please pray for me, for a healthy baby and pregnancy.

Fawne






Empty

I had just went to the doctor's on a Monday and found out I was 6 weeks pregnant. I was so happy, my husband was overjoyed. He'd always said he didn't need kids, but when I told him we were pregnant, he was elated.

I told my parents and in-laws, and everyone was so overjoyed. Thursday I started to have bad cramps and bleed a little. I thought I was miscarrying, but waited until the morning to call my doctor. I cried myself to sleep. I woke up with a wet pillow, and got up to call the doctor.I was still bleeding slowly.

My doctor's great. She scheduled an ultrasound pronto and we found that there was no heartbeat, my HCG levels were too low, and yes, I was miscarrying. That night, I waited as large tissue clots passed through me and I bawled and bawled. I thought nothing could be worse than this.

That was 5 months ago. I am pregnant again right now, and have my first ultrasound in 3 days. I am 10 weeks along, and I keep saying to my family not to get excited yet because anything can happen. Though I am taking care of myself, my HCG levels are higher than normal, and I am nauseous all the time, I still am nervous. I know life is not about "getting what you deserve". But, I hope that this time around I will be giving birth to a live, healthy baby.

My husband is again very happy I'm pregnant. He comes home every couple of weeks with new names for babies. He makes me laugh. I feel pressured to make sure everything goes well, that the baby is my full responsibility. I will do my best to keep this one alive.

Thanks for listening. For those of you who have recently had a miscarriage, I truly feel for you. I have felt no greater loss. But the truth is, some people can't even get pregnant. We are lucky that pregnancy came to us, and that we will likely be able to become pregnant again. Fill your hearts with as much hope it will allow. Good luck.

Amy

Amy






The first time

I found out right after Valentine's Day. My breasts have been really achy for a week and something made me take the test at 10:30 at night. Guess what-it was positive. I was excited and scared all at the same time. I've since scheduled my first appt with my doctor and that is coming up soon. I have been going through a lot of changes: fatique, a little nausea, no vomiting, cravings, increased appetite, pants getting tighter around the waist, sleeplessness, irritability, and major, horrific gas. Can't stand it-but my change in diet is really the contributor I believe. But I am sticking to my more healthy foods because it is the right thing to do. I am working 2 jobs right now-but one will end at the end of the spring semester. Looking forward to that. I am also getting pains on my right side of the abdomen. They are a little sharp at times and if I am lying down and sneeze or change my position, it strikes me so badly.

Jen







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