The first 12 weeks…..
The first 6 or so weeks of pregnancy, I really didn’t notice any difference from usual. A little more tired, but not noticeable if I hadn’t been looking for symptoms! I had very very mild cramping most of the first trimester, but the doctor said that was normal. Around 6 weeks I began getting very tired, needing naps throughout the day and would often be in bed by 8pm. I admit to closing the blinds to my office on several occasions just to close my eyes for a few minutes – or an hour…..
At 8 weeks – things changed. I woke up the morning of a friend’s wedding – walked straight to my coffee pot as usual, but then realized that I did NOT want my morning coffee… this has very rarely happened if ever. Not only did I not want it, but it sounded disgusting. The smell made me nauseous, the thought of drinking it made the feeling worse and I immediately had to sit down. I love breakfast, but as I thought through my usual breakfast favorites none of them sounded remotely appealing. I got down a little bit of plain oatmeal and some ginger tea and realized morning sickness had arrived. I ended up eating crackers and drinking iced ginger tea and water all day until the wedding. By evening, I was able to eat some of the food at the wedding and fake drinking enough to not give away our secret.
The next 4-5 weeks were similar. I felt like I had one huge aversion to food in general, rather than multiple aversions to specific things like I expected. I would think of one thing I thought sounded good (ex: Eggo waffles, Snack Pack pudding, cheddar and broccoli rice), however after eating it once or twice – I couldn’t stomach it anymore!
Symptoms: mild cramping, fatigue, morning sickness
Aversions: Food in general
Weight gain: (negative) 4lbs
Fitness: Unchanged except for doing some afternoon runs instead of mornings when my stomach just wasn’t ready. I was also doing some light lifting at home with body weight and a kettle bell a few days a week.