My Pregnancy Story: Part 1
I guess I had never really put too much thought into how pregnancy would actually be for me. I’m not even sure if that’s a normal thought that women have. All I know is, I didn’t want to be the pregnant woman that swells in size all over her body. As far as the physical aspect of pregnancy goes, that is my biggest fear.
I’m really trying to figure out what in the world I thought this would be like because I was not prepared at all. But then again, I understand that this probably doesn’t fit into the category of something you can “prepare” for.
Just like when it comes time to give birth, I understand that Brandon and I will probably have tons of questions and things we’ve read in articles and magazines will only help to a certain extent because, let’s be real, reality is far different in the moment. So, sometimes, the things we read might not fit our exact situations and we have to do the best we can to do what works for us. And this is fine, I’m mentally prepared to experience what I know I truly can’t “prepare” for.
The Very Beginning
When I first suspected I could be pregnant it was the day before me and Brandon’s anniversary trip. We were getting some last minute things at Walmart, and I had the most excruciating stomach cramp. Yep, right there in a grocery aisle at Walmart as I was pushing the cart. All I could do was stand still and try not to look like a weirdo in front of the other customers. I’m sure I failed because I ended up leaning over, making crazy faces in pain. I thought it was strange that I was having cramps before my monthly gift actually started. Not to mention cramps wasn’t one of my normal symptoms. I just thought maybe it was something new and told Brandon that I needed pain meds or Midol ASAP. So we very slowly made our way over to that end of the store, and I took the Midol right then and there. Needless to say, it did not work.
It wasn’t until the next day that I actually learned I was pregnant. I had decided it was best to go ahead and take a pregnancy test so that I could take the best care of myself and the potential baby while on the trip.
So there we were in our master bath waiting on the timer to go off, all the while saying, “What if this is really it this time?..” We were excited and nervous at the same time.
The timer went off…
We looked at the test that was lying on the floor. Unsure of what we saw, we both looked at each other at the same time, then back down, and bent over to get a closer look. Two faint blue lines appeared in the circle and oval. We popped up, and I was screaming with joy! We were both ecstatic! And then the tears began, for me not Brandon, just to clarify. He was just as excited though! But, I just started crying uncontrollably and thanking God for our blessing. It was a beautiful moment; one of the best in my life.
The First Trimester
Wow! Who knew that your body would feel so different so quickly. Not I. Even though what’s growing inside was basically a little speck, you just know something is going on in there.
Now, I’m typically a sleepy person in general but aw man I’ve never known such fatigue before until then! All I could do after coming home from work and errands was go to sleep. Cooking dinner had definitely decreased. Sorry husband. He would always try to wake me after about an hour without success. I would sleep for an hour and a half or more. I quickly realized that I needed two hours of sleep to function. Seriously! And on Sundays, my day was booked! Church, eat, then sleep until night time when it was basically time for dinner and bed. Growing a human is definitely tiring, and I had no idea!
The Insatiable Hunger
Oh! And let’s talk about my appetite! I’ve never known such hunger. Or pain from not eating for that matter! I learned that I had to snack constantly and eat more hearty meals or else my stomach would ache. Not even a regular type of ache but an indescribable pain you won’t feel unless you’re pregnant. I just knew my coworkers were going to be suspicious of something with all of my increased ‘snackage.’ (SN: No one ever outed me for it, but after I shared the news, people admitted their suspicions. Lol!)
The Other Obvious Symptoms
Considering all you really do during the first trimester is sleep, eat, and pray for your growing peanut, I could never decide if it was a mental thing but my trips to the restroom definitely increased. Hiding that change proved more difficult at work. Also, Brandon isn’t a big fan of stopping for restroom breaks when traveling, but now I finally had an extraordinarily good reason for him to get over it and not complain, lol.
Lastly, I just knew that one of the things I would endure during the first stage of pregnancy is the ever so dreaded ‘morning sickness.’ I did some research, and it turns out that about 80-90 percent of women experience morning sickness. Throughout the first trimester I only recall being nauseous twice, and it wasn’t even bad. I never got “sick.” Guess I’m one of the lucky 10-20 percent!
For the most part this pregnancy has been pretty easy, which is what I prayed about for so long. I thank God everyday for our beautiful blessing!
Stay tuned! Part 2 coming soon!
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