Starting to Feel It: Week 7

This is the first week that I really started to feel pregnant. No signs on any actual growth from the outside; I know I’ll be well into the second trimester before I look pregnant. 

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(sorry for super blurry photo)

To be honest, I feel like I’ve probably lost weight because my clothes are looser. I weighed myself at my mom’s house last week so I’m using that as my baseline since I hadn’t weighed myself in months. I need to get some scales. Also, I have been using an app to track my food intake and nutritionals, obviously not to lose weight but rather to be sure I am getting a balanced diet and getting enough protein, calcium etc, which has been helpful.

On Saturday Andy and I went for a long (12-mile!) country hike, which was amazing. It was a beautiful day for it and we had a lovely time taking in the countryside, breathing fresh air, chatting about baby plans and stopping in quaint villages and country pubs to relax, drink lemonade and read.

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Very relaxing, but on Sunday I was exhausted!

By Monday and Tuesday I started to have slight nausea and tummy issues, and by the end of the week the nausea was pretty consistent. I learned that eating small meals helps with this. For some reason I suddenly find plain water so boring and struggle to drink enough throughout the day, which isn’t like me. I think I am dehydrated though and I’m sure if I could stay hydrated I would feel better. Lucozade Sport (like Gatorade) tastes really good and by the end of the week I was drinking one a day, but I don’t want to have too much since it’s so high in sugar.

I managed to work out with my running group on Monday and Thursday, and run on my own and and do yoga the other days. Each time I went out with the running group or to a yoga class, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the others, or I would get sick and have to explain why, but I got through each workout with no one the wiser. Working out and being busy helps to keep my mind of the nausea and it’s not so bad once I get into it. I think the endorphins actually help, too.

The nausea has mostly felt like low-grade motion sickness; I’m not actually getting sick but just feel ugh. And all I want is salty and savoury food: crisps, bread, cheese, etc. I had two days of bad stomachaches but luckily they went away. One night I just had ginger tea and cinnamon toast (with butter) for dinner, as it was the only thing that sounded good. But I’m still making myself eat fruits and vegetables daily; these are things I used to crave, and now I’m merely indifferent to them. I also suddenly love snacking on plain crackers and keep stocking up on them, scared we will run out.

I’ve been tired every day, going to bed by 9 or 10 and still feeling dead tired when I wake up every morning. Usually I spring out of bed in the morning, ready to work out and start my day, but this week, it has all been a struggle.

On the plus side, I guess having more of these symptoms is another sign to confirm that I really am pregnant. I am still really scared that something bad could happen, knowing that I am in no way in the clear zone yet.

Week Seven Baby Size:

Blueberry

Week Seven Symptoms:

Fatigue, stomachaches, nausea.

Week Seven Feelings:

Generally feeling yucky, but also happy I am well enough to still workout and get on with my day in general. Also happy that I am clearly still pregnant.

Week Seven Cravings:

Salt, cheese, eggs (I made scrambled eggs for dinner one night and it was heaven), butter, Lucozade.

Week Seven Aversions:

No strong aversions but generally uninterested in water and not too enthusiastic about vegetables and sweet things.

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