Monday, December 5, 2011

First Trimester

Just a recap of my first trimester pregnancy symptoms, so I don't forget...

My first symptom was extreme fatigue.  Whether it was related to pregnancy or the night classes in Photography that I was taking 2 nights/week which facilitated a 4 hour round-trip after work on these nights, I was tired.  I actually did my first pregnancy test the day after my first class and got the positive, so I will never really know what really caused the fatigue.  Needless to say, bedtime went from 10:00 to 8:00 and I would still wake up tired.
I also noticed that I was thirstier than usual, which facilitated more trips to the bathroom.  I would have to stop half-way through my two hour drive to use the washroom, and was waking up in the middle of the night as well.  This only lasted a few weeks, but has since returned.  My doctor says that I can't blame the baby for this, as it is not yet big enough to put pressure on the bladder.  Instead, it is because of increasing fluid volumes and the kidneys working overtime to figure out my new fluid balance.
Next came a bit of nausea, but never enough to really call it morning sickness.  Basically, thinking of food made me nauseous, which is weird for me.  I also gave up my obsession with chocolate for a short while, but that has since returned.
Another symptom that I had was feeling "burpy" all the time-like I needed to burp but couldn't.  This has gotten better, but hasn't completely gone away.
Needless to say, I think that I have had a pretty good first trimester.  Aside from a few days when I thought to myself "Why in the world would women want to do this more than once or twice?", I consider myself lucky because my symptoms have basically been manageable.  There have even been times that I have questioned my own pregnancy because I haven't "felt pregnant", but I am happy that I have been so lucky so far.  Here's to an equally manageable second and third trimester!

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