You may not care about this next part, but it's my blog and I'll write what I want to! No, no, not really, but it is important to me to keep track of my pregnancy so that I'll remember for next time (should I be so blessed). I've got less than two weeks left of my first trimester, and as many of this phase's symptoms are on their way out, I just wanted make some notes before I forget. Fellas - you may want to tune out, even though nothing's going to be too gross (I promise). Here is a general list of symptoms, my experience rated from 1-10 (10 the worst), and elaboration if needed.
1. Sore ta-tas: 7. This was actually the first symptom that showed up, even before I took the pregnancy test. It lasted from about 3.5 weeks to about 8 weeks. It was a "7" at its worst, but not that bad the whole time. Associated with this was growth... let's just say some clothes don't fit anymore. A welcome change, but the process made me feel like I was an adolescent pre-teen again.
2. Spotting: 1. It happened only one time at six weeks, but it Freaked.Me.Out and I don't want to talk about it. I told Doc F about it and he was very comforting. Hasn't happened at all since that one scary morning.
3. Full bladder: 3. This really has not been that bad. Granted, I don't drink enough fluids as I'm supposed to, so that probably has something to do with it. During the day, I don't have to take potty breaks any more than I did before I was pregnant. Every night though, I do wake up at least twice to go, which is only slightly annoying.
4. Fatigue: 8. Started just before 6 weeks when we were out hunting for our Christmas tree. I had to take breaks every 10 minutes while decorating the house, and I never even finished. In the few times I was able to get up off the couch to go out, I had to repeatedly race around stores like Target to find furniture displays for me to sit down in before I passed out. VERY fatigued. Couldn't even find the energy to get up to go to the kitchen to go get myself some crackers during the day.
5. Morning sickness: 9. I only give this a 9 instead of a 10 because I know there are some people who got more sick than I did. There is a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum which encompasses those who have extreme nausea and vomiting, to the point that medicines do not help and they usually need to be hospitalized. I did NOT have this, thank goodness! I did benefit from a prescription, but before those pills (or if they wore off), I was vomiting at least once a day. Even with the medicine, I was still slightly nauseous, had a bad gag reflex, and absolutely NO appetite. I lost a total of 9 pounds from weeks 5 through now.
6. Sensitive nose: 6. I've never smelled so much! I think this is a funny symptom, and was only inconvenient when I wanted to eat but the smell of anything made me lose my appetite.
7. Cravings: n/a. Didn't have any cravings - it was rare if I could even stand to eat anything at all. What I did have, though, were food aversions. To everything.
8. Bloating: 5. Not any worse than what I experienced pre-pregnancy. Just normal, girly bloating.
9. Mood swings: 2. I expected this would be a lot worse with all the hormone changes. I have been irritable on a handful occasions, but I actually have been keeping my emotions in check and under control pretty well. When I have been snappy (sorry Clark, and Mom & Dad), I think it has been more to do with the frustration of being sick, miserable, and lonely day-in and day-out week after week.
So there you have it, my first trimester symptom report. Again, more for me than for you - sorry if it was a painful read. For the past week, I've been having daily headaches, especially ones that feel like sinus headaches (but I'm not at all sick). I just found out a few nights ago that frequent headaches is a very common second trimester symptom, and that at least put my mind at ease that it's normal. The headaches aren't too bad, just annoying and they make me a little grouchy. I told Doc F about it at my appointment yesterday and he gave me a prescription, but I'm not sure I feel they're bad enough to warrant taking it.
Bring on the second trimester! I'm ready!