4 Jul 2021

Pregnancy Diary | The First Trimester

Hello from past me! As I’m writing this no one knows that I’m pregnant but now, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that it’s been well over 9 months as I’ve actually had the baby! I wanted to make sure I documented my pregnancy experience, so here is the first of many pregnancy diary entries and baby-related posts. I’m hoping that this will help other first-time mums going through their pregnancies and inform or reassure them, because I know they helped me!

Let’s start at the beginning… From the second you see ‘pregnant’ come up on the test, your life changes. You have a life growing inside you, of course it changes (and I can tell you now that it’s a wonderful, wild and crazy experience!).

Taking the test
The day I took the test, I was very shocked to see an *actual* positive result. I always imagined what the moment would be like and it really was just a bundle of emotions all rolled into one! I realised that I’d experienced one of the signs a few days before, which was spotting or implantation bleeding, but when you are in that situation, you never really want to get your hopes up so I ignored it and assumed it was good ol’ mother nature arriving!

Anyway, I immediately did some maths and calculated I could be around 4 weeks along! Baby was the size of a poppy seed, how tiny and cute. I also downloaded two apps: Ovia and Pregnancy+ (which I can now tell you were super helpful throughout the whole pregnancy!)

Weeks 4 & 5
One of the very first things I noticed was the nosebleeds and bloating! Both completely normal as your body adjusts to the new life growing inside you. It also reassured me that my body is doing what it’s supposed to be doing!

I started taking Pregnacare immediately, I later discovered from my midwife booking appointment that it is recommended to take extra vitamin D supplements as those tablets don’t have quite the recommended amount. I also called up my doctor's surgery and booked in to see the midwife when I was expected to be around 8 weeks pregnant.

Week 6
Oh boy, the morning sickness and nausea had kicked in. I thought this was quite early, but reading other people’s experiences, it is very normal. It would come and go in the morning, afternoon or evening - so any time really and at first I knew how to manage it. Sickness bands worked for a short while or scoffing down a ginger biscuit before I even got out of bed. Peppermint tea also helped to calm the sickness throughout the day but after week 11, all of these remedies stopped working. I just had to let it out, which helped relieve the discomfort and feeling.

We decided to go for an early private scan for reassurance and because of pure excitement. We booked in at Window to the Womb in Leicester, who were really amazing. At the time, the NHS (in my region anyway) would not allow partners to attend any scans due to COVID, so we were relieved that booking privately allowed my husband to come in too.

Seeing the little heart beating in the scan was a massive reassurance. We had the scan quite early (and earlier than I was expecting as I measured smaller and therefore was a week behind) at 6 weeks but I would recommend it to other first time parents too. Also it’s worth noting that many early scans are done internally, rather than external (with the machine on your belly). I didn’t find it too uncomfortable and it was worth it to see the little bean we were so desperate to know was okay!

Weeks 7 & 8
The nausea and sickness paired with pregnancy headaches are the devil! I'd wake up with a headache, go to sleep with a headache, there’s a headache that lingers throughout the day and it was just awful. I struggled to find something to soothe the thumping pain, lying down for a while helped but wasn’t always possible with busy working days. I really don’t know how I would’ve coped if I was working in the office. I found that I just had to rest and let it pass, as I was avoiding taking Paracetamol, if not completely required.

I also had my midwife appointment this week. Due to coronavirus, the first half took place over the phone answering questions about your family history and medical health. The second half was at the surgery and included a blood test, urine sample testing and a few other bits and bobs your midwife will go through with you. It’s all a bit boring as it involves paperwork but the appointments will get more exciting, I promise!

Week 9 & 10
I noticed that my eczema began to flare up again. I’ve always had a few patches on my neck area but it got worse and spread down to my chest. Paired with winter, I don’t think the hormones helped at all but I didn’t let it stress me out too much. Luckily with lockdowns and tier 4, no one saw me anyway and it was easily hideable on video calls etc. To treat the dry skin, I used Weleda Skin Food, as it is pregnancy safe and natural.

Speaking of skincare, I stopped all use of retinol as soon as I found out I was pregnant. It’s not recommended for pregnant women, due to the Vitamin A levels. I’d research and make sure your skincare products are all pregnancy-safe.

Week 11 & 12
My 12 week scan appointment was booked in, which was exciting! The Government guidelines changed just before my appointment, which meant that my husband was allowed to come to my 12 week and 20 week scans - hooray! I feel very lucky that he was allowed in.

So according to my dates, I would be 12 weeks when the appointment was booked in, however, I knew from my private scan, I was a week behind. I did mention this to my midwife but they go according to NHS scans so they booked me in anyway.

When I got to my 12 week scan, the sonographer did tell us that the baby was measuring quite small so they asked me to come back the next week. When we did return, they were happy with the measurements and we were able to see the baby wriggling around!

It was a huge relief and was a very special moment. The baby looked like an actual baby in this scan! We also received our due date: 4th July!

The countdown begins…


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