How far along? 15 Weeks
Baby Size: According to “The Bump” baby is the size of an orange.
Weight gain: 3lbs
Maternity clothes? I’m still rocking leggings and huge sweaters. I received a nice maternity long sleeve that I can actually wear now, which is nice. Otherwise, I’m in the in between phase where normal clothes are not comfortable but maternity clothes make me look like a child playing dress up.
Belly Button in or out? Out
Best moment this week: Feeling another flutter!
Miss Anything? Being interested in eating. If someone cooks for me, I can eat. Otherwise, I am mostly snacking and really struggling to put the effort into cooking or thinking ahead for meals.
Movement: I felt a flutter two weeks ago, and again this week. Baby is growing!
Food cravings: I really wanted a tuna fish sandwich yesterday….
Gender: We should find out in about 3 weeks!
Looking forward to: Preparing Nate for his little brother or sister.
I have had a few people message me asking advice for eating well while pregnant, especially in the first trimester. Many of these tips you may have heard already, but it is worth repeating. In the first trimester, I am typically torn between survival (let’s be serious, the first trimester is nothing if not a test of your survival skills) and setting a solid foundation for the rest of my pregnancy. For me personally, between aversions and general nausea, survival wins out. I still try to make solid choices, but if I need to eat mac & cheese three times per week and to survive, then that is what I will do.
A few things that help:
–Get in protein. As difficult as it is, getting some protein at each meal/snack helps keep nausea at bay. Quest bars and protein smoothies helped me, as most meats were questionable throughout the beginning of my pregnancy.
–Eating frequently. I have mentioned before that I go from full to the brim to starving in a matter of minutes. I was told that I should eat when my son eats, and that has helped. I don’t necessarily eat a huge meal every time he eats. I simply snack on something to keep nausea at bay.
–Having food I can pop in the microwave has been helpful. I make an egg casserole most weeks, as well as some oatmeal bake and other food to have on hand. This makes it easier for me when I hit that starvation status in less than 30 seconds. I can just pop something in the microwave.
–Find less processed versions of your favorite processed food. I mostly like to stick to real food when I eat, to ensure lots of nutrients; however, when trying to survive the first trimester, whatever food I can stomach is what I go with. For me, that meant bagels and cereal. I typically eat a gluten free diet but sometimes I think I am crazy and it is unnecessary. In previous pregnancies I have let gluten free fall to the wayside for the first trimester, and it ended up causing a lot more sickness and stomach discomfort. This time, I stuck to gluten free food and have found that I had no stomach discomfort. I am not saying you have to eat gluten free, but be sure that things you stayed away from pre-pregnancy due to sensitivities, you still steer clear.
–Get enough rest. This was quite an issue this time around. When I was pregnant the first time, we had just moved and I was not working much. When I needed to nap, I napped. If I needed to sleep in, I slept in. Obviously with a toddler that is no longer an option, let alone everything that I do daily for my business. I was getting so nauseous at first because I was trying to get up with my son and keep up my normal schedule. We realized that by my husband getting up with my son and bringing him to day care, those extra few hours of sleep were really helpful. It’s tough to nap during the day when you have a little one, so I forced myself to just sit down and rest when he napped. That meant no work, no house cleaning, and no exercising during that time. Our house may be much messier than I would like, but I felt less sick in the afternoon, which meant I could be more present for my son in the afternoon. If you work, try to find 10 minutes in your day to take a break and just sit (even if that means hiding in the bathroom).
–Eat right when you wake up. I was always told to munch on crackers before getting out of bed. That was never my cup of tea, but it does work for a lot of people, so it is worth a try. Instead, I found that even if I did not feel hungry when I woke up, I still needed to have a bite to eat. It sounds simple, but I spent a lot of time learning to listen to my hunger cues, so it is weird to ignore the fact that there is no hunger cue. This coupled with extra sleep helped keep me functioning in the morning.
–Try to get in some exercise. It may feel impossible, but I found that some light exercise always helped boost my energy and keep nausea at bay. Play around though, because what works for one person/pregnancy may not work for the next. With my son I was able to run. I ran slower than I was used to, and stopped more often but it was still energizing for me, where as lifting weights did not feel great. This time, running at some points made me feel like I was going to barf. It was miserable so I stopped completely for two weeks, then for a few weeks after that I only run up to 1 mile 3-4 days per week. This time though, lifting really energized me and made and nausea dissipate for a few hours. Something as simple as going for a walk may be all you need to keep those symptoms at bay for a few hours.
What tips do you have for surviving the first trimester? If this is your first pregnancy and it is rough, just know that it will get better! With my son I was severely exhausted until 16 or so weeks. I had aversions until close to 22 weeks. It was less intense in the second trimester than in the first though.