rittenhousenewbee: First, I am not the end all be all of pregnancy information, I can tell you that right now!! However, with that said, at almost 15 weeks with our first, my motto is this:
There is NO normal in pregnancy.
What works for some, may not work for you, and visa versa. And, in my kindest opinion, reading books has not helped me at all. It has stressed me out, so I stopped. I – in many ways – tried to accept the lack of control I have in this process, embraced controlling what I can, and learned to trust my body. Stess and anxiety really take a toll on me personally, so I have to try to remain calm!!
So, here is what helped me 🙂
Nausea: Ginger Ale settled me down. As did, oddly enough, sucky sugary candy: Jolly Ranchers especially. I quickly learned that when I felt nauseas 9 out of 10 times my body needed food at that moment – even if thinking about it made me worse.
Sore boobs: Mine have NOT stopped being sore, so I have learned to wear good bras and accept it 🙁 I plan to ask my doc at my next appointment if being sore for this long is ‘normal’, but at the same time I can attest I am not in pain…just tender and annoyed.
Bloat: Until I had a little bump, it was bloat…every day…getting worse as the day went on. I just wore my looser pants, and jumped into PJs when I got home from work. By the time I went to bed, I swear I looked 6 months pregnant on some days.
Back Ache: I did not have this symptom, but I also kept up (as best as I can) my normal workout routine. I swear it has helped me curb so many symptoms…extreme exhaustion, aches/pains, vomiting, etc. (My personal diagnosis anyways!).
NOT sleeping: I actually did ask my doc this the first appt, because I was concerned that ‘everyone else’ slept thru their first trimester, according to the insight I was told. They would sleep from the time they got home from work til the next morning, and there I was…up EVERY 30 minutes peeing. My doc said some women immediately start not sleeping thru the night, due to bladders, or anxiety, aches, etc. Her RX “Get used to it”. She said I may get a reprieve in my 2nd trimester, but so far, I have NOT! We shall see 🙂
Birthing plan: Do whatever makes you comfortable, and/or sleep at night. There is nothing wrong with havine one now or later, or never at all. I always tell my husband that we bank on not having our child until month 10, but in the real world, we could have it at month 7 or 8 (obviously, we pray for a full term!!). Our nursery will be done by month 6, because I am an over preparer/’what if’ kind of person, BUT if keeps me calm!!!
ONE THING ALL NEW MOM’s CAN AGREE UPON: This is the craziest, life altering, most beautiful, and probably the scariest journey we will ever be on!! You got this!!