I am combining Weeks 1-5 into a single section for one major reason... I had no clue I was pregnant! As a result I didn't really pay any attention to any symptoms. Anything I did have I probably passed off as something else entirely, so it's difficult for me to identify what was pregnancy related and what isn't. But I do have a few things I know are directly related, so I thought I'd share those.
Symptoms: Only one that I am aware of. Nausea which started right around the start of week 5. Both my husband and I were sick with the flu. As in, the actually flu, not what most people refer to as "stomach flu". We had coughing, fluid in our lungs, sore throats, fevers, etc. All of our symptoms were exactly the same with the exception of one: I was nauseous. I even had my mother-in-law pick up some Ginger Ale when she went to the store thinking that would help. Still, I attributed this to being sick. I never did throw up, I'd just gag and feel gross for most of the morning.
How I'm Feeling: I was feeling horrible, obviously. I had the flu! It was kind of horrible. Luckily, we didn't have much by way of over-the-counter medications at the house so I was mostly just trying to sleep and eat right.
Appointments, News, and Updates: I didn't have any at this point. Again, I didn't know!
At this point, I knew I was pregnant. I was becoming more aware that the nausea I experienced in the previous week was in fact morning sickness, and I started noticing other things I'd otherwise ignored. So I don't know if any of these symptoms are new in week 6 or not, but it's when I noticed them!
Symptoms: Nausea, gas, bloating, and sleepiness. It would start first thing in the morning. I had to eat right away in order to not feel sick. I was also trying to swallow down these huge prenatal horse pills that I was having big issues with. I did eventually switch to chewables and gummies (post on that later!) and it helped with that a lot. I threw up twice this week- once after eating breakfast and once when trying to swallow the pills. Total I have only vomited three times this entire pregnancy, otherwise I just have random dry heaving fits that would last about 5 minutes at this stage. It was horrible, but I guess throwing up would be worse. I was also super gassy and very bloated a lot. I'm not usually a gassy person so this was definitely pregnancy related. Along with the gas came some really fun bloating, which I'm not a fan of at all! It can get very uncomfortable. I was a bit more tired than normal, but for the most part I was also still recovering from the flu.
How I'm Feeling: Still horrible since I had the flu still and was now dealing with the knowledge of being pregnant and paying attention for symptoms. Really, this is one of the worst weeks of the first trimester because of that combination.
Appointments, News, and Updates: I had my first appointment during this week. My weeks change on Wednesday and my first appointment was that Wednesday, the first day of week 6. I went in, did the pee test at the Women's Center on campus to confirm that my expired tests weren't all crazy. I then discussed options with the volunteer there and received some literature to read up on. Since my insurance doesn't cover maternity care she referred me to some programs in the state that could help me out so I started working on getting on those. Then I scheduled my ultrasound for the next Thursday to date and get my pregnancy confirmation for these programs. I also made the decision to not tell my parents until Christmas Day since I wanted to tell them in person. Instead, I told my best friend as well as my Speech and Debate team. A girl on my team is the only person I know in the area who had a baby recently and I wanted to get her referral for an OB or midwife so I told her and another girl on the team. Then the rest of my team figured out when I started dry heaving and rather than be concerned for me, the girls started laughing with me about it. It didn't take long. All were sworn to secrecy, especially on Facebook, and I'm proud to say they were all wonderful about it! No one in my family knew until the announcement was made.
Coming up, Weeks 7 and 8. AKA the Horrible Weeks.