Hey Y’all! I have decided to group weeks 1-5 of the first trimester together well because, many of us are unaware we are pregnant until about week 5… if not even later in the pregnancy. The reasoning behind this is that during weeks 1 and 2 we actually aren’t pregnant at all. I know, very confusing. Let me break it down for you.
Week 2: Ovulation Week!
- This is when the sperm will meet your egg.
- No pregnancy symptoms will appear until further down the road
- Until your missed period you will not be aware that this is week 2 of your pregnancy.
Week 3: I call this the BYE week. Like in sports, this is a week that provides us with no signs of winning aka getting a positive result.
- The waiting game. For many this is a very anxious period in our lives – patiently waiting for our missed period so we can test!
- Don’t waste your pregnancy tests this week. By now your body is pushing your fertilized egg through the fallopian tube and there are no high levels of HCG (what we need to get a positive reading on your at home pregnancy test). So even if you are pregnant, it won’t show up on the AHT, otherwise known as the At Home Test.
Week 4: Your missed period
- Not many women find out this early, but if you are anything like me and the first day of your missed period you excitedly took a pregnancy test then you will get the results. Congrats mama, you are pregnant!
- By now your baby is known as a blastocyst. The teeniest little ball of cells only able to see with a microscope.
- Your baby has begun developing its neural tube- this is the start of his/her spine, brain, and backbone. How cool, right?!
And Week 5: PreMenstrual Symptoms, but no period. Yep you are preggos.
- During week 5 is when it becomes more common to find out you are pregnant. Your body may begin showing you signs of changes, similar to that of your normal period.
- Nausea, fatigue, sore breasts, mood swings, and even heightened sense of smell. For every woman it is different. Some women are able to make it through the entire first trimester without experiencing many of the dreaded symptoms mentioned above. I on the other hand, had them all, very early on and they were very predominant. Which will bring me to my topic below.
Getting Through The First 5 weeks
Not everyone experiences pregnancy symptoms this early on, but there are those that begin feeling it as soon as week 4. As soon as week 5 hit, so did the symptoms and boy did they hit hard! As many of you already know, I am very active and eat healthy. Week 5 hit me like a brick wall – I had such low energy levels it was miserable and my food choices did a 180. All I wanted to do was Netflix, nap, and eat (junk food). My husband knew right away I was pregnant. He said he had never seen me sit still for so long. haha You’ll understand if you follow me on social media. If you don’t go follow! @ kara.duenas
I knew right away that I was not going to let this pregnancy turn me into a junk food loving, lazy bum. At the end of week 5 I found myself some life savers!
- Ginger: Oh lord in heaven, Ginger was my saving glory. When the nausea set in (every day, all day long just about). I made myself a cup of fresh ginger tea. Sipping on this settled my stomach enough to allow me to eat.
- Resistance Bands: Working out during the first trimester can get tricky. You do not want to over-work your body because it can possibly lead to miscarriage so physical fitness is best kept to a minimum at this stage. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT IMPLEMENTING ANY FITNESS INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. I went from being an extremely active person to doing absolutely nothing so I was going a bit crazy. While watching tv I would do low intensity resistance band workout – only focussing on the arms and legs. This kept the blood flowing.
- Walks: Every day I would take the dogs for walks, not two times a day like normal, but 3 and sometimes 4 times. They don’t have to be long, brisk walks it is just highly encouraged to get your steps in each day. Keep that blood pumping, but remember to not overwork yourself! Fresh air helped with the nausea as well. Win-win!
- Water: Drink lots of water, much more than normal mamas! You are producing extra blood by now and need to supply both you and the baby so increase that water intake. This will also help with reducing cramps, acne, keeping you hydrated after the possible throwing up, increased energy levels (oh girl you will need all the energy boosting magic during the first trimester), and more!
Top Apps to track your pregnancy
I am one of those people who lives on their phone. Yep, guilty as charged! Pre-pregnancy I used an app on my phone to track my periods, then once we decided to try for a kiddo I switched over to a fertility tracker, now I use a pregnancy app… two actually! One to track any symptoms and pregnancy related information for my doctor and another for insight on pregnancy.
Nurture is the pregnancy addition of Glow. Every heard of it? It is one of the most downloaded menstrual tracking apps for both Android and Iphone. Nurture on the other hand is for the next phase of your journey aka pregnancy. I love this app because I can log my symptoms, medications, exercise, water intake, moods, and more. This is all super beneficial because once you arrive at your doctor appointment it is amazing how every question and information you thought you knew just leaves your brain. haha As a first time momma-to-be I have endless questions for the doc so I like to reference those days I might have had a concern.
- The Bump
What a WONDERFUL app! This one gets me super excited every week. I get an update with the size of Baby C (that is his/her name through this pregnancy so get familiar with it lol), several important facts about what changes your body is going through, and what changes are being made to your little bundle of joy. Why does the Bump sound familiar? They are a website loaded with information about your pregnancy, definitely go give it a look.
Some of My Favorite First Trimester Products
Thanks for following along with my newest and MOST exciting adventure! All you mamas and mamas-to-be out there, leave me a comment with your tip(s) on surviving the first trimester.