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My pregnancy symptoms during my last pregnancy left me worried and confused – another thing people don’t really tell you about. Or rather, they’d tell you, but they’d never truly ‘describe’ it. So when it happens, you’re convinced it cannot possibly be what they spoke about, but something far worse.

In conclusion, the first trimester (the first time around!) was simply uncomfortable, and I was a mess.

I felt guilty for not feeling all the joy and the happiness, only sadness and fatigue.
Nothing and no-one can really prepare you for the First Trimester… apart from actually going through the first trimester.

So with that in mind, I’m hoping and praying that the second time around won’t be as much of a surprise, that it won’t feel 18 months long, that I’ll see sunshine and feel the joy and excitement I know are my true feelings about the pregnancy and being blessed to carry another life.

Watch my Early Pregnancy Update Week 0-5 YouTube Video
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I really struggled in the first trimester during my first pregnancy.
I felt awful, and the hardest part was that I felt like I SHOULD feel great.
I think the main thing was that I never really knew what to expect, but even if someone had told me these things, preparing for the first trimester would (in my opinion!) be a hard thing to accomplish.

The good news is:
– Every pregnancy is different. So don’t fret yet. If you haven’t heard this saying already, you definitely will from now on. Whether that is from googling a new symptom, or talking to a close family or friend about what you’re experiencing.
– The first trimester is usually the most difficult for a lot of women (and their partners!), whether it’s actually That Bad, or not. Therefor, there’s usually some sunshine ahead.

Like I said above, in my first pregnancy I felt this thing closely resembling pressure to feel really happy. I was happy, don’t get me wrong, but with some new raging hormones I ‘seemed’ less happy about the circumstance I found myself in, and I guess other people could sense this.

I also felt sad a lot. And I mean, a lot. Not about anything in particular and most of the time I couldn’t explain it, other than the obvious ‘hormones’.

But the two main pregnancy symptoms that really affected me in the first trimester were:

1.) Fatigue. I had never before or since experienced pure and utter fatigue like this. And in my case, it lasted for the majority of my first trimester.
From around Week 6, to dare I say, Week 14-15, I was beyond exhausted. I could sleep for 14 hours, get up and still be so tired.
I often found I was too tired to cook, which Max’s dad would help me with – but then I was too tired to eat. I either couldn’t make it out of bed, or I’d have but a few bites of my food, and had to return to bed.
At the weekends I’d be too tired to do anything and it was frustrating for me, as well as those around me.
If you’re experiencing this; apart from the regular pregnancy havoc your body is experiencing, speak to your healthcare provider about it – I had an iron deficiency to boot, even after eating lots of leafy greens and supplementing with multivitamins especially formulated for pregnancy.

2.) Nausea. This one is tricky and you’ll hear one old wives tale after the other. ‘Morning sickness is worse with girls’ (it was in my case – I had a boy!). My ‘morning sickness’, really wasn’t that bad. I was probably physically clinging to the toilet bowl and hurling my insides out about six-eight times in my whole first trimester BUT the nausea and not actually being physically sick, was almost daily.
To the point where I’d find myself praying I’d be sick, just to get rid of the queezy feeling.

The best way to describe how the first trimester and how my pregnancy symptoms felt to me (the first time around) is without hesitation ‘being jet lagged, whilst also being very hungover (head-sinking-into-the-pillow-hungover)… for three months straight’.

I can also recall the strange body ached, especially the sharp stabbing pains in my stomach. For a first time pregnancy, this can be very worrying. It’s not the baby, but round ligament pain. It’s your ligaments stretching, but these can also appear sooner the second time around.
My pregnancy symptoms during my last pregnancy left me worried and confused – another thing people don’t really tell you about. Or rather, they’d tell you, but they’d never truly ‘describe’ it. So when it happens, you’re convinced it cannot possibly be what they spoke about, but something far worse.

In conclusion, the first trimester (the first time around!) was simply uncomfortable, and I was a mess. I felt guilty for not feeling all the joy and the happiness, but sadness and fatigue.
Nothing and no-one can really prepare you for the First Trimester… apart from actually going through the first trimester.

So with that in mind, I’m hoping and praying that the second time around won’t be as much of a surprise, that it won’t feel 18 months long, that I’ll see sunshine and feel the joy and excitement I know are my true feelings about the pregnancy and being blessed to carry another life.

CURRENT SYMPTOMS (TMI WARNING!!)

But considering I’m writing this from today’s 4 weeks + 6 days perspective (having got a strong positive 4 days ago), I am still dreading my memory from my last experience quite precisely in one week’s time.

Perhaps someone could enlighten me though, the first time around I had a positive at 5.5 weeks, and it was exceptionally faint. Like a real squinter. This time, it was darker than the control line a week prior.
I cannot say what this means until I have experienced more of this second pregnancy, but I am definitely curious if this means higher HcG levels ‘earlier’, and if that also has an affect on how soon my symptoms start.

I have had some symptoms already, standard but very obvious.
Standard in the sense that I have had 1.) Severe bloating (I have not seen my relatively-flat stomach for around 12 days.
I always get bloated to-and-from for the five days before my period, but this time, it is constant and have not gone down once.
To the point where I WOULD think this is the current size of my bump, if I didn’t know it’s too early (even for a second pregnancy!), and the fact that I was decisively showing at 6 weeks with my first.
2.) Constipation. Not the most glamorous part of pregnancy, but very realistic. I have had some number 2 struggles pretty much daily for 10 days also.

And as we’re on the less glamorous symptom, I want to note that my CM (cervical mucus/vaginal discharge) is in fact abundant. I know from experience that this is a widely asked question what CM looks like before period and just before a positive pregnancy test, and I will not help the matter that (in my case) they were so similar I could not have guessed I’m pregnant from my CM.

In fact, I would have thought my period was about to arrive (alongside my bloating and cramps). The colour was mily-white (will look pale yellow against toiler paper), and in the few days before my period was due it was thicker, like school glue, but from around the day my period should have arrived until today, 6 days later, it has thinned out in consistency and become more abundant. Colour is still milky-white, and if you’re symptom spotting before your period, wait a few days. I’m talking abundant for days. TMI, but save yourself potential heartache. I understand how hard it can be.

If you’ve managed to read this far, I’d love to find out who you are, if you’re going through similar experiences or have different pregnancy symptoms, if you’re preparing for the future, if you have your own words of wisdom or if you’re here to show some moral support.

Please say hello in the comments below!

Stay positive. Good things are coming.

Love,

Jamie, xo.

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