Goodbye First Trimester!
I have to apologize for not being as consistent with this new project as I had hoped, but as most of you know I got some big news shortly after starting this endeavor so I've been a little distracted.
In late March my husband Ryan and I found out that we are going to be parents! Wether or not a pregnancy is planned or a surprise, I think it's hard not to be in disbelief. Is this real? Am I making this up? Can this little plastic test(or 10 of them!) really tell me something this life changing? But as soon as we saw this little person on the screen in our first ultrasound it was real!
So what now? So many things to plan and prepare for. So many questions on what I can and can't do. At the time I didn't even have a Dr. but I knew I wanted to do an all natural birth and possibly in an nontraditional setting. So we decided to do all my prenatal care and birth at a wonderful birthing center with the help of the best midwives and nurses. The wait between finding out we were expecting and our first appointment seemed like forever! I called them probably way too much to ask all my questions but was frustrated to find, no one really had the answers I wanted. As most of you know I do things as naturally as possible. I don't take drugs unless absolutely necessary, I eat healthy foods and take lots of natural supplements. So as I started to feel sick early on(especially when I got a bad cold on top of the pregnancy sickness!), I reached for my tried and true remedies. I'd never noticed the big warning label on everything in my "medicine" cabinet "WARNING: Ask a Doctor before taking if pregnant or breastfeeding." So many calls to a nurse were made but there are no answers here. No one has thoroughly tested oils and herbs on pregnant women. Even when I grabbed my go to kombucha, which always gives me energy and relieves nausea, I find out it's off limits because....we just don't know! On top of that, the list of approved drugs for pregnancy are things I already try not to take.
So needless to say I spent a few miserable weeks reading lots of books that said lots of scary things and made me want to lock myself in a padded room to keep my baby safe from all the horrors of the world! After a lot of soul searching, researching, and asking other mamas who I respect, I have been able to relax a little bit. I think a huge part of pregnancy and health in general is listing to your body. I knew what I needed when I needed it! At this point is doesn't matter as much because I'm out of the first trimester and feeling much better haha. SO GLAD this period of sickness and confusion is over! But I'm hoping I can continue through this pregnancy staying relaxed and listening to my body.
The first trimester is definitely hard. I wasn't nearly as sick as some of my friends but it's a tough time with lots of emotions and uncertainty. I am so happy to finally be settling in, feeling energized, excited, and focused on the connection I'm building with my little one.