First Trimester Update

April 10th, 2013 :: 6 comments


The last few months have been quite an eye opener when it comes to my thoughts on pregnancy. It’s definitely not like the movies. There are lots of great milestones though, such as hearing a heartbeat for the first time and seeing sonogram pictures of the little one using your bladder as a bouncy house. Those milestones make everything seem worth it, even at the worst of times, and there were a lot of not-so-fun moments in my first trimester.

Last week, which was my 16th week, was a turning point for me. Dustin and I tried every home remedy for nausea that was recommended to us. Through trial an error, we found a few things that gave me some comfort, but I was still having a lot of trouble. I really wanted to be free of chemicals and over the counter drugs for at least the first trimester, but after losing five pounds by the start of my second trimester, the doctor recommended an anti-nausea drug. We of course did our research to convince ourselves of its safety and ultimately agreed that it was time to give it a try. The first two days on the medication I gained five pounds, got a lot of energy back, and started to feel more like myself. I usually try to be as natural as possible, but sometimes modern medicine just kicks ass.

Now that I am back to myself again, I can begin all the fun baby planning. I’ve started a registry on while simultaneously researching what half of the products on the site do in the first place. And, of course, I’ve been reading all the baby books that seem to contradict each other. Although my first trimester wasn’t what I would call fun, it was of course worth it and I’d do it again.


A week before we found out I was pregnant, I had horrible congestion and nose bleeds. After doing a little research online I found out that 30% of women get this symptom from higher amounts of estrogen, which then causes swelling and more mucous (lovely). I was a little scared to try this, but it doesn’t hurt if you get the salt concentration right. Just feels a little odd. It really does help. I boiled the water first to kill germs and kept the pot as sterile as possible.

Before I was pregnant, I liked my water room temperature. Now anything less than ice cold water curdles my stomach. These modern glass bottles are cute and fit in most medium sized purses. I also like that it’s not plastic. Pregnancy teaches you to think of everything.

Periodically, I craved something bubbly and San Pellegrino sparkling water did the trick. It was also nice that it made me burp, which got rid of some not so needed gas.

When horizonal is the only angle that doesn’t make you feel like tossing your cookies, you tend to have a lot of time on your hands. Netflix was my lifeline. Dustin and I completely nerded out on the entire series run of Battlestar Galactica.

This is a nice app that gives you so much useful information. Week by week it tells you how your baby is developing and gives picture and size references. It also talks about doctor visits and helps you organize. Some weeks I would cheat and look ahead to the next week. It was like looking into a crystal ball!

One of my worst fears was throwing up in public. It made me feel better that the icon on the front of the bag was a pregnant lady, so hopefully the people around me would be more understanding if I had to use it. Luckily, I didn’t throw up in public since Dustin was nice enough to drive me to and from work everyday. I did use the bags at home and in the car though. They did the job.

Depending on the day, prenatal pills were not always easy for my stomach to handle. Those days, I opted to just take Folic Acid and DHA (which is omega-3, nix the fish oil).

Cold things like popsicles or icees were the only thing I can say I really craved during my first trimester. They hydrated me, put me in a good mood, and didn’t make me feel sick.

My skin and lips became very dry after I became pregnant. After searching through a lot of natural creams and oils, I found Mother’s Blend at Whole Foods. Every other oil I tried had a really strong scent that irritated my newly sensitive nose or just took forever to absorb. This toning oil works great. Burt’s Bees chapstick always works well too. Now I just use it more often.

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§ 6 Responses to First Trimester Update"

  • Megan Louderman says:

    Awwww I really love these pictures!!! So beautiful! I finally get to see a preggers Joann!

    • Joann says:

      I looked completely different last week. Had a green hue to me, I’m sure. This week I feel like a new person and I’m so happy! Dustin has been taking pictures for a movie he is putting together.

  • Constance says:

    I am so so excited for you!!! You look great! I can’t wait to see the little one!!!

    • Joann says:

      Thank you. I’m excited to see the little on too. Dustin and I are so different in appearance, there is no way to guess on hair color, eye color or skin tone. It will be a surprise.

  • Candice says:

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! I remember the first three months of my own pregnancy and how just getting out of bed was a struggle. But it is all worth it in the end when you’re holding that little one in your arms finally and see them smile and look at you for the first time. All the best on the rest of the pregnancy!

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