Every pregnancy is different, even for the same person. The pregnancy symptoms you may experience in your first trimester can defer from mine.
Nonetheless, congratulations on your pregnancy (or in advance for your pregnancy to-be)!
As you can tell from the title of this blog, I am pregnant with baby #2. Yay! I’m writing this post during the first few weeks of my 2nd trimester so the 1st trimester still seem fresh in my mind.
Adding another person to your family is a really exciting but overwhelming at the same time. Don’t worry, you’ve got this!
Be sure to surround yourself with people who can support you, whether this is your 1st or 4th child.
In this blog post, I’ll share with you my first trimester symptoms and how it defers from my first baby.
Please know that this is just my experience and I do not have any medical expertise. Always check with your Healthcare provider if you need.
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Here are my first trimester symptoms for my second baby:
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Nausea is a very popular first trimester pregnancy symptom and the gagging or throwing up might come along with it.
However, I only had nausea for this 2nd pregnancy and not my first.
I didn’t feel sick all the time (thank God!) but it would be random throughout the day and especially at night time.
For me, this symptom came about halfway through the first trimester and lasted until the first week of the second trimester.
I found that eating smaller meals and trying to breathe through moments when I feel nauseous helps. Also, my husband was really understanding to watch our toddler whenever I feel nauseous.
If you’re really nauseous, you can ask your OB or midwife on what you can do to lessen it.
Being a parent to a toddler is exhausting, especially working from home during a pandemic. We decided to keep her home with us for health reasons so it can be a challenge.
Adding to that, being pregnant can feel extra tiring during this time for me.
During my first trimester, around the second month, I started to feel not motivated at all and tired all the time.
I would fall asleep while putting my toddler down for her naps and bedtime. M (my hubby) had to wake me up sometimes to go to bed.
If you have this exhaustion symptom in your first trimester, just rest while you are able to.
3. Aches and Body Discomfort
Our bodies are changing during pregnancy. The shift might be subtle or very noticeable.
I’ve heard and read that it’s more apparent during the 2nd pregnancy because your body has gone through this before.
I started feeling back pain, aches here and there around my body, and trying to figure out the most comfortable position to sleep in.
It wasn’t terrible that my body couldn’t handle the discomfort but it was a new symptom that I didn’t really notice my last pregnancy.
A body pillow can be your friend if you’re experiencing discomfort and aches while you sleep.
4. Tender Breasts
Having tender breasts is another popular first trimester symptom.
Again, I only have this symptom during this pregnancy.
They are quite sensitive to the touch. Even when my toddler leans back on my chest, it can feel uncomfortable.
This symptom has not gone away in the second trimester for me.
5. Shortness of breath
This pregnancy symptom was a little odd for me. I thought that usually it would make sense for pregnant women who are later in their pregnancies to be out of breath because the baby is big and pushing against the insides.
However, I’m not a medical professional so I cannot explain this one.
I would just be walking and need to slow down to take a few deep breathes.
This first trimester pregnancy symptom wasn’t frequent but noticeable when it did happen.
6. More frequent washroom breaks
I started to use the washroom a little more than prior to pregnancy. It was not that I was drinking more water but the urge to go was more frequent.
During my first pregnancy, I did not notice that I needed to go to the washroom more than usual like this pregnancy.
However, one thing that was brought to my attention by my midwife was that if there’s a burning sensation, you should really get that checked out. Again, I’m not a medical professional but anything that feels abnormal or odd to you, you should say something.
7. Tightness in stomach
Maybe it’s because it’s my second pregnancy that I am more sensitive or that this pregnancy is truly different from my first, I could feel tightness in my stomach.
It’s just a bit of random tension and release.
I definitely felt it more so when I carried my toddler around. This started at 4 weeks for me. It was an odd feeling which led me to think that maybe I am pregnant.
Last but not least, the wonderful symptom of heartburn.
I’m sure there are many reasons for heartburn, but for me, it seems to stem from fatty foods. Whenever I eat my usual portion of food or food like fried chicken, I would feel heartburn and also the need to gag.
It was not fun.
Another thing that I noticed is that I would be really hungry, but I couldn’t eat too much as I do not digest as the same rate as before pregnancy.
The advice I was given was to take in smaller but more frequent meals.
It took awhile to get used to that, but when the second trimester came, I could eat the same amount again but I also need to eat more often.
These are my 8 first trimester pregnancy symptoms. Hope that you are taking care of yourself during this journey and congratulations again!
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