First Trimester – Weeks 6-8

Husband and I tried for several months to get pregnant and it finally occurred over the holiday break. I blame the stress of school and only seeing each other once a month… It’s hard to make a baby when you’re never together. Since finding out I was pregnant, I have been really nervous about losing the baby and also concerned about my chances of getting pre-eclampsia again. I want to be able to track this pregnancy, so I figured this would be a good way to do it and share with friends and family… and maybe even get some insight. It sounds so silly… But I have honestly forgotten what it is like to be pregnant. It has been ten years since I was pregnant. My husband keeps reminding me that I have been pregnant before and I shouldn’t be so concerned over every ache and pain… but I can’t help it!

Onto the weekly updates (in present-tense, written real-time each week):

Week 6:

Baby: Size of a maine blueberry / sweet pea

Fitness: 6 runs (more like run/walk….) = 21.89 total miles. I’m focused on trying to keep my heart rate below 155. That means a lot more walking than usual to keep my HR down.

Weight Gain: 7 POUNDS! Although my diet hasn’t really changed, I have gained significant weight. I also stopped taking the hydrochlorothizide, which was prescribed for edema/water retention, so that might have something to do with it. Also, I am not running as hard as usual, so maybe that is contributing as well. I am trying to keep the weight in check and avoid having pre-eclampsia again… But this is where I am at.

Food Cravings: Carbs… All the carbs. Seriously…  all I want to to eat is cereal and pizza.

Food Aversions: Meat… Specifically chicken

Symptoms: Nausea, headaches, backaches and a LOT of cramping. Which, of course, petrifies me.


Week 7:

Baby: Size of a wee raspberry (what the heck is a wee raspberry?)

Fitness:  5 run/walks =19.24 total miles

Weight Gain: 8-10 pounds. Weight has been consistently between 8-10 pounds up, depending on the day.

Food Cravings: Still carbs. I may die of a cereal overdose. Send help!

Food Aversions: No real aversions… Which is good.

Symptoms: Same as week 6.


Week 8:

Baby: Size of a wild strawberry

Fitness: The weather was really bad this week (lots of ice and snow) and my apartment gym has terrible air… so less running this week. I’m waiting impatiently for warmer weather so I can get back outside and run.

4 run/walks = 13.5 total miles

Weight Gain: Still hovering at about 8-10 pounds gained. I’m feeling larger, but my weight has stabilized.

Food Cravings: FRUIT. And cereal … and pizza. And unfortunately, fast food cheeseburgers. Trying to keep my diet relatively healthy, even with the cravings.

Food Aversions: No real aversions. But I do struggle to find foods that sound appetizing.

Symptoms: Same as week 7.


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