My Impressions of the First Trimester

My Impressions of the First Trimester

My doctor warned me that my first trimester would probably be difficult.

I didn’t really fully comprehend what that would mean.

Most of the students that I encounter at the Prenatal Yoga Center are in their second or third trimester. We do have the occasional first trimester student that comes earlier, but it is rare. And of course, I know that there is a degree of fatigue and nausea that accompanies the first trimester. But, WOW! My experience of this time in my life is not what I expected. That said, I understand that we all experience pregnancy, labor, birth, motherhood differently. While there are common denominators, we will never all feel the same thing. This blog entry is a reflection of what I have been experiencing for the past several weeks.

As I write this, I am 9 weeks along. This particular time on most Tuesday afternoons, I am heading to spin class. I actually got off the couch, after accidentally falling asleep, got dressed for the class and then looked in the mirror and asked myself- “What are you doing?? You can barely keep your eyes open and you want to go to spin class?!” So I surrendered to the fact, that my “pre-pregnancy” routine has to change. For a gal, who has managed her own schedule for most of her adult life, this was a big pill to swallow. I have always been a big exerciser and yoga practitioner. While, I still get to class (and already I am modifying my practice), my home practice has been embracing restorative yoga poses. I just simply do not have the energy for a vigorous practice. Again- surrender!

I have also modified my normal diet. Bye bye sushi and red wine! My normal healthy eating has gone out the window. For example, for the past several years my typical breakfast was eggs, veggies and toast. I can’t even look at the vegetable without slightly gagging. I have come to love and crave cheese and yogurt while most other proteins turn my stomach. My dear husband has been so understanding about my fickle appetite, and has not taken offense when I decide to have toast and clementines for dinner after he has prepared something already. It does make me slightly sad that carbs have become such a good, close friend and vegetables and healthy proteins are not invited to my dinner party.

And we can’t forget that fun topic of nausea. I do consider myself lucky that I have not been throwing up. But, OY!, the constant low grade nausea is not too fun.

So there we are. Probably pretty typical. What I have learned is to embrace that these changes are just the beginning of life as a mother. It is no longer all about me, my timetable or even at this point, my body. For years I have been inviting students to find their “inner teacher.” That voice which already knows how to guide us and will lead us in the right direction. Sometimes that teacher can push us when we are scared or lazy, other times it can remind us to take it easy and not be so hard on ourselves. Could I have gone to the spin class today and been ok? Yes, probably. I am pretty sure that I would have just been all that more exhausted later. I believe my inner teacher made the right call. It is my “outer critic” that is now learning to surrender and keep quiet. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes! 🙂

13 Comments
  • Liz fraser
    Posted at 13:00h, 20 December

    I love love love that you are pregnant!!!!! Yay for Deb!!!!!

  • Julie Baron
    Posted at 14:39h, 20 December

    Congratulations, Deb!!!! What wonderful news. Give in to the calcium cravings – it’ll make for a happy dairy consumer later in life. I swear, Sully can literally eat his weight in yogurt 🙂 Hooray for Deb and her 9 week old peanut!

  • Jen
    Posted at 05:51h, 21 December

    yay, congrats!! i totally had a feeling….

  • Inger Karlsson
    Posted at 07:38h, 21 December

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful news, and congratulations!

  • Alex
    Posted at 15:12h, 21 December

    Congrats! I am super excited and happy for you. Enjoy your pregnancy.

  • Clarissa
    Posted at 14:06h, 23 December

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you.

  • Debra Flashenberg
    Posted at 13:42h, 27 December

    Thank you so much for all the well wishes!!! The blog was written about 3 weeks ago, so now I am 12 1/2 weeks along and starting to feel much better!! 🙂

  • Becca O'Dunne
    Posted at 20:09h, 30 December

    Hooray!!! This is SO exciting!!! Congrats, Deb! So happy for you!

  • Kerry
    Posted at 10:43h, 01 January

    Just read this. Congratulations!!! What wonderful news. I can relate to so much in this post, especially not being able to eat dinners my husband (or I) cooked. Glad you’re feeling better!

  • Frances
    Posted at 13:38h, 01 January

    Hooray! So happy you are pregnant! I found going for a walk really helped my nausea during first trimester. not so easy in winter, I know, but Anything to get ur attention away from queasiness is good. Love, frances

  • Susie Eilenberg
    Posted at 10:50h, 02 January

    Congratulations, Deb! I was thrilled when I read the news. I hope that you enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!

  • Jennifer Trujillo
    Posted at 13:06h, 06 January

    Congratulations Deb! I am happy you are feeling better 🙂

  • Jenny
    Posted at 16:25h, 20 January

    Hey Deb!
    Totally relate. My first trimester woes were largely related to the cold turkey coffee withdrawal, coupled with that lovely low grade nausea. For some reason I acquired a deep and abiding love affair with hummus; it was the only thing that cut the nausea. I ate it almost exclusively, around the clock!

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