My First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms

I never documented my pregnancy with Jasmine and it’s something I really regret. I took the odd bump photo every now and again but that’s all I really have. With this pregnancy almost certainly being my last, I want to make more of an effort to document it – both the good and bad bits. Given my history with miscarriage, I’ve been very reluctant to write anything down about this pregnancy (even privately) in fear of jinxing it. And that’s coming from someone who, ordinarily, is not remotely superstitious.

Now that I’m in my second trimester, I’m feeling a little more positive about this pregnancy and I’m determined not to let my fears takeover what should be a very happy and exciting time for me and my little family.

Up until now I’ve been keeping track of my first trimester pregnancy symptoms using the Ovia Pregnancy app (which is brilliant, by the way) and I thought it was finally time that I document them properly here on my blog.

So far this pregnancy has been very different to my pregnancy with Jasmine (more on that in the minute) and I’ve found that to be quite disconcerting at times. I know that they say “all pregnancies are different” but I never truly believed it.

These were my most dominant symptoms throughout the first trimester:

Tender breasts: 

Sore boobs are a pretty standard premenstrual symptom for me, starting soon after I ovulate right up until my next cycle begins.  Of course, I now know that this time it was in actual fact an early pregnancy symptom but at the time I was preparing myself for the disappointment of another visit from ‘Aunt Flo’. My breasts have continued to feel tender all the way through the first trimester and there’s no signs of that stopping any time soon. It feels like they’ve also doubled in size over the last couple of months too. I currently own one bra that feels remotely comfortable to wear. I think I need to get some maternity bras, stat!

Heightened sense of smell:

This symptom seemed to be a lot more prominent in those first couple of weeks of pregnancy but it was very intense. I felt like I had the world’s most pointless super-power. For example, if I was stood in a queue of people, I was sure I could smell what the person in front of me had for dinner the night before. Totally weird.

Nausea: 

Now this is where my two pregnancies have differed massively. When I was pregnant with Jasmine I was sick several times a day, every day from around 5 weeks right up until 13/14 weeks. I lost a lot of weight as I never felt like eating or if I did, it came straight back up again! This time around, I felt nauseous most days but so long as I ate often, I was OK.  I have been physically sick but only on 4 separate occasions at 6, 8, 9 and 11 weeks. I did notice that each time that I have been sick, it was after a particularly bad night’s sleep.

Bloating:

This tends to come and go a bit but there have been days where I have been so bloated that I’ve been worried about giving the game away. For example, at 7 weeks I looked as pregnant as I did with Jasmine at 20 weeks. There’s a reason I haven’t shared any holiday photos (we were in Lanzarote when I was 7 weeks pregnant) of me in a bikini on my blog or social media. Admittedly, I did eat a lot on holiday too which no doubt would’ve contributed to my paunch! ;)

Frequent urination: 

As soon as I hit 7 weeks I was up at least once a night to go to the toilet. This is a symptom that is still going strong. If I’m not having a wee… I’m probably thinking about having a wee.

Exhaustion/Fatigue: 

I know I was tired a lot when I was pregnant with Jasmine. But I don’t remember being this tired. It probably has something to do with the fact that whilst I’m growing a whole new human, I’m also busy looking after another little person too! The exhaustion has been unrelenting and some days I’d wake up feeling more tired than I did before I went to sleep the night before. Fortunately, having a toddler who still naps in the afternoon has meant that on the really tiring days, I could hop into bed for an hour or so too.  I did often end up feeling mega groggy after my siesta though – I couldn’t really win either way.

Shortness of breath:

This is another new-to-me first trimester symptom. I seemed to be constantly out of puff! The simple acts of singing or reading a story out loud to Jasmine was a challenge. That was all it took to make me feel like I was going to pass out. Don’t get me started on walking up a hill or running up the stairs! I’m out of breath just thinking about it! I had been going to cardio kickboxing classes leading up to and at the beginning of my pregnancy so was in fairly good shape, health wise. I certainly don’t feel like it, though.

Headaches: 

Towards the end of the first trimester, around 10 weeks or so, I started developing quite severe headaches most days. I had been making a conscious effort stay well hydrated throughout the day, as I’m often guilty of not drinking enough. However, it didn’t seem to make much of a difference and by the afternoon I would have throbbing headache. I wanted to avoid taking medication but I did end up taking paracetamol on a few occasions, not that they made any difference at all!

Lower backache: 

This has probably been one of the more unpleasant symptoms I’ve had so far because the lower back pain I’ve experienced has been immense. Getting up from a chair or bending over to pick something up has had me screaming out in agony at times. I think it’s all down to the hormone ‘Relaxin’ which loosens things up in order for your body to grow and birth a baby. Scooping my toddler out of her cot every morning probably doesn’t help either!

What were your main first trimester symptoms?

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  1. Avatar May 26, 2016 / 11:45 am

    I’m so happy for you Jenna and I think it’s lovely to record everything with the pregnancy, I did it with the twins and it’s lovely to go back and read it all. One of my good friends is pregnant and I remember her reeling off al l he things that felt awful in the first trimester, she was shocked how tired she was but I said you’ll feel great in a few weeks and she did! I was so, so tired when I was pregnant second time round but I do think it is because you are on the go all day with another one to look after, I used to go to bed once Lucas was in bed! Hope every continues to go well and you start to feel a little more energetic soon :) xx

    • Jenna May 26, 2016 / 3:15 pm

      Thanks so much, Hayley.

      Ah yes, I was actually reading your twin pregnancy updates recently when I was on your blog. I think you forget (suppress?!) a lot of stuff from pregnancy. I know I struggle to remember a lot of stuff from first time around and it was only 3 years ago! I have been feeling less tired this week (I’m 14 weeks) so I’m hoping that my energy levels are going in the right direction! xx

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