First Trimester {Weeks 11-13}

When I first found out I was pregnant, I just wanted to tell EVERYONE!  It was way too much for me to handle silently, so I blogged about my experiences and kept them as drafts to post after it was safe to share the news!  So, here’s a short trip down memory lane about my first trimester experiences.  This post wraps up the first trimester so my updates going forward will be in real time!

Week 11

True to form with the rest of the summer, no time to slow down!  This weekend, I drove up to NJ to attend Jen’s Bridal shower in North Jersey.  Driving 4 hours up and back in one day was too much for me, so I chose to stay at my Aunt’s house in South Jersey for the night to break up the drive home in half. I got to share the news with her and my cousins who were also there (it was my cousin’s son’s 3rd birthday party that day!) The fun part is that my due date is my Aunt’s birthday so maybe the baby will actually arrive on that day.

The next morning, my Aunt and my cousin and I lingered over tea until about 11am which was just what this busy mama wanted.  It’s so nice to have family that you love spending time with!

This week, I feel like I’m starting to see the light!  For the first time I can remember, I didn’t come straight home from work and crash on to the couch today.  Granted, I’m sitting here at the computer which isn’t much physical activity, but I don’t feel like all I want to do is curl up in a ball and go to sleep (which is definitely how I’ve been feeling over the last few weeks).  Plus, the nausea has largely subsided – I even felt hunger today for the first time in a while.  (Any other time I got hungry, it turned into nausea instead of hunger feelings).  Hopefully that means good things are ahead in the 2nd trimester.  I even ate vegetables today!

We have our next sonogram during week 12, so I’m not-so-patiently waiting for that day to come.  We’ve told a lot of family already, but we’ll do a big official announcement at some point after we know the sonogram goes well.

Tuesday – Taught 45 min RPM
Friday – Taught 60 min RPM

What else
I poked around internet looking for some fun maternity workout shirts (CrossFit or Spinning) and let me tell you, there’s some really ridiculous/horrendous maternity and infant wear out there on the internet.

Knocked up by John (I assume you can customize it to your baby’s father’s name)

Knocked Up Maternity Tank Misses Relaxed Fit Basic Gildan Softstyle Tank Top

I tore mommy a new one

I Tore Mommy A New One Infant Rabbit Skins Lap Shoulder Creeper

Fetus by Cletus

Fetus By Cletus Maternity LA T Cotton Tee

Seriously?  Horrid.

Week 12

I gave up on finding cute workout stuff on the internet and just went ahead to the mall to buy some maternity clothes.  I tried to make do with one size up regular clothes but they were getting too tight and were very uncomfortable. I ended up with 4 pairs of work pants and 2 pairs of jeans which I really need for them to last the next 6 months. My rationale for 4 pairs of work pants and 2 pairs of jeans is that I will only have to do laundry once a week.  I got a few tops as well, but a lot of my pre-pregnancy tops still fit fine.  I know that will change but I’ll worry about that later on.

I managed 3 workouts this week!  I feel like that’s a modern day record.  It’s that time of year when a lot of people are out of town for summer vacations, so I picked up a few sub opportunities.  I don’t like to teach that much because I have vocal chord nodules which get irritated, but once in a while is OK.    Since I’m feeling better, I hope to go back to CrossFit soon!
Wednesday – Taught 45 min RPM
Thursday – Taught 45 min RPM
Friday – Taught 60 min RPM

THE SONOGRAM!!  We had a 12 week appointment this week and I was over the moon to be able to see our little peanut again! The first sonogram I had a 6 weeks, the baby was just a little tiny gray blob with a flickering heart.  This one, you could see everything!  Heartbeat, arms and legs moving, lobes of the brain, and fingers.  It was amazing!  I could have sat there forever watching the screen.

We opted to do some of the genetic testing, so this sonogram was related to the UltraScreen which consists of both a sonogram to do various measurements and blood work.  The results came back and the doctor said everything looked normal and we were good to go to share the news with a wider audience.

12 week sono

I could look at this picture all day.

Week 13

More wedding fun!! This weekend, I hosted the girls in Baltimore for Jen’s Bachelorette party.  I spent the first half of the summer planning this event, so I was SO EXCITED when the weekend finally arrived!

A smaller group of us went to a spa first for a day of pampering (I did a massage and a shampoo/blow-dry which was FANTASTIC) and in the evening, we met up at Jen’s house where the bus picked us up for an evening of dinner, drinks and dancing in downtown Baltimore. Jen and I first met about 10 years ago a when we belonged to the same gym in Cockeysville and she used to take my step classes.  A lot has changed since then but we’ve been great friends ever since!  She was in my wedding in 2012 and I’m so happy to be there for her in her wedding later this month.



We had dinner at Fleet Street Kitchen in Harbor East, followed by drinks and dancing at Howl at the Moon at Power Plant (<—throwback to my college days!) and then later at Ouzo Bay and Gordon Biersch.  Ouzo Bay was much too crowded so we didn’t stay there very long since there wasn’t enough room for us to be comfortable as a large group.





All in all, I think everyone had a great time – It probably worked out best that I wasn’t drinking so I could keep tabs on everyone and make sure everyone made it back to the bus to get us back home safely.  (Practicing my Mama Bear skills.)

We had a sleepover at Jen’s house and I brought bagels for everyone in the morning.  It was a fun, fun, fun weekend!

Monday – 75 minute Open Flow yoga
Friday – Taught 60 min RPM

Not nearly as tired and queasiness has really let up, for this I am very grateful!  I do still get really worn out by the end of the week, but as long as I take it really easy on either Saturday or Sunday, I’ll usually catch up on sleep. Also grateful that other symptoms like constipation have seemed to pass me by.

Thai Basil Coconut Soup.  I’m batty for this soup and still get it 2-3 times a week for lunch.  It’s just spicy enough, just creamy enough and has vegetables and protein.  Win-win!

What else
I joined a new Yoga Studio this week!  I was going to Spark Yoga in Clarendon, which I loved (try the Candelight Yoga on Monday nights with Sam- Awesome flow!) but Spark specializes in hot yoga which is off limits for this mama-to-be.  So I switched to a new studio which has normal temperature yoga and so far so good! My first class was just Open flow which was a wonderful medium-intensity Vinyasa.  The best part was that there were 2 instructors and while one instructor explained the poses and the alignments, the other instructor came around and did corrections and alignment tweaks.  She came around to me during pigeon and gently rubbed my shoulders and my spine and oh it felt so good!  There’s something about that massage+yoga combination.  I was a huge fan! (Clearly I’ll take massage pretty much in any form.)

So, that catches us up on the first trimester!  Depending on which school of thought you follow, the first trimester lasts until anywhere from the start of your last period to the 12th to the 14th week.  I’m currently in the middle of week 14.

Question: Mamas who have been there – what surprised you most about your first trimester?



4 Responses to “First Trimester {Weeks 11-13}

  • Congratulations to you! Looking forward to reading your updates 🙂

  • I was most surprised by a few things. First, how quickly the nausea hit and how it started pretty much exactly at the 6 week mark for me. Then there was that odd disconnect between craving something and then actually smelling or tasting it and wanting to vomit, which then turned into me not even able to see chicken in a commercial without tossing my cookies. Lastly, the no-warning pukes and the sheer force with which some happened. I actually busted a capillary in my eye and often had spots on my face from it.

    What about you?

  • My first trimester I was a mess. Nausea, exhaustion, just all around cruddy. I was surprised once I was out of the first trimster how normal I felt. I didn’t feel pregnant, which I guess was a good thing.

    Loving your posts. Please keep them coming.

  • Congrats on your pregnancy! Lovely website!

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