At the risk of starting a lifetime of comparisons between our eventual two children, I thought I'd take a look at how this pregnancy has stacked up to Em's.
- It's eased up a bit, but I still get hit with extreme exhaustion quite often. Hopefully it'll lessen during the second trimester like last time.
- Intense cravings for pre-sliced apples from Trader Joe's. I go through a few bags a week. That was one of my biggest cravings with Em.
- I'm way more thirsty than I was pre-pregnancy, but water doesn't sound good. I'm all about flavored drinks, like sparkling lemonade.
- Holy cow, the nausea. I was one of those insanely lucky women who never had a moment of nausea with Em's pregnancy. This time, though? Ick. It's gotten better as the weeks have gone on, but I still get hit with waves of queasiness. For a while I kept a stack of crackers next to the bed for the middle of the night and first thing in the morning. The queasiness would hit me like I was starving, but then I'd take two bites of something and feel stuffed.
- I don't think I had a hard time sleeping with Em's pregnancy, or maybe I've just blocked it out. This time I've had a difficult time falling and staying asleep. The lovely Rhi was sweet enough to loan me her Boppy pregnancy pillow after I sent her a desperate email. "I can't sleep! I borrowed a Snoogle for my last pregnancy. Do you have something similar? HELP!" And she came to the rescue! The pillow has helped quite a bit, but I still have a hard time. I'm hoping this gets better come second trimester, too.
- Last time I completely lost my notorious sweet tooth, except for the pre-sliced apples mentioned above. That hasn't been the case this time at all. I have a stash of Trader Joe's treats at all times.
- I'm feeling much more hormonal this time. I bawled at the ending of Tangled, which I've seen more times than I can count. And on the last day of Em's preschool director -- not even her teacher, mind you -- I started crying as we said our good-byes. It was too early to tell her that it was the pregnancy hormones, not my just being a basketcase, and I'm a little mortified thinking that's the last impression she has of me. Whatevs.
- The baby is only two inches long at this point, but you'd think I was halfway through my pregnancy by the look of my gut. It's all bloat, but wow. My midwife confirmed that she's never had a second-time mom complain that she feels smaller with subsequent pregnancies. The uterus doesn't grow any faster than it does with first pregnancies, but there must be something going on with the other organs -- or at least the bloat production.
- With my first pregnancy I was awful about working out. I think I did a couple prenatal yoga classes, but that was it. This time I'm continuing my Zumba obsession 3-5 times a week, with my doc's blessing. I'm dialing back my intensity a bit and paying attention to the "talk test" -- as long as I can talk through my workouts, I'm not overdoing it.
- Probably the biggest difference? I haven't been able to keep this pregnancy to myself! Although the "experts" say that the risk of miscarriage goes down to 5% once you hear the heartbeat at 8+ weeks, we waited until 12 weeks to tell the masses about Em's pregnancy. This time, though, we told our parents before our first appointment, and then our closest friends and family, and then the masses last week, although I'm not quite 12 weeks yet. Still knocking on all the wood that this continues to be a smooth pregnancy!