MY FIRST TRIMESTER OF PREGNANCY
by Andrea Young
I have decided to change the way I do my blogs for BodyCo and make this my personal blog space so that you guys can get to know myself and the brand better.
I made this decision towards the end of my pregnancy because I have products that are specially designed for mamma’s, which has not been a demographic I have been able to personally relate to… until now.
Until now, I have been promoting and using products that mainly only related to my lifestyle; BodyCo’s Flight Attendant Spray, Tan Accelerator Oil, Personal Trainer Spray and Muscle Recovery Spray, but since becoming pregnant, I started using the Stretch Marks Body Oil religiously as well as learning new reasons why the Muscle Recovery Spray is maybe one of the greatest product I’ve ever used (those bloody restless legs at night!!!).
Anyway, let me start at the beginning.
FINDING OUT I WAS PREGNANT
I was only about 3 weeks pregnant when I found out. My period was always very regular, I almost knew what time of the day it was due, so when it was late, I started to wonder why…
However, when I look back, I had other symptoms leading up to taking the test.
The First Sign: I felt so. Bloody. Bloated. Oh my gosh, I thought I had gained 10kg’s over night. I remember being in Queensland with my cousin for a wedding and we were shopping for something to wear. I was almost in tears in every changing room I was in (maybe it was the hormones?). I wasn’t just upset because I FELT gross, but because I had also been working my ass off going to F45 twice a day, yoga, pilates and walks whenever I could as well as watching what I was eating (wedding diet). I was getting so upset over all that hard work that I had put in for WEEKS, just for it not to have worked.
I finally found a rather last minute outfit (it was the night before the wedding and all the shops were closing).
The Biggest Sign: Apart from missing a period, obviously. I was in an excellent routine of working out before and after work almost every day, I was probably at my fitness peak! Then I suddenly found it HARD. I remember just doing a warm up and feeling dizzy. I think I had to take a break during some of the classes because I felt as though I was going to pass out. Even when I started F45 2.5 years earlier and was very unfit, but never to this extent. I’ve always managed to maintain some level of fitness, so this was a big shock to me, especially having just completed a challenge not long before. I honestly thought that I’d gone too hard on the drinks on the weekends and it had finally caught up to me…
AFTER I FOUND OUT
I was going to a friend’s place for dinner and drinks, but decided to take a test to see if I should drink or not. I remember on the way to her house, I was very calm and in my mind I already knew what the answer was.
So then I told my partner and my parents, but I was very careful not to let anyone know, as I wanted to have more tests done and wait until it was safer to let the rest of my family and friends know.
It was late September when I found out, so I just told my friends I was doing ‘SoberOctober’ and starting early. I also avoided even seeing people for the first few months as I didn’t want to have to explain why I wasn’t eating / drinking certain things or for them to notice that I had gained weight. I was also starting to feel REALLY sick.
MORNING SICKNESS I honestly thought I was going to be a lucky one and get away without vomiting. Id heard that its normally bad for the first 12 weeks. I was almost at week 9, and although I was feeling absolutely disgusting, I refused to let myself vomit… but I learnt that my body was just going to do what it was going to do.
Unfortunately, my morning sickness lasted until about week 20 of my pregnancy, but I learnt a lot about my body and knew what was going to happen before it did.
Along with becoming very sick, my emotions were all over the place. I was in a constant state of stress and anxiety and second guessing something that I had always wanted.
I was even becoming cruel to the people closest to me, and I actually thought for a while that I just hated them (turns out that it was just hormones). I remember one Saturday night Michael and I went to the movies for date night (because I couldn’t do much else). I felt disgusting. I had washed my hair, but don’t know if I even bothered to brush it. I had no make up on, and just let my (pregnancy) pimples be free. I am pretty sure I didn’t even bother to get out of my casual clothes (which is NOT something I would do for date night). I simply looked a mess. But Michael told me I looked beautiful anyway. I responded with something along the lines of ‘shut up, I hate you’…
No matter how much of a pain in the butt I was, or how much of a mess I looked, he was always supporting me and made me feel special, so I knew it was all going to be okay.
TELLING PEOPLE I think it was mid December that I had obviously put on weight. Even though I did not look like I was pregnant yet, I looked as though I was letting myself go. I knew that my closest friends would be soon be asking questions, and with the lead up to Christmas, I couldn’t keep avoiding social situations where I was going to see people. I also didn’t want people to be asking me if I was pregnant, so I chose to tell the people that I see the most.
I was careful not to tell many people too soon, I wanted to wait until the second half of the pregnancy before I announced it to everyone else. I went away over the Christmas and New Year period and I was very careful about which photos I was choosing to put on social media to make sure that no one noticed the bump that was finally starting to show.
FIRST TRIMESTER BEAUTY MUST HAVE
Stretch Marks Body Oil. I used this morning and night from the day I found out about being pregnant. I wanted to keep my skin super nourished, so that as the skin stretched, I was doing what I could to help avoid stretch marks.
Having a baby is one of the most exciting thing to happen, but can also be so amazingly challenging on a woman’s body. Without going through it, I definitely didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. But its magical. For all the expecting mamma’s/already mamma’s out there, you’re doing so well!