Early pregnancy symptoms & cravings (Trimester 1)

by - October 30, 2023

When people say you're glowing in Trimester 1, it's the sheen of sweat that is reflecting light off your nauseated forehead. The good news is that for some of us, including me, this sweat does actually become a glow in Trimester 2 once you stop feeling sick all the time and are instead flushed with the 40%-50% extra blood circulating around your body, making you feel overheated, and putting you at risk of varicose veins, high blood pressure and other fun, potential pregnancy symptoms.

My early pregnancy symptoms in brief:

  1. Sore boobs - a constant dull ache and they keep on growing
  2. Sleep deprivation - I used to sleep like a log but no more
  3. Frequent peeing - including at night, which added to lack of sleep
  4. Fatigue - the most tired I've ever been in my life. Pulling all-nighters and 6-day camping music festivals have nothing on pregnancy fatigue
  5. Gas - constantly bloated and gassy. Farting myself awake was a fun, new experience
  6. Nausea - constantly needed plain carbs to settle my belly
  7. Pimples - a smattering of hormonal pimples along my chin line
  8. Sciatica in both legs - this is why they recommend sleeping with a pillow between your knees to alleviate pressure on the hips during pregnancy. Learned the hard way. D'oh.

I only vomited twice and that was before I knew I was pregnant. The first time I threw up was during a Diablo 4 gaming session. I don't normally get tension headaches but Boyfriend Pham does so we assumed I'd just been tense at the computer for too long. The second time I threw up was the night I found out from the GP via an email that we were pregnant. I went out to dinner for Girls Night, ate pho, had indigestion all night then finally threw up in the morning and took the next day off work.

This is what I craved early on:

  1. Breakfast - must have cereal as soon as I get up to combat nausea
  2. Oranges - 3kg bag nearly every week
  3. Bananas
  4. Kiwi - out of season so that was an expensive phase
  5. Strawberries
  6. Vegemite on toast
  7. Eggs and toast
  8. Plain crackers
  9. Crackers and cheese
  10. Hot chips
  11. Cheese and butter sandwiches, later I craved pickles and cheese sandwiches
  12. Vinegar - on salads mostly, but sometimes I'd drink a mouthful
  13. Could not stomach red meat for 2+ months

Of the girls night crew, I had the worst Trimester 1 experience. In hindsight, I think it was the gestational diabetes / pre-diabetes because my pregnancy cravings were all high GI, mega blood glucose spiking foods like plain cheese sandwiches with butter and white bread, or plain hot chips soaked in tomato sauce. Fatty foods made me feel sick, flavoursome foods like curries made me feel sick. I somehow managed to not throw up, though, even when I thought I might. I was mega nauseous and plain carbs seemed to be the only thing to settle my stomach. But then I'd feel tired and exhausted after food and need a nap.

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