Pregnancy – The First Trimester


I’m pregnant! To be able to say that feels like a dream. But I am finally there and I am currently 17 weeks along. The journey has been rough. It started nearly five years ago. Logan is now six, and we wanted to have another child close in age. Having already got our eldest who is 14, the bigger age gap can be quite present at times. However, I can finally right about this pregnancy first trimester and how I have been feeling.

A little background

As the story goes, it didn’t go that way for us. And four years ago I had an ectopic pregnancy. Our first loss. Getting pregnant didn’t seem to be happening as easy for us, and I didn’t see a positive pregnancy test again until May and then September in 2017. However they resulted in miscarriage. These are things I know I want to talk about further, but for now I felt like it was best to give a little background. Since the last loss two years, I have been under the recurrent miscarriage clinic and had a lot of investigations done as to why this is possibly happening. There is no definitive answer. But I have a uterus dydelphis and so the hospital have said it could be that. I will go into more detail about that but for now, this post is all about the fact that from October 2017 until July this year, I had no joy. But it is finally happening. I got the positive pregnancy test.

So how have I been feeling?

The first trimester has been amazing, but it has been tough and there is no point in beating around the bush with that. I think the main issue I worry about is sounding completely ungrateful for this pregnancy. The anxiety has been immense. I guess that is to be expected. There will always be a worry about loss again. It’s happened three times before, and some days I couldn’t believe that it wasn’t happening again. 

To help me through those first 12 weeks the recurrent miscarriage clinic prescribed me with progesterone pessaries to be used twice a day, morning and night, and also Tinzaparin sodium injections to be administered into my stomach once a day. Injections are not my thing, and even though I have had millions of blood tests and injections alike, they still give me all of the fear. This was a big hurdle for me, to actually administer those injections myself, and I managed to do it. 

What symptoms did I have?

The symptoms have been there. I struggled with sickness in those early weeks. It wasn’t necessarily always being sick, it was more the feeling of sickness. I think it can be best described as a similar feeling to an intense hangover the morning after a big night out. The sickness, the heavy head, the dehydration but not able to stomach much. The weariness and how it can make you feel not quite there. I hope that makes more sense. It did start to fade around week 14, and thankfully since, I have only had the odd off day.

The tiredness in this pregnancy first trimester has been a big one for me. It is something that I am still struggling with now. I seem to feel tired first thing. But it doesn’t stop me from getting up and as the morning starts I seem to regain energy and can be very productive. But come the afternoon, I can hit a brick wall and all of a sudden I feel exhausted. Some evenings I climb into bed and I am asleep before I even know it. 

Every twinge gave me a panic

I will be honest, every twinge, any little cramp or anything of that nature had red flags going up in my head. Twinges and cramps can be completely normal parts of pregnancy first trimester as things are changing in your body. But it certainly doesn’t stop you thinking the worst. I did have these sorts of niggles throughout the first weeks, but with no sign of spotting or bleeding I tried to put the worrying and anxious thoughts to the back of mind. 

Last of all, I really struggled with headaches. I remember this from my first pregnancy with Logan. The headaches are at the front of my head and they just get more intense as time goes on. Again this is something that has faded off now, and I am hoping it stays that way. 

The mental impact 

Mentally, throughout this pregnancy first trimester, I was surprisingly positive. I was very fortunate to be monitored from the moment I had my positive pregnancy test. I had HCG blood tests done, a scan at just over 5 weeks, and then continuously being monitored and checked. The scan at 5 weeks did give us something to think about. As I have two womb chambers, there was a shadow in the other side which they thought could have been another baby. Twins. But two weeks later it remained that way and we were confirmed with one and a heartbeat. Which was a relief and miracle in itself. 

I have just tried to put the past experiences behind me, and to really take care of myself and I have a fantastic support network around me for that. Maybe I was in a better place physically and mentally before I even got pregnant. I know I have made some positive changes to my lifestyle this year and perhaps that had a positive effect. I was ecstatic, scared, but the happiness overshadowed the feelings of worry and I just took each day as it came as a blessing. Now 17 weeks on and I am still doing the same. 

I will be back with some more updates and hopefully revealing the gender of this little baby. Look out for more posts. 

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  1. October 4, 2019 / 1:57 pm

    Such an exciting time for you. I hope everything goes well. You seem to be thinking positively which is the best things to do after your past experiences. I remember getting really bad morning sickness, you are feeling sick because of lots of hormones and its a good sign 🙂

    • admin
      October 6, 2019 / 1:56 pm

      Thank you and yes the positivity is really helping me to feel less anxious and worried. 🙂

  2. October 4, 2019 / 3:31 pm

    Congratulations! I had no idea there is a miscarriage clinic. Do you have any preference on the gender of the baby?

    • admin
      October 6, 2019 / 1:55 pm

      I am just hoping for a healthy baby, but we have found out the gender so you can check out our instagram if you like 🙂

  3. October 5, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    What a wonderful post for new mums and those who are wondering what the first trimester is all about. Your post brings back a lot of fond memories of when I was pregnant myself

    • admin
      October 6, 2019 / 1:53 pm

      Thank you, it’s a lovely way for me to look back on it as well. 🙂

  4. October 5, 2019 / 10:06 pm

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing this in depth post on just how the first trimester can make lots of mums feel, I am sure it will help loads of mums to be in their first trimester too. I remember all the symptoms well but I also remember kind of wanting the symptoms as they were a sign everything was going ok if you know what I mean!? I hope the next two trimesters are kind for you and before you know it baby will be here!

    • admin
      October 6, 2019 / 1:54 pm

      Aw thank you so much. Yes completely agree, symptoms can also be a huge reassurance during what can be an anxious time 🙂

  5. October 6, 2019 / 1:08 pm

    Congratulations! It’s been a long and trying road for you. Fingers crossed everything goes well and you keep well throughout your pregnancy

    • admin
      October 6, 2019 / 1:53 pm

      thank you so much. It has been a tough journey and it now feels like a dream come true 🙂

  6. October 6, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    Good luck with the pregnancy and congratulations! Hope your symptoms start to ease, my mummy had it real bad with me and lived on ginger biscuits!

    • admin
      October 7, 2019 / 1:34 pm

      Aw thank you very much. Yes I have also stocked up on the ginger biscuits. Such a life saver 🙂

  7. October 9, 2019 / 6:21 am

    Congratulations! What an ordeal you’ve gone through, but I’m delighted it’s all working out for you and your lovely family.

    • admin
      October 9, 2019 / 10:03 am

      Thank you and yes it has been quite a journey. But we are hopefully getting the rainbow we have dreamt about 🙂