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I’ve shared a majority of my life throughout the years on social media. At the same time, I have kept many things personal due to privacy. After, much thought I decided to share the journey of pregnancy with you all. Why? Because it is a stepping stone that will shape the future of ‘My Latina Journey’. Also, I am filled with joy and could not keep the secret any longer. Keep in mind, I did not share the pregnancy on social media until I reached twelve weeks due to the risk involved in the first trimester. Only, my instant family knew about the baby in the oven and helped me keep it private.
As a first time mother I want to record everything I experience during pregnancy. Also, by sharing the journey of pregnancy I hope to be able to help others. The beginning of the series in pregnancy starts with the symptoms I encounter during the first trimester.
First Trimester Symptoms I Experienced
- Nausea – In all honesty, nausea in the first trimester is real. Often times, it’s referred to as morning sickness however it can last throughout the day. In my case, I experienced nausea the most towards the end of the night.
- Vomiting – All in all, I don’t want to elaborate much into this particular symptom because it is gross. Also, it is the worst to constantly have to vomit throughout the day.
- Fatigue – Oh, where should I start? Throughout the first trimester all I wanted to do was to either sleep, be a couch potato, or lay in bed. I would wake up, nap around lunch, go home and nap, go to school, and finally head home to sleep yet again. More often than not, I arrived late to work because there was nothing that would allow myself to wake up. Also, I missed many classes because I would nap for longer than expected.
- Cramping – Before, finding out I was pregnant there was cramping that lead me to believe my period was soon approaching. However, shark week was nowhere near to be found as we already know. Due, to the uterus growing there is cramping involved in the early stages. The cramping I experienced was intense as it came randomly and felt as if I were being pulled and pinched at the same time.
- Hunger – Now, as I look back it’s ridiculous how I did not see the signs of pregnancy as I experienced them. First, the amount of hunger increased as what appeared to be overnight. This is when people started to ask if I was pregnant. Of course, I would deny it and give one of the million excuses I had.
- Gas – Again, a symptom I wish not to elaborate on.
- Increased Urination – The amount of times I had to visit the restroom seem absurd at the time. However, with time having a nearby restroom at all times becomes a priority.
- Aversions – I had no food aversions that I can recall. Unfortunately, there was one thing I could not stomach and that was human scents. More specifically, men.
- Urinary Tract Infection – The most terrifying experience for a women is to see red in their toilet as it is a sign of a miscarriage. In all honesty, as I write this a sense of sadness comes all over me. During, a road trip I experienced just that and had a million questions. Unfortunately, all there was left to do was wait until we reached our destination to visit the nearest Emergency Room. After hours, I learned I had an UTI and if treated properly there would be no harm to the baby.
- Emotional – Naturally, while being pregnant one becomes more sensitive to emotions. In my experience, I had a high level of anger that reached a peak point. As a result, I cut ties with those individuals because the health of my child is far more important.
- Acne – Throughout my entire life I’ve heard women experience the most beautiful glow during their pregnancies. In all honesty, I have yet to see or experience the glow within me. Quite to the contrary, I’ve had the most horrible acne since the early stages. In case, you’re wondering how I forge the appearance of a healthy complexion this post has all the answers.
- Hot Flashes – Yes, hot flashes during pregnancy are normal. The change in hormone levels increases the blood flood causing us to feel hot, sweaty, and warm. Most of the time, I feel warm. However, there is those times where I start sweating for no reason at all.
- Melasma – In the early stages of pregnancy I started to notice sun spots throughout my face. More specifically, under the eyes, cheeks, upper lip, and chin. At the time, I believed it was due to age and exposure to the sun during the summer. However, when I found out about the pregnancy I realized it was Melasma and purchase creams to help with the condition.
All in all, I had a vast of symptoms during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. While, the journey has not being the easiest it has being the most rewarding until now. Needless to say, everyone in my life is thrilled about the pregnancy and can’t wait to meet the baby. Also, I want to thank all of you who congratulated me when I first shared the news. Since, I’ve received such a positive response there will be more pregnancy content in the near future.