Lather – Rinse – Repeat

Trimester One:

  • Fatigue
    • I was in bed at about 9 – 9:30PM every night.  Not only was I sleeping earlier, but I would take naps as well.  My lack of energy also caused me to not care about my appearance, so showering was not an every day requirement for me.
  • Nausea
    • I could not brush my teeth without gagging!  Eventually, my gagging episodes turned into full vomit-fests around week 7 until week 14.
  • Anxious
    • I was worried about everything.  Would I make it to my next beta?  Would there be a heart beat on the screen?  Would I make it past the point of when I miscarried Bumble (* weeks along)?  Would I make it past the day I miscarried Bumble (December 30th)?  Would I make it to the second trimester?
  • Breast Tenderness
    • I bought the Lanolin cream with hopes that my breasts would get a little bit of a break from the lighting-type pains I was getting.  Nope.
  • Bloating/Gas
    • My pants started to get tight around 8 weeks.  I also found out that Gas-X was going to be a good friend of mine around this time as well.
  • Heartburn
    • I’ve never had heartburn in my life.  But let me tell you, I knew IMMEDIATELY what it felt like as soon as it started to hit me!  NOT FUN.
  • ACNE
    • I’d never had acne until getting pregnant.  It started out with a couple of spots, turning into my cheeks being covered with red dots.  This is probably the worst symptom I had because it hit my self esteem pretty bad – especially when my boss felt it necessary to point it out constantly.
  • Hormonal to a new level
    • With the anxiety came the tears.  I yelled at my husband a lot too.  Most importantly though, I was happy.

Trimester Two:

  • Anxiety, but less than first trimester
    • I still worried about reaching milestones, but with having the best doctor at my hospital, who runs both the clinic for multiple births AND is the head of the research department, I felt in good hands.  Plus, I got to see my babes every two weeks starting at 14 weeks.  That being said, I was at Labor and Delivery twice during the second trimester, thankfully there was nothing wrong.
  • Increased appetite
    • Hello, cravings!  Such a cliche, but I always wanted pickles.  Actually, I wanted food in general!  Occasionally, I would crave weird things like mashed potatoes from a specific restaurant.  I ate a lot and gained about 25+ pounds in the second trimester.
  • Increased energy
    • I was able to host parties!  I could stay up past 10PM!  I was able to go to work, clean the house, and cook dinner at night!  I woke up, showered and put makeup on too (most days).
  • ACNE
    • Acne was still present, but started to get a little better.  I increased my water intake and started to use a better scrub on my face.
  • Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction
    • This one was hard.  Started around 22 weeks along, but it wasn’t what I would describe as gradual.  Having an increase in energy meant that I wanted to clean and run around all day.  However, after vacuuming or sweeping, I’d be in pain by the end of the night and it would last for at least a full day afterward.
  • Movement 🙂
    • My little princesses started to move quite early, however could be felt from the outside by week 22.
  • Braxton Hicks
    • More weird than anything.  I really thought it was the babies moving in a weird way until my doctor told me otherwise.
  • Hormonal
    • Poor Cody.  There were a lot of times when I was completely miserable.  Some of this might have had to do with hormones… some of it might have been because of anxiety building… some of it might have been because I was home alone 5 days a week for 12 hours at a time… some of it might have been my husband’s obliviousness.  Either way, he got the brunt of my outbursts, and for this I am sorry.

Trimester Three:

  • Fatigue
    • I am usually in bed by about 10PM, however, I wake up quite late and often feel the need to nap throughout the day.  I never sleep through the entire night anymore.  I simply cannot roll over to my other side – I have to “sit up” (which is a roll/sit up hybrid), take a breath, move my wedge, my body pillow, and head pillow into the right position, and then lay back down.  It will be then that I notice I need to pee.
  • Nausea
    • Brushing my teeth is causing some nausea again.  My morning prenatal vitamin makes me sick to my stomach.  If I don’t eat every couple of hours, I get nauseous and sweaty.  Thankfully, I haven’t progressed into puking (yet).
  • Appetite
    • I want to eat.  Like, I really want to be eating all the time, but my belly cannot handle it.  I also am getting some of those weird one off cravings like mashed potatoes.  My dad finds that funny since I could not stomach mashed potatoes my entire life, but here I am, pregnant and wanting them.  So weird.
  • Anxious
    • It doesn’t seem to be as bad as the first trimester, but it’s gotten a little worse from the second trimester.  I am no longer worried about the weights of my babies (they’re both 5 pounders now), but I worry about still birth, I worry about them needing to be in the NICU.  I worry about parenting them.
  • Breast Tenderness
    • They just hurt.
  • Bloating/Gas
    • Not only am I large and in charge, but I manage to be bloated as well.  If I eat too much by accident, I will feel so bloated!  I easily end up with indigestion, and Gas-X is a pal of mine once again.
  • ACNE
    • Water and the new scrub aren’t working.  Apparently the clearing in the second trimester was a fluke.  I’m back to having full blown acne over both cheeks and my forehead.
  • Hormonal
    • I get annoyed very easily.  However, I am happy most of the time and excited to meet my fruits.
  • Braxton Hicks
    • These are happening more frequently.  Again, not painful, but kind of annoying.
  • Movement 🙂
    • They don’t stop.  Seriously, there is always one of them going, and I love it.  It can be uncomfortable, but I like it and I hope I don’t forget the feeling.
  • Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction
    • This has continued.  No worse, no better.  I hope it goes away quickly!
  • Carpal Tunnel
    • This has been going on since about 28-30 weeks.  I didn’t think it was CTS, because I’m not experiencing tingling or numbing.  Rather, my joints are aching in my hands and doing simple things like opening a bottle, doing dishes, pulling my duvet over me, or turning a door handle will cause my hands to hurt.  My doctor told me that it is CTS, it’s common, and it should go away after delivery.
  • Peeing
    • I am not even kidding you – I pee 6 times a night.  There is nothing more annoying than waking up with the urgency to pee, somehow making it out of bed and to the toilet, only to “tinkle” about 5 drops.

After looking at my symptoms from the last 34 weeks, I’ve noticed that the first and third trimester really mirror each other!  Of course, the third trimester is a little more extreme and some new things have popped up, but in general, they’ve been so similar!  Hence, “lather, rinse, repeat”.

Be well,



6 thoughts on “Lather – Rinse – Repeat

  1. I have noticed that my first and third trimesters are pretty big mirror images as well. The only difference really is the sex drive that came back in the second trimester didn’t go away in the third (yet)

  2. Well, I’m in the same boat overall with all of that. I just realized yesterday that what I thought was the babies moving weirdly is actually Braxton Hicks and your only the second person to describe it that way.

  3. I can’t believe your boss made comments about your acne! That is so rude! Bad boss award!!!
    Also I have to ask, is ‘be well’ a Demolition Man reference? Because if it is you just scored huge points with me 🙂

    1. Yeah, it was special. I eventually told her off about it. I figured they’d need a big set of balls to try and fire a pregnant woman lol

      I’ve never seen Demolition Man… But we can pretend that it’s a reference to the movie! Lol

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