|Some of our baby's first gifts!|
Sarah commented that she wondered about weird stuff during pregnancy, so here are some of my experiences, as of 20 weeks . .
Food - I am so HUNGRY. My ramped up appetite was actually one of my first symptoms that made me think, maybe this isn't just killer PMS. From about week 6 to 13, I felt off (dizzy or weak) much of the time unless I'd JUST eaten. My food aversions were simple: anything sweet (including fruit, candy, and chocolate - very difficult to explain at Easter parties when it was too early to reveal our good news) and Chinese food.
In fact, I mostly lived on carbs and cheese (plus eggs, as long as someone else was preparing them). Vegetables had to be cooked just right but then I could stomach a small portion. By about 14-15 weeks, I could handle most foods (Chinese is still out) and I've learned to eat immediately if I feel hunger coming on.
Nosebleeds - I usually get a minor nosebleed or two every winter, easily stopped by pinched nostrils and a few minutes of rest. But pregnant women are prone to nosebleeds, and mine became more severe as well. Thankfully I always get them to stop but blood gushing from your nose is still a little scary.
Boobs - My boobs were on fire for about two weeks at the very beginning (even before I took a pregnancy test). Sensitive and full - so strange. I used to be not quite a B cup but too big for A cup (this website has charts so you can see what a B cup in the US converts to where you live) so larger breasts have definitely been an adjustment! I'm grateful the pain subsided when the growth spurt ended.
Sleep - Growing a baby is tiring! The baby makes sure I wake up at no later than 15 minutes after my normal time - 5:30 (whether the alarm is set or not ). So I go to bed at 8pm. This is no big deal Monday - Friday because my husband's at work anyway but the weekends are a bit tougher. Luckily close friends/family were acclimated to my crazy old lady bedtime (9pm previously) and they don't bat an eye when we leave a bit early or beg them not to make dinner reservations for 7 o'clock!
The actually sleeping part has been easy though. I'm a stomach sleeper and not a huge fan of pillows. Always have been. I only use a corner of my pillow, pressed to the perfect level of cushy flatness, enough to rest my head on but so that my mouth/nose hang off the side of the pillow and bed. (Yep, I'm weird! I'm convinced the air is fresher when my face is suspended off the side like that.) That was just fine til about 16ish weeks when stomach sleeping became uncomfortable. I've reluctantly switched to this massive pillow, which supports my knees, arms, and back simultaneously. I'm a convert now though! It feels amazing to sink into at night. But I use it upside down, because my face cannot be in the middle of the pillow like the model's!
By far though, the strangest (and best!) thing is feeling the baby move!! So exciting and reassuring. I am really enjoying this pregnancy :)