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My first, first trimester

By Melinda Mawdsley

Here is what I knew about pregnancy before it happened to me.

1. You will probably have morning sickness.
2. You will have to get new clothes.
3. You will have weird cravings.
4. You will be emotional.
5. It ends with a baby.

In other words, I didn't know much, and, admittedly, I still don't know much. It's just that now I'm pregnant for the first time so I'm interested in learning more every day. Here's what I can report after my first trimester:

1. No morning sickness. I'd apologize, but people say to stop apologizing and be thankful.

2. I'm finally needing different clothes. I made it nearly four months before the buttons wouldn't button. Thanks to summer, however, many of my skirts and dresses can stretch. I also picked up some stuff from features editor Ann Wright.

3. I can confirm the cravings. They were intense and constant during my first trimester, and I'm not talking about the “Oh, I'm craving Chinese food. We'll have to get that soon.” It was more like, “GIVE ME CHINESE FOOD NOW IF YOU WANT TO LIVE.”

These are some of the things I craved. (Cravings have subsided in my second trimester):

Chinese food
Honey Nut Cheerios (Not any other cereal. Just this one cereal.)
Sprite (Not other pop. Just Sprite.)
grilled cheese sandwiches
string cheese
orange juice
pickles (This pickle thing is no joke. They are amazing.)

4. The emotions are real too. Several weeks in, my husband and I sat down to watch “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” and I cried at the end. My husband just looked at me and said, “Yeah, you're pregnant.”

5. Ultrasounds have confirmed that our pregnancy is projected to end in a child.

My husband and I would sincerely appreciate your prayers for a continued healthy pregnancy. We are beyond excited and can't wait to have this mini version of ourselves to love, read to and watch movies with. I'm into my second trimester now, so research has begun into what we need, what we don't, what we can buy used and what we can't.

It's all new to us, so any advice you can give would be helpful.


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