Just wanting to share with you some of my experiences from the 1st trimester. It all started around 7 weeks along when I started to not feel the best at certain times during the day and in the evenings. The increase in my sense of smell was the first major factor that I noticed. I had an onion in my pantry that when I would open the door to get anything, it got so bad that I had to hold my breath. I finally had to have Andrew take it out and throw it away for me, as I couldn't stand it anymore. So, no onions at our house for a while!
The third food item that gave me a problem was syrup. I don't know if it was the sweetness of it or what, but something about the syrup just didn't sit well in my stomach, so there went my waffles, pancakes, and french toast for beakfast or dinner. I am finally starting to use syrup again and things are going much smoother than before, for which I am thankful for, as just plain cold cereal gets old when it is the only breakfast item you can eat for 2 months.
Cooking dinners had its good and bad moments. Many times I just simply didn't feel up to cooking at all. Some times I would try to, but then start to feel sick standing over the stove as I was frying up ground beef, chicken, or just simply dealing with most meats. I could hardly stand to eat them as well. So, Andrew graciously made dinner several nights for himself and whatever I felt like eating at the time. There were only a couple items that were neutral enough in flavor that wouldn't give me an upset stomach. At first it was Spaghetti, but then I couldn't stand the tomato sauce anymore. Then it because the regular beef stroganof box mix, but like I said earlier, I quickly became tired of the ground beef and soon was only eating the noodles and sauce with very little ground beef. Andrew gladly finished off the meet from my plate.
As for Cravings..... well, I never really had any so far. I feel like I am starting to get them more now that I can eat a few more food categories. In fact I am starting to crave things that I haven't been able to eat in a while, like desserts or any other sweet thing. I was looking through my cook books just last night looking for a nice little recipe for some kind of bars or banana bread or cake that I can make here soon and I was drooling over almost everything that sounded really tasty! I have a feeling that I might have a hard time making a decision. The only thing I did have a few times while I didn't feel the best was vanilla ice cream and applesauce. Not together of course, but just the fact that both of these items have a fairly neutral flavor and were cold, they were just soothing to my nauseated stomach so I would have them occasionally before bed.
Other than that, I really can't complain about my first trimester experiences. Other than feeling sick and having to lay down a lot, I didn't really vomit much at all, for which I am thankful for. When I hear about others who had to go to the hospital because of dehydration. I am very thankful that things are going as smoothly as possible for me and everything is healthy still. Now that I am fully into my second trimester and not feeling the nauseating tendencies anymore, I am so happy to be able to have my normal routine back for the most part. I can cook meals without feeling sick and I can clean the house without much of a problem. I just simply take it easy and don't push myself too much. But I can now go on walks with our dog and not feel sick halfway through, as well as help Andrew with getting a few things done around our house in preparation for the baby.
How about other experienced moms out there? I am sure you have had similar experiences or your own different experiences. Do you have any words of wisdom for me as I move forward in the coming months, Lord willing? I would love to hear from you all!