When I first found out I was pregnant back in December, I knew I wanted to document my pregnancy on the blog, so I began secretly blogging about the first few weeks of pregnancy. Since I didn’t want to publish 17 weeks of weekly updates at once after I announced my pregnancy on the blog, I consolidated my weekly recaps into groups of three, beginning with weeks 8, 9 and 10!
I’ll share them all with you soon and once we’re caught up, I’ll post weekly updates since so many of you requested them following yesterday’s Q&A post. I’m not going to lie – I’ve been loving writing about pregnancy waaay more than I ever thought and love chatting with all of you via the comments section. Thank you again for your words of support!
PBF Baby: Weeks 8, 9 & 10
Note: I wrote these weekly updates each week as they were happening, so you may notice me talking about certain symptoms in early weeks that I am no longer experiencing that I mentioned in my last two Q&A posts… Like clear skin. That was fun while it lasted!
8 Weeks: Baby is the size of a kidney bean!
(Picture taken on New Year’s Eve!)
9 Weeks: Baby is the size of a grape!
10 Weeks: Baby is the size of a kumquat!
(In retrospect, wearing an A-line dress for a “bump” picture wasn’t the smartest. Oops.)
8 Weeks: I had not weighed myself in months prior to my 8-week prenatal appointment. I stepped on the scale at the doctor’s office and weighed about 5 pounds more than my “normal” weight, but for the sake of accuracy, I’ll start calculating weight gain from this point since that is what my doctor is doing and also since I don’t know my exact starting pre-pregnancy weight. I hope this makes sense!
9 Weeks: 1 pound.
10 Weeks: 1 pound.
8 Weeks: Consistent almost-daily workouts. Favorites: Pure Barre and spinning! I fortunately feel fantastic when I work out and very, very normal, but nausea kicks back in within 10 minutes after I finish and I must eat immediately to keep it at bay. I’m also more energetic in the mornings than in the afternoons (when I’m not nauseous, that is) so keeping up with my usual morning workouts has helped with consistency.
9 Weeks: Consistent almost-daily workouts. I still feel great when I work out, but I absolutely need something in my stomach before a morning workout and must eat something immediately afterward to prevent nausea.
10 Weeks: Same as week 9.
8 Weeks: Nausea kicked in big time this week – mostly without vomiting (lots of dry heaving – mostly in the morning or if I go too long without food… aka more than 60 minutes!), growing boobs, increased appetite (<— like crazy!), clearer skin (woo!), feeling very bloated, always have to pee! Feeling grateful I haven’t felt any major fatigue so far.
9 Weeks: Constantly feeling bloated, two days of pretty major fatigue (It totally knocked me out!), nausea (only one day of vomiting, thankfully – constantly eating helps this most!), constantly thirsty
10 Weeks: First week since nausea started with almost no nausea, always have to pee, difficulty sleeping, increased thirst, increased appetite and physically I definitely feel thicker around the middle but don’t see a bump just yet.
Also, I am not really experiencing the weepy pregnancy emotions I’ve read about, but this week I am feeling all the rage. Ha! For some reason, I feel easily angered, impatient and irritable this week. What a joy, right?!
8 Weeks: Tortilla soup (GAG – The sight, smell or thought of it makes me want to puke), most cooked vegetables and chicken sausage
9 Weeks: Most cooked vegetables, plain chicken
10 Weeks: All tomato-based soups/chili, anything made with cumin, most cooked vegetables
8 Weeks: FRUIT (especially citrus and berries), cheeseburgers, cottage cheese, sushi (I miss you!), eggs, oatmeal… And basically all the carbs… Ever.
9 Weeks: Fruit, salty potato chips, egg sandwiches with cheese, nachos, sushi
10: Weeks: Cheddar and sour cream chips (I don’t think I’ve bought these in years, but this week they have become my BFF), nachos (no cumin in the meat though!), chocolate chips, oatmeal, doughy bread
8 Weeks: My first week of restlessness. I’m waking up constantly during the night and cannot get back to sleep quickly as much as I try! My mind starts racing and I’m tossing and turning a lot.
9 Weeks: Sleep is off and on. Some nights I feel like I’m awake every hour (most of the time to pee!), but other nights I feel like I am sleeping soundly.
10 Weeks: Waking up constantly. Difficulty going back to sleep most nights.
Looking Forward To…
8 Weeks: Developing a baby bump! After our first ultrasound, I finally felt like I was “really” pregnant and felt an overwhelming desire to have a baby bump, too!
9 Weeks: Finding out whether we’re having a boy or a girl. (See 9 Week notes below… I think that’s what prompted this one!)
10 Weeks: Same as 8 & 9 weeks.
8 Weeks: BOY… I don’t know why but around 7 weeks I got hit with a weird feeling that our baby is a boy! Ryan said I’m crazy. Haha!
9 Weeks: Okay, I may be nuts, but after some internet research, I stumbled upon Ramzi’s Method and read about it for way too long. I then naturally studied our 8-week ultrasound picture which, according to Ramzi’s Method, said we’re having a girl. I am now back to feeling clueless… which is actually where I prefer to be! I’d honestly prefer not to have any preconceived notions about whether our baby is a boy or a girl ahead of time. I can’t wait to find out!
10 Weeks: Back to having no clue!
Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?
8 Weeks: No. Feeling too nervous/anxious to buy anything yet.
9 Weeks: Nope!
10 Weeks: Nope!
Any Fun Stories?
8 Weeks: We had our first prenatal appointment on December 30 and saw our little one for the very first time! The ultrasound was incredible and my eyes started watering the instant our doctor said, “There’s definitely a little one in there!”
Hearing the heartbeat was unbelievable and made everything feel so, so real. Ryan and I both couldn’t get over how incredible it was to see our baby (He actually gave me a high five afterwards! Ha!) and I commented on how I now understand why moms-to-be share ultrasound photos. Before they looked like grainy pictures to me but now I totally get it. It’s an absolute miracle. I felt way more attached to our baby after this appointment and weeks of waiting to hear my pregnancy confirmed aloud by a doctor.
Also during my eighth week of pregnancy was New Year’s Eve and we were still trying to keep everything a secret from friends at that point. I did my best to disguise the fact that I wasn’t drinking as best I could!