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The Realities of the First Trimester

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Wow I can actually talk about it! Being pregnant. How it all has been. It’s a fab feeling because ultimately….honestly… the first trimester has been shite.

pregnancy test

It’s a tricky one moaning in pregnancy, as I am so unbelievably grateful for the little life growing inside of me as I speak but it’s not been easy.


Symptoms during the First Trimester

I’m not blessed as one of the lucky ones who have no symptoms at all during the first trimester. Week 6 kicked in and so did horrible nausea, a vile taste and sensation in my throat, tiredness and an insatiable hunger. All symptoms identical to the gremlin but my very clever body (got to love evolution) had kindly made me forget about it all. I was cranky, couldn’t even stand the smells and closeness of my hubby and my gremlin.

Hubby went out a couple of times and left us together. He came back to the pair of us crying, as she had been difficult and I had been unable to cope, snapped at her as the waves as nausea were just awful. I was sent to bed and a very sorry gremlin came up for cuddles not long after.

My surpressed immune system, a very clever aspect of pregnancy, which is trying hard not to reject the little gremlin part 2, has ensured I have picked up everything my gremlin  has brought home from nursery! I have coped and had only one day off work. Luckily, hubby and family have been very supportive and I have rested and tried not to exercise.

In terms of aversions and things that have made me gag. My fave perfumes have been a killer to spray on and hubby using the griddle pan with oil means I have to leave the kitchen.


I know everyone says being pregnant with one already is harder and that is true but sometimes just surviving a full day at work with the commute has been a challenge. My lovely work colleague has put up with a lot of moaning, sighing and eating! It is harder with the gremlin, as coming home from a long day I just want to chill but I need to have my tea, bath with the gremlin and help with bedtime. It didn’t help that she went through a phase of only wanting Mummy at bedtime so stories battling through nausea was fun. She fell asleep in our bed so many times as I couldn’t be arsed to move her. Deep down I think she has know something is up and she is aware of the “baby in my tummy”. It is easier to explain Mummy has been feeling sick due to that as well.

Food and cravings

So let’s move onto the food. Initially I went off tea, almonds, very sweet stuff and my lovely oat crackers but as the nausea improved, these have come back. I have not eaten so much in a long time. Everything. More carbs, tonnes of Indian and spicy food. Pizza. You name it. Hearty food? I wanted it and without the fear of getting lynched, I have gained very little weight. The body must know what it needs. This will be another post

Exercise in the First Trimester?

I have managed to keep up with the exercise when not being snotty. Woop! I am still going to circuits and adapting some exercises. No ab work of course. I’ve also continued with Body Pump and have not really needed to drop my weights yet. Simple cardio and free weights are also fine and I’m trying to walk as much when I can and hit my 10,000 steps. My local gym and instructors are brill and I feel safe, knowing I would get told what to leave out.

exercise in the first trimester

My Body

Similarly to the gremlin I was soooo bloated in the first trimester. Hubby and I actually went for a private 8 week scan and they couldn’t do it; I was filled with gas and all they could see was black! I had to have it trans vaginal which was fun. Therefore, I often looked huge in the evening but would wake up smaller again. I am really missing my best high waisted black jeans and have worn leggings and low rise jeans I have had for ages. No maternity clothes yet but I will be looking out soon.

12 weeks pregnant

Saying that I have popped out a lot quicker this time around and was asked in the gym at 8 weeks if I was pregnant! Eeek!! My boobs are wicked, sore but so full again, so I don’t mind about the non-underwired bras.



I am now really starting to get excited. The 12 week scan was awesome as we had a lovely midwife and she gave us about 5 pictures and was really chatty. The baby was wriggling all over but we got some great shots. I’m so glad I feel like this now as it has taken that long to get excited. Tiredness, nausea, crankiness and lots of colds really dampened the buzz of being pregnant and sometimes I could hardly think about a baby being in there. I was inspired by some posts by Kaye at Hello Archie as she wrote very similar things so I felt better.

I have no clue what the sex is this time. With the gremlin I was convinced a girl. She is convinced it’s a “baby sister” and we keep telling her noooo it could be a boy. We have decided to find out this time as it drove my hubby mental last time, as I constantly speculated. Also, I want to prepare the gremlin, especially if it is a boy!!

bump at the end of the first trimester

Excuse the messy room in the photo above!

I’m really looking forward to continuing to document my pregnancy and will do another update at 16

Thanks for reading!



  1. March 28, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Ah that first trimester can be such a hard time and like you say bloody hard to get excited when you feel rotten so much of the time! I have to admit once when we were texting and you said how poorly you were I did speculate to hubs if you might be…. Guess I just recognised the feeling a bit! I do feel for you and hope the next trimester is easier on you and yes expect lots of clinging so from the Gremlin. I think it is probs a good idea to find out so as you say you can prepare her! Xx

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 28, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      I know I felt so bad moaning all the time. I wondered if you may have guessed! I think the Gremlin is going to be very clingy so we will be preparing her 🙂 x

  2. Hannah Budding Smiles
    March 28, 2016 / 8:11 am

    Bless you, it sounds a lot like my first trimester with Toby, the constant nausea and exhaustion. This time I was either okay or throwing up, very little in between! I’ve also eaten like a beast whereas with Toby I couldn’t stand anything oily, sweet or with a strong flavour! So pleased you’re starting to feel better and I can’t wait to read your updates! I’ve loved writing about this pregnancy, it’s made my blog feel so personal again xx

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 28, 2016 / 3:22 pm

      Yours sounded so hard. I haven’t been sick so don’t know how you managed. Thanks so much. I’m looking forward to sharing the journey x

  3. March 28, 2016 / 9:03 am

    Big congratulations! Did I miss The Announcement? Not sure how I missed that!! Pleased to hear all is going well and hope you start feeling better soonx #marvmondays

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 28, 2016 / 3:21 pm

      aww you may have? Was on Friday. Depends where I linked it! Thanks lots though x

  4. March 28, 2016 / 9:48 am

    Congratulations! Exciting times for you all and how lovely that Gremlin is going to have a sibling. How are you preparing her? The first trimester always seems the worst, my symptoms lasted the whole pregnancy :-O #MarvMondays

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 28, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      Thanks so much. We have been talking about the baby and how she can help etc. Also just been very loving with her and spending time with her. Bless you to have symptoms for the whole pregnancy!! x

  5. March 28, 2016 / 10:00 am

    I remember the first trimester being tough and like you said it felt strange moaning when you are ultimately so delighted that you are actually pregnant. But that didn’t stop me from feeling sorry formyself, so milk it while you can! wow I can’t believe your abs?!!! Go you! Isint the tiredness the worst! Don’t worry it will pass,promise xx

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 28, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      I know I have felt awful! But so hard and I will be milking it! Yeh the abs popped back after my first…lucky eh? x

  6. March 28, 2016 / 10:01 am

    Oops and I dorgt to mention #bigpinklink

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 28, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      🙂 x

  7. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    March 28, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Eeek, still can’t quite believe you’re growing another gremlin. And yes I hate you for eating a lot and not gaining weight. I vividly remember my lovely wife asking why, if the baby only weighed a few grams, I had put on so much weight. To be fair if I shifted my butt a bit more this might not be the case x

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 28, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      Me neither! Sorry about the weight. Aw trust the wifey to tell it how it is bless x

  8. March 28, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    How did I miss this?!?! Eek! Congratulations hun!! Exciting times ahead! Xxxxx

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 28, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks lovely!! x

  9. March 28, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    How exciting reaching the second trimester! Your bump is so cute. X

  10. Fran Back With A Bump
    March 28, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Congratulations! I totally feel your pain and my last pregnancy was the worst for sickness, and felt so miserable with it! Carbs were about the only thing I wanted so I was really glad when the sickness eased and I could eat better and get back to the gym.

    Hope it was established soon for you x


    • RunJumpScrap
      March 28, 2016 / 6:44 pm

      Aww thanks so much! Yes it is so hard and I’m glad it’s not just me that feels like that. Bet when the sickness fully passes I’ll be like that xx

  11. Katie/Squirmy Popple
    March 28, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    I’m sorry you had so much nausea! I had that too in my first trimester and went off all kinds of weird things, including broccoli (normally my favourite vegetable) and sesame oil. I’m glad you’re starting to feel better though. That first trimester can be so hard when you feel crap and can’t tell people why! #MarvMondays

  12. March 28, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    Awww honey, I am so excited for you. The first trimester can be really tough. I struggled with mine so much. It is hard to feel excited or happy when you feel so poo. And running after a little one when all you want to do is sleep is exhausting. I am so impressed that you have still been exercising. That is brilliant. Because of my miscarriages, I haven’t been able to risk it. But this week I will be 24 weeks pregnant so I am going to start doing some light exercise. I do however walk everywhere so that has helped. Take care lovely and I can’t wait to read your next update. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  13. March 28, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Oh this is so lovely! I remember feeling AWFUL second time round. All I could manage was crawling to the sofa and lying down in front of cbeebies by 4pm. I felt terrible! Any food smells made me vom. I remember my poor big girl standing watching me puke all upset and I couldn’t do a thing to reassure her that I was ok. It was all worth it though. Now she has a best friend and partner in crime….took her a while to adjust though! Oh, and bloody hell, those abs!!! Amazing! Thanks for linking up! #bigpinklink

  14. March 28, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    Aww that is such great news. I too went off perfume. I treated myself to a big bottle of Chanel just before I found out and I ended up giving it to my mum. It just knocked me sick.
    It is tough with a little one. You need to barter for sleep I still do 😉
    Congratulations lovely x

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 29, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks lovely. The perfume is so stinky eh? xx

  15. March 29, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Congratulations! And I’m sorry to hear you had a bit of a rough time in the first trimester – it’s really hard when you already have a little one isn’t it! First time round you can take care of yourself a bit more, and rest more when you need to which isn’t so much of an option when you already have a child to look after! Hope the rest of the pregnancy goes smoothly for you – I’m excited for you to find out what you’re having! x #TwinklyTuesday

  16. March 29, 2016 / 7:55 am

    Eeeeeek, I missed this!!!!!!!!! Congratulations, this is so exciting!!!!!!!!! I’m sorry you’ve been feeling rubbish, but that should be passing soon, shouldn’t it…? (Hopefully!) and your little bump is so perfect! I’m so excited for you!!

  17. March 29, 2016 / 9:44 am

    Love that last photo of your neat little bump and what a relief it must be to finally be able to talk about it all. The first trimester is so hard and I think is made harder still by not feeling you can talk about it at the time. Hope the nausea has started to ease now – I remember how hard it was to prepare dinner each night in the first trimester and the sheer exhaustion I felt – it’s so much harder when you have a little one to look after as well. Glad your appetite is coming back and you have managed to keep up with the gym as it’s clearly something you enjoy. It’s funny how you seem to “pop” earlier with a second baby – I had to announce before my 12 week scan as people kept asking and I remember someone asking me “are you sure it isn’t twins?” – given I hadn’t had a scan at that stage, I was anything but sure! Glad to hear you are starting to feel excited now and I will be interested to find out whether the gremlin is right on her gender guess!

  18. March 29, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    Er wow. You make Mrs Adams’ two pregnancies sound remarkably straightforward. She was very tired second time round but otherwise experienced pretty much nothing like you have. But I get the feeling I should stop writing now! Hope things get easier. #twinklytuesday

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 29, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      haha yes stop talking John!! Mrs Adams was a very lucky lady. I know a few of my patients I look after had zero symptoms! How? xx Thanks x

  19. March 29, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    OOOOO New blog layout 🙂 lovely! I am needing to do mine again soon ahhhh!!
    CONGRATS again, its so exciting but ugh the smells YES – I hate that part and not even being able to stand the smell of your hubs is what I always go through, I feel so bad for them ahha!

    Looking GREAT and hope you get loads more energy x

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 29, 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Thanks I treated myself to a theme!! Thanks. I love yours! It’s horrid not liking the smell of your family isn’t it? xx

  20. March 29, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Congratulations!!Aww the first trimester sucks, glad you’re feeling a bit better now. Your little bump is so cute. Look forward to your next update 🙂 xx#bigpinklink

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 29, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks so much! x

  21. March 29, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Ah, must be such a relief to be able to write and publish everything you’ve been thinking about for months! I have this theory that if you feel the same in pregnancy as you did the first time round then you’re probably having the same sex as before. Obvs there’s no science in that whatsoever! And yes, second time round I was laid so much lower – I had the worst cough & cold I’ve ever had and not being able to take OTC medicine was a killer! I nearly fell asleep at my desk at work – so, so tired! Fingers crossed the nausea will be wearing off a bit now or very soon! Thanks for linking up to #thetruthabout Sarah X

  22. March 30, 2016 / 2:49 am

    Who dared to ask an 8 weeks pregnant woman if she was expecting? Such a person should be forbidden to speak in public ever again. Unless they are CLEARLY about to explode with child, it’s never a good idea to ask if someone’s pregnant. Maybe not even then!

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 30, 2016 / 4:50 pm

      I know it was a good job!! Thanks lovely x

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 30, 2016 / 4:49 pm

      Thanks hun x

  23. Pen
    March 30, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    I found the first trimester really tough, and the first half of the second trimester to be honest, but the second half of the second trimester and the first half of the third trimester were great. I felt fantastic. Not drinking alcohol, cutting out caffeine, drinking bucket loads of water and taking regular vitamins were great for my health. The end of the third trimester was clearly knackering.

    I look forward to hearing your updates.

    Pen xx


    • RunJumpScrap
      March 30, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Ah it’s still a bit sicky to be honest! Hopefully that will pas 🙂 Thanks lovely x

  24. March 31, 2016 / 12:51 am

    Sorry to hear your first trimester really hasn’t gone so well! Good for you for powering through all your illnesses though! Looking forward to the next instalment! Oh, and congratulations 🙂 #BigPinkLink

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 31, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Thanks lovely xx

  25. March 31, 2016 / 8:12 am

    Goodness, it sounds like you’ve had a pretty rough first trimester 🙁 Sickness is the worst. Well done for still exercising, that’s amazing! Hopefully you will begin to feel more well now. Your little bump is so cute! Thanks for sharing 🙂 #twinklytuesday

  26. March 31, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    You are looking fab and I am so impressed that you are keeping up all the exercise, I was so bloated in the beginning and it seems to have just turned into bump as it never went down again!

    • RunJumpScrap
      March 31, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Thanks Bex. Aww bless you. Mine went down but it is back again x

  27. April 1, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Aww, this really is the loveliest news I’ve heard this week. Your experience in the first trimester sounds so much like mine with the food aversions and the smell aversions, the nausea, the bloating.. I could go on and on! Anyway, glad that youre feeling much better now, it definitely starts to get better once youre into the second trimester as im sure you remember 🙂 Cant wait to hear more about how youre getting on. Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays x Emily

    • RunJumpScrap
      April 2, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Thanks lovely – yep we do sound similar. I hope I enjoy my second trimester a bit more too and thanks for hosting x

  28. May 1, 2016 / 6:54 am

    Congratulations!! Sorry to hear about the question at 8 weeks bit. Don’t know why people do not understand the simple courtesy to not ask. Anyway, all the best for the journey to your bundle of joy. 🙂