Tell Tale Signs You've Passed Your First Trimester - A Humorous Look at the Nuances of Early Pregnancy

These signs indicate the end to first trimester "woes" are here, or at least pretty near.
These signs indicate the end to first trimester "woes" are here, or at least pretty near. | Source

Will It Ever End?

Nausea was my first indicator that I was expecting - unexpectedly. Fatigue had risen its ugly, energy-sucking head for a few weeks, but I waved it off as summer heat and busyness with five energetic kiddos. One morning on the way to the movie theatre, I felt nauseous. The nausea unique to pregnancy - it's different than nausea from sickness. And I knew. And I was excited. After the movies, I darted across the street to Target, purchased a pregnancy test, and hid it in my purse so my kids wouldn't see it. Twenty minutes later, my suspicions were confirmed by a pink cross. Many times over those first twelve weeks I thought,"Will it EVER end??"

Well, my friends, I have some tell tale signs that the end of my first trimester has come, and I have joyfully and ever-so-gratefully entered the early days of my second trimester.

Drum roll, please.

You Can Brush Your Teeth!

I have successfully practiced oral hygiene without my body punishing me with complete expellation of whatever had been eaten the earlier 2-3 hours.

I have never experienced this phenomena in my other five pregnancies. For some reason - perhaps the positoning of my tongue when I make room for the toothbrush, perhaps because my body is concerned I may brush away a needed calorie -- my digestive system retaliated violently to my efforts to keep a colgate smile.

Thankfully, oil pulling did not bother me (supports the calorie theory). Also - I availed myself to the few minutes of non-nausea post-vomiting and scoured my mouth, desparate, oh so desperate for a clean pallette. (Even in high school I carried a toothbrush and floss with me for quick oral hygiene brush ups!)

I am happy to report, I have successfully maintained a healthy oral hygiene routine for a few days now - both day and night. And, yes, flossing included. Can I get a witness?

You Can Successfully Drink Milk and Water

You would think your body would crave water, especially when pre-pregnancy it had received no less than 64 ounces daily for years. However, a reasonable explanation escapes me, if I drank water - until about a week ago - it sat on my stomach like a rock for hours, rendering me useless, with a sensation of losing everything if I so much as moved my head.

I could drink only ice-cold Perrier (which I do not even like much!), Pellegrino, occasional all-natural iced apple or cranberry juice, and Izze carbonated juice beverage. That was about it for weeks. If I drank milk, the lactose clung to my entire tongue, and somehow I a sour aftertaste threatened to induce expellation of the previous snack or meal. :P

About two weeks ago, a combination of ice cold sweet and unsweet tea settled well in my stomach. That was a turning point. There was great rejoicing in the land.

You See More Daylight than Alaskan Winters

You know you have turned a proverbial corner in your pregnancy when you can prepare a meal for your family without the activity requiring a two hour nap! My four year-old had learned to sit next to me on my bed and play with legos, hot wheels, my smartphone, etc., while I snoozed. I almost felt guilty. Almost.

I was so excited the first day I was able to do laundry, dishes, and prepare a meal for my family without my toenails demanding sleep. I was that tired. ;) Yes, I am actuall awake for more hours in the day than asleep - and being productive.

You Actually Enjoy Talking to Friends Again

I don't know about you, but for a season, my phone stayed on silent. I simply did not want to move my tongue - it may backlash because I used it in an inappropriate manner to form a phonetic. I did not want to use the energy required to think or speak.

I knew with a certainty that I had passed this tribulation when, after I had been in bed for a couple of hours, my dear friend from Hawaii called at 10 pm, and after brief internal debate, I answered the phone, got out of bed, and headed to the living room to chat with my beloved chum.

Exercise Is Inviting Again

When you graduate from not even wanting to chew because it takes too much effort to feeling the call of the street to walk, the inner-tingle to lift hand weights - you know you've taken another step forward.

When my thoughts transformed from, "Please, Gregory, stay asleep while I walk your brothers to the bus stop," to "I need to dress him, pack a snack for him and get him in the stroller so I can walk in this morning coolness," I knew I was seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

**Note: I can see my house the entire walk to my children's bus stop. My four year old (Gregory) rarely wakes up before 9 on his own accord. Walking to the bus stop did not put him in any measurement in harms way. Plus, we live on a cul de sac, and any traffic that would pass my house I would see. :)

You Sit on Rather than Bow Before the Porcelain Throne

Last, but not least, your visits to the porcelain throne room are done sitting rather than kneeling. No further explanation needed.

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Oh, yes, remember it all so well - two times! With both of my pregnancies, I could not eat for five months, just the smell of ground beef cooking, especially would be so sickening. I was only able to each a little bite of a cracker and sip water. But the doctor told me that the baby would be okay, as I was worried about the baby's nutrition, and the Dr. said it would take nutrients already in my body. So, I so tired. But I made of for lost time after the five months, and could eat anything and everything, and I did. Thanks for this interesting hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Faith Reaper -

I can relate to smells! I could not even stand the smell of the oven heating. My 13-year old was all to glad to jump in and help. She loves to cook. I was so thankful I had already taught her and my 10 year old how to cook a few meals.

Thank you for reading and again, as always, for taking the time to comment.


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Ingenira 4 years ago

I enjoyed reading your hub. I smiled as I read it. I love children and wished I can experience all these ups and downs all over again !


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank you, Ingenira, for reading and commenting! I love part of pregnancy -- but I don't think I'll miss the fatigue! Best~


Nikki 22 months ago

Your thknniig matches mine - great minds think alike!


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breathe2travel 21 months ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Nikki - indeed. Thank you for reading and commenting. Best regards~

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