I am officially in my second trimester, and I couldn't be happier about it! First of all, it means that we can finally tell people about the pregnancy (we chose to wait until the end of the first trimester in order to get past the riskiest part of the pregnancy). But even more importantly, I am feeling much, much better these days.
The morning sickness lasted over two months. During that time, I didn't throw up once, but I was constantly nauseous (this is not an exaggeration). I did learn to function with the nausea, but it was hard to eat, never mind enjoy food. The fatigue that I experienced in the first half of the first trimester let up somewhat, so I was able to stay up until a more reasonable hour, but I still got tired faster and easier than normal.
The nausea finally let up a few days ago, around 15 weeks. I thought it would slowly go away, but it was actually kind of a sudden transition. One day, I woke up and the nausea was gone! (Note from the present: I still have mild nausea after I eat) It almost felt odd because I had forgotten what it's like to not be nauseous all the time. All of a sudden, food started tasting good again, and boy, am I taking advantage of that. Oh, I have a craving for a croissant? On a daily basis? Awesome, let's eat a delicious croissant and enjoy the heck out of it!
The fatigue is mostly gone as well, but not entirely. I would get bursts of energy at random times of the day, and have an irresistible urge to take a nap an hour later. But overall, my energy level is on the rise, and I hear that trend should continue, so I am looking forward to that.
Second trimester did bring with it some new symptoms. First of all, the pregnancy brain has gotten worse. I forget what people told me five minutes ago if I don't write it down. It's embarrassing, really. Also, my feet have started to mildly swell occasionally, and it looks like I am in danger of developing varicose veins. Super attractive, I know. I ordered some compression stockings on Amazon to try to prevent that from happening.
Meanwhile, here I am at thirteen weeks:
I finally have a baby belly! And I am wearing maternity jeans! And they are actually super comfortable, I have no complaints about them whatsoever. And I got a haircut! And finally got my hair dyed to cover up those grays (waited until the very last day of the first trimester, per doctor's orders)! In other words, I feel like a human being again.
And speaking of that baby in my belly, I saw it on an ultrasound at twelve weeks, and the baby was so adorable and super active, tumbling around all over the uterus. It actually looked like a tiny human being (at the eight week ultrasound, it kind of looked like an outline of a toy.) And yes, I am referring to the baby as "it" for now because we don't know the gender yet. But hopefully we will know it soon!