I'm Kristen. Mom to Luke and Zoey, two-year-olds extraordinaire. Trying to keep a foot in the advertising world (I freelance part-time as a writer/creative director out of San Francisco and Boston). Recently relocated to Albuquerque, NM for my husband's job (I love it). Trying to do the creative stuff I did before babies, but it's hard. Hoping to be an outdoorsy/backpacking/ snowboarding/surfer girl again someday, but fear that may be in the past. Really, just trying to embrace change and find balance--and to be grateful for all the things big and small that are good in my life.

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Pregnancy: Week 12

Hi Everyone! 

I'm 13 weeks pregnant today! One week left in the first trimester! Can hardly believe it! 

Here's how Week 12 has gone:

  • Nausea. Still. Please oh please oh please, let it go away (or at least get a little better, or not be around 24/7) soon. My husband thinks it's worse when I don't eat regularly (every few hours), so I'm trying to keep on that schedule in the hopes that he's right. I also have a suspicion that wearing anything the slightest bit tight around the waist makes it worse...Saturday I wore a non-maternity elastic-waist skirt that was a tad tight and felt HORRIBLE the entire day
  • Some pains in my abdomen that Dr. Google says are "round ligament pain" and I'll have for the rest of my pregnancy. Not a big deal, though
  • Headachy occasionally and some of my joints hurt (the ones that have suffered sports injuries), but nothing that Tylenol won't take care of
  • Had these crazy cravings for orange Gatorade this week, which is not the healthiest thing, but the cravings were so incredibly strong there was no way I wasn't having it
  • Feeling a bit up and down emotionally, but pretty positive and excited overall. Still crying over everything. Like on Project Runway last week, when one of the contestants lost the money she needed for fabric and the other contestants helped her out? Yeah. Bawling
  • Started telling work people about my pregnancy. Actually the company I do the most work for (Company D in my post last week), I told one person there and now everyone knows ("the news spread like wildfire," is how one of my co-workers put it). Sheesh. Everyone's been happy and excited and positive (although I did get a lot of, "Why didn't you tell me?" since practically everyone heard it through the grapevine)
  • Packed away most of my non-maternity clothes over the weekend. I'm getting so big so fast! Just now starting to feel (and I think look) pregnant and not fat, which is wonderful wonderful wonderful

Hope everyone has a lovely week! :)



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Reader Comments (8)

Kristen--- You look terrific in your mirror photo today. And yes, you are really looking pregnant! Nausea, tiredness, cravings, emotional, yaaaaaa. But the important thing is that you are feeling positive and excited. Keep up the good attitude. It will serve you well!!!!!!

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermom

WOW you are really looking pregnant there. More noticeably pregnant than last week, definitely.

Eat! Eat! Eat! It will make you feel TONS better I promise you. If you can't eat a meal, nibble. If you can't nibble, drink Gatorade :) EAT. It's better to eat high protein, low fat...obviously, but if all you crave is cheeseburgers eat 'em anyway.

Tight clothes made me sick too. And any kind of pressure on my belly at all. The doctor almost made me hurl while giving me an ultrasound once. I had trouble with seatbelts, too, I couldn't get them to sit comfortably over my hips without it making me feel gross.

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchckenpig

You definitely look really pregnant and you also look great! Sorry that the nausea is still there---hope it makes an exit soon.

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterccc

You look great! As for the eating, I set alarms on my phone for every 2 hours, lol. Just to remind myself to eat. It helps me feel better in general and I'm not even pregnant yet, but I think it probably will help you to eat more often. I hope the nausea goes away soon! I'm thinking of you!

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarra

Gorgeous!!!! Love the pic- and the belly- and the mama!

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJewels

PS The Project Runway episode made me cry and I'm not pregnant, or even on pre pregnancy medications :)

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchckenpig

You look amazing in this photo! I'm so jealous (in a good gives-me-hope sort of way)!

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustHeather

I am just loving that growing bump of yours! Hope the nausea goes away soon..


October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMo

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