First Trimester Recap

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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I am so excited to write this recap. I can’t believe my first trimester is over, and I’m already midway through week 16. Crazy. Time flies!

Ok, let’s get right to it. First things first: belly pics!


I actually didn’t start taking belly pics until my first trimester was almost over because not much was happening in that department. My boobs grew like crazy (seriously, when are they going to stop?), but my belly didn’t start to get bumpy until recently.



Orange juice, gummy bears, fresh fruit (especially pineapple and raspberries), pizza/English muffin pizzas, yogurt (oh, so much yogurt), macaroni & cheese, steamed spinach with vinegar (super random), all kinds of potatoes (especially with melted cheese).

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Sriracha. OMG, Sriracha. Top of my list and it still makes my stomach turn. I eventually threw away an almost-full bottle of Sriracha because every time I opened the refrigerator and saw it, my stomach did flips. Other (less intense) aversions: cumin, paprika, any smokey spices, most veggies (especially raw ones and bell peppers), sunflower butter.


Frequent urination: I thought I peed a lot before getting pregnant, but the first trimester was insane! I was probably peeing 8-10+ times a day plus another 4-6 times at night, and I was always thirsty! I was a peeing machine!

Morning sickness: All day and all night. I didn’t know this until I was pregnant, but morning sickness is not just sickness in the morning. For some women (like me), it’s an ALL DAY event. I started feeling sick at the end of week 6, and it got a lot worse up until about week 12. I never actually threw up, but I always had the toilet within an eyeshot in case I needed to make an emergency visit. Ugh, it was awful. I actually felt okay in the morning, but as the day progressed, I felt more and more sick… basically really carsick and super nauseous. By the time it was 7:00 PM or so, I felt terrible. Most of the time, I would sit on the couch and eat saltines with peanut butter and then go to bed early just so I didn’t have to feel bad. I still feel a little sick late at night in week 16, but I’m a million times better than I was! So glad that part is over!

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Exhaustion: Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired in my entire life. I’m usually someone who can’t sit still and never stops moving, but my first trimester definitely took my usual non-stop, go-go-go ways down a notch. Most nights, I would fall asleep on the couch around 7:00 PM (or earlier), wake up around 9:00 PM, climb into bed, and then sleep straight through to the next morning. One night, I even slept 14 hours, which is most definitely a PR for me.

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As far as my workouts, I barely missed any of them due to exhaustion. Exercising actually made me feel better (morning sickness-wise), so I stuck with my usual routine. During my first trimester, I went to CrossFit 3-4 times a week with a run mixed in, but I went lighter on my weights and didn’t push myself too hard.

The only reason I didn’t blog more about my workouts is because I thought you guys might catch on to my scaled-down workouts at CrossFit. I often felt really tired during workouts. My body just wouldn’t move, so everything was so much harder, especially cardio exercises (like Burpees) and running.

Most of my runs during my first trimester were actually run-walks because I just couldn’t run the entire time. I actually have no idea how I survived the Runner’s World Hat Trick during week 8. I was so sick, but somehow I ran all 25.4 miles without stopping! Super pregnancy powers?


Hunger: Apparently, some women get such horrible morning sickness, they can’t eat anything and actually lose weight in the first trimester. Well, I didn’t have that problem at all and found myself hungry all the time. I pretty much ate non-stop in order to help settle my queezy stomach. And if I let myself get too hungry, my nausea would get so much worse. There were at least a dozen times when I woke up in the middle of the night because my stomach was uncomfortably growling. I’d usually eat yogurt or saltines and then go back to bed.

Weight gain: 12 pounds, which is more than double what is recommended for the first trimester, but my doctor didn’t care at all, so I wasn’t worried about it either. Plus, I think about 90% of the weight gain is in my boobs.

SYMPTOMS I DIDN’T HAVE (*knock on wood*): UC symptoms!

Amazing, right? As soon as I got pregnant, all of my UC symptoms went away. Completely. My G.I. doctor explained that when a woman gets pregnant, her immune system needs to regulate itself so it doesn’t attack the baby. A lot of women are symptom-free their entire pregnancy while some do experience flares, which I am hoping and praying doesn’t happen to me. Typically, after the birth of the child, most women will start to see colitis symptoms once again, but others stay healthy for years. There is no way of knowing what will happen to me, but I am enjoying being healthy right now.


Remember the week that I had back-to-back blog trips? I went to the Cooking Cottage in the Hamptons and then immediately to a CVS blogger event in Rhode Island? Well, when I got home that Friday afternoon, my period was two days late. You might not think a couple of days is a big deal, but my period was always like clockwork prior to that. I knew the exact day and even the of time it would come, so I thought it was a little weird it hadn’t arrived yet.

Mal and I were not not trying to get pregnant, but I thought it was a longshot that I actually was, especially with all of my UC stuff over the past 1.5 years. Even still, I took a pregnancy test. I had actually just ordered a bunch of pregnancy test strips from Amazon after Caitlin tipped me off to how much cheaper they were than the drugstore ones. Basically, I had 20 pregnancy test strips in my bathroom and my curiosity was killing me, so I took one. Plus, if I wasted one, I still had 19 more! Who knows, maybe I knew I was pregnant all along?

I took the pregnancy test and then started unpacking from my trips. (FYI: Mal wasn’t home from school yet.) I had been away for a week, so in typical Tina fashion, my stuff “exploded” all over the living room””sort of like the photo below, but ten times worse. Seriously, my crap was everywhere, and it took me forever to put it away.


About 30 minutes later (seriously, it totally slipped my mind), I remembered the pregnancy test I had just taken, so I walked into the bathroom and picked it up. I totally expected it to be negative, but sure enough, there were two solid purple lines staring back at me””positive!

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I immediately burst into tears and then hugged Murphy, who had followed me into the bathroom. (I definitely appreciated his pug nosiness that day!) I’m pretty sure I also said something (super ladylike) along the lines of: “Holy f*ckballs!” I was totally shocked and, of course, so, so, so happy. And then I immediately took a second (and third) test just to make sure. (All three were clear-as-day positive.)


So Mal and I both love cake pops””like a whole lot. We often joke that we love them so much, we’d name our first born child “Cake Pop.” (You see where I am going with this?) Well, I went out and bought Mal a couple of cake pops to tell him our news.

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I taped a positive pregnancy test strip on each of the cake pops (c’mon, it’s just a little pee…) and then stuck them back inside the Starbucks bag to give to Mal when he got home from school.

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(At the time, this seemed like a really cute idea, but now I’m not so sure. Oh, well. It’s a good story, right? Haha!)

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Anyway, I gave Mal the Starbucks bag when he got home from school, thinking he would open it right away, but he sort of blew it off. He thanked me and then set aside the bag without even looking inside. Whomp whomp. We chatted for about 10 minutes and then I finally handed him the bag again and told him to look inside. I couldn’t wait any longer!

Mal opened the bag and immediately saw the cake pops inside. He still wasn’t that excited, but then he took one out and saw the test strip on the side. He was definitely confused at first. But, then he looked up and asked: “Are you pregnant?!?” I said yes, we hugged, and then Mal jumped up and down and clapped like a big goober. Haha! He was so excited!

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Waiting to tell our families and friends was SO HARD. When we counted the weeks to the end of my first trimester, we realized it fell during the week of Thanksgiving, so we decided to wait to tell our families until then. (We told our friends shortly after that.) We wanted to make our announcement fun, so we enlisted Murphy to spread the good news by having him wear a doggie hoodie with a special message printed on it.

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We told Mal’s parents first…

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The pug was ready to make his entrance!

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Both of my in-laws were a little confused when they first saw Murphy’s shirt, but once they realized what it said, they were so excited, especially my mother-in-law since this baby will be her first grandchild (and she has maybe hinted at grandchildren a few dozen times now).

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The next morning, we told my side of the family. Same pug shirt method.

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Both my mom and grandmother were totally shocked by our news, but really happy too. They both said that they weren’t sure if Mal and I would ever have kids, so it was an especially nice surprise.

If you’re curious, we basically explained to my mom and grandmother that we waited so long to get pregnant because we got married pretty young, we wanted to travel, and, well, we just wanted to do own our thing as long as possible until we were truly ready to have kids. My sister having a baby sped things up a little bit for us, but Mal and I had already been talking about kids for awhile before that. Speaking of my sister, she was totally pumped about our news. Our baby will be less than a year younger than Matthew, so they will definitely be best buds.

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So that’s that: my first trimester in a nutshell. I still can’t believe it is already over.

Again, thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Thrilled post. You guys are the best, and I am so excited to share this next stage of our lives with you!



  1. So excited I follow your blog because I’m 20 weeks with my first baby at age 35, and just found out yesterday I’m having a girl! Still Crossfitting about 3x a week, run 1, swim or bike 1. Glad to hear you’ve gained more weight than the “norm,” me too, but I feel like I’m still so active, I’m not too concerned about it. I’m thinking child birth has got to be easier for us knowing all of the WOD’s we’ve been through:) Piece of cake!! (with drugs of course! haha)

  2. I am so happy for you guys! Also I am so happy that your UC symptoms are staying at bay!! I have horrible digestive issues, and when i got pregnant they disappeared! I had my little guy 9 months ago, and knock on wood, they have not come back!! Hoping it stays that way for a long time!! Enjoy this time!!

  3. Wow your first trimester was almost identical to mine!! Except I threw up once (but it was my fault, I ate too much at Thanksgiving) and your announcement was WAY better than mine thanks to your amazing pug :). I LOVE reading about this and going through this with you. So exciting! And I’m so glad your UC symptoms haven’t returned. I was wondering about that. Again, best of luck to you on your journey! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

  4. Such an exciting time! My mom did the whole “I wasn’t sure you all were going to have children” thing too when we got pregnant but I’m glad we waited until we were older, more financially stable and got to do a few things just the two of us that won’t happen again for a while. I’m pretty sure I said “Holy f&*kballs!” too when I got the positive test, ha ha. Congrats again to you, Mal and Murphy 🙂

  5. Sweet story. That moment when you found out will always stay with you.
    Glad to hear the UC issues are at bay. Amazing how a women’s body just know what to do.

  6. I’m obsessed with these updates. I just had my first. He’s a month old today. Pregnancy is such a special and exciting time. I’m so excited to read more! I have no reason for this prediction but I’m saying girl 🙂

  7. Congratulations! Your first trimester sounds exactly like mine. I craved fruit (especially berries) throughout my pregnancy. I would just sit there and eat an entire carton of raspberries in one sitting. You’ll start feeling better immediately now, and the workouts should get better (if your pregnancy is anything else like mine). Have fun – this is such a special time.

  8. SO SO happy for you! You’re going to make a GREAT mom! And please don’t worry about that extra weight gain in the first trimester. I think slim but muscular women tend to gain more weight at the beginning (if they aren’t too sick). I gained about that much for both of my pregnancies. I’m at 27 weeks right now with my 2nd baby. The weight plateaus once you start feeling better. You’ll get your eating back under control and probably gain the “recommended” weight! Hang in there….

  9. Hi, Congrats on the baby! That was a cute idea how you told Mal you were pregnant. I just started reading your blog a few months ago, and I really enjoy it! It has become one of my favorite blogs.

  10. I don’t even know you and I’m crying haha this is so exciting! I absolutely love the way you told Mal, and your parents + in-laws. So clever! I can’t imagine when it happens to me how hard it’s going to be to stay tight lipped!!! Best of luck xoxo

  11. I can’t wait to find out what you’re having because I had almost identical symptoms to you – OJ cravings, hate sriracha (normally I love it) and my husband thought I was crazy because I kept telling him all our bell peppers were rotten…they just smelled so gross to me. I had all day morning sickness until week 18 (never threw up though) and gained about 10-12 pounds in the 1st trimester. I’m now 31 weeks preggo with a girl and feeling much better (but I still don’t eat sriracha). Congratulations!!!

  12. This is all so awesome! I loved hearing this story, especially since I probably won’t ever have kids (my boyfriend doesn’t want them & I’m mostly okay with it). So it’s like I’m getting to live vicariously through you, haha! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your pregnancy! Congrats to you & Mal (& Murphy) again!! 😀

  13. Such a fun recap! I experienced the same sort of all day sickness. It was the worst! I am 17 weeks now and feeling better – I hope that you continue to feel better as well!

  14. This was so much fun to read! I’m super happy for you guys and can’t wait to read more. I love living vicariously through pregnant women…okay, so that might sound weird. Not sure I’ll ever have kids but love getting to read about the Mom experience. 🙂

  15. So, so excited for you! We told our families about our first pregnancy on Thanksgiving Day too! 🙂 The cake pop approach to sharing the news cracked me up! Love how you’ve kept track of everything … so impressed. It will be fun to share all those little details about your pregnancy with your little one someday! So glad you are feeling better. That first trimester nauseousness is brutal!

  16. Congrats on making it through the first trimester! I know what you mean by all day morning sickness …it is LITERALLY the worst. I lost 15 pounds the first 15 weeks because I was either puking or too nauseous to eat food. The 2nd tri is amazing so enjoy it!

  17. This post made me tear up. My first nephew is due in about a week and a half. I can hardly stand the wait!! I can’t imagine the feelings of having your own child. One day I hope!!! Congrats to you guys and I love that you waited until you were sure you were ready. You both seem like such fun and loving people. Your baby will be so lucky to have you as parents!

  18. Yay, I love this post! I’m a long time follower of your blog and a fairly new mom myself (my little guy is almost 8 months old), so I’m looking forward to following along with your experience. The exhaustion was the worst for me in the first trimester, I was ready for bed the minute I got home from work, at 5:30pm! 🙂 It’s all so, so worth it.

  19. When I was pregnant (especially in the first trimester!) definitely had most of the same food cravings & aversions, I especially wanted pineapple and raw veggies made me want to gag!! Those 2 things seem really common from the other pregnant bloggers I read too…and I never really wanted raw veggies throughout my whole pregnancy…but when my son was born (3.5 weeks ago!) I got my appetite back for healthier things! so crazy! good luck, looking forward to following your baby journey!

  20. I have been reading your blog for about 6 moths now and love it! Thank you for being so genuine and for writing about workouts and food in such a helpful way. I am the mom of a 15 month old girl and throughout my pregnancy, I craved fresh fruit-YUM! AND it was about the only thing I could stomach during the days of morning sickness. I was so thrilled that I actually craved something healthy…until the craving for (wait for it…wait for it….) MAYONNAISE started! I don’t even like mayo, but suddenly i couldn’t make it past a foodstore salad bar without looking at the chicken salad like I was possessed! It is so crazy what your taste buds will do to you! Enjoy every crazy moment!

  21. oh my word_ thank you for sharing this in detail!!!! i am sooo happy for you Tina!!!! you are my inspiration for not only healthy balanced eating, but CrossFit (holy beast!) and now to watch your journey with a new one. Ahh. Congrats!!!!!

  22. Long time reader first time commenter. This is just the cutest post ever and I wanted to say congratulations to you and Mal (and Murphy of course) 🙂 I just love the way you told Mal the news and your respective parents. You give off such a positive vibe it always makes ME feel more positive to read your posts! Wishing you the very very best!!

  23. I haven’t checked in a week and I just saw the happy news in this post. Congratulations – I’m so happy for you! That’s great that you get a break from UC symptoms too.

    I love how you shared the news with Mal 🙂

  24. So glad someone else’s husband kind of ignored your cute idea! I printed up a spread sheet, my husband had the whole budget/our life on a spread sheet, put a little note with the pregnancy test saying we needed to ‘adjust the spreadsheet. He moved the pregnancy test and said ‘whats wrong with it’ I was like look what is in your hand dude.

    Glad your UC is better. I too found workouts to help my energy levels, well at least for the hour I worked out, then Iw ould still be in bed by 8. But it gets better, little bit. But the exhuation is just prep, those early weeks are a whole new level of deprivation.

  25. congratulations! That is such exciting news…you are due around the same time as one of my best friends and sister in law and we found out they were pregnant early october so I am impressed with your secret keeping powers! The first trimester sucks…I equated mine to being perpetually hung over for 12 weeks. Enjoy the second and third trimesters they are fun!

  26. Congratulations! So glad you’re experiencing relief from your UC. A lot of autoimmune diseases improve during pregnancy. Pretty cool.

  27. Hey Tina! It’s Carrie (Porter)…from Union! I am so thrilled to hear the good news about your pregnancy! Congrats! I just gave birth this October to a beautiful baby boy we named Max. The whole experience is crazy & amazing….I just know you’ll do great with all that life brings your way as you continue your pregnancy & mommy journey. You’re so strong! You look great. Can’t wait to hear more on your blog. 🙂

  28. So EXCITED for you guys! I had a very similar 1st trimester – I finally found ginger pills at the end and that made life so much better! Oh, and my C boobies are now 42 G’s. Womp. They got GIANT in pregnancy and just never stopped. Stretchy bras are my BFF. I just tossed all my old bras a month ago, since it was comical to see how little they were 🙂

  29. First off, I love, “It’s just a little pee” hahaha

    Second, do your boobs hurt like a MF? Because I remember that was my first sign, I couldn’t stand driving over this one set of railroad tracks on the way to work, I would grab them and hold on for dear life it hurt so bad. When I realized that had been going on for a week, I took a pregnancy test.

    Funny that you are loving yogurt, that actually was my sign with my second (surprise) pregany, I was eating my morning yogurt and even the thought of it made me feel so sick. Couldn’t eat yogurt that entire pregnancy.

    And lastly, that hungry feeling is the worst! Make sure you have emergency food with you at all times. This is when I first truly learned the meaning of the word Hangry. Because if I was hungry, you better get out of Mumma’s way, or I may actually eat you! I was so so so mean when I was hungry. My coworkers maybe started keeping snacks for me too 🙂

  30. It’s 2 am. Girl, I’ve been yawning away for the past 1 hour, but as soon as I read this post, my eyes widened and I wasn’t yawning. Your ability to connect with your readers and make me wanna continue reading more posts at this hour amazes me. Congrats Tina. This was such a fun read and so sweet. I’m so happy for you!!!

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