The Big, Long First Trimester Post

by jenna on November 6, 2013

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Week 4: Shock and disbelief! We are actually pregnant?!?!

Week 5: Slight cramping but overall feeling really great and super blessed.

Week 6: HUNGER. In one day, I ate a pumpkin muffin, a greek yogurt, a protein bar, four pieces of toast with pesto, mushrooms and goat cheese, a bag of chips, a honeycrisp apple, a package of peanut butter crackers, two homemade snickerdoodles and a huge plate of spaghetti with meat sauce.

Also ridiculously congested with bad sinus headaches. Feels like I have the flu {edited later to add: actually I did have the flu!}. No energy, daily naps and overall feeling of queasiness despite insane hunger.

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Week 7: Feel utterly miserable with a severe sinus infection/flu. We traveled this week to Indianapolis for the Influence Conference and it was all I could do not to lay in bed the entire time. No foods sound good and I literally have to force myself to eat something because I know I’ll feel better after I do. Actually, I lied. The only food that sounds good is grilled cheese, chicken soup…and key lime pie. Thank goodness for room service.

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Week 8: Extreme fatigue. Like, I look forward all day to the moment when I can get in bed at night. No real morning sickness to speak of, just generally feeling yucky with no energy to even blow my hair dry or get dressed in “real” clothes {i.e. not yoga clothes}. Feeling lucky that there’s been no puking yet and knocking on wood for the weeks to come!

Craving anything and all things strawberry, especially organic strawberry sorbet pops from whole foods. Can’t.get.enough.

Week 9: In true pregnancy fashion, having an INTENSE love affair with dill pickles. I know that’s so cliche I never thought I’d be “that” pregnant girl woolfing down a whole jar, but it’s true. Still battling intense exhaustion and going to bed every night around 9pm but feeling much better this week and starting to get back in the exercising boat with walks and Barre3 online workouts {love the 30 minute ones – they have a few prenatal options but I have found all the regular workouts to be super adaptable to pregnancy!}. I feel so lucky to have bypassed the intense morning sickness that so many of my friends had. Despite getting so sick a few weeks ago with the flu and getting regular headaches, I think I’ve had it pretty good so far.

In addition to dill pickles, I’ve also enjoyed tons of smoothies lately. I drink at least one big smoothie a day.  Here’s my current favorite combination:

1/2 cup plain whole fat greek yogurt

1 cup frozen peaches

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 big handfuls spinach

1/3 cup raw old fashioned oats

1 cup-ish unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Week 10: Double digits and feeling good! Some cramping this week {no spotting} but I’m not worried as I’m pretty sure it’s just my uterus stretching and expanding. Eating tons of almonds, Greek yogurt, honeycrisp apples….and the “occasional” ice cream cone or kid’s size milkshake from Super Duper. Speaking of Super Duper, I had the most life changing burger from there that involved avocado, caramelized onions and extra jalapenos. Baby Beaugh was a happy camper after that one, for sure.

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Week 11: I feel like I woke up on Wednesday morning (the start of my 11th week) with a noticeable baby bump! Of course, I’m probably the only one who can really notice it, but still. I took this as a real excuse to order a few longer maternity tops that will show off the bump nicely. I’m feeling tired again – probably because I’m up at least 15 times a night using the restroom – and still craving strawberries. Strawberry fruit bars? Best thing ever. Went back to my first yoga class, a 90 minute vinyasa flow taught by a pregnant instructor (it wasn’t specially prenatal just taught by a pregnant teacher), in 6 weeks and it.destroyed.me. I felt awesome during class and was able to keep up with modifications but was SO SORE and exhausted for the next four days that I could hardly move. The next day after the class I pretty much just laid on the couch all day. Maybe next time I’ll try a real prenatal class instead.

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Week 12:  Yippee! We made it to the 12th week! I’m feeling good and keeping up with Barre3 online workouts {no more 90 minute vinyasa classes for me right now} and 40 minute walks near my house. Working out makes me feel strong and so much better – much more like my old self. Scale says I’ve gained 5 lbs so far and the little baby bump is certainly growing. Despite being up all night peeing, I’m not as tired as I once was. Pregnancy is so weird. I don’t feel nauseous really but I can’t open the fridge without gagging. I probably randomly gag about a dozen times a day. I gag every time I open the jar of prenatal vitamins, every time I get a whiff of the trash and every time I open the cheese drawer, despite how much I love the cheese inside the drawer. So strange.

Also, can we talk about h-h-h-h-h-heartburn?!! It’s already kicking my butt. Tums is my best friend.

Week 13: This brings us to where we are today! Today is the first day of my second trimester! I actually haven’t been feeling too great this week, unfortunately. I think the baby is going through a major growth spurt right now because I’ve been up eating granola at 2:30 in the morning the past few days because I’m just so darn hungry and have insomnia. I’ve been falling asleep at around 9:30 then waking up at 2am wide awake and starving. I just have a feeling this is going to be a really big baby {both Adam and I were big babies!}.

Today we have an ultrasound and I can’t wait to see the little munchkin! Last ultrasound, he or she was flipping around like crazy. Adam and I said it looked like it was dancing. :)

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Ksenija @ With An Open Mind November 6, 2013 at 3:45 am

This sounds like an awesome journey already! Wish you guys all the best and I cannot wait for new ultrasound pictures… aww!

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Urban Wife November 6, 2013 at 3:50 am

This is so, so sweet. You will love reading back on these someday – I know I did. Praying your ultrasound appt goes well! Can I say it again…? You have the cutest belly bump ever. I’m pretty sure my former 12/13 week pregnant self is slightly jealous. ;)

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Christie November 6, 2013 at 4:04 am

Try papaya enzymes for heartburn! They worked for me! At about week 10 I just started setting out my nighttime snack before bed because I knew I’d be up and starving at some point. It most often involved your Elvis granola and some yogurt :)

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Lindsey Hein November 6, 2013 at 4:06 am

Congratulations! Pregnancy cravings are no joke! I never did the pickle thing, but all I wanted was carbs, carbs, carbs- all the mac & cheese and baked potatoes!

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Anne @ CandyCrazedrun.wordpress.com November 6, 2013 at 4:15 am

Ahhhhh congratulations Jenna! Just reading this post makes me smile!

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Paige Phillips November 6, 2013 at 4:26 am

I’ve been reading your blog since the very beginning, and I have to say that this is my favorite post so far! It’s one of those moments when it seems like everything you’ve been working for your whole life has finally come together! Definitely a time to savor! Congrats!!!!

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Casey November 6, 2013 at 4:26 am

Congrats!
I am 11 weeks pregnant today, and I am totally with you on the gagging! I gag at everything right now!

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Madison November 6, 2013 at 4:44 am

I love this post and that we can take a look at what life is like for you now! Congratulations. You are a beaming beauty!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 6, 2013 at 4:46 am

I’m so excited for you Jenna! Sorry to hear it was such a rough start with the flu. It sounds like you’re doing much better now though! I’ve read blogs of so many women who said they got crazy dill pickle cravings. I can’t stand dill pickles so I’ll be very curious to see if the same thing happens to me some day. Good luck with the ultrasound! :)

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) November 6, 2013 at 4:54 am

Love the update and I’m so happy for you! When you run out of pickles, try kalamata olives. I can’t keep my hands out of the jar now at 13.5 weeks. So salty and delicious ;)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks November 6, 2013 at 4:55 am

You are going to LOVE having this all documented and I loved reading your accounts and thoughts. Insane fatigue, gagging upon opening the fridge, having to drag yourself out of bed, oh boy I remember all of that. You’re glowing Jenna and looking wonderful!

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 6, 2013 at 5:05 am

What an incredible journey! Congrats!

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Danica @ It's Progression November 6, 2013 at 5:06 am

so fun to read the update! And I’m glad you’re past the worst of the nausea now!

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Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 6, 2013 at 5:07 am

So exciting! Congrats again! :)

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Jenn S November 6, 2013 at 5:12 am

What pre-natals are you using?

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jenna November 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

I take Vitamin Code Raw Prenatals and LOVE them. I’ll be talking more about them later on but I highly recommend…despite the gagging – they are wonderful! I love them so much I ordered Adam the man version.

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Lindsay November 6, 2013 at 5:16 am

Congrats Jenna! I am nearly 31 weeks along with my first and pregnancy really is the most bizarre, exciting, challenging and fun time (if all those things are possible at once haha!) – I am getting so excited for the end now to finally meet this baby :)

Can’t wait to continue to follow along with your journey!

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tessa November 6, 2013 at 5:23 am

Congrats! I had similar issues in the first bit of pregnancy too, not nautious but totally grossed out by things and tired. I couldn’t even SAY the word KALE or walk into the veggie section of the supermarket, gag me. Bagels and cream cheese were my best friend. However things got much better around 16 weeks and MUCH MUCH better from 20-35 weeks so hopefully you will feel that too! Now with a one year old, the most I really remember from pregnancy is eating a ton of peaches and easily going to bed at like 8pm every night (i am usually a night owl). It gets better I promise!

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tessa November 6, 2013 at 5:24 am

oh and I switched to gummy/chewy prenatals for that first bit when I couldn’t even think of swallowing that horse pill. It helped! I switched back to the better ones once I could bear it.

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Wendy@ All Kinds of Miles November 6, 2013 at 5:27 am

This was so fun to read- can’t wait for more updates! I know you said this won’t turn into a baby blog, but I think we all would love to see updates along the way!

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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy November 6, 2013 at 6:13 am

I agree! I loved this update!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 6, 2013 at 5:36 am

This is so exciting!! Loved reading this :)

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Teri November 6, 2013 at 5:39 am

Wait! What? How did I miss this?! How wonderful! Congratulations to you both! It looks like you’re already enjoying the journey. May it continue to be as amazing and wonderful as it is now. Can’t wait to hear about each day!

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Kate November 6, 2013 at 5:56 am

Jenna, this is so exciting. I am about three years younger than you, and probably about three years from trying for a pregnancy! So this is so fantastic to read.

I also love the newsy-but-not-TMI tone you’re striking. I LOVE hearing about details like this, but I’ve been put off my bloggers who go into excruciating specifics about pregnancy and birth. You are getting it EXACTLY right for the internet and I can’t wait to keep reading!

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Jessy Carlisle November 6, 2013 at 5:57 am

I’m pregnant with my first right now too, and it’s so fun to read your blog about it! I hear you on the first trimester! It threw me through a loop! Tired all the time, nausea with no throwing up, and just not feeling myself. At about 14 weeks I felt like a new woman, and I’m back to eating normal (for the most part). It’s such a blessing to be pregnant, but man these little ones can sure mess with us:) So happy for you!!

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Amy R November 6, 2013 at 6:09 am

Yay! Thank you so much for sharing your story <3 Hope your appointment goes great today!!

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Maria November 6, 2013 at 6:09 am

So many congratulations and well wishes to you and the husband! So exciting! The best part is getting to hear your story along my own. I’m 13 weeks at the end of this week!

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Jen November 6, 2013 at 6:14 am

So very excited for you guys!!! Pregnancy changes from day to day, week to week, right?! I had extreme heartburn and would often just lay in bed and cry :( I will suggest if it does get worse (and I hope it doesn’t!) talk to your dr/mid-wife about going on a heartburn med. They’ll prob. okay something now that you’re in your 2nd trimester. I will caution you on using (overusing) Mylanta! I had 3 bottles of it – in my purse, at my desk and in my kitchen and had to replace them every week! I ended up with horrible bathroom problems – I was taking way too much but it was helping the heartburn! So, if you take mylanta in the recommended dosage you’ll prob. be fine but don’t overdo it like I did!! Hope you feel better but rest a lot and drink lots of water!

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Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health November 6, 2013 at 6:18 am

thanks for sharing this Jenna. Loving the updates :)

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Jenny November 6, 2013 at 6:22 am

I love hearing how hungry you are! I’ve always thought that if/when I get pregnant that I’m going to end up being that woman who is standing in the fridge barefoot at night snacking on anything I can get my hands on – glad to hear it could happen!!

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Katie D. November 6, 2013 at 6:25 am

Congratulations! Your joy is infectious!

I’m 6 ish weeks, but after a miscarriage and multiple infertility treatments, I’m too cautious to have very much joy! Though, I’m going to try and write a few things down each week, because I’ll regret it if I don’t. Thanks for the encouragement :)

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erin @hooleywithaz November 6, 2013 at 6:27 am

i loved this. we’re trying for baby #1, and so i’m loving hearing about everyone’s experiences with their early pregnancies. thanks for sharing lady (and color me impressed that you were still on top of everything while you were sick! even though you probably didn’t feel like you were, we didn’t notice a thing…)

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Karen November 6, 2013 at 6:37 am

…feeling your joy right along with you, Jenna – excited for your ultrasound appt. today! We’ll all be with you, cheering you on, from the sidelines every step of the way of this magnificent journey. hugs!

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Colleen November 6, 2013 at 6:43 am

If you get Charlie horses (second and third tris for me) eat lots of bananas! It helps!

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Nikole Liles November 6, 2013 at 6:53 am

Your pregnancy so far sounds like mine did with my son. I was just extremely tired and craved teenage boy food. I am now pregnant with a girl and I was sick 25/7 for 11 weeks. Things should ease up around 13-14 weeks and then it gets exciting when you can start to feel the baby move. Exciting to watch your journey. My first pregnancy was “magical”. It is a little different second time when you have an active toddler but still amazing what our bodies can do.

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Meagan @ A Zesty Bite November 6, 2013 at 6:55 am

Thanks for the weekly updates! You are going to rock out this 2nd trimester — it was simply the best.

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Jennifer November 6, 2013 at 6:58 am

So exciting! Congratulations! I’ve been interested in your culinary/fitness posts for a long, long time, and it’s such a joy to read about your love for your husband, and now you’re both welcoming a child! Such a treat to read along about your journey. Best wishes!

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Sarah November 6, 2013 at 7:00 am

Did you and Adam want to try for kids so soon after getting married or did you just leave it in Gods hands?!

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jenna November 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

We’ve always known that we wanted a big family and after we got married we decided to leave it up to God to decide when we’d start building it – His plan is way better than ours anyway.

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Alexia November 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Hi Jenna. Congrats! Wow, watching your life change over the last three or so years has been really meaningful. You seem happy and I’m glad for you. I’m wondering though, what does “decided to leave it up to God” mean? And what does “His plan” mean? I was raised religiously so I’ve heard Christians speak this way my whole life. And now that I’m no longer religious, from the outside looking in, I often wonder what it means when people talk about “God’s plan.” My sister for example, is really really religious and she is always talking about “waiting on the Lord” but recently she asked my mother (who really isn’t well off) to lend her money to start a business. Because my sister is the kind of person who acts as though she can’t make a move without hearing from God, I wanted to ask if God told her to ask my mother for money. Or if you weren’t using birth control, for example, and you got pregnant…isn’t that biology? Not that that is your experience. If you are around people who share your views, maybe they’re able to nod their heads when you talk about “God’s plan.” But with other kinds of people, and I’m having a hard time articulating this, it makes Christianity look naive, as though Christians aren’t in the real world where sometimes we have to borrow borrow even if we haven’t heard the instruction from God. And “naive” not because of the mysticism, but where does “God’s plan” meet real life? If, for example, a woman was on birth control she might not have gotten pregnant. I guess my point is that, life happens regardless of whether people are interested in God’s plan. Anyways, I’m not sure if I’m making any sense but I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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jenna November 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Alexia,

This is a pretty loaded question and probably more suited to an email discussion than a comment forum so if you’d like to email me about this, I’m more than happy to discuss! The short answer to your question is that it’s our personal belief that God has a definitive plan for our lives. That plan plays out in our “real life” daily, as we pray and study more about Him. Of course life happens regardless of what you choose to believe. We just choose to have faith in a God that knows us intimately and has all our days planned out. I bet your sister would love to talk more about that with you, too!

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rachel November 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Hi Alexia,
I don’t know if you’ll read this but I wanted to chime in.
First of all, Christians really cannot all be lumped together. Christians are incredibly diverse. So not all Christians says they’ll let God plan their families. In fact, even uber-conservative evangelical pastor John Piper says,
“The “trust God, therefore don’t use birth control” thinking is based upon the incorrect assumption that what happens “naturally” reflects “God’s best” for our lives, but that what happens through human means does not. Why should we conclude that the way to let God decide the size of our family is to get out of the way and just let nature take its course? We certainly don’t think that way in other areas of life. We don’t reason, for example, that we should never get haircuts so that “God can decide” the length of our hair. ”
I quote this not because I am a fan of John Piper, but to show that even in very conservative circles, this thinking is not the norm. Growing up in an extremely conservative church community as a pastor’s kid, I knew very few people who “let God plan their family” completely. I would say this is not the Christian norm, in fact, I would say it’s the Christian exception.
In Ancient Israel (and ancient society in general) the average woman only had 4 children, as extended breastfeeding and co-sleeping delayed fertility, spacing children between 2.5-3.5 years, which also appears to be the ideal spacing for the female body, from what I’ve read.
Finally, some statements like a newlywed couple saying that they were going to allow “God to plan their family” are simply a form of Christian-ese if you will. Every sub-group has their own vernacular. It’s the common language a group uses to communicate a message that’s clearly understood by the rest of that group. In non-Christian circles people might talk about “the Universe” or “putting something out to the Universe” which, when pressed, could also sound naive. My husband is a businessman, and it seems at his company they only speak in acronyms. :) These phrases are not always going to be semantically correct; they are not meant to be pressed to the extreme, but to have meaning within the context of the group. So when I read that statement by Jenna, I translated it as she and her husband were not going to use birth control and trust that a pregnancy would occur if/when the timing was right, and that she viewed God as being in control of that.

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Mrs. O November 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

Coming from a mom with 20 years between her 2 kids – raising one family inside a Christian community and one not… Rachel, that was spot on. Your a wise woman.

Stacey I November 6, 2013 at 7:01 am

So happy for you guys :) When I was pregnant with my little girl, I craved milk – ice cold glasses of milk. I would even put the cup in the freezer for a bit before pouring the milk. And Oreos – I would allow myself 4 Oreos a night :) Has your belly started itching yet?

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jenna November 6, 2013 at 9:41 am

Oreos! I forgot to mention those – definitely have eaten my fair share. :) And nope, belly hasn’t started itching quite yet!

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Emily November 6, 2013 at 7:02 am

SO exciting! I was outeating my husband before the first trimester was over, so no worries about all the food intake ;) It’s just a good excuse to eat more delicious things! Haha.

These pilates workouts are specifically for pregnancy and are AWESOME. http://danielalexandra.com/members-area/

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Margarita November 6, 2013 at 7:03 am

Congratulations Jenna and Adam! What an exciting time in your life. :)

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Lindsay November 6, 2013 at 7:03 am

Congratulations and thanks for sharing your joy with us! I absolutely love reading about my favorite bloggers and their pregnancy journeys!

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Joelle (on a pink typewriter) November 6, 2013 at 7:06 am

What a sweet post! Did you start this post (or these notes) right at the beginning to save for yourself?

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jenna November 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

I did! I thought it would be fun to document the whole journey…and to share!

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rebecca - Goodnight Noises Everywhere November 6, 2013 at 7:06 am

During my first trimester with my second kid for some weird reason shortbread really grossed me out. Even now I can’t think of shortbread without gagging. Which is so weird because how much does one even encounter shortbread?
Your first trimester sounds a lot like both of mine … I had smooth sailing pregnancies so wishing you the same! Enjoy this chance to rest and take care of yourself because once that baby is born it’s never going to be so easy again :)

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DessertForTwo November 6, 2013 at 7:08 am

I so loved reading this! I have two best friends in their 12th week right now, and I love following along.
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers :)
-Christina

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Audri Kocsis November 6, 2013 at 7:14 am

Can I make a suggestion? I used Rolaids soft chews during pregnancy for heart burn and they worked great. Just thought I would share.

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jenna November 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

Thank you!

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Maggie Franklin November 6, 2013 at 7:18 am

Thanks for sharing your pregnancy journey with us, you’re adorable and that baby is crazy lucky!

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Aileen November 6, 2013 at 7:31 am

Congratulations Jenna! You look beautiful, and I love this pregnancy post. I’ve been reading your blog for years now and love following your life…getting more involved with non-profit, engagement, wedding, and now baby! So excited for you. Plus, I love your recipes! They are my husband and my favorites. You’re definitely my go-to food blogger because your recipes are always delicious and never fail me :)

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Hillary November 6, 2013 at 7:51 am

Love hearing these details but feel like there’s so much more to hear! Where you planning it? How did you tell Adam? How did you tell your parents? Will you find out the gender? Of course we care about how you’re doing physically, but for those of us who’ve followed you for years, we care about your heart and the deeper story! Please share more! Please???

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jenna November 6, 2013 at 9:39 am

There are a ton of details but there’s some that we prefer to keep private. I’ll share as much as we feel comfortable with on the Internet :)

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Samantha November 6, 2013 at 7:54 am

You look stunning and so happy! Congratulations! I am always secretly jealous of pregnant ladies. I think pregnancy is so wonderful and pregnant ladies are so gorgeous. :) Congrats again.

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking November 6, 2013 at 7:56 am

Congrats! You look wonderful. I am in the last month of my first pregnancy. I totally remember the exhaustion. Ugh! It is so hard to do anything that first trimester. Now you are in the sweet spot. Around week 16, I was feeling soooooo good! I got so much stuff done. I loved being pregnant then. Now, I am kind of just anxious to meet the baby and get rid of this dang heartburn. It never went away through my whole pregnancy. I hate it. You are going to love the second trimester!

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Courtney @ Our Latte Love November 6, 2013 at 8:04 am

This is great! So glad you’re past one all the ickiness of the 1st trimester. One thing I would highly recommend for those sinus headaches is a Netti-Pot – it seems totally gross but saved me from what I’m sure would have turned into a few nasty sinus infections throughout pregnancy:)

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Ali O November 6, 2013 at 8:11 am

Pregnancy is the strangest thing but in the most wonderful way. Wait until you get another 10 weeks under your belt and you are really feeling the kicks and wiggles!

Make sure you’re eating tons of protein!

Enjoy this time! xoxo And hope you feel better soon!

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Shannon D'J November 6, 2013 at 8:30 am

Loved reading the update!

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Kelsey November 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

Congratulations to you guys! It’s so weird. I went to your page yesterday and as I was waiting for it to load I said to myself “I wonder when they are going to announce a pregnancy”, then BAM, right in my face. Anyway, I am 19 weeks pregnant with my second and I totally remember the gagging feeling. In fact, I had it this morning as I was trying to swallow my gigantic prenatal vitamin.
I am sure it will go away soon! Heartburn sucks and Tums is a lifesaver. :)
We find out if we are having a boy or a girl tomorrow and I just can’t wait!
Good luck with everything, can’t wait to read more about the pregnancy!
Please don’t think your readers get bothered with the pregnancy posts because I personally LOVE them! In fact, I wouldn’t mind more of them as your pregnancy progresses. It is a really exciting time and it is important to document and share that time with everyone!!
Well wishes!

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Jen November 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

OMG! That bump! I’m 17 weeks and your bump is way bigger than mine. Kind of jealous. I still feel like I’m in the “is she getting fat or is she pregnant” stage. :-) Congrats! Can’t wait to see how big your bump is by the end.

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Sarah November 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

Jen – dot be jealous. I’m 28 weeks pregnant and I think my bump is her size or smaller haha. You will love having a smaller bump as you get further along cause you can still do things without a big belly in the way! I was like you and didn’t want people to question if I was fat or pregnant? But I absolutely love my little bump and that I can still shave my legs etc when other ppl tell me at this point they couldn’t bend over without holding their breath haha

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Kk November 6, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I thought the bump was photoshopped! It’s so cute and round! I didn’t bump until 28 weeks so my perception was seriously skewed until recently when my friend had a legit bump at 10 weeks. Just goes to show everyone is different!

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jenna November 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Definitely not photoshopped! that would be weird. My OB said today that everyone just carries differently – this is my first time so it’s all new to me!

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laura November 6, 2013 at 9:21 am

Joining everyone else in wishing you a huge congrats! I am 30 weeks with my first and totally hear you on the middle-of-the-night hunger (I have eaten a lot of cereal at 3am) and random gagging. I eventually switched to gummy prenatal vitamins because I couldn’t choke the pills down after awhile. Hope your second trimester is less exhausting and just as joyful!

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melody November 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

so fun! I loved reading this. I had the heartburn thing as well, and my midwife suggested papaya enzymes instead of tums, which were tastier and helped more :) so excited to keep up with your pregnancy! you are glowing, little mama xoxo

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Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac November 6, 2013 at 9:50 am

Yay!! I love reading pregnancy updates!!! Glad to hear you are mostly feeling well and I hope that the worst is over!

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Lori November 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

I KNEW IT! I check you about every week or two, and today I asked myself, “I wonder if Jenna is pregnant yet…” And BOOM! There it was! Many congratulations to you and your man. Many blessings to you and your family. Good luck!!!

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Lauren November 6, 2013 at 10:09 am

Wow, what an update! Someone above said you are striking the right tone for the internet/a blog and I completely agree. This was a super cute post. I’ve never been pregnant so I can’t contribute to that convo but I do want to ask an unrelated question: does anyone else have problems viewing ELR using Internet Explorer or Google Chrome? I have those two browsers at work & used to read ELR while eating lunch every day, but for the past few months the blog won’t display properly & photos won’t display at all. I don’t have the same problem with Safari on my phone or at home; ELR loads fine with it. I’m able to view other blogs & websites in the same genre as ELR using IE & Chrome at work, so I don’t think the problem is due to administrator restrictions. Just wondering if others are experiencing the same issue or if you, Jenna, know of any issues. Congrats again on the little bean!

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Laura November 7, 2013 at 9:27 am

I read ELR while eating lunch at work everyday too! :)

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Caroline L. November 6, 2013 at 10:24 am

Awh, I’m sorry you had a bit of a tough time in the first trimester. That little baby will be grateful one day! And all of this will be worth it very, very soon :) Still so giddy with excitement for you guys!

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nicole @ I ama Honey Bee November 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

congrats on getting through the first trimester! The rest of the way is very exciting as well :-)

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Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats November 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

I can so relate to all of these weekly recaps (my son is now 12 weeks old.) I remember feeling so tired in the first trimester that I didn’t think I’d make it to the end – like I literally could not put one foot in front of the other some days! Fortunately the fog will lift shortly and you’ll start feeling like your old self again. :)

Speaking of maternity clothes, I recommend Old Navy maternity. None of their regular stuff fits me (nor appeals to me, to be honest) but their maxi dresses fit beautifully and were really affordable. Their maternity shirts were also loooong, which I loved.

HAVE FUN!! :)

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Suzanne de Cornelia November 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

Congratulations!!

Hope you’ll set a great example by an all organic pregnancy. ie replace/get rid of all non-organic household/yard products. Many kids today have neuro problems from all the chemicals used in the home, and then parents give them more chemical ‘medicines’ instead of clean diet-environment.

Strawberry craving could be for the folate in fresh strawberries that won’t be satisfied in strawberry bars. i.e. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2064/2

Dr. Mercola’s site is excellent for everything on nutrition.

BTW I found a stackable soil-less sprouter on Amazon. Just buy organic seeds an you’re in business. Best are wheat grass, pea, sunflower. The #1 thing to avoid in sprouting is mold.

A Spring baby…how exciting!!

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Molly November 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

Congratulations! I am 12 weeks along and am starting to realize that maternity clothes need to be in my future. Where did you order your maternity tops?

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Christine November 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

Congratulations! I’m almost 18 weeks, and I had major gagging problems during my first trimester too. It finally went away a few weeks ago, so hopefully yours will too:) I switched from regular to prenatal yoga as soon as I hit my second trimester, and I absolutely love it.

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HeatherChristo November 6, 2013 at 11:37 am

So happy for you!!! Try drinking aloe juice before eating and when the heartburn kicks in- it is like extinguishing the fire.

http://www.amazon.com/AloeCure®-Grape-4-bottle-pack/dp/B0018ZRUSG/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

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megan November 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Congrats n the baby news. I love hearing about little ones coming into our world and I am so happy that you are blessed with this little one. I heard that if you have heart burn when you are pregnant it mean that the baby will have a lot of hair. My mom told me she only got really bad heartburn when she had my sister and she was the only one out of the three of us to have a thick head of hair when she was born.

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Sarah November 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Congrats! You look super cute and seem to be one of lucky ones that has skipepd that “fat or pregnant” phase and have an adorable bump already. I’m currently 28 weeks and my first trimester sounded alot like yours. By the time I announced my pregnant everyone had already figured it out.

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April November 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm

you look so gorgeous! :) it is pretty incredible what the human body goes through to produce and support a new life. hang in there, even on your tired and nauseous days. it just gets more fun from here! <3

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Lani November 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm

So much fun to follow along with your journey! You look gorgeous. I do not. Ha!
We have similar sounding experiences thus far- headaches, fatigue etc, although I have had some of the M. Sickness too. It’s reassuring to hear Simikar experiences. Pregnancy is so strange – and amazing.

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Nicole November 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Love love love this update! Y’all are going to be the most adorable little family!

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Stephanie November 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Congratulations!! I had the same extreme exhaustion thing. No puking. Just comatose tired. So happy for you!!

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Jessica N. November 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Ahh that is so amazing to hear about! I’m really happy to hear morning sickness hasn’t gotten you too down too. :)

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Caitlin November 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I have been following your blog for a long time and I was so excited to hear you are expecting! I will be 13 weeks on Sunday so I think you are just a few days ahead of me!!! I’m excited to follow your journey as I travel my own!

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated November 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm

So fun!! Congratulations to you! My little girl is 6 months old, and I did pregnancy updates on my blog the whole time. It was so fun to share with everyone how I was doing that particular week! ;)

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lena November 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm

totally awesome!!! so excited for you both! can’t wait till the little one arrives!

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Michelle Q November 6, 2013 at 6:05 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I almost screamed with excitement when I saw your post. I’ve been a fan of your blog for years!! I’m also pregancy with my first baby and due in April. As I read your week by week I can totally relate. I look forward to reading along during pregnancy.

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Lia November 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Hi Jenna! Wonderful news and I love hearing all about your experience. Im a naturopath and massage therapist in Sydney (Australia) and I just want to say… hunt around to get a pregnancy massage!!! You wont regret it, they are wonderful and will help you sleep. You will only regret not going sooner! All the best X

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Laura November 6, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Congrats! I have been reading your blog and it has made me want to start my own! Ironically I am now 14 weeks pregnant and I think seeing your post may have given me the push I needed to get started! It’ll be nice to see someone else’s journey that is occurring pretty much at the exact same time as mine!

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Brittnie November 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I am so happy for you. I am a long time reader and it is so neat to see how all the pieces of your journey lead you to where you are today. :)

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Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists November 6, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Love this post! So excited to see some neat pregnancy work-out dads available! Congrats again!!

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Stacey November 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Yay Jenna! I love this post! Thank you for sharing your sweet bundle of news and joy! Can’t wait to hear more :)

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Joey November 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm

You look great, glad you’re feeling good too! So thrilled for you guys.

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Amy Walters, A DESIGN DOCK November 6, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Loved the recap…pregnancy sounds crazy and unpredictable.

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Maggie J November 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Be patient – your energy will come back! It came back for me around week 15 and since then (energetically, anyway) I’ve felt the same as always.

I’m currently in my 26th week and just (like within the last four hours) got hit with awful heartburn. Oh-wee! Guess I’m going out for the TUMS tomorrow.

As for the yoga – it’s so good for you right now, IF you do it carefully. I’m a yoga teacher and find that the relaxin coursing through my system is letting me go too far into poses. Think about going more for the strength vs. the stretch as you go into a pose and you’ll be doing great for your body. (Does that make sense?)

P.S. The pregnancy pillow from Bump Nest is the best thing since sliced bread (with pickles!) Check it out.

So looking forward to following your journey!

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 7, 2013 at 1:25 am

Love how honest you are in this post! So amazing to hear all the changes as the little one grows :)

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Marie-Sophie November 7, 2013 at 1:28 am

Congratulations!! And I also LOVE pregnancy/Baby updates! We are currently leaving it up to God as well to decide when it’s the right time for our baby to come to us – and it’s lovely to read your journey!

A side note for Alexia (as I also use the term “let God decide”): For us this, of course, involves no birth control but for me (as the one who will be conceiving) it also means that I should not stress myself out about the right timing for a baby (hard to push aside in my Job world as a lawyer) or put stress on myself when it won’t happen right away. For me it is the trust that God will know when and that it will happen exactly at this time. Other People might call it “fate” or that things happen when they’re supposed to happen. For me it simply is a bigger dimension. And I do not find this naive, it is my way (or our way) to trust about timing and life.

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Marie-Sophie November 7, 2013 at 1:29 am

And, by the way, you have a BEAUTIFUL belly, Jenna!

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padma November 7, 2013 at 4:57 am

Aww Congrats Jenna! So happy for you and Adam. I’m taking embryo right now, and as you were listing your weeks, I was going through baby development…and all the crazy things that happen during each week. The miracle of life! Praying for a happy, and healthy baby!

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Caroline November 7, 2013 at 5:16 am

Congrats! I love reading along – I am a few weeks behind you, but keeping up the exercise is definitely helping me feel energized and like my pre preggo self!

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Megan November 7, 2013 at 10:17 am

You are adorable. I loved this short and sweet recap of the first 12 weeks!!

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Daman November 7, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hey Jenna, I just made the smoothie you posted and loved it. Can you post more smoothie recipes as you make them? I am due the same month as you :) Good luck with your pregnancy.

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Jamily November 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm

SO exciting!! Congratulations :). This sound a lot like my first pregnancy, a girl! Right now I’m 21 weeks with boy/girl twins and it’s a completely different ball game. You are so blessed to have very minimal nausea. I take Prevacid every day for my heartburn because halfway through my first pregnancy I got so sick of eating tums all the time. Works like a charm. I’m excited to follow your pregnancy!

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sonia the mexigarian November 7, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Damn it Jenna, you got my baby yearning back up again. :p I’ve got babies on the mind now.

Congrats again. You are positively glowing.

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Audrey November 8, 2013 at 5:25 am

1) This is so exciting for you! I’m actually 2-3 weeks behind you, so I’m looking forward to your pregnancy related updates!

2) RE: Heartburn. My bestie is also pregnant and when I mentioned my heartburn to her she suggested a Tablespoon or 2 of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar in a tall cold glass of water. I was skeptical, and haven’t run out to buy Braggs, but I did try this with some regular ACV in my cabinet, and it seems to be working!

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Jen November 8, 2013 at 5:40 am

the trash killed me when I was pregnant! Your nausea all day sounds like mine too. There was no “morning sickness”, it was more of an all day sickness gag thing :) You are looking wonderful and it’s fun to read your update here. Congratulations!

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Cathy November 8, 2013 at 7:02 am

Oh my gosh! Just seeing this now. I have been following you since day one and I am so happy for you Jenna! My daughter is now 2 1/2 and it goes fast! Enjoy each moment and I wish you and your husband all the best! Cathy

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meagan November 8, 2013 at 7:44 am

Aw! I’ve been reading your blog for years, Jenna. I’m so happy for you guys. Becoming parents is amazing, and nothing can prepare you for it. The first pregnancy is really a sweet time between you and your husband. I hope you guys can find peace, relaxation and revel in the excitement!

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Megan B November 9, 2013 at 5:09 am

Congratulations, and I think you have a very cute, tiny bump. I’m a similar body type to you and I also am poking out early at 12 weeks :). I wish I had escaped the nausea and dry heaving, but it is worth it and I’m feeling better. Now time to drag myself back into the exercise routine I neglected, taking up Zumba, woo!

To combat heartburn, I drink a glass or two of milk (soy milk for me). It really helps.

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Tara | treble in the kitchen November 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

Loves reading this!!!!! Congratulations! :)

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Julie D November 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Just came online to find some inspiration for dinner tonight and to my surprise you have the most amazing news. Congrats to you both. Such a blessing!

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Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen November 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Congratulations! And gorgeous picture :) I am looking forward to my 1st (not quite ready yet, but hopefully in the near future!), and its nice to hear about your experience so far!!

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Andrea November 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Whoa! Congratulations!

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Jillian @ Reshape Your Life November 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Congratulations! You look amazing!

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Stephanie November 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm

You are absolutely glowing! I love keeping up with your blog and was so excited to see your announcement. This post made me smile…congrats to the both of you!

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Carli November 10, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Congrats! I felt the same way that you are-gagging and no apetite. Saltine crackers worked for me. Babies R Us sells preggo-pops candies that worked well for my nausea. I tried ginger gum and some bracelet for nausea but they didn’t work. It ended around week 14 so hopefully it will for you as well. I am so happy for you! I hope you feel better soon!

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Stephanie P November 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you and I don’t even know you! My little guy is 8 weeks old tomorrow (Jackson) and it’s been an amazing journey. Your first trimester sounds eerily similar to what mine was like.

Enjoy!!

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Aileen Miller November 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I am so excited for you guys! I had suspicions and I am so glad I was right :-) I can’t wait to follow this journey with you & Adam.

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Pam November 11, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Congratulations!!

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Pam November 12, 2013 at 7:21 am

Congratulations Jenna and Adam!!
Long time reader, soooo happy for you :) xoxoxo, Pam

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Kristin November 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Congrats!! I was so excited to see this post as I have enjoyed following your blog for some time now. I am 10 weeks myself with our first child, and I can totally relate to the cramping, exhaustion, exercise fun (I’m a big runner), sinus issues (battling an epic cold right now), and funny cravings. So fun to see someone else experiencing the same things, and I can’t wait to hear all about your journey. Best wishes for a healthy & happy pregnancy! Your bump is too cute!

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Read More November 13, 2013 at 6:45 am

You’ve got remarkable knowlwdge in this article.

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Suzanne November 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Congrats!!!!! I was in your shoes last year! May babes are the best! You look beautiful.

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Christina (Sisters running the kitchen) November 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

you look seriously beautiful! best of luck!

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Ellen November 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Congratulations! You look wonderful!

I’m currently 11 weeks pregnant with my husband and my’s 5th baby, so it’s really cool to see another mama who is just ahead of me. I was a big baby, and my babies have all been larger than average babies, but that hasn’t been a big deal during labor. Take care of yourself and that little baby.

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meghan @ struggle muffins November 16, 2013 at 9:07 am

Congratulations! You look radiant!

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Emily @ Life on Food November 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm

How fun! Despite the strangeness of it all. Congrats again!

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Running Betty January 21, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Chewing gum cures heartburn. And if you’re lucky, it’ll go away after the baby is born and rarely come back!
I wanted to name my daughter Beau, middle name Anne. Then she’d be Beau Anne Darrow (say it out loud… wait for it…) but my husband was NOT about that!

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