Pregnancy: My First Trimester

Wow, okay, well, that title alone was so fun to type out! I am still in disbelief that we are expecting our first baby, a boy (!!), this Spring. I’m thrilled to be able to share pregnancy and motherhood with you, so many of you have wisdom on this subject and I can’t wait to chat all things baby! I’ve been looking forward to this for so long and am thrilled to share a bit about my experience with you along with adorable baby finds, etc.

I’ve *always* wanted to be a mom, so this season still doesn’t feel real. A complete dream come true.

Note: For those of you who are in a waiting season, know that my heart is with yours and I will be holding out hope right along side you for a miracle. Praying for peace in the waiting, wisdom in the decisions, and joy in the every day.

You are so much stronger than you think.

Many of you have already reached out about trimester recaps, which is so fun! I wasn’t sure what y’all would want to hear about so I was excited to see this as one of the top things so far.

I’m hoping to publish a “motherhood” blog post every week(ish), so if you have ideas of topics definitely leave them in the comments below, I’d love your input!

Ashley Brooke Pregnancy Photo in the First Trimester

Little 12 Week Bump

Green Dress

1st Trimester Recap

Okay, so let’s just dive in to the questions I’ve been receiving, from how we found out to cravings…

How did you find out?

Since we were in the midst of fertility treatment we found out that we were pregnant with a phone call from our doctor. And I have to tell you, it was THE BEST phone call of my life. Even better, I was all by myself when he called. We knew that we’d be finding out that day if we were pregnant, but Ryan had all day meetings at his office so it was just me at the house, which honestly was so sweet. Ryan was calling and texting me every 10 minutes to check in, but after I got the phone call I just started ignoring his calls. I didn’t want to lie to him, but I WANTED to see his face when I told him.

EIGHT solid hours, holding the best secret of our lives waiting for him to come home. It gave me time to catch my breath and just sit in the sweet reality. When he finally walked in the door at 8:30 that night. He looked at me and through tears I said “you’re going to be a dad”. He dropped his briefcase and the joy on his face was worth every minute of the wait. It was perfect.

How are you feeling?

Now that I’m well into my 2nd trimester?! So much better!! I was nauseous from the moment I opened my eyes to the moment I closed them for a solid 10 weeks. But I’ve got to tell you, I have never been more grateful to be sick in my life. I found ways to manage. It could have been so much harder, that was never lost on me then, nor lost on me now.

How did you manage morning sickness?

I am no professional, but I will say there where definitely things I did that were helpful for me. Everyone’s body is different, so if you are reading this and are in thick of your first trimester, you are doing great! Don’t let any list or anyone tell you otherwise.

The first thing I did every morning was drink a 1/2 a cup of orange juice, why?! I don’t know. It was the only thing I wanted and the only thing I could handle. Truly so weird. Then I’d have a piece of g/f cinnamon toast with d/f cream cheese. Again, weird. After that I would just do my best to eat little bland meals here and there. I found if I could get the orange juice and toast down, I could do scrambled eggs or protein coconut yogurt a few hours later. Small meals every few hours with protein was my goal, but I did the best I could! Oh, and, my sister gave me some morning sickness tea that was magical.

Also, exercising saved me. The LAST and I mean last thing I wanted to do was exercise. But walking 30 or so minutes a day *really* helped. Something about that fresh air. I also started The Sculpt Society’s Prenatal Program at around 6 weeks and that has been amazing. It seems counter intuitive to move when you are feeling sick, but a girlfriend gave me that advice and I’m grateful she did. It helped.

Did you have any cravings or food aversions?

OH YES. Everything smelled terrible for a while… like everything. The only thing that smelled okay was cinnamon toast. I would walk outside when Ryan made coffee in the morning and I could barely open the coffee cabinet up. It was hysterical. I’m grateful I no longer have a coffee aversion.

As far as cravings go my most notable craving has been green apples, they must be ice cold and crisp, dramatic, I know. And, are you ready for this….? Lemon juice on the apple slices, like A LOT of lemon juice. No lie, I had lemon-y apples in a little lunch box with me at all times. They are heaven on earth. Like sour candy. I still think about them day and night. ha. And when I was really nauseous they were my magic potion.

Okay, I think that about wraps it up. If you have any burning questions I missed, place them in the comments below and I’ll try to answer them there!

Even though the first trimester can be tough, it was such a fun and sweet season I’ll never forget!


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  1. Ashley, I’m so happy for you & Ryan! You’ve been so gracious & patient during your fertility journey. I’m on a similar path and hoping to get pregnant very soon. Really looking forward to following your pregnancy and meeting your little eventually. 🙂

  2. So excited to follow along your pregnancy and motherhood journey! I was wondering if you’ve bought any journals/memory books specifically for pregnancy or once baby comes? Love your style, but haven’t found any I love yet. Thank you and congratulations!!

  3. I was THRILLED to read about you and Ryan becoming parents! I chuckled when I read your cravings because I don’t think anyone ever craved what I did. Chef Boy are Dee ravioli. Yup…..canned ravioli. Where that came from I have no idea! But I have never had it since! Love that I will be able to follow you and Ryan’s journey. Just enjoy ever minute! Pat

  4. Ashley,
    First off I am SO excited for you. I have been following your blog for the past 2 years and love everything you post. With that being said I am SO looking forward to your posts as I just found out I am expecting in July as well. I need to know all the things as this is also my first. Most importantly what are you doing for your energy levels. I have always been a super high energy person and this has me sunk. I get home from work and almost immediately fall asleep.
    Next off I would love to see all of your outfit ideas that work around the bump. I’ve never been one for dresses but see that I’m due in the summer I think that’s going to be my best option.
    Last off I want to see all the nursery inspiration!!! I’m not sure what I am having yet but I cannot wait to see all your ideas!! I so look forward to following this journey with you!

    • Hi Katelyn!! Thank you so much, you are so kind and I’m thrilled you are here!

      CONGRATULATIONS!!!! How exciting.

      Okay, so the first trimester I was so exhausted, practically fall asleep at my desk or anywhere for that matter! It was hilarious. I notoriously HATE naps, so having to take an “emergency nap” in the middle of the day was a whole new world. Honestly it started getting better around week 15 for me! So hang in there and sleep while you can!!

      Also, love all these ideas, thank you for sharing. Grateful to do this together!

  5. I had the same apple craving! So fun to remember that. Best of luck with your pregnancy. Such a blessing after waiting and wanting for a long time.

  6. So, so happy for you!
    I’m 21 weeks along right now and this SO tracks my experience. Nausea from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to sleep from and orange juice + sour foods (specifically sour candy, should have tried the green apples with lemon juice) were the only things I really wanted. And the coffee aversion which for me, unfortunately has not gone away. But at least I can drink tea now. Tea sounded gross to me in the first trimester, I wanted nothing hot!!!

  7. I’m so happy for you! I’m really excited to hear your baby name, see the nursery and shower and hear more about your workouts and healthy recipes and any supplements!

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