My First Trimester

Once upon a time, on the Mexican coast of Ixtapa, in the year 2019, a little miracle happened. A miracle that changed my family’s life and we couldn’t be more excited about it. This is where my pregnancy story began. Fast forward 19 weeks and I finally get to share my first trimester journey with all of you!

The first five few weeks were a pleasant blur. I didn’t feel anything out of the ordinary. I was actually surprised that I was not feeling any symptoms knowing that 80% of women experience them, but hey who was I to complain? As soon as I hit week 6, I began to feel nausea, started vomiting, and dehydration was something that I had to watch out for because of the lack of liquids in my body. Luckily, I never got sick enough to regurgitate my vitamins– which are essential for the baby’s growth and development. I had good days and bad days, but it never seemed like too much for me because I knew that in a few months a little baby would come into this world.

I’m currently 19 weeks pregnant. This means all the events, shows, pictures, and appearances done in the last four months have been close to a nightmare. I can’t explain the amount of times I was having dinner and jolted to the bathroom before we asked for the check. Fashion week was one of those highlighted memories that I will never forget. I pushed myself so hard to got to New York, but it was work. I remember missing three shows a day and wanting to be in bed by 8pm because I was so exhausted. I even rebooked an earlier flight to get back to San Diego and cut my trip short because I was not feeling myself at all. All I wanted was to be under the covers, in my own bed.

Not to mention, I had to cancel three other trips I had planned around that time. I should clarify that it was totally safe for me to travel, my doctor actually encouraged it at the beginning of the pregnancy. However, I had had such a horrible experience in New York that I didn’t even think twice about calling off my travel plans. I guess I didn’t see the point in traveling when I wasn’t going to be able to enjoy the trip. I was really looking forward to traveling to Italy this past October, but we decided to postpone this trip to next year with our baby bundle as a companion.

In the early stages of my pregnancy I noticed that I lost a noticeable amount of weight. Today 19 weeks in, I regained the weight I had lost plus a few extra ones. This baby is giving me all the fatty cravings– I can’t stop with the carbs, I have meals five times a day, and hot fudge sundaes from McDonalds at 9pm. I know I have to watch my weight and be mindful of the things I eat. In the beginning, I didn’t think twice about the cravings and satisfied most of them. However, last week I started a new diet that includes clean eating and I try to stay on track during the weekdays. I have also cut coffee and drinking from my diet (obviously) but it’s funny because these were two major food groups in my daily food pyramid. However, I don’t miss them at all. It’s crazy how the body adapts to what it needs and when it needs it! The doctor gave me the green light to have 2 cups of coffee a day, but I just haven’t had the need. If I stop by a coffee shop, I’ll probs end up ordering a hot chocolate or warm milk. Yes, very much like a 12 year old!

As far as physical changes, my skin cleared up so much. I am hoping it will stay this way for the longest time (fingers crossed). I also noticed my hair has been growing out very quick and getting super thick! Body changes? Of course. I am not immune to the weight gain and my breasts getting bigger, but again I’m so so happy to be going through these changes. It’s a friendly reminder that I get to be a mother soon and I get to make my family a tiny bit bigger. My husband is just as excited to become a dad and this is process is something that I continue to look forward to!

Baby Eldahmy, we love you already and can’t wait to meet you.

xx Gina

 Also I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the readers, followers, colleagues, and my family as well for all the amazing words that were shared. I think this has been the most loved photo in the history of my Instagram and I was shocked by the amazing response it had. Thank you again 🙂

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