• Michelle
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 7 days ago

FIRST TRIMESTER TRUTHS 🤰🤢

I wasn’t sure whether to post this image publicly butttt in the interests of being fair to all women, thought it was an important one. My husband took it last month part laughing, part begging me to put the phone down and return to bed on a brutal Monday evening. + Thank you so so much to all of you for your kind messages, we’re super excited to have another little Peanut on the way, and we feel so blessed. BUT, it wouldn’t be fair of me to post the glowing beach picture without being completely honest about the realities of the first trimester (and it would be a massive disservice to all of those women who are still in the throes, and those who messaged me in the last few days asking how i “did it” and confessing they’re “really struggling”). + The truth is, this has been a very rough three plus months. I’ve been more sick than I ever thought possible and it’s impacted every area of my life, from the Bub to Work. Spending time lying on the tiles of your office bathroom trying to engage your brain in building a company, trying to excite your team about the quarter ahead whilst trying to swallow down some dry crackers, then at home trying to build Lego and interrupting it to run and kneel at the porcelain bowl has been, well, overwhelming, and exhausting and humbling .... and I say that as someone who is building a company for mothers...I can’t imagine what that is like for women in other sectors. You’re at your most vulnerable unable to share your news, desperate to keep this little life safe, and yet determined to keep everything going, home, work, life. + I’ve made loads of mistakes, I’ve been grumpy AF, and on more than one occasion I’ve been late to meetings getting out of the cab to vomit at the side of the road...And I have support, an incredible team, a strong family, and the little bub keeping me going. + For all the women still going through it, or still on their journey to get there, I see you. We see you. You might not be at par, but you’re doing great. If there is help, take it. If you can, ask for it. If you need to sleep, put the laptop down, and sleep. If you don’t think you can perform your best at the meeting, don’t take the meeting (and if that’s not possible, try to take a colleague with you). I say this, wishing i had followed this, I say this, because I wish somebody had said it to me. + If you have your own stories, please share them with other women, let’s normalise this, so we don’t feel like failures when we can’t just continue full speed ahead. All I kept thinking was “you’re pregnant Michelle, not ill, get on with it”. That wasn’t helpful to myself or anyone around me.✌️🤰🥜
  • L
  • 2 hours ago

Oh man I was sick my whole pregnancy more nausea then vomiting but I lost 30lbs. Hope u feel better soon

  • Lindsey
  • Greenwich, United States
  • a day ago

💜💜💜💜

  • A
  • Nashville, USA
  • 2 days ago

Yep. I was struggling very hard during my first trimester and was not prepared being this is my first pregnancy. No one prepared me for just how bad it could be.

  • A
  • 3 days ago

I was lucky no morning sickness at all just bad heart burn the whole pregnancy

  • J
  • Fulton, United States
  • 5 days ago

Oh my goodness! I feel like the flood of morning sickness was just like yesterday. (My baby girl is almost 4 months) My first pregnancy with my son I had no morning sickness at all! I didn’t even realize I was pregnant. My third pregnancy with my daughter I was so sick! Like I didn’t know we could get that sick. Miserable!! Trying to take care of my toddler & running to the toilet to vomit every other minute! It felt like an eternity of morning sickness. At appointments trying to keep down the vomit. I just remember how thankful we were because we just experienced a miscarriage. Thinking back I don’t know how I did it! My husband & parents were such a huge help. I cannot thank them enough!! I cannot share any tips (because literally nothing worked for me) but just know in the end it’s all worth it!

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