PC Diary: Heading out of the first trimester

The Pudding Club Diary @ 12w2d

I have been pretty bad at this – I have sooooo much running around in my head right now that I want to blog about but have been so darn tired or busy to type it out.  I need some kind of Dictaphone equivalent to easily extract my thoughts from my head!

Another week on work travels – I am back in beautiful Bavaria, Germany as I write!  My third transatlantic trip in my first trimester.  And they are not kidding, travelling in the first trimester sucks a lot.  However, this trip has so far been easier than the previous two, I’m starting to feel a little less nauseous now.  Whoop whoop, can’t complain about that!!! (But don’t show me a salad leaf just yet!)


The beautiful view of Bavaria from my hotel room!

I was worried that I might not be able to fit into my work trousers this week whilst in Germany so I decided before I left to go and buy some new maternity work trousers – just in case (I had already popped a button on one pair of my trousers!)  The elastic band trick doesn’t work with most of my work trousers because they have metal sliders rather than buttons.  So off we went hunting for some cheap super stretchy clothes!  I knew there was one dedicated maternity clothes store in town, but I had heard that some chains such as Target, Kohls and Old Navy did maternity clothes so I thought I’d try those stores first.  But everything in those stores were too casual or too summery and so I ended up in the dedicated maternity store anyway.

In the maternity clothes store I bumped into a friend who I didn’t know was pregnant (but had suspected based off a group text message and putting 2+2 together) and so it was just confirmed by her simple being there!  It was a really lovely surprise because she had been told by her doc years ago she may have problems conceiving, so I am really pleased for them because that wasn’t the case in the end!! Whoop whoop – screw you infertility!! AND we are both due within a week of each other! CRAZY!

Anyway, back to the clothes buying…I went a bit overboard and finally thought what the hell, as I am here I might as well buy it.  My reluctance to buy any maternity clothes was based on a fear of losing Rocky.  I overcame that reluctance, and it felt really good to be finally in acceptance of this pregnancy.

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A nice little haul of maternity clothes 🙂


And so with this acceptance it was time to do my first bump picture.  I know that I don’t look pregnant to the casual passer by.  I look like I ate a lot of pies!  But seeing the bump for real in this photo – I couldn’t believe it, there are definitely outward signs now of a little baby growing in there!

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Week 12 bump picture

When I saw the doctor at 10 weeks she said to stick with the gentle exercise, like walking and swimming, but for the first time in months I felt capable of doing a bit more exercise.  So I got out the DVDs a friend from work gave to me and did a bit of a prenatal workout.  I did one of the routines with Chris.  It is a 20 minute partner exercise where your partner provides resistance and balance support…it was actually really fun!  However, I ached like hell for two days afterwards.  Not a good idea to start an exercise routine the day you fly for 8 hours on a plane!  My poor back did not like me one bit. Ahh well, it’s all good for you Rocky!

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The prenatal workout DVDs I was given!!

Finally, something that I found a little bit insensitive, and also kind of amusing in some weird typical way that is infertility…my bump app told me that obviously we had sex to conceive our baby, otherwise I wouldn’t be pregnant, DUH, – well actually, this is OBVIOUSLY NOT the case with us! I wish that it had been the case…instead we had almost 17 other people involved in the conception of our IVF baby!


“You obviously made love before pregnancy (hence the pregnancy)” It’s not always obvious you silly app!!!

22 thoughts on “PC Diary: Heading out of the first trimester

  1. My Perfect Breakdown says:

    I am so glad you and Rocky are doing well as you travel the world with work! Will you be able to keep your feet grounded at home once you are in your third trimester?
    Also, I love your little bump! You are absolutely adorable. And I love the haul of clothing! I need to borrow some of your shopping skills. 🙂

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    • thegreatpuddingclubhunt says:

      Mmmmm good question!!! I have several other trips planned, especially in the third trimester, bt I will be good and have a checkup with the OB before I fly!!!

      I haven’t read your post yet about your new clothes yet, but saw it on my feed…I was thinking about how we talked about our common hatred of clothes shopping!! I wonder what your post says 😉 I hope it was a positive experience!

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  2. Amy M. says:

    Aww look at your bump!! I’m glad you went ahead and got some clothes for work. Are they going to cut back your traveling as time goes on? I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better. I can’t believe you’re 12 weeks already!!! Time really is flying!

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  3. ashleykyleanderson says:

    You do look pregnant! You look absolutely lovely!! I’m so glad you decided to post it. I think of you so often as I know these are really tough weeks to get through, but you’re doing it– and look how far you & Rocky have come! These are such great posts to read and I love that you are shopping for maternity clothes and that you have a friend who is due so close to you. I hope that every day you feel stronger– and less nauseous!

    Sending so much love to your little family of three! ❤

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    • thegreatpuddingclubhunt says:

      Aww thanks!!! I hate clothes shopping but the shop was quiet and Chris could sit on a sofa and get a fashion show so it wasn’t so bad, hence why I was able to get a big haul!!!!

      I had some sad news that my friend lost her baby earlier this week…so devastated for her. Why is life so cruel and unfair, I don’t know 😦

      I hope you are all doing well and good?? X


      • ashleykyleanderson says:

        Oh Dani, I’m so sorry to hear that. I don’t know why life is so cruel. It doesn’t make sense to me either, and it never will. I think this has been one of the hardest things for me to deal with post-positive beta. As great as it is to finally have something to celebrate in my own life, it is absolutely brutal to know that so many others are still in the midst of it– and to feel so helpless to change that. When I was alone for the first time with Ross in the hospital, one of the things I kept coming back to as I held him was how badly I wanted everyone else to be able to experience the same. I thought of you, of Nara, of some people I know IRL, and just wished with all my heart that you would get your miracles too. I will definitely be thinking of your friend.

        We are okay, but Ross has struggled a lot with digestive issues since he was about 3 weeks old and we have had a lot of difficult days. I’ve been wanting and meaning to write about it on the blog, but it seems like we are constantly dealing with something and just trying to get through. Today was a major blow because our insurance company turned down coverage for the prescription formula he needs for the second time. I’ve been through this myself for my own health and treatment, but it is a million times worse to see your child unable to get something they need purely because of someone else’s greed. I don’t know how they have the right to deny something when they have never met him and his doctor clearly states that this is a medical necessity. I just want to cry every time I think about it. I’ll try to update more on it soon; I feel like I need to vent a bit about it anyway. :/

        Were you shocked by the Brexit results? I stayed up till 1am to see the projected win and couldn’t believe it…


  4. lovingthemarriedlife says:

    What a cute bump! I see it too! I’m like you and thin so my bump popped right away! Yay for getting out of the first trimester I feel like that is such a big sigh of relief! Good luck! Stupid app I love the obviously because obviously your app knows jack squat lol… hope you have smooth sailing through the rest of your pregnancy!


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