We found out pretty early on that I was pregnant. I was feeling fatigued and nauseous and had weird food aversions (I love coffee but I just could not stand the smell or taste of coffee all of a sudden) so I decided to take a pregnancy test on the day that I was supposed to get my period. So when the pregnancy test confirmed that I was indeed pregnant (at week 4), I simply could not hold my excitement and immediately told Marc.
Celebrating at Cock-A-Doodle Cafe, a local restaurant in Oakland
Pregnancy is different for everyone. I had this idea that I was going to eat really healthy and workout regularly but that proved to be almost impossible during the first few weeks. Prior to getting pregnant, I was eating mostly plant-based and fish. Once I got pregnant, I was nauseous all the time and could only stomach plain food (white rice, bagels) and definitely nothing green. I even had a hard time drinking water. Working out regularly was out of the picture as I often found myself extremely fatigued and also light-headed and dizzy. I found myself crashing around 7:30 or 8:00 pm every night.
The food aversions started to calm down a bit around week 11 and I was finally able to eat a bit better and started getting veggies in through green smoothies. By my 13th week, the nausea was not as bad and I was not as fatigued. I had a mild scare last week after fainting in my prenatal yoga class but my doctor confirmed that everything is fine. I was a little dehydrated and just needed to take it easy until I get my equilibrium back.
Yes this pregnancy is a little rough but everything that I have gone through so far is so worth it and we are just so in love. Last week, Marc and I got to see the baby bouncing around during my last ultrasound and it was just too cute.
I am also very fortunate to be working at a firm that supports pregnancies and families and that as an employment attorney, I know my rights as a pregnant employee. The differences in federal, state and local laws, statutes, regulations and ordinances can be complicated so it’s not shocking that sometimes, employers get it wrong. Next month, my team is putting on a free Pregnancy Rights and Job Protection workshop. We will be presenting on employee’s rights during and after pregnancy. Please share with someone you know may be interested in attending.