My Pregnancy: Week 6

Week 6 of pregnancy: We’re dealing with acne, bloating and the search for comfy jeans.

Wow. I never knew my face could break out this badly. I kid you not – it looks like I have smallpox. My husband (bless his heart) is adamant that I’m still beautiful even with a face full of pimples. I still cringe though when I look in the mirror.

Acne control during pregnancy is difficult. You can’t use any regular acne products. Before I became pregnant I had my routine down. Neutrogena oil-free face wash in the morning (no it is not safe for pregnancy because it contains salicylic acid). At night I would do the oil cleansing method with a mixture of hemp and tea tree oil. My skin is so oily now that the oil cleansing method just seems to make it break out even more. Before pregnancy, I would get the occasional break out before my period. Now I laugh when I think back to how horrible I thought my face looked with one zit. My face and body are producing so much oil – everything is constantly slick (Gross).

To make matters worse my whole body has inflated a whole size. I haven’t gained any extra weight yet, so this increase must be due to bloating. I never knew how perfectly my clothes fit me before pregnancy. This week I woke up and felt…uncomfortable. None of my clothes fit right. I felt like I was being squeezed all over by a boa constrictor. So down my husband and I went to mall to look for a decent pair of sweatpants.

I was amazed. Five stores into the mall and we could not find a pair of sweats without an elastic band around the stomach. At first I was shocked, but then I remembered that most women actively try to suck their stomachs in not let them hang out. After GAP and Lululemon failed to deliver on the pants I was becoming worried. Then, like a beacon, we found the Columbia store. This is an “outdoorsy” store that has many comfortable pants to choose from. These are probably the baggiest pants I’ve ever worn, but man are they comfortable. I’ll sacrifice my vanity for now. Comfort is worth it.

My mood has been erratic as well. I voted, but I didn’t even bother watching the election. I felt like whatever the result was, I would be too emotional to handle it. 🙂 Now don’t get me wrong. Most of the time I’m my nice sweet self. Sometimes I get – how should I put this – momentary lapses of sanity. It’s like another woman takes over my brain and man she is a complete b***h very hormonal. Everything becomes very difficult and I end up freaking out over something very small. It looks like my brain is reverting back to my 16-year-old days. (Thank you hormones).

So let’s review the early joys of pregnancy. Massive acne. Greasy hair. Sudden bloating and puffiness. Getting winded from the smallest bit of exercise. Lapses in sanity. And small queasy days that make me think morning sickness is just around the corner. That’s pretty impressive considering the baby is the size of a lentil. Let’s hope this was worth it mama.

What’s the worst pregnant hormonal crisis you’ve every had? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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