10 June 2020
First trimester – girl or boy? How did the press find out and other burning questions about #BabyTisha
The 1st trimester started unexpectedly for us, more precisely in the 8th week of pregnancy, when we officially found out that we will have a baby. Fresh off the holidays, I totally forgot to record my menstrual period on Flo – or at least I lived with the impression that I have had logged the info already. But things were not quite like that… After 4 positive pregnancy tests in a February afternoon, I made an appointment with Regina Maria to confirm my assumptions. My only symptom (noticed by others) was my breasts which were a little more swollen than usual but I attributed this to the menstruation which – oh well – was on its way, at least in my mind. Carmen saw me during the INFSD team building at the winter cottage and started having some suspicions, she says.
The moment I first heard the baby’s heartbeat – well that was a real surprise because I didn’t know I would hear them right away – was a very emotional one, I tell you honestly. My eyes watered on the control table and I somehow felt a huge sense of mercy for what I saw on the screen… our little human being. I’m wondering why? I don’t know how to explain these feelings too well, I was happy but also overwhelmed by the situation, I started walking slowly, taking care not to shake the new house and the little man by training too hard.
I came out of there with an ultrasound in my hand and a lot of hope and enthusiasm in my soul. I knew that a new stage was beginning for us, that we would become parents… at the same time it was very cold outside, the wind was blowing, I remember that I was dressed in that brown oversized jacked from Reserved… and I sat there in front of the hospital staring blankly for a few minutes, waiting for the taxi and making scenarios in my mind… like any future mother.
From this point on, the first trimester went pretty well, I didn’t have too many problems or nasty symptoms, but I kept having a feeling of “is it okay?” until reaching 14-16 weeks, in March, when I felt the first baby bumps and I stopped wondering what Baby Tisha was doing.
After that I calmed down because I started to feel the movements every day and it now they seem normal to me, I talk to my belly every morning for coffee, but also in the evening or whenever the baby gives me an elbow or a knee…
Sooooo… Is it a girl or a boy? Probably your most common question – yes, we have chosen to find out the sex of the baby and we will reveal that information soon, we have a special moment ready for you and I am sure you will like it very much. I can’t wait to share with you more details from this wonderful trip, I usually post more on Instagram, even weekly updates with my belly and other sports & co. So I invite you to join us there! I will leave below some answers to your questions, which I hope will help you, especially if you are in this wonderful period as future mothers.
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1.Are you still bleaching your hair during pregnancy?
Yes, I still bleach once a month, as before, I do not present any risk considering that I am not allergic to hair paint / bleach, in which case it is strictly forbidden. I advise you to talk to your doctor and make your own decision regarding hair bleaching. Raul is a hairstylist, you can imagine that he would not do anything to harm to the baby, we decided to continue to discolor the roots, first of all because I have been doing this for more than 8 years so any harm could be done to me, physically , is already there in the body, but also because studies show that you should stay with bleach all over your body for 12 hours + to be absorbed at a level that it would reach the blood. In the end, I still want to be myself, I get a manicure, a pedicure, I still get blonde and I advise you to do what you feel is right for you, if that makes you feel better in pregnancy, then do it.I was also very helped by the discussions with a large community of women about the FLO application – this app that has a secret chat where women from all over the world communicate about everything and everything – from conception to birth, their experiences and so on.Yes, I still bleach once a month, as before, I do not present any risk considering that I am not allergic to hair paint / bleach, in which case it is strictly forbidden. I advise you to talk to your doctor and make your own decision regarding hair bleaching. Raul is a hairstylist, you can imagine that he would not do anything to harm to the baby, we decided to continue to discolor the roots, first of all because I have been doing this for more than 8 years so any harm could be done to me, physically , is already there in the body, but also because studies show that you should stay with bleach all over your body for 12 hours + to be absorbed at a level that it would reach the blood. In the end, I still want to be myself, I get a manicure, a pedicure, I still get blonde and I advise you to do what you feel is right for you, if that makes you feel better in pregnancy, then do it.
I was also very lucky to find the discussions initiated by a large community of women on the FLO app – this app which has a secret chat where women from all over the world discuss about everything woman related- from conception to birth, sharing their experiences and so on.
2. How has your beauty routine changed, what products do you use now?
For anti stretch marks & co I use Bio Oil, which is… the best, well known for everything that means stretch marks, skin problems, sensitive skin, pigmentation problems and so on, then I have a fatter cream that I have from Elena Martin, made by them at the clinic – I have a tube of it and I kept using it, it is valid until July. I use it a lot in the evening after showering. Another stretch mark oil from Cocolis that smells great – tangerine /clementine – and is also absorbed super fast. I tend to use Bio Oil the most because it has proven clinical results, is a constant product in my beauty drawer and is a multi-purpose one. It is important to use something, anything! I ordered for about 100 dollars or from Mother Earth when I first saw them at Quigley, my american-online-pen-friend from LA, which unfortunately only delivers in there (in US), but which were brought to us by our wedding goddaughter and godson, as they were caught there by the pandemic (I know! They stayed for a few months) – from teas, to natural deodorants, to nipple balm (I don’t want to hear it…) and all sorts of other wonders that will I show you how to start using in a video on YOUTUBE, soon. I still definitely use products with SPF – 30 on the body, 50 on the face! Super important not only during pregnancy, but all the time.
I DON’T USE ANYMORE: products based on active retinol, anti-acne products, acids of all kinds (here I only use one of the fruits combined with vitamin C, also from my Skin Care routine from Elena Martin from Dr. Zein Obagi, Obagi Medical). My men’s deodorant (you may laugh now) from Old Spice :)))… but some natural ones. For now, I ordered some from Notino, one with coconut and pineapple, a kind of pina colada and one with vanilla and rose, also from the same place. I will link em up and you have them all in these nice graphics.
3. What cravings do you have?
Peaches and apricots. Strawberries.
Fresh summer salads, classic Romanian salad.
Sweets – contrary to what I was until now when I did not crave sweet at all, now I crave sweet. What the?
Profiterole cake from Cremeria in Cluj
Clearly the Strawberry Mimosa cake from Deutches Haus in Cluj is my favorite right now.
In the first weeks (10-12-14-16) chocolate because I could not drink coffee and I needed so much energy. I could feel it dripping off my feet.
It takes a lot to make a baby. Haha.
During Asia Express – pumpkin seeds and popcorn (although I liked popcorn all the time).
4. Name lists?
Yes, we have a list of names prepared for both variants, but at the moment we are not 100% decided, we are waiting for September to decide most likely, on the spot.
6. What pregnancy monitoring application do you use?
I use Pregnancy Plus powered by Avent (Philips), an app that has a lot of useful articles about pregnancy and the whole period, it shows you every day how long you have until the baby comes, what size and weight it has and so on (baby Tisha is now in 25 weeks and a few days and it’s like a Papaya fruit). The application was recommended to me by our goddaughter Ada who already has a baby and is very helpful.
5. How did the media find out about the pregnancy?
As far as I know, they found out following an information leak from a collaborator of ours. The information did not come from our agency but from a third party we worked with (there were several projects where we had to mention the pregnancy at the beginning of the year to explain my acute lack of energy, why I can’t eat some food or by fly in the middle of the year). I understand that the press thrives on this – from headlines and clicks, from shocking news, but… I consider that the article was written very early (I was 10 weeks old at the time, we had barely found out at 8 weeks) I think it’s not a good time to announce a pregnancy because we know very well, many things can go in the wrong direction (yet) until 13-14-15 weeks… that morning I woke up with 150 Whatsapp messages, not kidding, from various people, which I obviously had yet to announce (including family members, uncles, aunts and others who have an important role in our lives)… and it was somehow a stress enough for me – the fact that I was so put in front of this article that someone thought it would be good news. That was what I said. I chose to announce later firstly because the parents are the only ones who have the right to announce a pregnancy at the time they want and secondly because I did not want to comment on the situation, I wanted to have my moment, to have our moment with babies, to enjoy the pregnancy and to pass well all the genetic tests specific to weeks 12-13 that we did only at 16. I’m the only one who understands my point of view, I I share here on this blog from 2012 so many things with you that… it was not possible not to share this beautiful period of our lives but EVERYTHING IN THEIR TIME. No, CanCan? “The rest is can can really fit here.” I hope you enjoyed this article, I’ll be back soon, I promise, with new thoughts as a mom.
I can’t believe what my fingers are typing and I’m very happy because we have a new family member on the way. I’m all about family, you guys know that! Love, A.