This week, Anna starts to get cravings and is suffering from headaches.
I am ashamed to admit that this morning, for breakfast, I ate a bacon buttie and a Wispa. My usual breakfast would be two rounds of wholemeal toast with Marmite and a banana, but that just wouldn't cut it this morning. I went up to our office canteen, spied the bacon and just couldn't walk away...
I'd imagined that when I got pregnant I would eat really healthily just to make sure my baby got everything it needed. Instead, I want to eat everything bad for me: burgers, pizzas, lots of cheese... Green things have become enemy number one and I retch at the idea of them.
My husband is an amazing cook but we've realised that I can never decide what I want to eat until the very minute before I eat it, so anything put in front of me I usually can't bear. Even the smell of cooking is upsetting me. He made a slow-cook stew the other Sunday and I had to go and sit in the car. So every day, on my way home from work, I have to go into the supermarket and buy my own dinner.
I count myself lucky that I haven't been sick at all, just had a slight, underlying feeling of nausea, but my main problem has been headaches. They've been the devil's work. I suffer from migraines anyway, mainly caused by hormones, so now I'm pregnant my body has been flooded with new hormones and my head has gone wrong as a result. I wake up with a headache, which gets worse through the day and then by the time I leave work I'm ready to curl up in a dark room and go to bed just to escape it.
My GP has reassured me that it's fine to take paracetamol, so I try it, but it just doesn't even touch the sides. The pounding is relentless and it makes me feel sick too, so I've spent quite a few weekends and evenings lying on the sofa, or just in bed. Just a few more weeks though and I've been promised that the magic of the second trimester, where you bloom and feel full of energy, is just around the corner.
- Coming up: The 12 week scan
- Previously: Anna tells the team and the baby gets a name
- Read Anna's diary from the beginning - More about week 11 of pregnancy