5 tips for surviving the first trimester
So now that I have survived the first trimester of pregnancy and am almost 6 months along, I would like to pass on 5 tips for surviving the first trimester.
Obviously this is a happy time if you have been trying for a baby (or wanted one even if it was a surprise). Seeing the two pink or blue lines on a pregnancy test and then having it confirmed by the doctor. You’re going to be a mom! How exciting!
Of course this comes with a lot of not so fun things for some of us that are pregnant. Different symptoms appear for different people, and this list is not an absolute guarantee for everyone, but these are some of the things that many of us experience! There are things you can do to help with this symptoms though, and that’s what this post is all about.: 5 tips for surviving the first trimester. Note: I am not a doctor, so of course follow what your doctor/ob/gyn recommends!
Nausea and Morning sickness, what to do (Tips 1 & 2)
There are a couple things that really helped me with that awful nausea and morning sickness during the first trimester:
- Staying hydrated: You need to drink at least 8 glasses of water/clear liquids a day.
- Eating frequently: Having frequent snacks and meals throughout the day that contain protein. Also keeping a small snack by your bed for morning/after nap nausea.
Both of these really helped with reducing the nausea and morning sickness for me and were recommended to me by my doctor. But if your nausea is severe, please go to your doctor and get help as there is a chance you could get very dehydrated or have hyperemesis gravidarum!
Tip for Feeling Extra Tired/Exhausted (Tip 3)
- Taking naps: This may be an obvious one, but it is totally true that you need to sleep as much as you can in the first trimester. Later on in the second and third trimesters it will be harder to sleep! Not that I know about third trimester yet, but so far in the second trimester. I have had more trouble sleeping due to the extra weight on my hips as I sleep on my side. In case you didn’t know, sleeping on your back is almost impossible in the second and third trimesters because it hinders blood flow to the lower half of your body among other things.
Crazy Emotions, This Helps (TIp 4)
- Making time to think about what is going on in your body, slow down and give yourself the emotional space to adjust to this change in your life. I found that I had to make extra time to read, listen to music, stretch, take walks, and pray/meditate. These are all really helpful things to do, but you can also do anything relaxing that you normally do to zen out (as long as it is considered safe by your doctor/ob/gyn). Try not to be too hard on yourself or your partner during this time, it’s a big change for you both, especially you!
Coping With the Beginnings of Cravings/Food Aversions (Tip 5):
- You will suddenly find yourself with the nose of a bloodhound! I sure did! Suddenly you can smell everything 10x stronger and some of those things will smell really good. And other smells (maybe some you are normally ok with even)? Not so much, unfortunately! The best way to deal with the smells that offend you is to avoid them if possible, but if you can’t do that try to carry something on your person that is still pleasant smelling to you. This might be a necklace with a fragrance/essential oil pad, as long as it is a pregnancy safe essential oil or maybe a hand lotion with a mild pleasant scent. You can stop and smell your chosen thing to help calm the queasy feeling in your stomach. I also recommend eating candied ginger or drinking ginger tea after encountering an unpleasant smell, I found this helped me!
Well, I hope this list has helped you to feel better during your first trimester. Let me know if you have any other tips that may help during this time in the comments! And remember, even though it feels like forever, soon you will be over this stage and looking back at it. Be well and see you next time!