5 Tips for Surviving the First Trimester
Experiencing my first pregnancy has been magical, tiring, and fascinating as I discover all the incredible things my body can do. (Hello, hormonal changes!)
While I’ve been lucky in having loads of pregnant friends (and therefore have a good idea what I’m in for) and the access to never-ending information (thank you, Dr. Google), every pregnancy is different.
As I (happily) come into the second trimester with my little babe (the size of a peach!), here are a few things that helped me through the first trimester.
1. Listen to your body
I feel like one of the best things I’ve done this trimester (for me and baby) is listening to what my body needs.
When your body needs rest, give it rest. When your body needs water, give it water. When all it’s craving is a toddler’s diet, eat the damn Lunchables.
2. Try to make healthy choices
All that said, try to make the healthiest choices you can.
For example, when all I wanted one night was Ramen noodles, my sweet husband was kind enough to stop at our local Asian restaurant and get me a healthier soup option.
Your growing babe also needs certain nutrients, so one of the best things you can do is remember to take your prenatal vitamin every day. (This is the vitamin I chose. It doesn’t upset my stomach like others might and I always take it right before bed to help with that.)
3. Embrace the changes
I also haven’t worked out nearly as much as I normally do during the first trimester (even though I physically could). Instead, I’ve worked out when I felt energized (and non-morning sick) enough. I’ve also tried to walk more, as just moving can help alleviate some icky first trimester symptoms.
Regardless of how you’re feeling these few months, embrace the changes that are happening. You’re creating a human being, for crying out loud!
4. Stay away from the forums
I swear, one of the worst things you can do when you’re trying to conceive or pregnant is Googling your symptoms and clicking on the Mommy forums. While, yes, sometimes it’s helpful to know women are going through the same things you are, remember that these women are not medical professionals. You’ll end up scaring the shit out of yourself, trust me.
So instead of clicking on the forums (you’ll usually see it in the link you click), choose a reputable source instead. Typically, an article published by a fertility/pregnancy website is going to have their facts checked – or the article written – by a medical professional.
5. Prepare for a never-ending hangover
Obviously, not every woman experiences morning sickness during pregnancy, but I sure did. From about week 6 – 10, I had partial or all-day morning sickness.
Let me paint the picture to prepare you: imagine the worst hangover you’ve ever had. That’s what it felt like. From the head ache to the stomach ache to being exhausted to craving soup or carby food, I had it all.
I never read this anywhere, but when I’ve said it to friends, they always say “Yes! That’s exactly what it feels like!”
Of course, I don’t say this to scare you…but it will help prepare you for what’s to come. Also, there’s good news. It (typically) won’t last far past the first trimester!
What tips or experiences do you have after going through the first trimester?