Being pregnant is exciting and terrifying at the same time. There are so many changes that happen in a relatively short amount of time. I know there is a lot of advice out there about pregnancy, but I wanted to share somethings I learned that helped me get through the first trimester of my pregnancy.
The first trimester was the hardest for me, but I did figure out a few things that have made the first trimester with my second baby so much easier.
First Trimester Tips
These tips can help at any point during your pregnancy, not just the first trimester.
1. Stay Hydrated
Soon after I found out I was pregnant with our first child I started getting really bad migraines and nausea. It was no fun. One Sunday I spent the whole day in bed with a migraine. I couldn’t stand to look at the light or move so I stayed in the dark bedroom all day.
Soon after this I found that if I was drinking enough water I didn’t get migraines. (This might not be true for everyone, but it worked for me) So I started drinking a ton of water and juices. I was going to stay hydrated if it killed me.
Now with pregnancy number two I have not had any migraines and I credit it to the fact that I am more hydrated this time around.
2. Ginger Really is Great
I found that Ginger anything helped a ton with nausea. Ginger Ale can be found in almost any grocery store and it really does the trick. Something else that is healthier and works great is candied Ginger that you can find at a health food store. Yet another option that is nice to have is Ginger Altoids.
I was so tired during the first trimester. I hated it! I felt like I was so lazy, because I didn’t have energy to do anything. At first I tried to fight it I would get up early still tired, I wouldn’t take a nap and so by about 5′ clock I was dead tired.
I learned that by letting myself sleep a few more minutes in the morning and making sure I went to bed at a decent time at night it made a big difference. Also, if it works into your day taking a quick 20 minute nap can totally help you stay awake in the evening. I also found that after the first 8ish weeks I slowly (Very Slowly) got so I was feeling less tired.
Now with my first pregnancy I’m almost 20 weeks and still feeling tired! Probably because I’m chasing around an 18-month-old 🙂
4. Eat First Thing
My husband laughs at this, but I got to the point that the minute I woke up I was ready to eat. I found that by eating right after I got up I felt better all day. Some mornings I could shower before eating (I found it depended on when I had eaten the night before) but most of the time I eat before I did anything else.
5. Eat often
I also found that by not letting myself get hungry (eating smaller amounts frequently) I didn’t feel sick.
6. Take a Bath
So personally, I have a hard time relaxing (probably why I decided to take a hypnobabies class) so taking a bath really helped me slow down and take a few minutes for myself.
These tips are things that worked for me and I hope will help you, they are not intended to replace medical advice.
I hope these things that I found useful help you make it through the first trimester. I know for me a lot of it was trial and error. I would love to hear what has worked for you in the comments.