Are you ready for the best 9 months of your life? Don’t worry if you’re not. Most women aren’t, including me. I recently had a beautiful baby boy named Sebastian and I’d love to share my experience with you.
Below are a few tips from my first trimester. Hope they help.
Nausea – Brushing your teeth and prenatal vitamins:
They say the first trimester is the worst! Morning sickness is more like “around-the-clock” sickness. And if you’re experiencing anything like what I had in my first trimester, you probably can’t have a glass of milk without wanting to barf.
For those moments when you’re brushing your teeth and you can’t seem to brush your tongue without feeling nauseous, you may want to try brushing with warm water. I tried this on my second month and it worked. I was excited, because I couldn’t stand not brushing my tongue. If your prenatal pills make you sick try taking it at different times of the day. I know I couldn’t do mornings or afternoons without throwing it up. If you’re pretty active throughout the day, try taking the pill before you go to bed. To help my baby’s bones (and my own) I’d take it with milk.
For those of you who can’t seem to take it throughout the day without throwing up, try taking the pill during a meal. I know a few women who did this and it really helped.
Nausea – Eating:
This is the worst time to say you’re going on a diet, and remember you’re eating for one and nourishing two. I don’t know how many times I heard the excuse “I’m eating for two” while they devoured a whole pizza, ate bowls of ice cream or worse: constantly ate Popeyes, Wendy’s or McDonald’s at 3am just because “they craved it.” Stop! You’re hurting yourself and the baby. You’re not craving anything at 3am. You just haven’t been eating enough for the two of you.
You may find it difficult to eat throughout your pregnancy. One thing that really helped me and my little guy through it was eating fruits and occasionally some veggies. I used to eat broccoli like crazy prior to getting pregnant. During and after – not so much. Fruits, however, have been my love forever, and I wasn’t going to give it up.
Do it! Don’t be afraid that you’ll hurt the baby (trust me, I had the same thought when my honey and I would get in the heat of the moment). And remember, if you bleed a little after, it just means you two were going at it a little rough. Been there, done that and yes, it scared the crap out of me. Be sure to enjoy yourself and keep in mind that you want to keep the baby happy and yourself. That endorphin rush is actually good for your baby, partner and yourself. So, having sex is a win-win. 😉 Enjoy!
Shopping – For baby, honey and you:
During my first trimester I had a bad habit, shopping. Some women/mommies wouldn’t necessarily call it a bad habit, but I would. It was addicting. Each week I’d give myself a budget and buy something for my honey, the baby or myself. I’ve always been a fan of shopping for others, but once I started splurging on myself, I knew there was a problem. I wanted to feel sexy. I felt it was a MUST or else I’d feel ugly and let insecurities ruin my relationship/pregnancy. How did I combat this problem? I stopped buying clothing and went for shoes. It didn’t take long for me to kick this habit as well because I wanted heels all the time, and eventually there came a point when I couldn’t buy anymore. I started focusing on the baby’s needs and little things to spoil my honey. 🙂 He deserves it, after all, he is dealing with a crazy woman. 😉
This, too, came to an end.
There’s a reason they invented baby registries. And I could not help but search for the best prices — penny-pinching mommy kicked in. I knew I didn’t want my guests spending an arm and a leg on me, so I used Amazon, Target and Babies ‘R’ Us to compare prices and host my baby registries. Some were confused as to why I would have multiple registries, but those that knew me didn’t have to question why — they understood.
Going out/Keeping busy
One thing that I learned from my pregnancy is that how you feel is mental. I remember going out for my honey’s friend’s birthday while I was four months pregnant. Although I wasn’t in the mood to go out, I knew it would mean a lot to my honey if I went with him so I did. I had a good time and I was excited to hear the news that one of my honey’s friends was also expecting. Turns out, she, too, is having a boy. 🙂
I will admit, there were times I didn’t want to move a finger and stay in bed all day — usually on Sundays — but I knew I had to get up and get going. After all, the best exercise is doing work around the house, according to my mom. It’s good to keep busy in general, and it’s a great work out not only for your body but also for your mind.
Former B2B editor and marketer turned Family & Lifestyle blogger. Fatima is passionate about life and being social.
When she isn't running around with her husband, three kids, and two pups, Fatima helps other bloggers and local businesses with their online marketing strategy.
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