Are you ready for the most exciting time of your life? Having a child is a lot to plan before their arrival. The best tip for your first trimester of pregnancy is to relax. Here you’ll learn more about what to expect in this new journey into motherhood.
During my first pregnancy, I was terrified of experiencing the things you only read about on the Internet. There were many questions I needed answers to, and I turned to Google for most of them.
This is probably one of the early mistakes you’ll learn as a new mom. Although other people’s experiences can help you deal with things, there are things you can’t rely on the Internet.
The best answers come from you and your doctor. Understanding what you’re feeling during the first trimester will help you rest at night.
Asking family and friends about what you’re feeling is also a bit tricky. Yes, you want the support, but like searching online, you want to understand what you’re going through first.
Some pregnancy symptoms may not be the same for others. I remember hearing stories about friends who never felt nauseous.
That wasn’t the case for me. All three pregnancies were different, but each one had me feeling nauseous at different parts of my pregnancy.
First Trimester Symptoms You May Experience
Missing your period is probably one of the most common signs of pregnancy every woman experiences. Swollen breasts, fatigue, nausea (with or without vomiting), and frequent urination are other common signs you may notice.
During early pregnancy, you will witness a number of changes to your day-to-day activities.
Bloating is one of the pregnancy symptoms that I felt in all three pregnancies. Although it’s also a sign that your period is coming, it can be an indicator that you are growing a baby inside of you.
Shortness of breath was another I noticed right away. As an active person, I found myself feeling overwhelmed with simple tasks.
Constipation in the first trimester was what led me to drink more water and increase my fruits and vegetable intake. This came in handy during my second and third pregnancy.
If you are experiencing anything else that isn’t a common symptom, then I recommend setting an appointment and discussing it with your doctor.
Early pregnancy signs come with a variety of issues. From bloating and constipation to nausea and fatigue, you’ll need pointers on how to get through your first trimester, which lasts from week 1 to week 12.
How To Stop Pregnancy Nausea
Moms have noted the initial weeks of their pregnancy to be the toughest part of all. The reason for this is because sometimes morning sickness can feel like “around-the-clock” sickness.
If you’re experiencing anything like what I had in my initial trimester, then you probably can’t have a glass of milk without wanting to barf.
There are a number of ways to minimize and stop feeling nauseous during pregnancy. Simply drinking lemon water or having a mint can help with the feeling of throwing up.
For those moments when you’re brushing your teeth and you can’t seem to brush your tongue without feeling nauseous, try brushing with warm water. I tried this during my first trimester and it worked.
I was glad I had discovered this because I always felt dirty not brushing my tongue.
If your prenatal pills make you sick, I suggest taking them at different times of the day. For me, mornings and afternoons were tough since I was always on the go.
If you’re 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.
Also, you can try taking the pill during a meal. I know a few women who did this and it really helped.
Foods To Eat In The First Trimester
Finding out you’re pregnant is the worst time to go on a diet. However, you can be more conscious of what you eat.
Remember you’re eating for one and nourishing
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard the excuse “I’m eating for two” while they devoured a whole pizza, ate bowls of ice cream, or worse: constantly ate Drive-Thru meals at 3 am just because “they craved it.”
STOP! You’re hurting yourself and the baby.
The truth is, you’re not craving anything at 3 am. You just haven’t been eating enough for two and your body wants you to eat more.
You may find it difficult to eat throughout your pregnancy as food aversions are a real thing for some moms-to-be. One thing that helped me was eating fruits and occasionally some veggies.
I craved celery and carrot sticks with Blue cheese and buffalo sauce. The strangest combination that I can’t see today without feeling sick.
There are healthy options for you to snack on during your first trimester. Below is a list of nutrients and food ideas you can eat in the early weeks of your pregnancy.
Vitamin C-rich foods, like oranges, broccoli, and strawberries are great for controlling those late-night cravings. Simply serve yourself a bowl before bed.
Iron from vegetables like spinach is always a good source of nutrients for your growing baby. I also took iron pills throughout my pregnancies and folic acid (found in nuts and fresh fruits) to help with each baby’s development.
Protein should be a big part of your meals during pregnancy as it provides your baby with the right nutrients for strength and supports tissue growth.
Sex In The First Trimester
Family and friends always ask whether or not it’s okay to have sex during early pregnancy. Personally, I think it depends on your health conditions.
Unless there’s nothing medically wrong or has been discussed with your doctor, I suggest doing the deed with your partner. It brings you closer and it’s good for the baby.
Sex during the first three months of pregnancy can be difficult. Your vagina can dry up due to hormonal changes, and you may even feel pressure in your bladder.
However, having sex in the early stages won’t cause a miscarriage. It may be uncomfortable, but it can also be a great stress reliever as well.
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. One thing to keep in mind is to clean up after.
Leaving semen in your vagina may cause a UTI during pregnancy.
How To Deal With First Trimester Fatigue
During the first couple of weeks into your pregnancy, you’ll feel exhausted throughout the day. Giving yourself a daily schedule can improve you and your baby’s health.
From taking daily walks to afternoon naps, you’ll notice a change in your mood when you make time for what your body needs.
Walking is a great way to exercise during pregnancy. It helps with lower back pain and can minimize your chances of gaining unnecessary weight.
Other ways to stay active during your first trimester include:
– Riding a stationary bike;
– Practicing yoga; and
– Strength training exercises.
Although I stopped going to the gym after I found out I was pregnant, I did continue to walk daily. Having a dog helps with reminding yourself to go fo walks.
One thing to keep in mind if you are walking a dog during your pregnancy is to be careful with pets that pull on the leash. You can fall during your walk and this can hurt you and the baby.
Keeping Busy During Your First Trimester
One thing that I learned from my first pregnancy is that how you feel is mental. I remember going out for a 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 husband if I went with him. Fortunately, I had a great time and was excited to hear the news that one of his friends was also expecting.
I will admit that there were times during my first pregnancy that I didn’t want to move a finger and stay in bed all day — typically on Sundays. However, I knew I had to get up and keep going.
After all, the best exercise is doing work around the house. It’s good to keep busy in general, and it’s a great workout not only for your body but also for your mind.
This post is part of the Giving Birth Series. You can read other installments in the series:
Second Trimester Tips
Third Trimester Tips
Peaceful Environment For Your Baby
C-Section Recovery Tips
My VBAC Experience
Introduce Your Dog To A Newborn
Caring For A Toddler And Newborn
Reading To Your Baby