The first trimester is the hardest in my opinion.
You are learning about your pregnancy, excited that your family is growing, figuring out how to tell your husband and family, preparing for the OBGYN visits and making sure you’re staying healthy! It’s a lot of pressure.
With the pressure also comes all the “first trimester things”.
Some of the common symptoms include: nausea, fatigue, heartburn, mood swings, gas, tender breasts and bloating. Oh boy did I feel ALL of these symptoms! It’s not fun but us moms manage to get through it.
These are my favorite tips on surviving the common symptoms from the first trimester. Remember that all these symptoms are temporary and know that you will get through it!
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Tips for morning sickness during pregnancy
Eat things that don’t bother your stomach such as spicy and fatty foods.
Once my family and I went to get a seafood boil and I came home and it ALL came back out. It was painful! My tip is to eat things that are easy on the tummy such as strawberries, apples, grapes, pasta, soups, crackers, oatmeal and cereal. I loved to sip on tea, ginger ale or ginger sparkling water (from Whole Foods) and that helped a lot!
Take prenatal vitamins
Prenatals are so important because they provide the essential vitamins that you and your baby need. Find a prenatal that doesn’t make you queasy. I loved taking these prenatals because they had the recommended DHA, iron, calcium and folic acid.
Tips for fatigue during pregnancy
Take a nap
Your body is doing and going through so much right now and you’re exhausted! Take a nap when you need to. When I was working my 8-5 job, I would take two 15-20 breaks a day and take a cat nap. I would find a quiet room and rest up. They were MUCH needed naps and helped me get through the day.
Get moving! Do the workouts that you normally do. I loved working out during the first trimester. I took spin classes because they were easy on my body but still challenged me to get my heart rate up. Try to take frequent walks! It counts as exercise and it is a good way to clear your mind.
Get enough sleep at night
Try to get as much sleep as you can. Sleep is so good for you! It sets you up for a more focused and energized day.
Eat small frequent meals through the day
This helps you get you the energy you need. The smaller meals help you stay full longer and even prevents bloating and heartburn too.
Tips for bloating & heartburn during pregnancy
Drink lots of water
Drinking water helps keep everything moving. You’re already using the bathroom a lot (lol) so choose a cute water bottle, drink up and stay hydrated.
If you don’t feel like working out, just get up and take short walks throughout the day to keep your body moving. Throughout my pregnancy I used the app “Baby 2 Body” to help me stay active. I loved that the app provided stretches and exercises that helped me up until the big day.
Wear things that make you feel comfortable. You want to feel your best. I never understood the phrase “fashion over comfort” because you can totally be comfortable and fashionable. I loved wearing flowy dresses and jumpsuits with sneakers during pregnancy. They are fashionable and cute, but have all the room to grow and be comfortable! Check out some of my favorite dresses and jumpsuits at the end of this post.
Watch out for the spice
Remember my seafood boil story!? Yes, it was incredibly spicy and I learned that the hard way. Spicy foods tend to lead to heartburn. Go easy on the spice to prevent heartburn.
Take your time to eat
Eat your meals slowly and make sure you’re sitting or standing up and after eating to help aid digestion and bloat.
Tips for mood swings during pregnancy
Take a break
Be alone in your head space. Read a book, make a cup of ginger tea and spend time on you. Take a walk and listen to your favorite podcast or audiobook!
Take a bath
Light a candle, use bath salts and soak in a warm bath. I absolutely loved my routine baths during my pregnancy. It was a time I could spend with just me and my baby!
Have a snack stash
Hangry mama is scary! (Ask my husband hehe) I get hangry quite often and it’s funny how a quick snack can instantly boost your mood. Carry with you some snacks like cheese, jerky, a protein shake, almonds, cashews or apples.
With all the pregnancy hormones, it’s normal to feel all the up and down emotions. Talking to your spouse, a best friend or another mama can always help you cope with different feelings that you’re having. Ask them for help if you need it. You’ll be surprised how much weight is lifted off after a good conversation. Laugh about it! If you find that your mood swings are interfering with everyday life, don’t be scared to talk to your OBGYN about it.
Oh how I miss the early stages of pregnancy. I never understood how my mom said “it goes by so fast” until I experienced it. Enjoy your first trimester and remember to take pictures of your bump so you can look back. Record all the special moments at the doctor’s appointments! It really does go SO fast.
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