I have made it to my second trimester and the half way point in my pregnancy, so I would like to share with you some things I learned and tips for the first trimester.
I must say that as far as first trimester pregnancies go, I was very fortunate. The most severe symptoms I had were nausea, fatigue, and some mild cramping. I was very happy that I did not throw up once, as that was the one symptom I was least looking forward to. I also did not have a lot in the way of hormonal problems. There was only the occasional time where I would be watching TV and a commercial with children came on, and I would get a little misty eyed.
The top two things that I learned are that water and sleep are your two best friends. I always felt better on the days where I had plenty of both. I know that when you feel nauseous water can be hard to keep down, but sipping it throughout the day helps. I got as much sleep as I could at night. I really wish I would have been able to nap, but I work a full time job, so that wasn’t going to happen. But I did often get at least 9 hours of sleep a night, and it helped me feel better the next day.
Tips for nausea
(please keep in mind that these are things that worked for me and may not work for you as each pregnancy is different).
- Eat small and often. I found that eating small meals several times a day really helped me to not feel as nauseous. Normally about every two hours seemed to work for me.
- Cold food/water. For some reason, really cold things made me feel better when I felt nauseous. One thing I did was to freeze those little cups of applesauce. It was cold like ice cream, but a lot healthier.
- Try to be healthy, but eat what you can keep down. I know that it is very important to be healthy especially when you are pregnant, but in those first few weeks when the thought of food makes you sick, eat whatever taste best to you. I have always had a sweet tooth, but for some reason in my first trimester I couldn’t eat anything sweet except some fruit. I ate a lot of salty food because that is what didn’t make me want to throw up. Nuts are one thing that is healthy and pretty bland that I enjoyed. Also plain saltine crackers.
- Be willing to try different things. My sense of taste changed a lot during the first trimester. If you suddenly can’t stomach a food that you were eating all week (for me it was carrots) don’t. Try different things until you find what is best for you.
Tips for fatigue
- Get enough sleep. There isn’t a lot you can do other than make sure you give yourself enough hours of sleep. Go to bed earlier if it takes you a while to get comfortable.
- Napping. I only got to do this a couple times, but it sure did help. If you have a schedule that allows for it, don’t feel guilty, just sleep.
- Pregnancy Pillow. I got mine very early in my pregnancy. It has helped me so much with sleeping through the night. They say it is best to sleep on your side and since I am a tummy sleeper, this helped me to change my position. I ordered one on Amazon and it is worth every penny. I like that mine has two sides, so it is easy to change sides throughout the night and the other side supports my back as well.
- Turn off your mind. This was and can still be very hard for me. I never knew there would be so many things to worry and to think about the future of this little person, that I didn’t even know yet. I would say the best thing to do is pray, ask God to help you not to worry and to trust him for all the things to come.
Tips for cramping
- Drink water. Be sure to stay hydrated, this will help your muscles not to cramp as much.
- Stretch. I will admit that I have not done well with this one, but it really can help. Just be sure your movements are slow and controlled and don’t overdo it.
- Severe cramping. If you have cramps that are worse than normal menstrual cramps and or you have bleeding be sure to see your doctor.
I hope that some of these tips work for you. If you have any more advice please leave it in the comments. I will try to post more now that I am past the first trimester.