Congratulations! You are pregnant and should prepare for the next 18 years to always have a financially dependable drooling little human attached to you but the fun doesn’t begin only AFTER his/her arrival but instantly and especially during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy, aka first trimester.
Jokes aside, pregnancy is a beautiful and life-changing experience all the while being brutal and for some women, the hardest test of their lives.
Thankfully the days of following old wives’ tales which hardly ever worked are gone and now you have a myriad of little tricks and techniques to help you enter motherhood, feeling content and confident.
While you are still basking in the glow of creating life inside of you, we recommend choosing your hospital, doctor or midwife as soon as possible.
Check out the preferred providers under your health insurance plan, or search online. Even recommendations, from friends and family, will help you choose a plan that will be best for you.
Don’t be afraid to look to other doctors, if your current one is making you feel uncomfortable in any way. It is your right to “shop around” for your care staff and finally pick one, who you can trust completely.
The biggest issue during your first trimester is Nausea which is “thankfully” always paired with the arrival of bloating and lack of appetite.
We will not insult you and all the other mothers in the world by calling it “Morning Sickness” since we only WISH our nausea went away as soon as the clock hits noon.
This is not the time for you to cut back on comfort food or fret over weight gain, instead, let yourself enjoy a little with whatever you can stomach
We highly recommend that you never partake in any fad diets, pregnant or not, and should focus on adding foods full of antioxidants and nausea fighting superpowers to the start of your first trimester.
Some of our tried and tested methods are:
- Drinking ice cold water first thing in the morning- This works as a reset for your body and helps dilute the natural acids in your stomach.
- Ginger anything- Ginger tea, Ginger ale, Ginger root. It is a natural way to curb nausea, unlike the store, bought chemical laden pills and potions.
Just a word of caution though, keep it under 1500 mg since too much Ginger can do more harm than good. Odds are, you will never reach that high of a daily intake but still better be safe!
- Eat small, frequent meals- They do not have to be meals per se, a simple fruit snack or even a bag of chips will do.
- Protein- Eating protein can actually reduce nausea and will make you feel fuller for longer. If you hate meat? Try switching it out with cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, or pregnancy safe protein shakes.
- Walk- Any form of light activity will help with nausea; plus, fresh air never did any harm.
These small additions to your life will help you combat the changes you will be experiencing during your first trimester but remember that no matter how many things you try, your body is changing and growing and these negative symptoms are just its natural response and in most cases, unavoidable.
Just being mindful of this small fact will make you feel better prepared and less shaken when they hit.
Good news is just around the corner though! Since, after the hazy first 6-12 weeks disappears, you can expect feeling better than ever in your second trimester. Expects loads of midnight cleaning sessions and lots of nesting preparing for your little bundle to arrive.