You’re pregnant! Such a fun and exciting time. When I found out I was pregnant, I couldn’t believe it. I finally saw that second line on my pregnancy test – a moment I’ve dreamed of having for 5 years.
I’m currently 10+3 weeks pregnant as I write this. The number one question I get on Instagram is “How are you feeling?”
Truth is… my first trimester has been really uneventful *knock on wood*. I’ve had mild nausea on and off, only puked a couple times (around 5 weeks), and I’ve just been very sleepy.
Every pregnancy is different, however. I’ve been told by many people in my life that they were beyond sick for most of their first trimester (they were pregnant with boys and girls – so that ‘old wives tale’ is full of it!)
In this post I’m going to share my tips and advice on how to survive the first trimester of pregnancy. These are all things I’ve been doing, which I do think is helping with the morning sickness aspect, so maybe these can help you as well!
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This one is kind of a no-brainer… water is so good for you and ensures that the body is working properly for you and baby. Not only that, staying hydrated can help with nausea.
Take Your Prenatals
Prenatal vitamins with folate in them helps prevent miscarriage, helps baby develop, prevents neural tube defects, and provides the nutrients and vitamins your body needs during pregnancy.
I’ve been taking the SmartyPants Prenatals gummies because they have a high count of folate in them along with other healthy vitamins like Vitamin D, A, C, E, and K. There’s also fish oil in there which is good for pregnancy. They’re also Non-GMO and taste delicious. It can be hard to choke down prenatal pills when pregnant.
Another favorite prenatal of mine (if you don’t want gummy vitamins) is the Nature Made Prenatals with DHA. The difference between this prenatal vs. the SmartyPants is that these contain DHA – which is super important for baby’s brain development.
Sometimes I alternate between these two brands. Both contain folate and other important nutrients for you and baby – so I highly recommend either!
Hard Candies for Morning Sickness Remedy
When I was early on in my first trimester, I got some bad nausea to the point where no food sounded good.
I bought a tin of Preggie Pop Drops and they helped me a ton with nausea. I think just sucking on candy in general made the nausea better and more tolerable. I also had Jolly Ranchers on hand for that purpose as well.
Find a hard candy you like and keep them with you at all times. Despite the name, Morning Sickness can happen at any time of the day.
I also found that morning sickness hit if I hadn’t eaten in a while, so snacks throughout the day help!
Sleep, Sleep, and Sleep
Your body is going through a LOT the first 3 months of pregnancy… you’re growing a human, after all!
If you can, sleep! Exhaustion has been my number one symptom of pregnancy so far… all I want to do is sleep. Don’t beat yourself up for taking an extra nap or two.
My biggest piece of advice is to listen to your body and rest as much as possible. The more relaxed you are, the less stressed you’ll be… which means your body can focus on growing that little babe.
If you haven’t already, grab a Pregnancy Pillow! It’ll come in handy later and they’re SO soft and comfortable! I absolutely love mine and don’t know how I slept without one before. I know for sure it’ll be helpful when I’m further along and have a bump.
I know… I just told you to sleep in the previous bullet point. BUT, another way to feel better in the first trimester is to keep active!
Take a walk around your neighborhood and do low-impact exercises like pilates and yoga. My OB told me that exercise during pregnancy is important because it prevents conditions such as gestational diabetes and prevents morning sickness.
Don’t overdo it, though! If your body is telling you to rest, then REST!
Stock up on Healthy Snacks
First Trimester can be tricky with cravings… I know all I wanted to eat was fried, terrible foods because that was the only thing that sounded good.
There are tons of healthy pregnancy snacks that nourish you and baby and help maintain a healthy pregnancy:
- Greek Yogurt
- Apples and Hard Cheese
- Veggie Sticks
- and More
Having healthy snacks throughout the day can help ward off Morning Sickness symptoms such as nausea/vomiting.
Enjoy Every Moment
I write this with my entire heart. Enjoy every moment of the first trimester, because it is gone within the blink of an eye! Every moment of sickness, food aversion, craving – enjoy it.
It took us so long to get pregnant and when it finally happened, I took everything (good and bad) as a blessing.
Don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re creating a new human life inside of you! That’s incredible!
Enjoy. Every. Moment.