Although the first trimester of pregnancy brings excitement, (“yay, there’s a line on the pee stick”) it also brings a whole host of unwelcome symptoms, particularly for those of us who have struggled with morning sickness and drop-dead fatigue. In general, I try to remain optimistic and active during pregnancy, but my motivation and enthusiasm have certainly been put to the test during the first trimester. In fact, in my first pregnancy, I declared something to the like of, “If I feel this way the whole pregnancy, I’m never getting pregnant again.”
Alas, I have lived to tell the tale, and am embarking on the second trimester of my second (!) pregnancy. Yes, that was a baby announcement. So I come to you with some tried and true tips for surviving the *joys* of the first trimester, particularly for those struggling with nausea and fatigue.
1. Most importantly, repeat this mantra…”THIS TOO SHALL PASS.”
When the days of nausea and undeniable fatigue pummel you day after day, remind yourself that yes, this too shall pass. The crazy appetite, carb-intense cravings, and disdain for salad will fade. Come the second trimester, you will eat a vegetable again. Promise. For those who suffer these symptoms throughout their pregnancy, you are warriors. I simply do not know how you do it.
2. NEVER let your stomach run on empty.
Keep something in your stomach at all times (I preferred carby items), which will keep nausea at bay. That means a light snack the minute your feet hit the ground in the morning, small snacks throughout the day, and a small snack before bedtime. There is nothing worse than waking in the middle of the night with gut-wrenching nausea.
3. Try Sea Bands
I don’t care if it’s science, psychology, vodoo, or magic, but these cheap drug-free wrist bands that press on acupressure points in your wrists helped alleviate nausea in both of my pregnancies. Now, I’m not going sit here and tell you the nausea completely vanished, but I do think they lessened the severity of my nausea. Totally worth the investment and trip to your local drugstore or Target.
4. Hard candy, mints, tea, lemon water.
Need an excuse to eat some candy. Here you go. However, if I get a cavity, I will blame pregnancy. But seriously, if I wasn’t eating some carb to quell the queasy feeling in my stomach, I was sucking on a mint, a piece of hard candy, or sipping on tea or lemon water. This is a great distraction to nausea. Check with your caretaker about which teas are appropriate during your pregnancy, as it is recommended to limit caffeine and be conscious of which herbal teas your drink.
5. Nap when possible.
When the nausea got really bad, I started to realize I was particularly fatigued. With a second or third pregnancy, it is certainly harder to find time to nap with little ones running wild, but take the chance when you can. Not only did I feel more refreshed, but it helped stave off the worst of the nausea when nothing else helped.
6. Keep being active.
If you had an exercise regimen before you got pregnant, keep it up. It’s hard, I know, but I always felt better while engaging in physical activity and energized when I finished my workout. Of course, listen to your body and modify as needed. If you didn’t exercise prior to pregnancy, try walking regularly to keep your energy up. It feels like pulling teeth at first, but once you get yourself moving, I swear it helps.
Disclaimer: The information and/or advice on this site is not intended to replace medical care. Please consult your physician or caretaker.