You’ve probably heard women talking about the first trimester of pregnancy and its struggles. It’s a particularly uncomfortable time for most, and if you are keeping it a secret, it could be even worse because you can’t ask your closest friends for tips. So to help you survive until you get to 14 weeks and start feeling like yourself again, we’ve gathered some useful tips.
Rest When Possible
Staying active during pregnancy is important, but you also need to listen to your body and give it the rest it needs. Especially in the first few weeks when all your energy is going towards the development and growth of your little peanut. Sit, lay or even take naps when possible and take good deep breaths. Getting tired easily is normal during this time, so don’t be hard on yourself!
Get a Good Body Pillow
Many believe the big body pillows to be essential for the last months of pregnancy. However, they can give you great comfort and support from the very beginning. Don’t wait until you really can’t find a comfortable sleeping position and get yourself a good-quality body pillow from the start.
Eat Small Amounts but Regularly
Even if you imagined yourself being that pregnant woman with the perfect nutritious breakfast and a yoga class after, the reality of the first trimester may be very far from that for you. If you have bad morning sickness (or let’s be honest – a whole day sickness), it’s important to eat the food you can. Don’t go overboard with the junk of course, but if you crave a bagel, get a bagel. Carbs usually are a girl’s best friend in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Also, try eating small amounts but regularly.
While pregnant, you will need a lot more water because of all the hard work your body is doing and the increased blood flow. Also, drinking water early in the morning will help you feel a bit better.
Be Kind to Yourself!
The first trimester is also hard mentally. All the changes in your body and feeling sick can put you in a bad mental state. Try not to think about what it was before but focus on the future. The second trimester is just around the corner and you will feel significantly better. We promise!