First time mom’s, listen up! Pregnancy is such a delicate time in our lives, and the first trimester is never easy. But there are certain things that you do on a daily basis that can help you get through those first trimester discomforts. Here are a few key things I recommend you try.
1. Eat often (...and what you can stomach)
The first few months of pregnancy come with nausea, loss of appetite, additional (and sometimes strange) cravings, etc…! So if all you can keep down are crackers and cereal, don’t feel guilty. Adopting an adequate nutrition plan is actually harder than most people think.
But what you can do to overcome this is switch up your eating habits a bit. Instead of sticking to 3 meals a day, eat every 3 hours or so. Doing this actually helps alleviate nausea and is much easier on your stomach. And forget the old myth about “eating for 2”, that’s just false. Eat lighter meals more often, and you’ll notice a huge difference.
This leads me to my next point…
2. Get Your Prenatal Vitamins ASAP
Because it’s much harder to eat a balanced diet when you’re feeling icky and nauseous, prenatals are extremely important in order to help keep you strong, healthy, and energized during your first trimester.
Some prenatals, such as my Mom’s Complete Multi, help reduce feelings of nausea and morning sickness as well.
3. Wear Loose Clothing
This is something nobody tells you, but boy does it make a difference in how “icky” you’re feeling! Tight clothes can actually reduce circulation in your body, which not only causes you to overheat and get uncomfortable, but can also increase first trimester bloating and gas!
So take my advice, and stick to loose clothing. You’ll thank me later!
Yes this may seem obvious, but you will not believe how many women forget to properly hydrate. This is because most women don’t realize that when you’re pregnant, your body needs more water than it normally does. So your day-to-day water intake habits are just not good enough anymore. Your new goal - 12 cups a day!
Plus, if you start to increase your water intake during the first trimester, it can also play a role in minimizing your nausea.
5. Change your toothbrush
Switch to a soft-bristled brush if you’re not already using one, because pregnancy can actually make your gums more sensitive. This is due to hormonal changes in your body, and as such, you may start experiencing bleeding in your gums.
I hope these tips can help you through this very very exciting time in your journey. And don’t forget, if you need more tips on all things pregnancy and beyond, you can follow me on my personal blog or even take one of my classes.
And, if you haven’t already, check out my prenatal vitamin with 2x4 to help you get through the first trimester of your pregnancy!