Congratulations on your pregnancy! I’m assuming that’s what brought you to my little corner of the web anyways. Unfortunately, if you are here looking at this specific post its likely because you have realized the harsh reality that pregnancy isn’t always rainbows and butterfly’s. The first trimester symptoms are probably starting to kick in (or already have).
Let’s face it, growing an entire human is hard work and the first trimester is no exception to that. Pregnancy can be brutal and if you are unlucky enough to experience something similar to my pregnancy, it can be downright miserable.
Think you might be pregnant but its too early to take a test? Check out my post on signs of early pregnancy before your missed period HERE.
Fortunately for you, I have compiled a list of tips and tricks – a first trimester survival guide if you will – and I can’t wait to share them with you!
Things to Purchase
I have always hated this spicy little beast, but my MIL made me try some ginger candies and OMG what a difference it made for my morning sickness. Seriously stock up, these were a huge game changer for me! What is even more awesome about having ginger in a candy form is that they are portable. Toss a few of these in your purse and your good to go whenever the morning sickness hits because lets face it, its not just limited to the morning.
Not only does peppermint help with nausea, it can also help get rid of that gross metallic pregnancy taste in your mouth. Win win in my opinion, especially because its so easy to toss in your purse or keep in your desk at work.
Seriously do yourself a favor and get one. There are so many different aches and pains associated with pregnancy and be wrapped in a fluffy, supportive, pillowy hug is just so comforting. I used my pregnancy pillow for almost the entire pregnancy and it made things so much easier. By the end, my husband even started snuggling into it throughout the night!
Those sexy, lace, push up bras you are used to wearing… yeah put those pretty little things back in the drawer… you won’t be needing those anytime soon! Your breasts will likely be tender and increasing in size as you progress though your pregnancy.
Instead of continuously sizing up, stick to a bra that is both stretchy and supportive. Lightweight sports bras without too much compression are usually a good choice. If you are planning on breastfeeding and looking to save some money, purchase stretchy nursing bras and wearing it throughout your pregnancy.
Being hydrated is important to everyone’s health, but especially pregnant women. It will also help keep the bloat and swelling at bay. I know, I know, its so hard to do when your nauseated all the time. While water is obviously important it doesn’t have to be your only source of hydration. Ginger ale, sparkling water, fruit infused water, etc. might make it easier to get those fluids in. Just be mindful of your caffeine and sugar intake.
Between bloat and weight gain you might get a growing belly sooner than you were expecting. Instead of sizing up continuously throughout your pregnancy, save yourself some money and just get into maternity clothes.
They are seriously the most comfortable items of clothing I own and I was so much more comfortable wearing something that fit my changing body properly. Don’t be like me and delay the inevitable, especially if you are on a budget – sizing up every few months or weeks can be expensive!
If your morning sickness and or heartburn are excessive talk to your OBGYN or other care provider about medications that are safe to take during pregnancy to alleviate some of your symptoms. There are also some over the counter remedies such as morning sickness suckers or tums (be sure to check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist first).
Things to Do
You can thank me later for this little tip! A massage has never felt so amazing as it did when I was pregnant. Get as many as you can afford throughout your pregnancy. It can keep the aches and pains in check and make a world of difference as your body changes to accommodate your growing baby. Be sure to see a registered massage therapist that specializes in prenatal massage and check with your doctor if you have any concerns.
Keep a Plastic Bag on you at All Times
This one might sound strange, but hear me out! Put one in your purse, car, office desk, etc. Anywhere you go outside your home bring one with you. Why you ask? Well let me tell you, as someone very experienced with
morning anytime sickness, you need to be prepared to puke anywhere and everywhere. Maybe thats TMI, but sometimes there is no warning and you don’t want to be caught off guard. Trust me. Been there, done that. Learn from my mistakes on this one.
Take Care of Yourself
I know when I got pregnant, my to – do -list grew tenfold, it was overwhelming and stressful. Remember that even with all these new things on your plate, you are growing a tiny little human inside you. Take the time to relax and reset because it is a hard journey. Pedicures, laying on the couch watching tv, sleeping in, reading, whatever your jam is – do it!
There you have it!
A realistic first trimester survival guide to make your pregnancy a more comfortable experience!
Good Luck Mama’s! I know the first trimester of pregnancy is hard but it does come to an end, I promise!
Do you have any tips or tricks to survive the first trimester of pregnancy? Leave them in the comments, we would love to hear from you!
Planning ahead? Checkout my Second Trimester Checklist for all the things you should do to get ready for your babies arrival during the second trimester!