I just came out of the woods of my first trimester. Now at 16.5 weeks, I can finally say that I have energy and an appetite again. Whew! That was a rough couple of months. I found a great deal of solace in reading blogs about the first trimester, what others were experiencing, what they found helped, etc. I figured it couldn’t hurt to offer my own advice on the matter. Everybody is different, and experiences pregnancy differently, but chances are pretty good that you will deal with some nausea and exhaustion. Those were the two killers for me. From the start I was so tired every day. I woke up and got ready for work, then was almost panting with exhaustion before I even left the house, just from waking up and doing my morning routine. Nausea was worst in the morning and at night. At first, I had a bad case of night sickness. Then, my doctor said it was okay to take Unisom, and that it would not only help me sleep, but help with nausea. I took it for about two weeks straight and slept like a rock. Then, I realized it was worsening my morning exhaustion by giving me a hangover, so I started trying nights without it. At first it was worth it to me to feel like a zombie in the morning just to get a good night’s sleep sans night sickness. Then, as I started to gradually feel better, I didn’t need it. I learned that if I ate a cup of cereal right before bed, and one the minute I hit the floor in the morning, the nausea wasn’t so bad. The key was always keeping something on my stomach. If I waited more than 2 hours to eat throughout the day, I began to feel sick. I actually lost about 8 pounds in the first trimester just because I had zero appetite. This is completely normal. I only wanted bland food. Chick-fil-A, Stouffer’s mac and cheese, and Special K cereal were mainstays. But, I didn’t want a lot of anything. Week 15 I finally stayed late at work one night and didn’t even realize what time it was! I was so happy! Usually, every day around 2 or 3 I began to feel so wiped out all I wanted to do was go home and nap.
A few things I found particularly helpful during the first trimester: 1. La Croix Sparkling Water– lime and mango, particularly. Guzzling straight water often made me feel more nauseous, but staying hydrated is key- pregnant or not, so I was careful to get plenty of water each day. La Croix on ice with a straw was my magic solution that made water bearable. 2. Stretchy Bras – Your whole body just feels weird and achy as it changes, and sore boobs were a killer. My favorite underwire bra was suddenly very uncomfortable. I opted for soft, stretchy bras like the one above from Gap. If you find it in stock, grab one or two! They’re often on sale, and often out of stock. 3. Grapefruit Oil– a friend of mine gave me a care package including grapefruit essential oil, and said that it helped her tremendously through nausea. Any time I began to feel icky, I took a few deep breaths of the grapefruit oil until I could get food, and it helped! 4. Lipstick – Chances are you just won’t feel like yourself during this time. All I wanted to do was lay around and be lazy; after all your body is doing a lot of work during this time. You are forming a human being! Still so crazy to think about. Lipstick will do wonders. Even if you don’t feel up to throwing on heels or a cute outfit, putting lipstick on will kick up your jeans and tee a notch, and make you feel happier just looking a little more alive. Anything you can do to boost your spirits a little will help.
One of the hardest things during this time is that a) you’re not “supposed” to tell people until around 12 weeks, and b) you’re probably not really showing yet, so all of the people around you just wonder why you’re wimping out on life and feeling bad every day. We told close family really early, and realized that we could go ahead and tell the people who we would want to tell if we had a miscarriage. I guess that’s the main reasoning in waiting 12 weeks to tell, because doctors say your chances of a miscarriage go down after that point. Overall, it’s totally a personal preference, and you should do what feels right. I ended up trickling it to friends before 12 weeks because they were so confused as to why I was “so tired”, and it’s just a fun thing to share! I hope some of these tips help. Any questions? Just ask in the comments below or on the ask tab!