As many pregnant, and non-pregnant women know, it’s the first 12 weeks that are the most crucial. Getting through them gives you the biggest sigh of relief you will ever experience. Unless you didn’t know you were pregnant till after then. Which if that’s the case, then you’re the kind of person I am completely jealous of!
Having had, how do we put this nicely, a rough first few weeks of pregnancy I have managed to pick up a few tips that helped me get through them.
If morning sickness is something you struggle with, eating something dry before you get out of bed will help so much. Take your morning slowly even if that does mean waking up an extra 10 minutes before you would normally. Allowing yourself some time to chill and eat something in bed before moving. Moving too quickly when you are ill is never a good idea anyway. Treat your morning sickness just like that. (I am planning a separate post on this, with more ways to help. If you would like that let me know!)
If you’re pretty bad with secrets and want to tell at least some people, then please, only tell the people you are very close too. I know this is a difficult thing to be doing – I struggled with this more than you would believe! I told my immediate family: Parents and siblings, as well as my two best friends. This is because I was worried that if anything was to happen I would not be comfortable talking to anyone other than these people about it. I also knew that I could trust these people, so I knew it wasn’t something that was going to become public before I was ready.
You need to remember that you are the one that is pregnant. If you need to sit down because you are feeling unwell, take a seat! You could speak to your work just to let them know what is going on. If you need to take a seat at work then do it. Looking after yourself is the main priority for the duration of your pregnancy. The first trimester is the most important though because it’s when the baby is at it’s most vulnerable. There is a lot more chance of you having complications during this time. Meaning, you need to take care of yourself! Trying to stop yourself from going to sleep on the sofa because you slept for more than 8 hours at night? Take that sleep! Honestly, you will thank yourself later on.
Again, I feel like I can’t stress this enough. When you are falling asleep, feeling like you can’t keep your eyes open any longer. Please, let the sleep take over you. You will understand – when you are in your second trimester, maybe even you’re third! (I’m not there yet so I can’t confirm that). You will thank yourself, reminding yourself of those times you were able to fall asleep comfortably, or even just at all! Your body is making, carrying and feeding a little baby that can’t yet do anything for itself. It is tiring work! If you’re not sleeping for you, sleep for the little one. I am sure they appreciate when you are led down in your most relaxed state.
Tracking my symptoms have really helped me also. This not only helped me to find any trends that were occurring but what I was struggling with the most. It then allowed me to speak to the midwife about the more important things for me. I did this in my Bullet Journal – Which I have a whole post on here if you haven’t seen that one.
Do you have any other tips in getting through the first trimester? Let me know! Jade xo