I went from finding out I was pregnant and feeling fairly normal, albeit slightly bloated, to feeling very pregnant in a matter of days. The nausea, headaches and exhaustion were intense at times but manageable with the right tools.
On a typical work day, during my first trimester, I’d arrive home and eat a snack immediately. I’d then try to spend an hour or so blogging before the desire for a nap consumed me. Even with the nap I still went to bed around 8 each night. I never got “enough” sleep, but I was thankful for the moments of slumber. During the early weeks I had to limit my expectations and focus on accomplishing the absolute necessities. I’m pretty sure Jordan survived on cereal, business lunches and frozen meals from Trader Joe’s during that time!
Everyone’s pregnancy symptoms are different and experienced with varying degrees. I found a few things that helped me through those early weeks and wanted to share in hopes they might help you!
1. LaCroix and Gatorade. It’s even better when the Gatorade is slightly slushy from being stashed in the freezer. Hydration is extremely important and sometimes tap water wasn’t appealing to me.
2. Embrace the carbs. And cheese. And eggs. Essentially eat what sounds good to you and worry about the nutritional content later (within reason of course). I couldn’t eat vegetables for almost a month but now I eat a good handful or two of spinach everyday. It’s important to be mindful of our eating at all times but this isn’t the time to worry about carb consumption.
3. Eat often. I needed to eat every three hours or else my stomach was UPSET. I never got terribly sick but on some afternoons being exhausted from work, my stomach was topsy-turvy. Thankfully, my nausea occurred midday to evening which made getting up for work not too difficult.
4. Sleep. I expected the nausea but the exhaustion took me by surprise. I still get tired but I don’t need a nap everyday like I did in the beginning. Limit your commitments to a manageable amount. It won’t last forever.
5. Be careful of information overload. Find a good doctor and only allow the voices of people you trust to infiltrate your mind. It’s a lot to take in and there is no need to become bogged down!
What essentials helped you through the first trimester?