Personally, I was not prepared for what the first trimester had in store for me. While this is my first (and possibly only) pregnancy, I thought my life-long obsession with mommy bloggers would have better prepared me for the nightmare that was the first trimester (at least in my case).
I think what I was least prepared for was food aversions as well as how much I was actually going to throw up. One day one of the dogs had an accident, so I went to clean it up, next thing I know I’m on the bathroom floor and puking for the next hour. I cried Joe crying because I felt so bad I couldn’t clean the pee up and also because I absolutely hate throwing up.
In the course of the ~12 weeks of vomiting that I endured, I lost nearly 20 pounds. The doctors haven’t seemed to care yet (currently I’m categorized as “very overweight”) but to me, a woman trying to grow a human, I was taken aback. To me, that really prompted me to start being more proactive in taking care of myself and the fetus that is now a wee little babe in my belly.
Here are my tips:
- Have food that you will eat in the house at all times. Whether that is pretzels, potato chips, donuts, really if you think it will sound good, keep it in your house!
- Drink electrolytes. If you’re like me and cannot stomach straight Gatorade, water it down. Trust me when I say, everything is worse when you’re dehydrated. It can accelerate a migraine, make you more tired, and just generally make you feel like crap.
- If you’re tired, go to bed. If you need a nap, take a nap, if you need to go to bed at 8:30, go to bed at 8:30. It doesn’t matter if your partner thinks your sleeping too much, you know what your body needs. For about two weeks I took a 45-minute nap every day after work. It helped me stay up a little bit later and sleep a little sounder at night.
- After talking with my OBGYN I tried the B-12 and Unisom pairing to help with nausea, while that didn’t work, the Unisom has really helped me with sleeping. Before, I couldn’t sleep through the night without waking up for at least an hour. Now, I only wake up if I really, really have to pee.
- Ask questions, and then ask the same questions when you meet a new doctor. My mom actually told me that, she said that different doctors know different things, I’ve definitely noticed that. At the OBGYN office I go to, they often have you meet different doctors that way you know all of the doctors who would be on call when you go in to give birth. This has been really helpful to get a variety of perspectives and opinions when something isn’t working for you.
So that’s what I have! If you have any tips, leave them in the comments to help out other pregnant people!