Pregnancy is awesome.
It is a miracle and a blessing in so many ways. You get to experience the growth of a life inside of you, which is simply mind boggling if you take the time to think about it. And each pregnancy is different for every momma.
However, I think all mommas would agree the first trimester of pregnancy is rough, regardless of if you have morning sickness or not. Because on top of morning sickness, you probably have exhaustion, food aversions, increased anxiety, cramping, back pain, etc…need I go on?
Pregnancy is awesome….right?
It can be so tempting to just sit on the couch and sleep away the first 12 weeks, but for most that just isn’t an option! This time around, I’m chasing a very active and mobile 15mo old which is exhausting even when I’m not pregnant.
He doesn’t understand that Mommy needs a break!
So I’ve gotta muster up some energy and push through it, even though that couch always looks so, so inviting.
Here are some tips and tricks that I used to overcome the first trimester slump.
I know this can be hard during your first trimester. But it is very important to take care of yourself so that your body can take care of your baby. Eating foods rich in B vitamins, iron and vitamin C not only help with your overall wellbeing, but also helps in the energy department. I always tell my clients, try to eat the rainbow (meaning a variety of colors and foods for each meal) and you’ll be golden. BUT, and listen very closely please, this does not mean eat for two. That is a myth. Dismiss it from your thought repertoire, you don’t need that kind of pressure in your life! Actually, you only need an extra 300 calories to adequately meet your energy requirements in pregnancy, and that really doesn’t apply until the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. But I digress.
Take a vitamin
First trimester isn’t always forgiving when it comes to appetite and this often leads to missing out on some key nutrition needs. Being sure to take your vitamin not only fills in those missing gaps, but can also help keep up your energy. If the horse pill makes you ill in the mornings, play around with taking it at different times during the day. But do try to take it with your largest meal of the day. For example, I have to take mine with dinner, because that is when it doesn’t make me sick!
Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated is very important, especially if morning sickness is in full swing. Not only does it prevent dehydration, which can be dangerous, but it keeps your body from overusing itself for energy. I can go into the biochemical mumbo that will explain that, but I’ll save you the time 🙂 Long story short, you’ll save your evergy if you drink your 8-12 glasses daily!
Don’t sit down
Harsh, yes. This was my rule for myself. If I sat down, it was over. If I was wanting to just sit down for a second, that second turned into an hour, or two. No one has time for that! I’m sure that this won’t work for all, but it is how I have to get through it until the kiddo goes down at 8.
Take a nap, but only if you can
Naps are wonderful, aren’t they? Probably now, more than ever before, I have been following the “sleep when the baby sleeps” rule. When babies are babies, I find it impossible. But now that I can do housework at other times of the day, sometimes I actually can take a nap when the kiddo is sleeping. It. Is. Awesome. And I’m sure that will go away again when Baby #2 comes, but we will see. However, if there isn’t time to take an adequate nap, then it might be better to forego because it might make you more tired!
Just remember, there is an end to the first trimester and with that, hopefully an end to sickness and extreme exhaustion!