The first three months of pregnancy is a sensitive period in the pregnant mother’s life. It is the time when the mother’s body is flooded with hormones, and when the baby’s vital organs are forming. This is also the time of morning sickness, skin changes, breast tenderness and other uncomfortable symptoms. Despite all this, there are ways to survive the first trimester of pregnancy and enjoy the experience of motherhood.
Coordinate with your doctor. Seeing a gynecologist is necessary to ensure that your and your baby’s health is properly taken care of. Go to the doctor the first time you discover that you’re pregnant. Afterwards, you usually have to go back every month during the first three months. During your visits, the gynecologist determines whether the baby is growing normally and your body is adapting as expected. Your gynecologist teaches you how to take care of your health during pregnancy. You may also be given some tests, medications and vaccinations. If you are feeling sick, see the doctor even if it’s not yet time for your routine check-up.
Eat properly. This means you eat a balanced diet, at the right amounts and at the right time. Never skip meals; you need energy and nutrients because your body is changing and your baby is growing. If you have trouble eating certain foods, talk with your doctor or nutritionist about other foods you can eat to replace the nutrients you might be missing. Distribute your meals into several small meals until your stomach becomes stable. If you have trouble with morning sickness, sip on ice cubes or eat crackers. Morning sickness happens when you are hungry, especially in the morning.
Drink water. Drinking plenty of water is important during pregnancy for several reasons. First, it prevents you from being dehydrated, which causes complications. Second, it carries nutrients throughout your body and your baby’s body. Third, it helps relieve constipation. Fourth, it cleanses your body. Fifth, it lessens edema.
Avoid forbidden foods and substances. Your doctor will give you a list of foods and substances to avoid for you to have a safe pregnancy. This includes alcohol, cigarettes, illegal drugs and medication that are harmful for your child.
Take your supplements. During pregnancy, your body’s need for certain vitamins and minerals, such as folic acid, calcium and iron, increases. Your doctor will give you supplements. Take these regularly. Ask about how to properly take these supplements. For example: iron is better absorbed with vitamin C; take iron supplements with a glass of orange juice.
Do mild exercises. Though you may feel like doing nothing because of tiredness, make your body move so that you’ll feel better. Ask your doctor about exercises you may safely perform to improve your blood circulation and prepare your body for pregnancy and delivery. In line with this, your doctor will also give you a list of activities to avoid during pregnancy.
Rest. Because your body is still adapting to the changes it experiences, you will be feeling fatigue during the first trimester. If you feel exhausted, ask other people to help you do things and take a rest. However, if you are feeling extremely tired to the point that you can’t move or get out of bed, call your doctor immediately.
Get support. The first trimester may be a trying time not only physically but emotionally as well. Talk with your loved ones and friends. Seek other mothers or professionals and discuss your concerns.
Though you may be having a difficult time now, remember that it will soon come to pass. There are plenty of ways to make the first trimester easier for you. Relax and simply have fun; the first trimester has been survived by millions of mothers, and so can you.