The first trimester of pregnancy is far
from easy. This is when your body is first adapting – hormonal changes will
affect nearly every single part of your body. With numerous changes under way,
you may quickly become overwhelmed.
Knowing what to expect is the key to
managing your expectations and overcoming this stage. We’re going to cover the
most commons symptoms that occur during the first trimester and what you should
be doing to alleviate some of the downsides that come along with them.
First Signs of Pregnancy
The first trimester starts with the very
first signs of pregnancy. Many women experience these symptoms before they even
realize that they are pregnant.
are a few things to be on the lookout for:
- Your period stopping
- Upset stomach
- Tender or swollen breasts
- Nipples may stick out
- Fatigue or constant tiredness
- Constant need to urinate
- Odd food cravings
- Unusual mood swings
If you notice any of these symptoms, we
encourage you to get a home pregnancy test or schedule an appointment with a
Fortunately, the symptoms will fade away
with time. You won’t have to deal with these for 9 months. In most cases, these
symptoms will gradually disappear at around week 16 to 20. Additionally, it’s important to note that each
and every pregnancy is different. Some women don’t experience any negative
symptoms and even if you did with a previous child, it doesn’t mean you will
have the same symptoms with your 2nd or 3rd pregnancy.
Coping with the First Trimester Symptoms
While first trimester symptoms are
inevitable for some, there are some ways that you can lessen the negative
effects on your body.
- Lemons: It’s well known that lemons help
reduce the early symptoms of pregnancy. Drinking lemon water in the morning or
even inhaling lemons by sniffing them is a great way to reduce the symptoms.
- Frequent Meals: During your entire
pregnancy, it’s better to keep a full stomach by eating frequent meals but in
smaller doses. An empty stomach can actually worsen your nausea, so frequent
meals is an excellent approach worth considering.
- Cold Meals: Snacking often and eating
cold meals is going to help reduce nausea significantly. You can still enjoy a
nice hot meal from time to time, but to keep your stomach happy, you should
stick to cold meals most of the time.
- Protein: Eating protein-rich foods is
another excellent way to reduce your symptoms. Coconut oil is also a nice
addition that you can add to most meals. It has numerous health benefits such
as controlling your blood sugar levels.
- Hydrate: You will also want to make sure
you remain fully hydrated at all times. Drink a lot of water throughout the
day. Ginger ale and ginger tea are also great alternatives.
If your first trimester symptoms are
severe, it’s important that you talk about them with your doctor. We also
recommend taking prenatal vitamins on a regular basis in order to get all of
the vitamins and nutrients that you and your baby need. Eating healthy foods is
also very important step towards enjoying your pregnancy.
Another common symptom during pregnancy is
an increased sense of smell. Some odors that you might not even notice while
not pregnant, will become completely unbearable. It might be a good idea to
avoid restaurants, where lots of different food odors can get you running
towards the bathroom.
Stay healthy, keep hydrated and it will
soon become much more bearable. The first trimester has the worst symptoms –
fortunately it only lasts for a few weeks.