I’ve managed to get through my fourth and now last, first trimester of pregnancy. In my opinion, it’s the hardest trimester of the three and that’s why I wanted to put together this post to help you other pregnant ladies through it.
The first trimester of pregnancy can be so mentally and physically tiring, if you’re like me you’ll want all the help you can get. This pregnancy’s first trimester was largely dominated by Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) something I wouldn’t wish on anyone! It’s like morning sickness x100. I lost over a stone in weight in the space of a single week.
Hopefully, you’ll miss that part though!
After gaining a bit of experience I thought I’d use it to come up with 5 tips to survive the first trimester of pregnancy and share them with you. If you prefer to watch than reading, then here’s the video I’ve done for you too…
ONE – BOOK ANTENATAL APPOINTMENT ASAP!
As soon as you know you’re pregnant ring your GP. In our area, we actually have a Midwife Hub that our GP put us in touch with to get the ball rolling. So immediately we were talking to the right people and arranged a midwife booking in appointment.
A side tip for the booking in appointment is to think about childcare if you have other children. The initial appointment takes quite a while, an hour and a half for ours, as they take every detail you can imagine and then a few more.
TWO – GET AS MUCH REST AS YOU CAN AND LOOK AFTER YOURSELF
The first trimester is extremely tiring both mentally and physically. In terms of symptoms, the first trimester is where you’ll experience many in a short period of time. There’s the morning sickness, general tiredness as well as your senses going into overdrive. For me, it was my sense of smell, it felt like everything in the fridge had gone off (It hadn’t) and was being smashed in my face!
Don’t feel bad for making more time for yourself and taking rests where you can. If you have a partner then ask them to take control of the general day to day things that you would usually sort out. If not, or still even if you do have a partner, still accept help from others too, your parents, friends etc anyone willing to help ease your daily routine.
THREE – START BUDGETING FOR THE BABY
We all know babies cost A SHIT LOAD OF MONEY! So as early as you can, try to start tightening your belts where possible and putting some money aside for the more expensive things that come along with having a baby. Prams and cots are usually your biggest expense, but what you can do with many baby brands nowadays is pay weekly/monthly for these type of products. It’s a huge help so definitely look into using that method, paying a little off each month leading up until the baby is born makes it a much less stressful experience.
Stock up on the essentials too, baby vests, milk (If you’re not breastfeeding) nappies and baby wipes, LOTS OF BABY WIPES!
FOUR – FIND YOUR ONLINE COMMUNITY
There are lots of supportive groups on Facebook and informative parenting websites online for you. Find them. Becoming a parent especially for the first time can be for some mums a lonely experience. If you’re struggling or even if you’re alone for large portions of the day if your partner is working etc, it’s good to interact with others and swap stories of your experiences to help support and encourage each other.
You might purely be looking for information and there’s LOADS out there. I recommend Babycentre as a great online website and community that offers a vast amount of information, knowledge and experiences from not only professionals but other mums and dads too.
ALSO: No question is a silly question and there is a support network of other mums out there to help.
FIVE – LEARN WHAT FOODS YOU CAN AND CAN’T HAVE
There are so many changes to the guidelines of what you can and can’t eat and drink during pregnancy that I won’t make any suggestions here in case you’re reading this in years to come. The tip is for you to simply find this information, exactly how the last tip can be helpful.
These 5 tips to survive the first trimester of pregnancy have helped me not once, twice or even three times, but four times now. It still feels a bit weird saying that!
Anyway, congratulations as I assume you’re reading this as you’re pregnant. If you have any questions at all, drop them in comments or get in touch over on Instagram or Facebook where I’m more than happy to chat 🙂
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