The first trimester can be a moment of so much confusion, TRUST ME! All your emotions just appear together out of nowhere. It starts from the moment you find out you’re expecting, you either get surprised, excited, happy, scared, shocked, sad, etc. Depending on your situation and where you at in life. Then you remember that at some point you will have to tell your family, friends and workplace about this new life that you will be baking inside you for the next 9 months!!!
This might be a sensitive subject for some mothers but you will decide to either keep the baby or terminate the pregnancy for whatever reason.
Anyway, the first few days of pregnancy you won’t really feel any changes and that’s why a lot of women are unaware that they are even pregnant unless they are obviously trying to conceive so they take pregnancy test constantly. At this stage you’re probably enjoying things that are not really good for you or the baby such as drinking, smoking and eating foods not advisable for you to eat.
After a few weeks you start feeling nauseous to the point it makes it nearly impossible for you to eat without feeling sick, and on top of that you get random cramps. Another great gift is that you stop enjoying the foods that you once loved haha (sorry), I couldn’t even eat spare ribs and I love spare ribs. To be fair from now on you will have to follow a healthy balanced diet and avoid certain foods.
Sometimes bleeding can also be a big concern when you find out that you are pregnant as there are a lot of articles on the internet linking this to miscarriages. As humans we tend to google every single symptoms sometimes and that can give us a lot of anxiety and stress as we start worrying and thinking about the worse. Bleeding can be completely normal, there is a difference between implantation bleeding and bleeding that can lead to miscarriage. The best thing to do is to call your midwife or attend the hospital if you have any concerns.
To survive this roller coaster you can do the following…
- Drink plenty of water
- For morning sickness or in some cases all day nausea you can – nibble on some ginger biscuits or raw ginger, drink ginger tea (this barely helped me but it does work with some pregnant ladies, eat crackers, try snacking regularly rather than having big meals, eat plenty of fruits (I have fruit for breakfast every morning even till now and it works perfectly).
- Wear softer bras for tender breasts, I started wearing old bras that have been stretched over time that gives me enough room for comfort. I also found out that it is better to have bras that are not padded.
- Try hard to have as many naps as you can specially if you are always working, also avoid sleeping late. This will help you with fatigue.
- You will be peeing a lot specially during the night so the best way to reduce this is to avoid drinking too much fluids just before bed.
Although all of this sounds a bit daunting, it is all worth it in the end as your body is getting ready to bake your bundle of joy in the best possible way.
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“A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.”