Getting that positive pregnancy test is a whirlwind of excitement. It can also be scary if you weren’t expecting it! On one hand, you can be so excited and be nervous, anxious and sick at the same time. Here are some hints to help make the first trimester as smooth and comfortable as possible.
If you are nervous about being a parent, do some research. Are you scared? Anxious? Those feelings are normal!! But now is a great time to read stuff and to be prepared. Hint: do not read anything about labor at this point. Haha! Look up stories of people who had their first child. Read about pregnancy announcements and cute stories. Light, fun stuff that wil make you feel excited! Being pregnant is awesome! It really does change your life, but for the better. So for now focus on the positives and it will help make that first trimester so much smoother.
If you are dealing with morning sickness, try some of these things to help alleviate the nausea. Try drinking tea (peppermint or ginger), nibbling on crackers, or sucking on lemon drops. I also really found relief from sipping on Coke or ginger ale. I was pregnant towards the end of the summer and it was just too hot for me to drink tea. The lemon drops were perfect for at work! At the time I was working at a hospital in the Food and Nutrition department and I was walking all over the building which did not help with the nausea! I kept them in my pocket and could just pop one in my mouth when I started feeling sick. Peppermints work, too! I just liked the lemon flavor better. Putting lemon in your water also helps a lot and is a great way to stay hydrated.
Sleep as much as you can. If this is your first child, take advantage of being able to sleep whenever you want! Seriously! Those days will be gone soon and your body really does need the sleep. I was going to bed about 7-8 at night! Although to be fair, I was working between 5:30-6:30 in the morning. 😉 It’s also nice to sleep off the nausea. The first trimester you will really want to sleep more than you want to eat!
I had a terribly sensitive sense of smell particularly in my first trimester. I could not eat anything with gravy, and the food at the hospital for the patients on the puréed diets smelled absolutely terrible to me. I found what helps with that is sucking on the lemon drops and spraying your hand with perfume that smells good to you. That way you have something you can smell to block out everything else. I wasn’t allowed to wear perfume at the hospital, so I used this trick other places. But I wish I had been able to! It would’ve helped a lot at work!
Are you trying to keep your pregnancy a secret? This can be hard especially when you are working or if you spend a lot of time with family. I managed to keep everyone at work from guessing and some of my family, but my husband’s side of the family had it all figured out. 🙂 I found the easiest way was just to push through and never say what I was feeling. If you say “I’m feeling nauseous” enough times someone is bound to figure it out! 🙂
I hope you find these tips helpful! Pregnancy really is a wonderful time and I want it to be as comfortable as possible for you. Enjoy every minute!
Have you had kids? Do you have some tips you would like to share? Comment below! 🙂