Many first-time mothers are shocked by how difficult the first trimester can be. You know it’s going to be tough in the last few months as you get bigger and more uncomfortable. But, the baby is tiny in the first few weeks and some women don’t even realize they are pregnant, so surely there is only morning sickness to contend with?
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Unfortunately, this isn’t often the case. Many women find the first trimester the most difficult and tiring. Here are some of the most common problems you could face and some tips on how to make it through.
Morning sickness is incredibly common in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and, unfortunately, rarely just in the morning. Women suffer all day long and because we all have different triggers it’s hard to know what will help. Some women find they are sick when they are hungry, so eating small meals regularly and carrying a healthy snack helps. But, others find the idea of food has them running for the bathroom. Some find ginger helps, but others can’t stand the smell.
The best advice is to try a few solutions to find what works for you and then stick to it. Just makes sure you keep drinking plenty so you don’t dehydrate and if your sickness is unbearable see your doctor or midwife as you may be suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
During the first trimester, your body is preparing to carry a baby. So, it’s changing shape. Your hips are widening, your uterus is moving and growing and your joints and ligaments are loosening up ready for delivery. Women are often caught off guard as they don’t expect such intense aches and pains so early. The best ways to deal with these aches are by getting plenty of rest, taking warm baths, and sitting down whenever you need to.
Your body is going through a lot, you are bound to be tired, but you may be surprised by just how intense the fatigue is. For many women, this fatigue eases off in the second trimester so just try to get as much rest as you can and eat energy-boosting meals and snacks.
Bleeding during early pregnancy is incredibly common and could be for a huge variety of reasons, most of which are nothing to worry about. However, knowing this won’t stop you panicking if it happens so the best thing to do is to visit your doctor or a medical center for advice and reassurance.
Early pregnancy is when your hormones are changing the most. Combined with tiredness, sickness, and discomfort, this can lead to quite dramatic mood swings. The best way to cope with these is by managing your stress levels. You can do this by eating well, getting plenty of rest, doing some light exercise, doing things you find relaxing, and talking to your partner.
These issues can be especially difficult if you’ve decided not to tell anyone your good news until after the first scan so you might want to confide in someone who will be able to offer you some support, perhaps a fellow mom. It’s important to remember that your body is going through a huge change. Just because it’s not obvious yet doesn’t mean there isn’t an awful lot going on inside. So, give yourself a break. Put your feet up, relax and let someone look after you.