Congratulations ! The emotional excitement knowing that a ‘mini YOU’ is growing inside of you is one of the biggest joys of Womanhood. “First 12 weeks or the First Trimester” is the most crucial time period of your entire pregnancy as you and your baby inside are going through complete transformation during this period .
Yes, I hear you !
It is not all about the excitement ,the Physical exhaustion can be a complete drag. Only if we could skip those 9 Months and get the baby in hand in a month .
Well, as that is not a realistic option. The best we can do is to deal with it using the most appropriate measures that could work just right for your body type.
There are generally two kinds of First trimester mothers,
Find out which category are you,
If you belong to category A , Remember !
First trimester symptoms vary from woman to woman, please do not go hard on yourselves thinking if the baby will be affected by your symptoms. No matter what you eat or how many times you throw up, your Baby is just fine taking all the sufficient amount of nutrients she/he requires from your body.
Always know that there are more than 85% woman who goes through the same ,
“Up to 85 percent of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, with 60-70 percent of them dealing with the actual throwing up portion”.
–American Pregnancy association
First trimester Must Have List
You might have come across a long list of survival kits that could possibly alleviate your morning sickness or other symptoms. But trust me with this, emotional support from a loved one is one of the best survival strategy that helps you along your pregnancy journey. It could be from your husband , your mother , a friend, a relative or any kind of support that is available to you.
People can offer a great deal of help in all sorts of ways, and you’ll probably be glad of their interest and support . If you are on your own, You may wish to talk to your midwife about some of the services that are available. Sorting out problems, whether personal or medical, is often difficult when you’re by yourself. It’s better to find someone to talk to rather than let things get you down.
2. Gingerale or Anti-Nausea Tea
As with all other herbal teas, ginger ale is safe and a better soda option than other drinks because it doesn’t contain caffeine.
However, it is very important to keep the consumption in moderation because of the large amount of sugar it contains. As you can see in bottle label, 12-ounce serving of ginger ale has 31.84 grams of sugar, which is equal to about 8 teaspoons.
Consuming too much sugar can lead to unhealthy weight gain because most sugary foods and beverages are also high in calories. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can increase your risk of gestational diabetes.
Don’t you worry, the beauty of life is that we could always find several alternatives and safer options out there. If you are too worried about the sugar in the bottled Ginger-ale or have had history of Gestational Diabetes with your previous pregnancies , watch this video below which is one of the best, easier and safer methods we could find on you-tube to make Ginger drink at home.
3. A care provider ; an obstetrician or a midwife
Once you confirmed your pregnancy test positive , the question that comes to your mind is, How to find a Doctor or a midwife ? or What is the difference between a doctor and a midwife ? Who is better , a doctor or a midwife ?
Remember that your options are not just limited to a Doctor or a Midwife . Here, below is a picture which can give you a brief idea about the differences in each model of care or to understand the differences between each care providers.
From personal experience, I would highly recommend between a Midwife or an Obstetrician if this is your first pregnancy.
An obstetrician or OBG-GYN is a doctor specializing in the care of women and their reproductive health. obstetrician visits are often shorter and is less unlikely to get frequent appointments .
Whereas, most midwives follow their patients throughout their pregnancy and will be there for the labor and birth and also follow up with you up to 6 weeks after birth by providing multiple home visits to assess you and your newborn.
One of the best ways to find a midwife or OB GYN is by word-of-mouth or go on internet and carefully go through the reviews to find out the best care provider in town.
4. Prenatal Vitamins
There is no best time to start your prenatal Vitamins , the earlier the better. Studies says that, woman in reproductive age can start taking prenatal vitamins even before conception.
What is special about prenatal vitamins and how do they differ from other ordinary vitamins adults take?
Prenatal vitamins are packed with more folic acid and iron than standard adult multivitamins. The baby’s neural tube, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops during the first month of pregnancy which is definitely one of the reasons why it is highly advised during the early months of pregnancy.
Buying Guide for prenatal Vitamins
There are numerous prenatal Vitamin brands available in the market. However, it is vital to choose the one that suits your body as many of these prenatal vitamins comes with side effects like nausea or extreme fatigue. Here are some of the brands suggested by a vast majority of mothers and comes with little or no side effects. Most of them are locally available in supermarkets or you can find on Amazon.
In some cases,the iron in prenatal vitamins can cause constipation, If you experience constipation, Drink plenty of fluids & Include more fiber in your diet ( Green Pear & Prunes ). In addition also Include mild physical activity in your daily routine after discussing with your care provider.
5. Bottle of Drinking water ( 24/7)
One important thing that arguably sits at the top of the “must have” list is drinking water. It is well known fact that not drinking sufficient water can cause dehydration.
The symptoms of dehydration can be quite severe and the toll it takes on pregnant women is especially concerning. With the roller coaster of changes happening to your body during the first trimester a bottler of clean drinking water is a totally “Must have” in your bag where ever you go.
Tums in your bag is an absolute life saver especially if you are travelling or attending any parties. During the first trimester, muscles in your esophagus push food more slowly into the stomach and your stomach takes longer to empty.
This gives your body more time to absorb nutrients for the fetus, but it can also result in heartburn. Also the extra calcium in antacids like Tums is good for mom and baby.
Coconut oil have proven benefits when it comes to relief of first trimester symptoms. The usage of this oil will soothe your tummy and flush out any bacteria. It also helps calm acid reflex which is a cause of heartburn. Another common problem is vaginal dryness, for which the use of coconut oil is recommended to ease discomfort.
Coconut oil can offer refuge during the first few months when pregnancy-related symptoms are at their peak. An animal study in the International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience in 2011 found that when stressed-out pregnant rats were given supplements of coconut oil in their diet, their babies recovered better from low birth weight and compromised loco-motor skills much faster than the pregnant rats not given these supplements. Do not forget to rub your belly with some extra virgin coconut oil every day.