Simple Tips To Help You Survive The First Trimester Of Pregnancy

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For many expectant moms, the first trimester of their pregnancy is the most challenging. The excitement of finding out you are pregnant can be marred by the exhaustion, nausea, and fears of becoming a new parent. Here are a few simple tips to help you survive those first few months of pregnancy that are otherwise known as the first trimester.

Find the Right OB/GYN For You

If this is your first baby or you want to experience pregnancy with a different doctor, the first step you need to take is to find an OB/GYN for your pregnancy care. Check with your insurance provider to determine the OB/GYNs that are in your provider network. Narrow that list down by asking friends and family for a referral. Set up appointments with a handful of doctors.

Prepare a list of questions to ask potential doctors. For example, ask how long they have been in practice, their pregnancy philosophies, and their availability. Sometimes, this initial conversation can let you determine if your communication styles will work well together.  

Combat the Dreaded Morning Sickness

One of the most common and debilitating symptoms of a pregnancy's first trimester is morning sickness. Although it is called "morning sickness," for many expectant moms, the nausea and vomiting can last all day. Here are a few tips to help you ease your pregnancy-related queasiness:

  • Eat a simple bedtime snack. Consume a small snack before bed, such as crackers or an apple, to help combat nausea while you sleep and first thing in the morning.
  • Eat small meals throughout the day. Instead of three large meals, consume smaller meals and snacks throughout the day. Keeping a little food in your stomach can help ease it and prevent nausea.
  • Learn your nausea triggers. For many, becoming overheated or certain smells will trigger nausea. Try to avoid these triggers.

High-carbohydrate and low-fat foods will help fill your stomach and prevent nausea. This includes foods like pasta, brown rice, or peanut butter.

Get Plenty of Rest and Relaxation

Finally, don't be surprised if you feel more run down than normal during that first trimester. Make sure you are getting plenty of rest during these first few months. Don't be afraid to ask your spouse, kids, friends, and family for some help with household chores to help ensure you are able to get the rest you need during these first difficult few months of pregnancy.

With a little extra sleep and some snacks before bed, it is possible to survive those first tricky months of pregnancy. Ask your doctor if you have any more questions about getting through your first trimester.


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