Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing, but for some, that first trimester (and maybe throughout your entire pregnancy) can be an awful experience. Everyone experiences their pregnancies differently, and it shouldn't be based on how your delivery will be or how motherhood will be for you. During your first trimester of pregnancy, your body is going to go through a lot of changes, and it affects everyone differently. You should know ahead of time what to expect. Read on for some information and tips to help you get through your first trimester.
Your Waistband Will Expand (Or Not)
For some, you may begin to start showing a bit of a baby bump, but for others, they may not show a bump or any belly changes until halfway through the second trimester. Be prepared for the expanding waistband by investing in maternity clothes, or clothing with expandable waistbands. Stretchy pants such as leggings can get you by for at least a little while until you really start showing and absolutely need maternity clothing. You're also going to need new under-garments and new tops to accommodate this expansion.
You May Experience Morning Sickness (Possibly All Day)
Morning sickness refers to the illness you feel while pregnant, but it's just a term. You may feel this sickness all day long, and it could last throughout your entire pregnancy, or just during the first trimester. Be sure not to let your stomach get too empty, as those hunger pangs can cause nausea. Keep crackers or pretzels on hand at work and in your car just in case you begin to feel those hunger pangs and aren't able to eat. Morning sickness can make brushing your teeth difficult as well. Try to brush your teeth using flavorless toothpaste. The minty flavor in your usual toothpaste can also cause nausea.
You May Feel A Lack Of Energy
You may begin to notice you can't keep up and do the things you normally would be able to do. You might feel more tired and need to nap throughout the day. Remember to take it easy and rest as needed when you can. Overdoing it can put added stress on the baby and on your own body as well. If you need to nap, take the time to do so. If you need help doing everyday chores around your home, either ask for help or put it off until you have the energy to do so.
During your first trimester, you are going to notice a lot of changes to your body. Talk to a medical office like Desert Rose OBGYN PC about some of the other changes your body may experience and what you can do.