Pregnancy is one of the most amazing things on this Earth! The fact that our bodies can grow little humans is mind blowing. Although it is beautiful, pregnancy can also be alot. Things like nausea, heartburn, and fatigue can really throw a mama-to-be through a loop. Trust us, girl. We have been there. We understand what you are going through, and we googled a bunch of stuff too. So, in order to help you out as much as we can, we put together this list of tips & tricks that every mama-to-be should know on surviving each trimester of pregnancy!
**Disclaimer: These tips are based off of our own personal experiences. Make sure to always consult a medical professional.
Nausea during the first trimester is extremely common, and it is usually one of first signs that make women realize they may be pregnant! Although it may seem like it will never go away, most women will feel it ease off after the first 13 weeks! Until then, try eating small meals more frequently throughout the day. Drinking ginger ale or sprite seems to help calm the stomach. Also, you could try eating something small and light, such as saltine crackers, before you get out of bed in the morning!
This one is a little hard to conquer because your body is doing some serious work, mama! It is working overtime in order to grow your little one! Try to find times throughout the day to relax. You can also try cutting out foods that are high in refined sugars, even though those are probably the foods you are craving most. These foods tend to make you feel heavy and sluggish, which will almost always make your fatigue worse. Physical activity makes your body very happy and increases your energy level that you will need to tackle all of your daily activities! Also, you can try cutting down screen time because too much of it can over stimulate your brain, in turn making you feel more fatigued.
Headaches during the first trimester are very common and can often times be due to the huge surge of hormones that your body is experiencing. There could be other numerous reasons you are experiencing headaches, and they can usually be remedied through trial & error. Make sure you are getting plenty of rest, staying well hydrated, and you aren’t over doing it! Get a snack, prop your feet up, or even take a nap if you need to! Also, stress can play a huge role in your body’s health. So, try to reduce your stress as much as possible.
Bloating. Ugh. Almost every women experiences bloating. Try watching what you eat and staying hydrated in order to keep things flowing. (If you know, you know) Opt for smaller meals throughout the day and try not to eat too quickly.
For some moms, bloating is worse than others; and some women “show” sooner than others. Don’t be afraid to buy those first pair of maternity pants, mama! Its never to early to be more comfortable.
Round Ligament Pain
Round ligament pain peaks around week 14 of pregnancy due to a surge in the hormone relaxin, which is just getting your body ready for the growth of your sweet baby! A pregnancy belt can be a life saver from this point on out. Lay on your left side, drink some water and try to relax. Also, try propping your feet up to take some of the pressure off your body. If you are exercising, try incorporating more low impact exercises into your routine.
During pregnancy, your usual congestion go-to’s are probably off limits. Make sure to talk with your OB/GYN to see what options you have. Drinking lots of water helps thin out all that mucous and may help relieve some of your congestion. Also, saline nasal spray is a lifesaver!!
Things can get a little slow moving during pregnancy. Try adding a laxative like Miralax to your morning coffee or juice. Eating a high fiber diet and drinking lots of water can help ease some of that discomfort.
Braxton Hicks are just your body’s way of practicing for labor. Although, they can feel very much like real contractions. Braxton Hicks may feel like period like cramps or just the tightening on your belly. Try laying on your left side, drinking lots of water, or going for a walk. Also, a warm bath can really help relax your muscles.
Alot of times, it can be hard to decipher Braxton Hicks from real labor contractions. There a two big differences for you to know. Braxton Hicks will be inconsistent and will eventually go away. Real labor contractions will occur in regular intervals and will continue to grow stronger. Always consult your OB/GYN with any questions or concerns you may have.
Heartburn, acid reflux, death, whatever you want to call it. It is awful. A glass of milk or some ice cream has always been helpful for. Antacid like Tums can give you some relief. Avoid acidic foods and drinks like citric fruits, tomatoes, foods that are greasy, and spicy foods.
Pain & Discomfort
There is probably ALOT of pressure and discomfort going on down there. A pregnancy belt can be extremely helpful at this point as it helps give you some support. Try stretching as soon as you wake up in the morning to get your muscles moving. Rest as much as you can because you deserve it. Take a warm bath or get a prenatal massage. You are in the home stretch, mama! You can do this!
You may or may not have retired your jewelry and shoes at this point. (No shoes, no problems) Try avoiding as much salt as possible and drink lots of water. Take it easy and try to stay off your feet as much as possible. Although most women experience swelling to some degree, too much swelling is not okay. Seek advice from a medical professional if you think that you are swelling an unnatural amount.
What?! There’s a fourth trimester. Yes girl, there is. The fourth trimester is the first three months after birth. It is a HUGE adjustment period for both mama and baby as you are getting used to your new life together. The fourth trimester can be the hardest part of pregnancy. Our biggest tips would be to not be afraid to ask for help (we all need it), take it easy, and don’t forget to take care of you.
Your body is going through ALOT! Not only did you just grow a human for 9 months, but you also birthed that human. You probably have a lot going on down there and are probably in some serious pain. Make sure that you are not overdoing it. Although you may feel as though you body is completely healed and that you have lots of energy, doing too much could take alot more out of you than it used to. Take some time off of work and other obligations because this season passes quicker than you think. Alot of moms (ahem, both of us) have trouble prioritizing themselves. This is the time that it is most important for you to do just that. So, sit down, relax, and just hold that sweet baby, mama. The laundry can wait.
Mental health is often overlooked after pregnancy because most people assume you are over the moon happy about your new little one. For some mama’s that is not the case. Postpartum depression, Postpartum Psychosis, and other mental health conditions are much more common than you think. This time of your life can be extremely stressful and can cause you to feel overwhelmed and overdone. Don’t be afraid to be honest about your mental health with your OB/GYN and those around you. There is nothing embarrassing about wanting to take of yourself.
Don’t be afraid to ask for or accept help! We all need it! Ask someone to come hold your baby so you can take a nice, long shower. Let your mom wash your dishes or do your laundry. Noone will judge for accepting help, and you will be greatful you asked.
We genuinely hope that these tips are helpful to you throughout your pregnancy! Let us know if you have any other tricks for getting through the not-so-fun parts of pregnancy!
With love & grace,