So, youíve gotten over the elation of being pregnant. Now, despite
the joy of having a little one growing in your belly, you (and your husband
or boyfriend) need to deal with the nagging symptoms of pregnancy. Here
are just a few tips to help you to survive:
1. Get plenty of rest: Most likely, you will be more tired than ever
before during the first trimester. Listen to your body and go to bed or
take naps when you are feeling tired. This may also mean cutting back on
obligations, or going out with friends. Do not let yourself worry about
housework, errands, or getting ready for the baby, which needs to be done.
You will have more energy in the 2nd trimester, so let the things that
can wait, wait. Also, ask your husband, boyfriend, or family to help you
when you are tired.
2. Ask (or beg) your significant other to do the grocery shopping, cooking,
and some of the cleaning: You may have aversions to foods in the first
trimester or simply just do not have the desire to cook. Prepare a list
of food items that you enjoy and ask your husband to prepare the meals
each night or a few nights per week. Alleviating the stress of having to
deal with food aversions at the grocery store and over the stove will help
alleviate some of the nausea you may be feeling. Not only that, but if
you are like me and working full time, you are tired in the evenings and
will not feel like cooking or cleaning.
3. Make large meals on the weekends to last throughout the week: You
will find that you have a little more energy for a few hours on the weekends.
Snatch up those moments of energy to make a one-dish meal for the week
(soups, casseroles, lasagnas, stews) so that you have something on the
nights you lack the desire and energy to cook.
4. If you are experiencing nausea, try different avenues to alleviate
it: There are many tips out there to ease the nausea, such as eating crackers
in the morning before you get up, eating crackers all day, drinking ginger
tea, and drinking ginger ale. I did not find these things to help with
my nausea. One of the things that helped me was eating black licorice,
eating grilled cheese sandwiches all day, and drinking lemonade. So, what
works for one, does not work for all. Try different things.
5. Donít read all of the pregnancy books: Ask your doctor for one book
that their practice recommends and stick with that book. If you feel the
need to buy several books on the market, do not let yourself get worried
about all of the things they discuss in these books. For example, I thought
there was a chance that my baby was going to have neural tube defects (due
to lack of folic acid) since I did not take prenatal vitamins prior to
conception and in the first month of pregnancy. My doctor assured me that
you do not even need to take the prenatal vitamins until the 20th week.
6. Call your doctor if you have concerns about anything! Your doctor
will assure you more than the books or anyone else for that matter.
Lastly, have fun during your first trimester! Cherish all of the changes
and experiences your body goes through during pregnancy as it forms a little
About The Author
Christine Dugan works in the special education field and is a contributing
author to the health information site http://health.divinfo.com
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