Yay!! First, I want to start this post by saying CONGRATULATIONS! If you are reading this you are most likely in your first trimester of pregnancy and that is a very exciting place to be. As I write this, I am pregnant with #2 and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Honestly, I didn’t believe the 5 positive pregnancy tests I took until I started to feel those “first trimester symptoms.”
While with my first, I had morning sickness, with this baby, I am a picky eater, lethargic, and can’t stand the healthy foods I usually love. I have compiled a list of things that are helping me stay healthy while craving junk foods and not having the motivation to workout.
OPT FOR FRUIT
While a salad might make you gag, you might want to reach for something sweet and carby. What I found is fruit satisfied that sweet tooth. Go to your local grocery store and walk around the fruit aisle. Snag any fruit that appeals to you. You might be surprised what fruit you gravitate to now that you are pregnant!
KEEP UP WITH YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINE
Yes, you are lethargic and achy but focus on that feeling after a workout is completed. Choose to scale your workouts back. You don’t have to be hitting any new PRs but if you show up to the gym to do something, that counts. If you usually lift weights but it feels too hard, do a yoga class or take a long vigorous walk. Switch it up, don’t beat yourself up, and listen to your body.
REST WHEN YOU NEED
Resting might seem contradictory to working out, but I believe you can do it all. You don’t have to push through tiredness to go to the gym, while you also don’t want to develop unhealthy habits. When you feel tiredness coming on, lay down. Even 15 minutes of shut-eye can make a world of difference.
KEEP THAT BABY FED
Nausea hunger is the worst. You’re so hungry you feel nauseated, but you’re so nauseated you don’t want to eat anything. Take my advice: Eat. You will feel so much better. Keep snacks with you so you are always prepared before you get nauseous. I love to bring apples, protein bars, and grapes with me everywhere. That way when hunger hits, I am ready.
Water, water, and more water. You can’t get enough water when you are pregnant. I fill this gallon of water up every morning and don’t go to bed until it is empty. It makes for such a good gauge of your hydration. Those sluggish days can be an indicator that you need more fluids.
DON’T WORRY ABOUT YOUR TO-DO LIST
There is a time and a season for everything and this is a time that your body and your baby need as much rest as you can give it. Don’t worry, months down the road your nesting will kick in and you’ll be a crazy, organizing machine. So don’t fret if there are still dishes in the sink and laundry piled high. The dishes don’t run away, you can rest and get to them later. Even better, ask for some help. There is no shame in hiring someone to help clean and do some laundry.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH ONLY GOOD VIBES
I am a huge believer that our environment can have a huge effect on our mood and overall health (positive or negative). I also believe that even though your baby hasn’t made its debut, they are listening and feeling what you feel. Keep those cortisol levels low with a whole bunch of good people and vibes. You are growing your family and truly embodying a miracle. Let that little angel inside of you be surrounded by the most love and happiness you can offer.
TAKE YOUR PRENATAL VITAMIN
Mama Bird is by far my favorite prenatal vitamin (and I have tried dozens!). Taking your prenatal vitamin can be a struggle for many women in the first trimester. It was for me. I would literally open the bottle of other brands and run to the bathroom to puke. This brand is the best and I have had zero issues with it so far. It’s NON-GMO, Vegan, and all natural ingredients. It gives you everything your body needs to grow a healthy strong baby. A must for me!
I hope you enjoyed these tips surviving your first trimester. Again, huge congratulations to you and your family. Motherhood is the best role ever. If you have any comments or questions, I would love to hear them. Don’t forget to follow me or reach out on IG!!- plantingseedsmamma.
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