Up Next, Mother of 3: Tips To Surviving the First Trimester

24 Weeks Pregnant, baby is the size of a pomegranate.

It has been a while since I have written on here… well, here is the update!!! We’re pregnant with baby number 3! The moment I woke up with that queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach, I instantly thought, maybe I need to take a pregnancy test. Sure enough PREGNANT. I have an enthusiastic 3 year old daughter, my baby boy just turned 1, and now I am pregnant with my third little blessing.

My first two pregnancies were very hard, my last pregnancy with my son was the WORST! Being admitted several times, having placenta previa (where the placenta covers the birth canal) with both pregnancies which caused excessive bleeding, suffering though morning sickness causing hyperemesis gravidarum and all the other symptoms that comes with pregnancy and some that was unknown, I quickly had to figure out how to get through this third pregnancy while caring for two young children. The thoughts that would run through my head were vicious. I was terrified of a miscarriage and doing anything that could harm this growing baby in my belly, but at the same time I hated it all together. Spending most of my days trying to figure out how to feel like myself again while struggling to stay awake and away from the bed and vomiting in the toilet was my biggest challenge. I found comfort in reading the stories from other expecting mothers going through that same things that I was! I’m here to tell you you are not alone. The first trimester will feel almost impossible to get through, but know that it doesn’t last forever, and even though it feels like you will never get better, there is someone in the world that is dying to be in the position that you are in. Meanwhile, below are some tips that helped me get through my first trimester.

First Trimester Tips

  1. Drink and Drink Often: If you are having a hard time holding down water try decaffeinated teas, real fruit juices, and sports drinks.
  2. Eat First: Grab a snack (crackers, dry cereal, toast, tortillas) first thing in the morning to prevent morning sickness.
  3. Snack and Snack often: Try to avoid eating 3 full meals but smaller meals through out the day.Feeling too full can make you feel sick to your stomach.
  4. Ginger: Having a sip or two of ginger ale really helped me feel better. Some expected mothers make ginger teas and/or add ginger to their drinks to help settle their stomachs. Ginger candies too (Preggi Pops) The ginger root didn’t help me much but it is worth the try!
  5. Rest: Get as much rest as you can! Your body is going through some phenomenal changes when creating life; take the time you need to give yourself the much needed rest.
  6. Get Up and Move: Even when you feel like you can’t shower, eat, sleep, or even get some chores or work done, try to take a 20, 15, or even 10 minute walk. Sometimes a little movement and fresh air makes a world of difference.
  7. Meditation: There are many meditation apps, some even geared towards pregnancy. Try them while relaxing on a lunch break, or even before bed.
  8. Aromas: Aroma Therapy is great! The next time you are at the store try smelling a few essential oils to see which ones are the most soothing: My go tos were rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus. Believe it or not, even the aroma of rubbing alcohol soothed my nausea. Find out which ones help you.
  9. Support: Evaluate your support system. Pregnancy it not only physically tough, it is just as mentally tough. To keep yourself from slipping into that dark space, cling to your support system, vent, and allow them to be the shoulder you lean on. I can’t tell you how many times I called on my husband, best friend, or mother to let them know what was going on. Sometimes reading an Instagram/Blog story from an expecting mother made me feel like I was not so alone. If you feel like your little blessing is taking over what you think should be “the joys of pregnancy” just remember you are not alone. Discuss these concerns with your partner and please talk to your doctor. These feeling are very normal, however you don’t want to go on a downward spiral into depression when carrying this bundle of joy!
  10. Call Your Nurse: If this is your first pregnancy, and you have concerns, don’t be afraid to call your nurse! That is their job, they really want to make sure you and baby are safe!

Just remember, if you’re bound to the bed, feeling yucky, and can’t even get in the shower to freshen up; grab some water and try to relax because there is a miracle growing inside of you, it will not last forever!

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