Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My First Trimester Survival Guide

If you've ever been pregnant or lived with someone who is, you know life often comes to a screeching halt during the first trimester- at least it does for us. This is the fourth time we've made it through, so I wanted to share a few tricks I use to make the nausea and exhaustion of the first trimester more bearable. This is what I've found works for me. My symptoms include moderate all-day/night nausea (mostly without vomiting) and fatigue.... not to mention emotions ALL over the place. I'm not advocating this as the healthiest way to do it by any means, but it's what helps me make it through those first three months ;) After that I can return to my regularly scheduled meal planning and low carb/high protein diet.

1. Food that I don't have to cook myself (or worse, smell while it's cooking)

This may include any of the following:
Drive through, eating at someone else's house, a microwaved can of soup, or a TV dinner if I'm feeling frivolous (HA). My kids have been living on mac and cheese, chicken tenders, frozen waffles balanced out by some fresh (raw) fruits and vegetables. This won't be forever but they will DEFINITELY enjoy it while it lasts.

2. Cold food/drinks

More specifically: frozen. Like... ice cream.

3. Caffeine

Maybe you will stop reading now. That's fine. Coffee makes me absolutely disgustingly sick. It's so bad I can't even smell it, and Andrew has had to go without this whole first trimester unless he makes it at work.So instead I go with iced tea, lemon, and tons of ice. It gives me energy and takes the edge off my nausea for some reason.

4. Unripe pears- my secret weapon!

Mid morning when I start to feel hungry I eat a pear and it helps me feel less sick. Then right before dinner I eat one also, and for some reason that helps. If I run out, I get panicky. !!!

5. Keep smells to a minimum

Absolutely under no circumstances shall there be any: perfume, candles, air fresheners, scented body wash, soap, deodorant, fabric softener, or face wash. So help me God.

6. Naps and TV

You really just have to make time. I put a show on for my girls and I fall asleep for twenty minutes, sometimes twice a day. Additionally, while the girls and playing in the dining room I put on a show to distract myself. Find a good (kid appropriate) series and relax for an hour!

7. Lower your expectations

In previous pregnancies I've gotten a little sad in my first trimester, feeling like I was slacking or falling apart or something. Maybe even a little depressed. You really have to remember this isn't going to last forever. You haven't changed or become lazy, your body is telling you to slow down while it does this very important job of growing your baby! Keep the perspective that soon enough you will be back to yourself, and able to do everything you want to do again. So enjoy that Netflix series guilt free and grab a nap while you can.


  1. #7 is key! A little perspective goes a long way in so many situations. Hope you start feeling better soon.

  2. Ugh! 1st trimester was the worst for me, too. You hit a lot of the triggers for sick and melt down status for me way back when. I used to lie about thinking how endless it all was and how I would trade labor and delivery pain for 1st trimester every time because labor and delivery were hours compared to week/months. How are you managing the soaps?!
    Joy in the season!



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