December 21, 2016
A look back at my first trimester

As of today, I’m 22 weeks pregnant with our baby boy! In this post, I wanted to share everything that I experienced during my first trimester.

When I was pregnant with Belle almost 8 years ago, we told people right away. So about a week or two after we found out I was pregnant, we shared the news. This time it was different. The only people we told right away was family and close friends. Then we waited until we found out the gender of the baby until sharing with everyone else.

I’m so glad that the first trimester is over and I can finally feel myself again. While my first pregnancy went by so quickly and I barely felt any different from before I got pregnant, this second one started quite differently.

Now I know what the morning sickness is all about and in my case, it never occurred in the mornings. Instead, I felt terribly sick in the afternoons, and the thought of food made me feel nauseous.

Here’s what helped me deal with nausea during the first trimester:

  • Ginger tea and peppermint tea.

    Ginger is known for soothing the stomach and relaxing the body. And peppermint tea is fantastic for boosting your immune system and relieving stress.

  • Drink lots of water.

    Water is essential during pregnancy and even more when it comes to morning sickness.

  • Eat foods rich in vitamin B6.

    Try eating lots of avocados, fish, sunflower seeds, turkey, chicken, prunes (I eat prunes every single day. They are packed with fiber and help with digestion.)

  • Less is more when it comes to spicy food.

    All I was craving was jalapeño poppers, vinegar chips, salsa and everything spicy. However, spicy food is your worst enemy when it comes to nausea. So slow down on the spiciness.

  • Eat small meals often.

    This took me a while to figure out. I would be starving and feel nauseous right after I eat a meal. Then I realized that my body can handle smaller meals eaten frequently a lot better.

Some other symptoms that I experienced during the first trimester – feeling breathless and having some of the worst headaches.

Also, I have never felt so tired in my entire life! I had to take a 30-minute nap almost every day. Otherwise, my mind & body would just completely shut. I honestly thought being tired during your first trimester was just a myth. Well, it wasn’t, and at the moment I entered the second quarter, everything went back to normal.

Thankfully all of this is behind me now. Being in the second trimester feels a lot different and I will tell you all about it in a few weeks.

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