Surprise! I’m pregnant. And I’ve felt terrible, but I’m overly thrilled and can’t wait to meet our newest family member!
Let’s be completely honest with each other. Being pregnant is HARD. Yes, some people feel amazing when they are pregnant, and I want to punch those people in the face. Not really… but maybe just a little bit. (And I don’t even have it as bad as some people.)
So here are 5 things that have helped me survive the first trimester. Or as I like to call it, the worst trimester:
Maybe not everyone gets congested during pregnancy, but I sure do. Especially at night. The husband loves the increase in snoring on my side of the bed, but sleeping with a humidifier helps both of us get a better rest during the night.
- Nightlight in your bathroom
Oh, you have to pee in the middle of the night constantly? Me too! But the worst part is being blinded by the bathroom light and then struggling to fall back asleep after. I honestly can’t believe I didn’t think of putting a nightlight in my bathroom during my first pregnancy! Such a huge difference for all those midnight pee runs.
- Prenatal vitamins you can keep down
Or, in my case, that keep you from getting as constipated. For some reason, these gummy prenatal vitamins from Target help me stay regular, and have less stomach aches. There are so many prenatal vitamins out there, make sure you are taking the one that works best for you!
- BabyCenter App
During my first pregnancy, I was obsessed with this app, and read every tiny piece of information that it could provide me with about being pregnant. It helps to answer so many questions, but my favorite part, is that you get a weekly email or update telling you how your baby is growing. When you are miserably sick, this little update can be the small amount of encouragement that you need to get through the next week. I mostly love how it compares the size of your baby to food (oh hey there, blueberry!).
I’ve never been huge on soda, and I usually don’t drink it more than maybe once a month… maybe. But when I am pregnant, I practically live on Sprite. I drink a small bottle every morning (after breakfast) when I feel the sickest. I take a drink whenever I feel like I’m about to throw up, and it somehow keeps everything down. I have to have the bottle form, though, because I drink it over a few hours and I don’t want it to lose the fizz.
**Note: Ginger-ale will probably work even better, but I don’t like the taste of it, so I stick to Sprite.
So along with all the other usual tips, this is how I have survived the first trimester – hooray!
Any other suggestions that I haven’t thought of that might help for next time??