I have to say, the first trimester can be a rollercoaster! I’ve heard of so many women that have absolutely no trouble and feel great during those first 3 months but I’ve noticed more Mommas lately saying that they vomited their ENTIRE way through the first trimester. I fall into the later category.
We found out that I was pregnant around week 6 and it was like day and night between the day before my body knew I was pregnant and the day that we got the news. That day, I woke up at 3am vomiting and could absolutely tell that something unusual was going on with my body. I should also mention that at this particular time, we were on vacation in another country. It was an odd “sick”…I was vomiting uncontrollably and didn’t feel well but I wasn’t completely incapacitated. It’s hard to describe, but anyone that’s been through it knows what I’m talking about.
From that day until about a week or so ago, I have been sick as a dog. Constant nausea and generally absolutely no appetite. In fact, I couldn’t even open my refrigerator without gagging and the smell and sight of food.
I bring all of these unpleasant details to light because I started to learn a valuable lesson toward the end. A lesson that I think EVERY momma-to-be should heed:
- REST and do not be ashamed at how much rest your body requires. As basic as it is to say, your body is growing another human — give it the rest that it needs!
- Eat what you can and DON’T WORRY too much about a balanced diet. Your pre-natals are pumping you with plenty of the vitamins and nutrients you need. It’s more important to get some substance into your body even if that is peanut butter toast or chicken nuggets.
- Figure out what gives you relief and DO THAT! Water and fresh fruit were a relief for me…oh, and sleeping in! But seriously, I craved ice cold Costco-brand bottled water (that’s a whole other story!) and cold fresh fruit.
*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and do not give medical advice. These are just my opinions based on my experience and the advice of my OB.
The point of my post is that while you’re pregnant, nothing is going to be normal and you should not shame yourself for resting and taking it easy. In fact, enjoy it!