If you don’t exactly feel like yourself these days, it’s no wonder. A pregnant woman’s hormones can soar to up to 10 times their pre-pregnancy level. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms below, read these first-trimester tips to see what you can do to relieve them.
Ease Pregnancy Fatigue
During your first-trimester pregnancy, your body produces a lot of progesterone, which acts as a sedative. You are also working to increase your blood supply, with your pulse quickening by 10-15 beats per minute. You should have more energy going into Month 4, after the baby's placenta is formed.
- Get as much rest as you can.
- Drink enough water, and snack nutritiously if you sleep through mealtime.
- Try to exercise for a little energy boost, but always check with your doctor first before beginning any exercise program.
First Trimester Nausea
Morning sickness affects 50- to 90% of expectant moms. And it's not just for mornings, either. The queasiness stems from a rise in your estrogen level.
- Keep something in your stomach at all times. Crackers, cereal, ginger tea or fruit can all help settle your stomach.
- Avoid greasy foods, and foods with strong flavors or smells.
- If you're vomiting, remember to re-hydrate with fluids.
- If your nausea and vomiting are severe, call your doctor.
Frequent Urination during Pregnancy
As your uterus increases in size, it puts more pressure on your bladder.
Stop drinking fluids a few hours before bedtime.
First Trimester Constipation
The hormones your body uses during pregnancy are also slowing down your intestinal tract.
- Drink plenty of water and get your fill of high-fiber foods.
- Exercise can also help keep your body energized and regular. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
Breast Tenderness during Pregnancy
Blame it on the hormone surge. Again.
Wear a supportive bra, like an athletic bra, even at night if necessary.
First Trimester Headaches and Dizziness
During the first few months of your pregnancy, your increased blood supply and soaring hormone levels can cause headaches and light-headedness. As your body gets used to the hormone levels, the headaches may subside over time.
- For sinus headaches, apply a warm compress to the front and sides of your face or forehead.
- For tension headaches, try a cold compress to the back of your neck.
- Try to relax, and be sure to snack throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels steady.