We started announcing our pregnancy to family and friends towards the end of 1st trimester/beginning of 2nd trimester. There were so many recurring questions that I think this post would have been useful at that time. Nonetheless, here are few of the questions I received, and my experience with first trimester.
Did you have morning sickness?
Although I was nauseous at times, but it was not as terrible as I expected it to be. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get up, or eat, or drink anything. But I was totally fine. I paced my eating throughout the day with smaller snacks/meals, and drank lots and lots and lots of water. Eating salty meals and drinking Ginger-ale also helped!
Were you tired?
Tired? Even exhausted was an understatement. I wanted to sleep ALL THE TIME!! Those naps were the BEST!! So sleep, sleep, sleep and sleep. Because once you get to 3rd trimester, you will miss that sleep!!
Did you have any food cravings?
I did not have many food cravings other than croissants. They made me feel very good on those nauseous mornings!! My most favorite was my mom’s curry and rice. Other than that, not many food cravings, but I did have a few food aversions – avocado (which I absolutely love!), peanut butter & tomato sauce.
Did you change your diet?
I ate regularly and tried to continue eating healthy. I did increase my in-take of spinach and protein. I would add spinach to my eggs, pizza, pasta, and smoothies (spinach, milk & banana). I also ate oatmeal with sunflower seeds, nuts, coconut clusters, and a spoon of peanut butter. I also added good servings of berries, apples, pear, plums and oranges.
Did you avoid any foods?
- Sushi/raw fish, which I wanted to have a lot of the time during my pregnancy.
- Feta/soft cheeses, although majority of the cheeses are pasteurized in Canada, I was just being cautious.
- Soft boiled/uncooked eggs, I think I overcooked the eggs a little.
- Coffee/Tea, this was limited to 1 cup a day, or zero.
- Steak, which had to be well cooked.
Did you gain any weight?
I started to notice my body changing towards the end of 18th week. We were flying for a friend’s wedding and the outfits I took started to feel tight, especially towards the end of the day. I actually had to unbutton the top of my skirt one night. Check out my tips and tricks to pregnancy style in the 1st trimester here.
What apps are you using?
My two favorite apps have been, The Bump and What to expect. It is so nice to follow along with the updates each week. Both of these have great articles that help you track your pregnancy. But remember, each pregnancy is different, these are only a guide.
Other useful tips that my mommy friends gave me:
- Drink lots of water
- Continue taking prenatal vitamins
- Sleep, sleep and sleep
- Eat a healthy balanced diet
- Treat yourself once in a while
- Enjoy the date nights
- Self care is super important
- Your body will change, embrace it
It is such a magical journey, enjoy every little moment of it!
Xo make it sparkle!