Mommy Monday: Tips for Surviving the First Trimester

I won’t lie, getting through the first trimester is slightly overwhelming! I went from learning I’m pregnant to dealing with morning sickness to announcing the big news in what feels like a day. Even though I knew to expect most of this stuff the second time around, that doesn’t make it any easier! But it’s truly an exciting time with a lot of changes. It was so exciting to see that some of you are due this summer as well! Read my tips below and feel free to post questions in the comments, too.

Tips for Surviving the First Trimester

1. Handling Morning Sickness

Morning sickness can occur pretty much instantly after becoming pregnant. Not only that, but nausea doesn’t care what time it is – it’ll strike whenever – which can really throw your day off. So try to to lessen the symptoms of morning sickness as much as possible. Avoid certain smalls that set off sickness, which can be things you never really noticed before. Also, as tempting as it is to avoid all food when you’re sick, an empty stomach amplifies those nauseous feelings. Eat small meals and have plenty of water.

2. Stay Healthy

Just like always, being in good health offsets some (though not all!) of the side effects of pregnancy. A good diet and staying active (even taking walks) can help you handle fatigue. A healthy pregnancy diet is similar to a regular healthy diet, rich in fruits, veggies and the adequate amount of protein and nutrients, with the exception of dangerous foods. Giving into cravings is usually ok and can save your sanity, but it’s important to be mindful of what those cravings are, because they aren’t always the healthiest!

3. Take Your Vitamins

Vitamins will ensure you get everything you didn’t get from food each day. Prenatals can be a good choice for any woman, whether or not she is pregnant, as they are a well-rounded supplement. You’ll not only ensure you have the nutrients you need, but those nutrients help with anything from fatigue (iron) to contributing to a healthy baby (folic acid). Vitamin B6 may help with morning sickness, so it could be a good thing to talk to your doctor about too.

4. Dealing with Hormones

Hormones change the most dramatically during the first trimester, so it’s no surprise that it can feel like a constant rollercoaster. The changes in hormones are inevitable, so try a few different things to handle them naturally: Exercise is a mood-booster, so being even slightly active can cheer you up. Deep breathing, meditation, prenatal yoga and other relaxation techniques can alleviate stress too.

5. Ask for Help

It’s easy (especially for others) to think that just because you’re not showing yet, you’re not dealing with all that comes with being pregnant. But anyone who has gone through this before knows that’s so not true. All of the above and more are symptoms that we deal with in the first trimester (even more so than the 2nd and 3rd) so plan accordingly. If you have to rearrange your work schedule or take on less than normal—let people know. Trust me, they’ll understand. Plus, with everything from doctor’s appointments to planning for the baby, there’s a lot to do. Ask for help at work or from your family whenever needed.

Moms, do you have anything to add to this?

Xx,
Tamera

  • Natasha

    Am not a mom yet but i totally love your tips and your absolutely gorgeous always honey love you..xoxo

  • Edelin Vian Sandnes

    Good tips :) I’m happy I’m past first trimester, but do agree I was happy all the way through the crappie weeks hehe. You look gorgeous, Tamera! When’s your due date? Mine’s 13th of July

    • Simone Tweetastic Leon

      Hi Edelin congratulations, did all of your first trimester symptoms go away when you turned 3 months?

      • Edelin Vian Sandnes

        Hey :) thanks. Symptoms disappeared gradually from about 12 weeks to 14. Now I feel the stretching of uterus and bump growing :) xx

  • Tiffany

    Make sure you drink plenty of water an juice and eat fresh friuts and vegetables. Make sure you get plenty of sleep and nap during the day so your baby rest and grow healthy and well.

  • Darlene

    Whenever possible while resting, watch Gomer Pyle. Luv You Tamera.

  • Simone Tweetastic Leon

    Hi Tamera thanks for sharing your advice with us, I have a wonderful 10 year old son and now we’re expecting a second child in August. I just kind wait to get over the fist trimester, im tired of always spitting and im ready to get back the taste in my mouth. I eat but cant taste the foods I eat which sucks, I’m also taking classes online and find it hard to stay awake to complete my assignments. Congratulations on your new baby.

  • Chané

    Even though my two are 11 and 6, I remember the pregnancy roller coaster very well. My best advice for nausea is warm ginger ale and a few crackers. Try to avoid heavy oily, fried food.

  • cynthia

    Hi Tamera! well im expecting my first child in august. for the past five weeks ive been so miserable..ive had to stop working,because i can barely get out of bed,im always sleepy and feel sooo tired..but thats not the worst part! ive had 24/7 severe nausea!! ive recently gotten some medication for it but it really isnt helping..i feel so worthless at the moment for not being able to contribute to my household financially or even cook for my husband ,it makes me really upset :'( i read all the tips women write about but nothing seems to help..i cant wait til this morning sickness goes away because im truly the most miserable person on this planet right now..the only thing getting me through this is wanting to meet my baby..and of course the support of my family and friends….nothing more comforting than knowing your not alone!

    • Heather Turner

      Not sure what the med is I take diglegis and it has worked well!!! Good luck. . It’s all worth it!!

    • Chencha Vargas Mendoza

      Sorry you are going through this. This also happend to me. I couldn’t take a small bite or a sip of water because I would throw up. Unfortunately this lasted for 5 1/2 months and I actually didn’t gain weight but lost 20 pounds. They also gave me medications ex. Zofran and nothing seemed to work. The time came where I became too weak and needed to go in for ivs frequently. I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (you can look it up for more info) but I’m here to tell you there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I gave birth to a healthy 9.5 pound baby.

  • amanda

    Hi… I’m now 8 weeks along I’m due in August. I’m absolutely excited but also a little nervous considering I’ve had a miscarriage before. I cannot wait until I’m out of my first trimester. But I also have an 8 year old.

    • cindy

      Hi Amanda my name’s Cindy I’m also 8 weeks I’ll be 9 on Wed I also had a miscarriage before this one as well so kinda nervous…can’t wait till August :-) good luck with your pregnancy:-)

      • amanda

        I will get an ultrasound sound this Thursday, can’t wait. Thank you and good luck with your pregnancy too!

        • cindy

          I can’t wait to find out what I’m having….do you know when they can tell you??

          • amanda

            Usually about 4 or 5 months they tell you. Sometimes it depends on the type of insurance u, allowed so many ultrasounds

  • Ina Turner

    Tamera, you did it again,this blog is so informative,especially for first time mommy that do not know what to expect,and have no one to speak with.
    Your tips are great,and I just love what you said in the beginning”Pregnancy is the happiest reason ever for feeling like crap.” That statement is lol,lol,but so true,you must try to tell yourself everyday,it will get better,and that Precious little Person that you are going through this for will be all worth it when you see Him/Her. Keep up the good work,you a helping others.Blessings

  • Shawanda Butler

    if ur pregnancy is anything like mines…(vomiting 3x’s a day no matter what) if you must eat i would say drink plenty of water after you eat or right b4 you throw up its way easier throwing up fluids vs chunks of food…believe me i wish people warned me because this baby is way different than my last baby…Good luck ladies..

  • Sidney

    Im in my last week of the first trimester with my second child! Horrray!! Thankfully I havent had any sickness! Good tips!

  • mel

    im due on july. Im on my second trimester its being really hard for me. Totally the oposite from my first child…. Ibeing vomiting nauseas tired and sleepy but whats worst I spit alot of saliva 24/7 its crazy. If I swalled my saliva I trow up. And if I dont drink liquids it turns sour very disgusting I have try tums salty crackers but it doesnt help. Hopefully it goes away soon!

  • Kathy Turner

    I’m 14 weeks and my morning sickness is still around. Not nearly as bad, the only thing I could keep down was sips of water and saltine crackers up until recently. I only gained 2 pounds so far, my doctor was worried so I’m on medication now so I can actually eat food. Even smells of shampooed hair got me gagging. It was rough, but that light at the end of the tunnel is going to me amazing.

  • Naeemah Nasir

    Hot chocolate works for me a lady I told for morning sickness.

  • Brittany

    Hi Tamera, I’m 7 almost 8 weeks and unfortunately I’ve come down with a stomach bug but the nausea is definitely real ,I worry what I can and can not eat while this is going on, and how can I lessen it?

  • tianna

    Hi tamera! Congrats on your new addition. I am also expecting a baby in august and for the last 3 weeks have been difficult emotional and psychical. I have been taking my prenatal vitamin but still have morning sickness every day and night. Mostly at night. And also I keep having a feeling that my period is going to start like when I use the bathroom a second later I feel I have to go again. What should I do?

  • Annette

    Thank you; much needed.

  • Jezar Riches

    Good morning mommies,
    I am now pregnant with my second child. I am due in July as well. Not sure the sex, my husband and I are doing a surprise delivery. Well like most of you, I spent my first trimester very devasted. I stayed so sick, loss so much weight and was slightly afraid. My first pregnancy with my son was smooth as butter and that was six years ago, so this pregnancy feels so very new to me. However in my search to feel better, I came across a few remedies that helped me. 1. Keeping lemons on the side of my bed, to squeeze drops of lemon on to my tongue settle the nausea.
    2. Ice chips with water but you must sip it.
    3. There is a rare nausea medicine that you can get over the counter called “cola syrup”, it’s very good for nausea or to substitute you can sip a cola slurpee.
    4. Sitting by the fan, staying cool.
    5. Perhaps asking your phycian for a medicine called zofran.

    Now in the event you find something healthy you like to eat, eating that every hour helps ease the sickness. My first trimester I loved apples and apple sauce, so I ate the regularly.

    Well I hope these few tips help.
    P.S. my main cure was prayer.

    • Alice B.W.

      Hi my name is Alice. I am a first Mommy to a healthy baby girl who was born last April 2014. I am sorry to hear all of you ladies going through morning sickness and as well as Tamera please hang in there and stay strong. It will go away as times go the key for me is to Have plenty of rest,drink lots of water as Tamara said take your prenatal vitamins, I went through that during my pregnancy I was always vomiting, feeling weak and nauseous and my stomach felt empty no matter what I eat then my OB/GYN prescribed Diclectin 10/10 mg which helps a lot . I will at times eat out due to morning sickness and exercise ( walk, yoga,…) it helps and make me feel better. The main goal is to have a healthy pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby.

  • Veronica

    Hello! I’m a first time mom due at the end of August:-) I agree, drinking plenty of water, and eating fruits and veggies does wonders in fighting nausea. Also eating regularly. I find that when I get hungry, then my nausea comes on.

  • Trichelle

    Hi Tamera Thanks For The Tips But Nothing Seems To Help Going Through My First Trimester N I Feel Like Crap Nothing Stays Down Even Water Comes Back Up..Am Due In September Can’t Wait Am Even Losing Weight Not To Mention Miserable

  • Dursilla Smith

    I saw a commercial concerning Zofran use during pregnancy…. Here’s some information on it

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  • Tan Battle

    Hi Tamera, I am expecting my first in August. I feel like I was taken off guard with my morning sickness. I too (Cynthia) had to stop working for two months because I had 24/7 nausea and vomiting. I lost 25 pounds in the process. I prayed for relief day and night. Knowing that I was going to have an amazing gift at the end was my motivation. My doctor said I suffered from hypermedia gravidarum- sever nausea. I had to isolate my self from everything and one. Every little smell had me going. Now I feel like I am the luckiest woman on planet earth. I have my energy back and I can eaat. When I feel my baby kick, everything in the world is right for me. Thank you for this post. Oh and I’m having a boy!

  • Carine Bikyara

    Hi Tamera thank you so much on all the tips on first trimester .. I’m 2 almost 3 weeks and I came down with what I think is a cold Sneezing ,Running nose is anything I can take to get a relieve i couldn’t sleep last night I feel miserable please I need help do to a miscarriage I just went through few months back a litlle scared to take medicine.. And good luck to all the moms to be praying to God to get all of us through this ..thank you Ladies