First Trimester Changes

You’re Pregnant! The test was positive, the baby is on its way, so now what?

Pretty soon you may start noticing the changes to your body.  They may be subtle at first or they may come on full, hard and fast!

If morning sickness, headaches, and fatigue are getting to you, you aren’t alone!  According to NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders) up to 90% of pregnant mom’s experience morning sickness with about 2% experiencing severe sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum.  

While severity varies, here is a list of some common first trimester complaints and some natural remedies.  Remember some may work for you and some may not, but it won’t hurt to give them a shot!

Morning Sickness

Or All Day Sickness and All Night Sickness can start as early as the first few weeks of pregnancy.  While many women find that it is most severe in the morning, it can strike at any time.  Small meals that are protein and complex carb rich can help curb the nausea.  Ginger, peppermint, or sour candies have shown to be helpful as well!  Peppermint tea and toast were a life-saver during my pregnancies!

Fatigue

You are growing a child and your body is working harder than ever right now.  If you can fit it in, take a nap.  Your body will thank you!  Hormone changes, body changes, and stress can all increase your bodies need for rest.  Some light exercise and a balanced diet will help but remember you may just need a nap sometimes!

Headache

Hormone changes don’t just cause fatigue.  Your body may react with a headache or two.  Like before rest will help.  Make sure you are getting plenty of water and eating a balanced diet!

Bloating

It’s to soon to be showing…  so why are you showing?  The hormone progesterone may be to blame!  This hormone is needed for a healthy happy pregnancy, but it also causes your muscles (including intestines!) to relax.  They relax and your digestion slows which leads to gas and bloating.  So how to help?  Small meals, staying hydrated, and light exercise.  Bananas or yoghurt may help as well!

Frequent Urination

All of those fun hormones changing cause a pretty big change in the amount of fluids in mom’s body.  This means she needs to pee more often than before.  This is just one of the symptoms to wait out.  Stay well hydrated, make sure to lean forward when you pee (it helps fully empty the bladder!), and avoid caffeine. 

With all of these symptoms remember, they will end!  If you’re concerned about any of them make sure to talk to your Dr, they will be able to reassure you or steer you towards something that may help!

If you would like more information on some natural ways to help, let us know! We would be happy to set up a consultation!

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