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As you go through pregnancy you’ll have an ever changing array of things to complain about from morning sickness during your first trimester, to constipation during your second, and lots of aches and pains in your third trimester. Luckily, much of pregnancy is enjoyable and while you do have to suffer through a few things you are doing it all because of the little life that is growing inside of you which makes it all worth it.

The first trimester can be difficult for a lot of women.  You aren’t showing yet, you may not have told very many people about the pregnancy so you are likely suffering through the rough early months alone and having to answer a lot of questions about why you aren’t feeling well with an answer that doesn’t give away the “real” reason.  Don’t worry through, the first trimester will be over before you know it and then you will be on to the much easier second trimester (often referred to as the honeymoon trimester).

There are a few things you can do to help ease some of the common complaints of the first trimester:

Fatigue: feeling fatigued and always tired is common during the first trimester.  The best way to deal with this symptom is to get more sleep.  Listen to your body and do what you can to get that needed extra sleep.  Take naps during the day, go to bed early, sleep-in in the morning if you can.  As your body adjusts to the changes taking place and you enter your second trimester many women find they are no longer as tired.

Frequent Urination: Having to go to the bathroom all the time is probably one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy and something that many people (pregnant) or not associate with pregnancy.  Frequent urination is often one of the earliest signs of pregnancy.  It is important to get plenty of fluids during the day while you are pregnant, however, you can watch that you don’t drink too much before bed so you don’t interrupt your much needed sleep.

Morning Sickness: The most common and probably the most annoying early pregnancy symptom, morning sickness can put a real damper on those first few months.  There are varying degrees of morning sickness.  Some women may find they are only slightly nauseous, others will have full on vomiting several times a day.  Morning sickness can happen any time of the day (not very aptly named) and is due to the hormonal changes taking place in your body.  The triggers of morning sickness very for some having an empty stomach will trigger it, for others it will be the smell or taste of certain foods, for others lack of sleep can be a trigger as well.  A few things you can do to help curb morning sickness include:

  • Eat several small, healthy meals throughout the day.
  • If you know a particular food or drink is a trigger avoid it when possible.
  • Take your prenatal vitamin before bed instead of in the morning.
  • Try to avoid skipping meals if you can.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat dry crackers when you first wake up, before you even sit up.

As I mentioned above these symptoms will pass and you’ll be on to something new.  With each trimester you’ll find a whole new list of complaints, but remember why you are doing this and what the end result will be, it’ll help make it all seem worth it.

If you have any concerns about anything you are experiencing during you pregnancy be sure to talk to your prenatal caregiver.

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