Can’t get up from bed? Can’t manage to keep food down? The first trimester is hitting you hard? And morning sickness can’t seem to go away? You’re not alone mama. In fact more than half of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting during their first trimester.
I’m here to share with you simple and yet effective ways you can stay positive during the first trimester, even if you’re sick as a dog! With my first pregnancy I did not experienced any morning sickness, which was great! But with my second pregnancy (twins) I had morning sickness, not vomiting but horrible nausea!
I have friends who experienced all day morning sickness which some pregnant women have to deal with as well. And, they still stayed positive and hopeful. Being pregnant is a blessing and even though we may feel horrible because the first trimester symptoms are no joke. We still can stay hopeful and have a good outlook on things during the first trimester of pregnancy.
first trimester symptoms:
- nausea with or without vomiting
- tender breasts
- food aversions
- changes in mood
These are a few things you may feel during your first trimester. Your body is going through so much and so are you!
“Pregnancy might leave you feeling delighted, anxious, exhilarated and exhausted — sometimes all at once. Even if you’re thrilled about being pregnant, a new baby adds emotional stress to your life.” (source)
No wonder it may be so hard to find the light at the end of the tunnel, when you are so sick and so tired all of the time!
You will see that even on your sick days, you are going to feel blessed, positive and happy during the first couple of months of your pregnancy.
10 ways to stay positive during the first trimester even if you're sick as a dog!
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1.Look at the bigger picture
Focus on the bigger picture, which is your growing baby! Everytime you are feeling down, sad and just feel like giving up, think about your baby. Look at your belly and know that it's a total blessing that you're pregnant.
If you have been trying for a long time to get pregnant, if you have suffered from a miscarriage prior to this pregnancy, YOU ARE BLESSED! Think about the bigger picture mama, this is something that you have wanted and dreamed of.
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Always have a grateful heart, even if sometimes you don't see anything grateful about the first trimester! I get it. Maybe not to the extend of those mamas who have all day morning sickness. But, you will pull through.
Have a grateful journal and jot down what you are grateful for each day. This will help you see the positive and not dwell on the negative aspect of feeling like crap! Always be grateful 🙂
3.Morning sickness remedies
Go get your morning sickness remedies, no shame! Anything that will help you feel better and help you survive the first trimester. Go for it and buy it!
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4. Talk to your partner
Feeling sad, angry or just not in a good mood? Speak to your partner about your feelings. He can definitely help you see the bigger picture and be your number one supporter.
He may tell you things that lifts your spirits up and make you realize that this season shall pass too.
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5. Take time to relax
Always take time to relax and rest when need to. It’s important that you give your body time. If you need to call out sick from work, then call out. Of course not making it a daily habit.
Lay on your bed or living room couch and relax. Put on a show that makes you laugh and feel good.
6. Eat food that are easy to digest
If you are having a hard time keeping food down, it’s best if you eat food that are easy to digest.
- Apple sauce
- multigrain crackers
- chicken broth (soup)
- mashed potatoes and such
Also, I am going to recommend to eat often but in smaller amounts.
7. Avoid smells that bothers you
When I was pregnant with my twins, I couldn’t stand the smell of white rice or pancake batter. It made me feel so sick. So I didn’t make it for a month! I felt so bad for my oldest daughter because it was her favorite.
So, try to avoid the smells that bothers you fo a while. Do not drink coffee if the smell of it makes you sick, do not pass restaurant with strong smells. It will help!
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8. Go out and walk
Sometimes all you need is to go outside and smell the fresh air. Take a walk, not only will you be exercising (always a plus!) but you’ll get out of the house. You’re going to look at a different scenery and feel energized and happier.
Honestly going on walks can instantly change your mood for the better, try it today!
9.Speak with your doctor
Of course if everything else fails, always be sure to speak with your medical provider for advice. He or she may give you pills or medication to reduce the vomiting or nausea. Tell your doctor about what you are feeling and if you have any concerns about your pregnancy.
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10. This too shall pass
Remember mama, that this too shall pass. The first trimester will go by fast, even though I know right now you think it’s taking ages. Hopefully by the second trimester you are going to start feeling great and yourself again!
Keep a positive attitude and have an opened mind. Know that your morning sickness will pass, know that your mood swings will reduce and know that you are loved. Your baby is is your biggest comfort, motivation and inspiration.
I hope you found these tips helpful and useful on how to stay positive during the first trimester! Yes, now it may seem like I'm a little crazy for even suggesting to stay positive and happy. While you're going to the bathroom every 10 minutes!
But think about it? Do you rather spend the day hating on life and asking God why do you have to suffer with morning sickness?
Or you rather look at the positive (even if now it looks small) and feel grateful that you are pregnant. That you feel blessed that even though you feel terrible, you STILL feel BLESSED to be pregnant and to know that your baby is growing healthy inside of you.
Your choice mama. Know that I'm here for you 🙂
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