There’s no denying the fact that pregnancies can get rather miserable once the joy begins to wear off. Seriously speaking, just the thought of having a human getting developed inside you is enough for one to work out how tough being pregnant can get. The worst part is that the beginning of it all, the first trimester, is one of the most brutal introductions to such a wonderful experience.
Although every pregnancy is different, there is general consent that the first trimester can turn out to be one of the most stressful times of the entire pregnancy. Well, if you are pregnant and are finding it hard to keep your sanity through this strenuous time, make sure that you follow the tips given below – these pregnancy hacks are bound to help you get through:
7 Work out how you wish to dress up
Dressing up well during pregnancy is an art unto itself, and this particularly holds true during the first trimester. This is because your body is going to start going through a whole lot of changes, but with that, you will still be too small to wear bump clothes. However, with all that nausea and everything, you might not want to wear something too tight for the pressure that it will create against your body. So head out for a bit of shopping and get yourself a few slouchy sweaters, tops and empire-line dresses.
Dressing up during pregnancy doesn’t come easy. For one, you need to pay attention to both style and comfort. Then, what look gorgeous on you in week 9 just might end up looking terrible by week 15. So, what should you do? Well, begin with going through your closet and put aside the things you believe are clingy or tight. Your best choices are silhouettes that have a bit of a flow over your stomach, hips and thighs. The best part is that a silhouette will work wonders in terms of ‘hiding away’ the few pounds that you might gain in the first trimester. So instead of wearing tight and clingy dresses, put on A-line skirts, soft knits, frocks, empire waist tops and wrap shirts.
To get through the first trimester, it is also recommended for you to try on ‘blouson’ style tops. These basically come with a fitted waistband right at the bottom with ample ‘room’ given above the band. With this, you will have beautiful fabric falling loosely on the belly (thereby covering it up a bit too if you want to remain secretive about your pregnancy). On the other hand, the fitted waistband does a wonderful job at giving the apparel that highly desired tailored look. Now, if you are wondering what you should pair it up with to maintain a comfortable yet pulled together look, then boot-cut stretch jeans are the perfect match here.
To be honest, being pregnant in no way means that you should have a “blah!” appearance – you have a gorgeous body and soon an adorable bump to show off so be proud, and show the world how much you’re loving being pregnant!
6 Let coconut work its wonders
There are countless beneficial properties possessed by coconuts, and many of them can work wonders for you during pregnancy. For instance, having coconut water can fulfill much of your potassium needs, and help you avert dehydration. The best part is that using coconut oil on a regular basis can help strengthen your baby’s immune system while helping with the onset of stretch marks.
Coconuts are largely considered as being a ‘pregnancy superfood’. To begin with, it contains significant amounts of:
- Healthy amino acids
- Phosphorus etc.
The fact that it has the potential to hydrate the body is the reason why coconut drinks are marketed as being ‘sports drinks’. So considering that exhaustion and dehydration are two of the most common complaints cited by pregnant women, drinking coconut water will work wonders for you in this regard. Also, the consumption of two tablespoons of unprocessed coconut oil has shown to relieve the three worst pregnancy side-effects – heartburn, morning sickness and constipation. The best part about coconut oil is that it can also be applied to do away with stretch marks. Its utilization is also known to work wonders for lactating mothers as it contains lauric acid that helps in the stimulation of milk production both during pregnancy and after delivery.
During pregnancy, your blood volume tends to increase by a full 50 percent, which means that it needs help with circulation and this is something that the regular consumption of coconut water can help with. See the fact of the matter is that poor circulation tends to trigger substantial foot and leg pain for expectant women, and in worst case scenario, it can also lead to a lack of oxygen for the developing baby. Considering that coconut water is a natural diuretic, it can help avert all of these problems rather easily. Most importantly, it can also assist in the treatment of urinary tract infections that are commonly triggered during pregnancy. All in all, make sure that you drink a good deal of coconut water during pregnancy and make use of coconut oil as well – you won’t regret it.
5 Give due attention to your skin care
Doctors these days discourage the utilization of retinoids and salicylic acid all through pregnancy. This is because these tend to get absorbed into the bloodstream and wreak havoc on our bodies. A major reason why this is particularly horrific is because the moment those wretched hormonal changes set in, you will break out like a pubescent. For this reason, take your time to learn about the ingredient of your skin care products – reading labels can actually help you pass your time!
Now, although the detrimental effects of pregnancy might entice you to take on spa and beauty salon skin treatments, make sure that you stay away from chemical peels, baths or even full-body treatments. This is because all of these treatments present the hazard of certain skincare ingredients to make their way into your blood stream, and hence your baby’s system after passing the skin barrier. Hence, it is best to stay away from them during your pregnancy. However, if a certain procedure is required for medical reasons, make sure that you get in touch with a healthcare professional first. Doing so will help you in learning about the safety factor associated with required treatment or procedure, thereby making it possible for you to reach a more knowledgeable decision.
Women at times also end up using skincare products that have soy listed as a natural ingredient on the label. To them, this is the best means of remaining stress-free in terms of dealing with any harmful effects of the product. However, this is where they go wrong. Although it is safe for one to use soy-based facial products and lotion, there also remains the fact that soy can worsen the ‘mask of pregnancy’ or the dark patches that appear on facial skin during pregnancy. This also holds true for oil of bergamot considering that these have an estrogenic effect, which plays an active role in making melisma, or those dark patches, appear even darker. Hence, make sure that you make wise decisions with regards to your skin care during pregnancy and don’t use any products that might harm your little one!
4 Ginger, ginger, ginger
Ginger works wonders for nausea, so make sure that you buy lots of ginger ale, ginger mints, and ginger snaps etc., to ward away your morning sickness. On a personal level, I actually bought a case full and kept them in my purse, my car, on my nightstand, on my coffee table and every other place imaginable.
I know quite a few women who actually swear on how much ginger helped with their morning sickness. In this regard, the utilization of fresh ginger is best so make sure that you have some available. Apart from helping with morning sickness, ginger can also play a vital role in helping you acquire small amounts of key nutrients that are required for a healthy pregnancy. For instance, it comes packed with iron that can assist in the formation of blood, and a little vitamin C that will assist in the overall formation and development of your precious angel’s immune system. Apart from that, it also contains ample amounts of folic acid that tends to avert birth defects in the developing baby. Moreover, ginger contains a very small amount of sodium so if need be, it is best for you to use it instead of salt when preparing your meals during pregnancy.
Now, if you plan on drinking ginger tea or ginger ale in order to alleviate your morning sickness, make sure that you do not go overboard with how much of it you should use. As a rule, just use as much ginger as you would when preparing a meal or just a tablespoon full of it. Also, if you are interested in taking supplements that contain ginger, then make sure that you get a recommendation from your doctor beforehand. This is because these supplements tend to contain extremely high concentrations of ginger and just might make things worse for you. Instead of guessing things or just making your own decisions without any professional insight, get your doctor’s insight and see which one s/he recommends to you. Remember, excessive utilization of ginger can prove detrimental, so be extremely careful about it.
3 Stay hydrated with a bit of creativity
All through your pregnancy, you will come across countless people who will tell you how necessary it is for you to drink as much water as possible. See, dehydration can turn monstrous, and with all that morning sickness, you will be all the more vulnerable so that bit of advice is just fine. However, you really can’t expect yourself to get all hyped up about plain water for an entire nine months, and with morning sickness giving you a sick taste in your mouth, water will be least appealing. So in order to get yourself a bit excited about it, work on creative ways to consume water. For instance, mix fruit juice concentrate with sparkling water – not only will it change its taste, it will also help you cut down on sugar.
Now, to make things easier for you, there are plenty of things around you that can be used to fulfill your hydration requirements. For instance, having fruits is a wonderful means of getting water into your body. This particularly holds true for watermelon, which basically contains 90% water, so make sure that you have plenty of watermelon if it’s in season during your pregnancy. Other strong contenders in this list are inclusive of:
- All sorts of melons
- Honeydew etc.
Also, it isn’t just fruits that are full of water; vegetables are too. Yes, the consumption of vegetables also has the potential to provide a nutrient-rich source of water to your body. Your best bets in this regard are tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, Romaine lettuce and green peppers. If you are looking for other sources of water, then rest-assured that there are some which are part of your regular diet. For example, smoothies, yogurt, soup and oatmeal are all wonderful sources of water and can play a vital role in fulfilling your hydration requirements.
Apart from that, you should also consider drinking adequate amounts of milk as it can also help you refuel your body’s water requirements. If need be, feel free to drink juices and sports drinks too, but make sure that you dilute them with water to cut down on their sugar count.
2 Get yourself a maternity pillow
The utilization of a maternity pillow can actually work wonders in saving your sanity all through those dreadful sleepless nights. Yes, your tummy isn’t the size of a water melon yet, but rest-assured that it will help.
Maternity pillows are a real blessing to be honest. With the continuous changes taking place in the body of a pregnant woman right from day one, getting a good night’s sleep can become a bit of a problem. For some, finding a comfortable position to sleep in is actually a battle what with their leg cramps and back pain and a whole lot more. In cases such as these, it is best to purchase and use a maternity or pregnancy body pillow.
For those who don’t know, maternity pillows are large pillows that can be acquired in several shapes, and sizes. Their shapes are inclusive of:
- The wedge and a whole lot more
Although all of the shapes and sizes have different benefits to offer, their utilization can play a major role in helping you sleeping through the night. This is because the maternity pillow you use will provide ample support for your back, shoulder, neck, legs and your baby bump in time. All in all, your entire body is actually going to be supported by it. With these, pregnant women actually sleep in a half-fetal position, which is largely considered the best for people who suffer from neck and back pains.
At times, women tend to worry through the night that they might accidentally post excessive pressure on their baby bump while sleeping through the night. With the help of a maternity pillow, there will no longer be a need for you to worry about it will support your body even while you toss and turn while sleeping. With it, your movement will also be limited, thereby giving you the chance to sleep uninterrupted.
Honestly speaking, maternity pillows work like a charm when it comes to sleeping during pregnancy. So, instead of waiting for your baby bump to form, invest in one right away – you’ll be thanking yourself later!
1 Be prepared to barf at all times
Get your facts straight: you are going to be extremely nauseated for a full 12 weeks to come. In such a case, don’t you think being cute about it is actually going to be fun? Well, the best means of doing so is by getting multi-colored waterproof and sealable barf bags. Even if you have to throw up in public, you will be able to do it in style!
Now, considering that most women out there need to be at work each day, the entire nausea and vomiting part can get a bit overwhelming. However, there are certain things that you can do to settle down your stomach a bit. To begin with, make sure that you snack at regular intervals. Yes, I understand that food is the last thing on your mind, but snacking will help curb your nausea a bit. For this, make sure that you carry snacks like pretzels, crackers, muffins, biscuits, seedless jam and rice cakes with you. Not only will nibbling on these settle down your stomach, it will also keep your energy level up at all times.
Also, don’t have a big meal during lunch time and instead, opt to have small but frequent meals all through the day so you wouldn’t need to deal with an empty stomach. While you are at it, fatty foods should be avoided at all times. In order to ward off your nausea, opt for foods that have a high carbohydrate or protein count. This includes low-fat yogurt, grilled chicken, whole-wheat toast or bagels, peanut butter, cheese and bananas.
Packing an emergency kit is also highly recommended in this regard. This kit of yours should contain two washcloths – a wet one placed in a plastic bag and a dry one to be used for cleaning up once you have thrown up. Apart from that, pack in toothpaste, your toothbrush, mints, gum, mouthwash and a can of ginger ale or ginger tea bags. Also, if you have an extreme case of nausea and vomiting, make sure that you pack a clean shirt, foundation, lip balm and whatever other make up you need to freshen yourself up.