There’s no denying it; the first trimester of pregnancy can be downright HARD. Some people are lucky and feel totally fine but the vast majority will feel like they’ve been hit by a truck. I wasn’t one of the lucky few to have no symptoms and have had moderate nausea and vomiting both times, awful indigestion and crippling exhaustion.
Having been through it twice and lived to tell the tale, our real Mama Sarah King gives her top First Trimester survival tips:
Snacks, Snacks And More Snacks
I’ve lost count of the number of hours in the first trimester I have spent Googling ‘how to make morning sickness better’ or ‘how to stop morning sickness’ and in all honesty, I never found anything that worked apart from forcing food down, however rough I felt. If you’re struggling with mild to moderate nausea and sickness, instead of eating big meals, try eating little and often. This keeps your blood sugar level stable which will help to keep morning sickness under control so you can get through the day.
It’s no magic cure by any means but it stopped the sickness peaking and troughing throughout the day for me, so it felt more like a constant manageable nausea as opposed to totally debilitating when my stomach got empty. Obviously the healthier the snack, the better. If all you can stomach is a packet of crisps though, then crack on Mama. Eating something is better than nothing!
Protein Is Your Friend
Following on from the snack point, try to make sure you’re filling up on protein and not just carbs (as tempting as that is!). Protein keeps your blood sugar level stable so will keep nausea at bay and keep you fuller for longer. Eating a protein snack right before bed and then leaving one on my bedside table for the morning was a game-changer! It stopped me waking in the early hours feeling horrific and eating before I got out of bed in the morning stopped the dreaded pre-work dash for the bathroom.
If you’re struggling with strong flavours, I found cream cheese, hummus or cashew butter on wholemeal toast good options. Chunks of cheddar cheese and grapes and peanut butter with apple slices were favourites of mine too.
Switch Up Your Vitamins
The traditional large pregnancy vitamin tablets can be hard to swallow and make you feel quite sick. If you’re struggling with this, try taking it in the evening after food, or whenever you tend to feel least sick. This pregnancy I’ve switched to pregnancy gummies and they haven’t made me feel ill at all. The Mama Pregnancy Gummies contain the all-important recommended doses of Folic Acid and Vitamin D, they smell amazing and taste like wine gums (which were weirdly one of my early pregnancy cravings despite not normally being a sweet eater!). What’s not to like, Mama?