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One little word that completely turns your world upside down. From the moment you read that, your life will truly never be the same! It kind of feels like mother nature is playing a cruel trick on us, making the first part of it seemingly the hardest. And even though you don’t have the physical proof on your body that there’s a little human growing inside, you definitely feel it.
Sometimes making it day-to-day, especially during the first trimester, feels like a success in and of itself. And while each pregnancy is different, there’s definitely a few things that all women can do and should do to make it a touch more enjoyable, or at least bearable. Some things you know to do, like scheduling appointments with your doctor, but some things might need a little reminder, like the importance of taking Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA Vitamins from Sam’s Club every day!
1. Always have food you know you’ll be ok with on hand or close by. Saltine crackers were a lifeline for me for a little bit of time there just because the thought of them didn’t sound disgusting. I also leaned on things like cheese crackers, pretzels, and apples. You typically don’t know exactly what you want to eat, but there are a few items that you know will be safer. Having those close can help fight off that angry hungry stomach or nausea.
2. Drink as much water as you can. I typically hate water, but with all the other bodily changes, I’ve been as thirsty as can be since becoming pregnant. Your body needs water for so many reasons, especially when growing another human being.
3. Invest in comfy clothes now. Even though your belly isn’t really growing too much quite yet, it can still be uncomfortable to wear anything restrictive thanks to other symptoms you might be feeling. Looser clothing and leggings can typically be worn well into the later parts of pregnancy and are comfortable for you now, too.
4. Take Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA from Sam’s Club daily. I’ve been taking this vitamin since before getting pregnant (with 6 months prior being the recommendation), and still be sure to every single day. It’s easy to swallow and just one pill per day. It provides essential vitamins and minerals (before and during pregnancy) including Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Iodine, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3.† Folic Acid is an important B Vitamin for Women of Childbearing Age and Pregnant Women – it plays a critical role in the proper development of the baby’s nervous system.† It also provides 200 mg DHA which may help support fetal brain and eye development.† Healthy mom, healthy baby!
5. Have ginger items handy. For many ladies, morning sickness can be the bane of their existence for a couple of weeks. For me, carsickness was my enemy. Either way, there’s a good chance something will make you have that icky nauseous feeling sometime during pregnancy. Some women like ginger tea; I’m partial to ginger gum or drops. You might not need it, but it’s better to have in case you do than need it and not have it!
6. Indulge in what you want to indulge in and be unapologetically selfish. As so many people point out, your life is about to change in a BIG way, so take what time you can for yourself now. For me, it was Hallmark movies and lots of downtime. Your schedule is about to be determined by a tiny human being; give yourself this time.
7. Prioritize rest on your to-do list. Often, this isn’t an option during the first trimester, as exhaustion can consume you. And with that, lean on people around you. My husband took up a lot of the shared chores during the first weeks because rest was so vital. On Thanksgiving, I didn’t try to stop family members for cleaning up the kitchen for me. Help is good, and during this time, it’s needed. Give yourself grace.
While some of these are pretty vital for the first trimester specifically, they’re helpful and necessary for all of pregnancy. If there’s anything you do daily, be sure to take your Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA Vitamin. Sam’s Club has a 5 month supply for less than $20, as seen below. You can find out more about it here, or follow along with Nature Made on Youtube, Facebook, or Twitter.
Mamas, I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for making it through pregnancy, and not just the first trimester!
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.