Congratulations on the Beginning of your PREGNANCY JOURNEY!
In a previous post we discussed Preconception care- what foods to eat, supplements to consider and tests to run (https://www.instagram.com/p/CWBa9ZsJEgX/)
A womans body goes through many changes in The First trimester and can experience a range of symptoms:
1) Nausea/Vomitting- 80% of women may experience nausea. This can be managed by eating primarily a diet that supports BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS- having protein rich meals more frequently, keeping carbs low to prevent sugar dips that worse nausea.
- Checking for Deficiencies- Mg, B6 and supplementing in the RIGHT amounts PMID: 2047064
- Ginger chews/capsules/tea worked really well to reduce nausea PMID: 24642205
- Acupressure points & homeopathic remedies
2) Frequent Urination- With an increased blood supply comes increase urination. And the pressure of the developing fetus over your bladder will have you making frequent trips. However it is key to keep up your fluid intake.
3) Constipation- if you have not kept up with your fluid intake as mentioned above, constipation can occur. This also occurs due to a shift in hormones, predominantly towards Progesterone that slows our bowels down. A well balanced diet, movement, probiotics and easily absorbable iron supplement forms are all things to consider with your doctor.
4) Leg Cramps- are extremely common and can occur at night, likely due to the increased need for Calcium, magnesium and other minerals- you may need additional supplementation along side your pre-natal. Stretches and Safe exercise are warranted as well.
5) Bloating- Whether of the stomach, feet or breasts- a small amount is due largely to change in blood volume. However a diet rich in caffeine, salt and food sensitivities can cause this.
6) Mild spotting- this can provoke panic. However in this nesting period where the fetus is trying to make a home in the uterine lining can cause mild spotting and cramping. Let your doctor know.
7) Anxiety- the thought of becoming a new parent can provoke all the fears and concern for the future family. A woman experiences a significant shift in role, identity and certainty. Working with a therapist to work through your thoughts is warranted. Alongside making sure you’re doing MORE for your self and LESS for other in this trimester. Woman are often still working and holding on to tasks instead of letting go in this period. Assigning time for self care should and must begin in this period.
I hope this post yields beneficial. This is meant for education only, please discuss your plan with your health care provider.
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