When I conceived baby number two, it never occurred to me how hard the first trimester was going to be with a 6 month old baby to look after. Having had it quite tough with my first pregnancy, I was expecting it again with my second, but I didn’t realise just how different it was going to be with a little one as well to care for. To say those first couple of weeks were hard would be an understatement, but I did find ways to make it slightly easier and that’s what I’m here to share with anyone who could be in a similar situation or will be in the future.
Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps
When you’re in the horrors of morning sickness, this is so important. Your body is so exhausted from being constantly ill, so extra rest is essential. This is hard when you have a baby already to take of, especially one that may be cutting teeth or that isn’t a good sleeper in general, so if they allow it, sleep when they go down for a nap. Your body will thank you for it.
Eat Little and Often
I was lucky enough to not vomit at all in my first trimester, but I was naseous 24/7, which I often thought was worse because I found it hard to get any relief. Something that did help me though was eating small snacks/meals every two to three hours. It somewhat kept the nauseous feeling at bay. Plain biscuits, fruit, ginger tea and bread were some of my staples as they weren’t too hard on the stomach.
Don’t Overexert Yourself
As moms, we feel like we have to do EVERYTHING, even when we’re dying on the inside. Looking after and entertaining a baby is hard enough when all you want to do is hide under the covers in bed and cry about how awful you feel, so be proud that you were able to even do that. Things like folding laundry and doing the washing up can wait until you feel able to do them or delegate the task to someone else if there’s someone to help you. It will make all the difference.
Always Take Your Prenatal Vitamins
Now I’m not sure if this contributed to anything, but I did find myself having a bit more energy in those first couple of weeks if I took my prenatal everyday. You definitely need all the energy you can get looking after a lively baby whilst pregnant.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help
Whether that be from your partner, a parent or even a friend. It will help you so much. I was able to rest in the evening time as my partner was finished work and able to look after our daughter. It really made the world of a difference to how I felt, especially knowing that I was going to be able to rest from 6pm on wards got me through the worst of days.
Take Some Time Out Of The Day to Relax
It’s hard to stay positive when you feel crappy, so try do something nice for yourself when you have a spare moment. That could be going for a nice long bath, doing a face mask, reading a book, talking to a friend or even just watching a movie. Self care doesn’t have to be expensive.
It Doesn’t Last Forever
There is light at the end of the tunnel ladies. My sickness ended at thirteen weeks with my current pregnancy (Thank God) I’m aware this doesn’t happen to every woman who is pregnant, but most women report that morning sickness tends to subside from 13 weeks on wards, so fingers crossed it will be the same for you if you’re in the same position. I’m now currently 19 weeks pregnant and feeling somewhat normal again.
Those are my tips for surviving the first trimester with an infant. If you have any tips to add or any further advice, please comment below. Thank you for reading.