FIRST TRIMESTER SYMPTOMS
-ACNE (horrible horrible cystic breakouts on my cheeks)
-FATIGUE (I used to love naps and often needed them daily- but like a good 45-60 minute nap. After being pregnant, I found just laying down for 25 minutes asleep or not gave me such a boost of energy. I would even do this in the car in between errands. It blew my mind how much energy it gave me. It didn’t always last but definitely helped.
-FOOD AVERSIONS (I had aversions to coffee, salads, Chick-Fil-A but really anything fried except sometimes french fries lol, plain water, pretty much any kind of food that I would normally eat and stuck to fruit and carbs like crackers, bread, even pizza/bagel bites/pizza rolls so healthy lol but gotta do what you gotta do)
-FREQUENT URINATION (I would wake up at 2:30-3am literally on the dot for weeks! It finally stopped around the beginning of the second trimester.
-INCREASED SENSE OF SMELL (I felt like a bloodhound haha but I felt like I could smell anything a mile away which didn’t help with the nausea lol)
FIRST TRIMESTER RECAP
MORNING SICKNESS REMEDIES
I mentioned some of this above but…
I took vitamin B6 and Unisom (doxylamine) every night up until maybe a 2-3 weeks ago (I’m 23 weeks). During the day especially the first several weeks, I took B6 a few times a day and then the Unisom only at night. It seemed to help the most out of everything I tried but I still felt nauseous all day long-it just lessened the symptoms and could feel it wear off by like 5-6pm which was awful on work days because I just wanted to crawl into bed. Talk to your doctor about dosing and which medications are right for you as well as if it’s safe to take depending on your history or whatever other medications you’re on. Speaking of medication and doctors… look into your prenatal vitamins to have your doctor switch them if you feel like they are making you sick! It’s super common and I had to switch mine. Taking them at night vs morning also helps!
-Granny smith apples (I would literally eat these laying down in bed with my eyes closed about to fall asleep).
-Sour Patch Kids (Always kept them in my bag or sometimes SweetTarts)
-Strawberry Acai refreshers with lemonade instead of water. This gave me my caffeine fix, kept me hydrated and probably the reason my doctor told me to tone down whatever I’m doing to have gained 10 pounds in a month rather than 2-4 hahah! I normally drink only water so drinking all these drinks filled with sugar and stopping working out probably wasn’t the best at maintaining a healthy weight but honestly first trimester is survival mode.
NAUSEA WRIST BANDS:
I wore these acupuncture type bands all the time and can’t say they helped but can’t say they didn’t. It claims to help with nausea and I felt nauseous 24/7 so it didn’t hurt to wear them. I would wear them to bed and work and just put extra pressure on the acupuncture spot when I felt extra sick.
I always had some kind of pretzels or crackers at my bedside and would snack on them before I got out of bed. I also had some kind of snack in my car/bag. I also ate peanut butter cliff bars which didn’t seem to make anything worse.
TONING IT DOWN EARLY:
This was nearly impossible for me with my work schedule, church/practice, house things because the earliest our days usually end is easily 9/10 pm but I did find that the later I stayed up and out the sicker I felt.
PINK STORK MORNING SICKNESS LOZENGES:
I ate these 24/7 until my mouth became raw but felt like they did help some. BUT it does have B6 in it so again, talk to your doctor especially if you’re already taking B6 so you don’t take too much which can be harmful to your nervous system. THIS BRAND also sells teas, vitamins and other products that have great reviews in helping with nausea.