It’s no secret that I’ve had a very rough 1st trimester with this pregnancy. I’m now 13 weeks and turning the corner into the 2nd trimester where I hope I will find less nausea and more energy. Jonathan and Jacob were so easy at this stage in comparison to #3. Things have been so bad at times that I can’t even get out of bed because I’m so nauseous. So, what do you do? Suffer? Wait it out? Go immediately to medications? My personal opinion is to try to use natural remedies before jumping to drugs. Here are 10 things that have helped me to varying degrees get through this 1st trimester yuk.
10 Tips and Remedies for Surviving the 1st Trimester of Pregnancy
- Water. Drink lots of water. It is essential to stay hydrated.
- Change your vitamin. I was using a generic vitamin and it made me so sick. It is the same brand I used with both the boys, but it was terrible this pregnancy. I switched to a vitamin from Whole Foods that includes ginger, B6, and some additional digestive aids.
- Take your vitamin in the evening. The initial switch of the vitamin really helped, but then the nausea came back. I started taking it at night instead of in the morning and I’ve seen a more lasting reduction of nausea.
- Citrus Fresh essential oil. I put a drop of Citrus Fresh oil in a full glass of water on those times that it’s difficult to drink water. Then I keep refilling that same cup because there’s leftover oil in there. The essential oils in the Citrus Fresh blend help with energy and metabolism. It’s just all around a physical and emotional pick me up. It’s a great oil to put in a diffuser too.
- Really Good Ginger Ale. It needs to be made with real ginger and a lot of it. My favorite kind is Reed’s Premium Ginger Brew. It’s sweetened with honey and pineapple juice and tastes wonderful. My boys even try to sneak it from me! One-third to one-half of a bottle slowly sipped is usually enough for me. This brand can be hard to find. Some of my local Harris Teeter stores carry it and some don’t. Earth Fare and Whole Foods seem to carry is regularly.
- Ginger essential oil. I wish I would have had this remedy earlier! You can put a drop in water and drink it, but my preferred method of use is topical. I rub a drop or two of Ginger oil around my belly button. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the oil with a carrier oil like olive oil first.
- Magnesium Oil spray. Many women are deficient in magnesium. That can cause nausea and legs cramps/tingles in pregnant women. I read this great article at Wellness Momma about magnesium. I use my homemade spray at bedtime when I get restless legs. I find relief almost instantly and am able to get to sleep.
- Gentle Baby essential oil. The Gentle Baby blend from Young Living contains Geranium, Rosewood, Coriander, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Roman Camomile, Lemon, Jasmine, and Rose. It’s perfect for moms and little ones. It’s calming. It can help with nausea. Plus, it’s good for sciatica which I seem to also be developing a minor case of. I rub it down the back of whichever leg is bothering me and the heel of my foot. Josh thinks it smells a little strong, but I love the smell. It helps me relax and sleep well.
- Prayer and Thankfulness. I’ve had lots of time to just talk to God. Be thankful for the downtime and rest. Your body needs it. Remember it’s for a good reason!
- Talk to your doctor. When all else fails, take the drugs. Your doctor can prescribe something that will help with the nausea. You may find that you have something like Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
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Original Image Credit Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and this is not medical advice. These are tips and remedies that I’ve personally found help and I hope they will help you too.