Pregnancy is a complete rollercoaster.
And one of the most challenging and thrilling times of your life. It is never too soon to start fully embracing all the changes you are going through – in fact, the sooner you start, the better you will feel! So please, mamas, enjoy this First Trimester Pregnancy Tips checklist!
Want to know the 5 things I do Every Single Day to help get my mind right, my soul steady, and my creativity flowing? Check out my 5 Step Daily Pregnancy Routine – HERE!
1.) Fatigue is normal, and it will pass
The definition of fatigue does not begin to describe the bone deep, foggy weariness that hangs around you these days. Nothing looks different to the outside world, but inside you are so so so tired.
Did you know that in the early days of pregnancy you are exerting the same amount of energy as you would if you were in the gym body building all day? Every day. I had to pass this information along to my husband when he looked at me incredulously at my 7pm bedtime.
This too shall pass, Mama…this too shall pass.
2.) Eat your prunes
So I have started to eat prunes. Yup. It was inevitable I guess, and I urge you, Mama, to start eating them daily. So eat up, buttercup.
One of the most annoying side effects of pregnancy is constipation, especially if you have to up your iron intake. Start your regimen early…you won’t regret it!
My tip? Throw them in a smoothie when they are hard to choke down – the sweetness makes it extra delicious.
Right now, today, before you lose any more control of your body, start taking care of it. Continue to exercise, stretch, and maintain your flexibility for as long as you and your doctor say you can.
Physical activity fights fatigue, is healthy for your baby, and is vital to keeping you balanced. I know it’s hard to add that into an already exhausting day, but I promise we won’t regret it nine months from now.
Take time for you. No one else will. My absolute favorite activity is Prenatal Yoga – not only is it amazing, but the community of mamas I’ve met there are friends for life!
4.) Have Faith
Believing in the unseen…isn’t that what faith is? Every so often, I have these moments where I’m dubious of this whole pregnancy thing. Am I really pregnant? Really!?
How many pregnancy tests have you taken, new mama? If you’re like me, you took two. If you’re like my best friend, you took ten. Either way, your period has gone on an open-ended vacation, and it seems you are really and truly pregnant.
Don’t worry; your first doctor appointment will bring proof that there is indeed a tiny miracle growing inside of you. But in the meantime, rely on your instinct, on your gut feeling that you are on your way to mamahood.
And if all else fails, look at that pregnancy test again – you know you kept it!
5.) Cultivate a Meditation Practice
Meditate. Just Do It!
Try this meditation on faith. Faith will get you through the early days of your pregnancy. The phrase blind faith didn’t originate out of thin air – faith is the belief in something that we have not yet seen. It’s a powerful thing, to be faithful.
Close your eyes, and begin to breathe deeply. Ask yourself where your faith lives. In your heart? In the pit of your stomach? Maybe it’s in your fingertips. Wherever your faith lies, visualize a bright flame in that spot, illuminating the faith you have in yourself, in your new baby, and in the world you are creating for your family. As you breathe in, let the flame get brighter. As you breathe out, visualize that flame warming the world around you. Continue to breathe, and visualize this light until your heart feels settled.
6.) You Are Not Alone
It is perfectly normal to feel like superwoman one moment – look what my body is doing! – and like the most fragile piece of glass the next – don’t hug me, don’t hug me!
Take courage in this universal truth: Women have been having babies for a very long time. You are the next in line to join this sisterhood…you are superwoman…you are strong…you are creative. Mama, you are creating…
7.) Embrace The Season You Are In
We are cyclical beings in the world. Our lives are not linear. Everything happens in cycles and seasons – passion, creativity, wisdom, success – they all ebb and flow.
Right now your fertility is taking priority. Let it. Breathe in the morning sunshine, and accept the season your life is in today.
Really embrace this stage you are in. The first trimester only lasts 13 short weeks, and then you’re on to the next phase! A great one, by the way, as most women report feeling much better in the 2nd trimester…hooray!
*All of these tips and tricks are from The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama book – available on Amazon now. There are 280 soul sessions. One for every day of this crazy, wild ride called pregnancy! Stay positive, stay creative, stay you even as everything around you is changing…