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SURVIVING THE FIRST TRIMESTER

By on April 25, 2013

Congratulations!!  You’re pregnant ….  now what?

Pregnancy is an exciting time filled with many emotions and changes.  From your changing body and mood swings, to your ever changing appetite, you might be feeling a little lost and confused.  The good news is you’re not alone!

Let’s start with the first trimester.  Some of you may be able to skate through symptom free, while others might experience the dreaded morning sickness, food aversions, fatigue… the list goes on.  Here are my must haves for surviving those first 12 weeks!

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Flinstones Multivitamin Complete with Iron

These chewables provide the full amount of folic acid and half the amount of iron needed daily. I found that this vitamin was easier to tolerate for those first few weeks.  As an added bonus, they can be used anytime your prescription prenatal vitamin is making you queasy over the next 40 weeks. 

flintstones

*In normal, healthy pregnancies most docs won’t see you in their office until you are 8-12 weeks along.  You’ll get a prescription for a prenatal vitamin at your first visit but in the meantime, something OTC will do.  Remember, prenatal vitamins are just as much for you as they are for your growing little one!

Look for a prenatal vitamin that contains:

Folic acid — 400 to 800 micrograms  Zinc – 15 milligrams

Calcium — 250 milligrams                  Copper – 2 milligrams

Iron — 30 milligrams                          Vitamin B6 – 2 milligrams

Vitamin C — 50 milligrams               Vitamin D – 40 international units

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Copco Reusable Drink Cup

What a lifesaver.  There is something about drinking through a straw when you’re nauseated that makes hydrating so much easier.  I took, and am still taking, this cup with me everywhere I go.  Added bonus – its dishwasher safe!

cup

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Frozen Fruit

Refreshing, ice cold fruit can cut nausea and hydrate at the same time.  I kept a bag of frozen fruit in the fridge to suck on or add to my water during weeks 7-12 when my morning sickness was at its peak.  My favorite combinations were:  mixed berries and mango pineapple!

frozen fruit

*Staying hydrated is important throughout pregnancy, so it is a good idea to get these habits down now.  To accommodate the extra blood volume and amniotic fluid your body is producing, aim for 10 cups a day.  Fruits and vegetables can also provide plenty of hydration so stock up on your favorites and get snacking!

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Back to Nature Crackers

These were my secret weapon that could stop nausea in its tracks.  They tasted yummy and didn’t contain anything artificial.  I packed a small bag for my purse and kept a box on the nightstand.

crackers

* Surprisingly, one of the best ways to combat morning sickness is to keep your belly full at all times.   In fact, some women gain the most weight in their first trimester because eating is the only thing that can stop the nausea.  It’s important to choose sensible foods that are easy to tolerate, so don’t run for the cinnamon buns just yet.  A sensible switch would be going from whole grain sandwich bread to white until you have your regular appetite back.

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Stay tuned for more Pure Baby coming soon!!

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