6 Ways to Survive the First Trimester! | themodestmomblog.com

Now that I’m just coming out of the first trimester of pregnancy I can clearly look back and see what was essential to surviving through this time. Enduring the weeks of the first trimester is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to go through, but here are 6 things that definitely helped along the way.

Praying through the first trimester helps!

1. Prayer

There were several times when I was so sick and so discouraged that I asked Sean to stop and pray for me. It was very hard to stay cheerful and upbeat when I was so fatigued that I could barely move. I was given the strength to keep enduring through those prayers, and could feel the love of my husband when he prayed for me. I also knew that my church family was praying hard for me, and that was a strength to me.

2. Letting go of Expectations 

Seriously, I had to just let go of everything. The house, the meals, homeschooling, how I looked, what people thought. Most days I looked really horrible, the house looked horrible, and honestly…it’s still that way! My children have pitched in and helped a lot, our 10 year old does all the dishes, our 8 year old sweeps the floors, helps tidy up and set the table, our 6 year old has been doing a light bathroom cleaning and keeping her room clean. But with five children in a small house, it all goes back to messy very fast! When you are sick and extremely fatigued you can’t keep it up. It’s as simple as that. Making yourself feel guilty about it isn’t going to help.

It is hard for me to look run down for weeks on end. Sean bought two pairs of yoga pants for me to wear in bed. I was determined to get dressed in a skirt everyday, but after awhile I stopped caring. Being comfortable is the most important thing, and soft, stretchy yoga pants were wonderful. When I actually do go out, Maxi skirts are what I reach for the most.

3. Using a body pillow

You might think it’s strange that this made my list, but I’m so glad I have one of these. While body pillows and pregnancy are associated with the later stages of pregnancy, I’ve found that using a body pillow helps me sleep better. Sean bought me one at Costco and it is really soft and fluffy. When I was sick and fatigued, just being able to snuggle up to this pillow helped somehow.

Essential Oils that Help During the First Trimester!

4. Essential Oils

There is no miracle cure for morning sickness. At least not for me. Essential oils helped me during certain times, but I’m not going to tell you that they transformed my morning sickness. Peppermint has been a great help for headaches (actually headaches in my neck) and is safe for pregnancy.

Digize is good for morning sickness, and there were times it really helped me a lot. Just smelling it, or infusing it is great. During a few desperate moments I put a drop in my mouth, and loved the taste of it, but my midwife has asked that I not ingest essential oils during my pregnancy.

Peppermint was another oil that I smelled and it helped clear some nausea, especially when I was riding in the car.

When I would travel 45 minutes away to go get my progesterone shots at my doctor’s office, I found myself getting anxious the closer we got. I hated getting those shots! I used Peace and Calming, breathing it in deeply from the bottle and putting it on my wrists. At night it helps me sleep, I’ve put it on my neck, shoulders (especially if I’m tense there), wrist, and put a tiny dab right under my nose to just keep smelling it while I lay there. Other times I’ve put a drop in my hand and just held it close to my nose as I go to sleep.

I want to be super safe about what oils I use during pregnancy, so the Gentle Baby book has been on my nightstand for weeks. It’s a great reference book!

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5. Eat Whatever Sounds Good

This is kind of a no brainer, but you need to eat whatever sounds good to you at the moment. This pregnancy has been quite different –  I’ve craved salads and baked potatoes! Not together mind you; they have to be separate. Sean has gone to Wendy’s countless times to get me baked potatoes, and one time I even had him get french fries, chicken nuggets, and a baked potato! Whew boy, talk about overload! 🙂

I struggle to eat any sort of protein when I’m sick, and while I know all the theories (bean diet, high protein/meat diet) that can help morning sickness, I just can’t do it. So I eat what I can. I learned it’s not good to stock up on food at Costco, because you might eat it once and love it, and then hate it the next day. So we got smaller quantities of different items at our regular grocery store.

Just plan that your food bill will go up during your pregnancy, but especially during your first trimester if you get really sick! You have to eat, and again let go of the guilt of eating something special while your children eat a PBJ sandwich. There is no way we can afford to get food out for every child whenever I need it.

6. Drink liquid – any liquid! 

I can’t do water in my first trimester. It’s horrible.  If I was able to drink a mug of water a day, I felt so proud of myself.  I tried lots of different things, and had to rotate through what I could get down. I tried Sierra Mist and that was ok until I threw it up (ouch!). I finally settled on whole chocolate milk from a local dairy. I still can’t believe I was able to get it down as it was rich, but somehow I could. I’m just now trying to get back into drinking liquids better, and have started making chilled Red Raspberry tea and putting it in my water bottle every day. It is tasting great!

Some other helpful posts are

How to Spiritually Survive Morning Sickness in Pregnancy 

How to Physically Survive Morning Sickness

The Ultimate Guide to Morning Sickness Resources 

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48 Comments on 6 Ways to Survive the First Trimester {And a Giveaway!}

  1. I’m now 8 weeks pregnant of the fourth child and never been SO run down! Cant keep up with anything, wich put a lot on my hubby’s shoulders. Cant wait for the first trimester to be over and praying a lot for the sickness to come to an end at the second trimester! I really struggle with letting go of my normal expectations, but you are right, thoses expectations are only depressing loll!

  2. I really love lavender. I use it for multiple things. It is so comforting and soothing. Right now I am using coconut oil, Frankincense and lavender on my postpartum tummy. It has helped with some of the stretch marks coloring.

  3. I needed to hear this. We are expecting our fifth and this is the first time I’ve ever been sick. We stocked up on waffles and frozen pizza. My youngest two (5 and 2) had never even had frozen pizza or waffles. I felt terrible about it, until my 9yo could make waffles for everyone when I literally couldn’t stand up. I was then grateful.

    Hope you are feeling well!

  4. I have used different ones for different things but my favorite thing about essential oils is how good they smell. Most commercial artificial smells send me into fits of coughing and worse so I just got to where I never breathed deeply around perfume or whatever. But I can tolerate and enjoy oils. I love being able to enjoy smells again. 🙂

  5. I love the idea of eating what sounds good… sometimes I have hard time getting water down… but I’ve found a frozen coffee in the morning helps fill my stomach and it is sweet enough that I enjoy. Not the most healthy option, but I talked with my midwife and with small amount of caffeine it is still ok and seems to help 🙂

  6. Glad you’re feeling better. Pregnancy woes can be awful at the time, but the reward of a new family member will make all of it worthwhile.

  7. I have not tried any EOs yet. I’ve just been watching everyone else use them so far.
    I’m about a week or so behind you in pregnancy and I am right there with you on the Wendy’s baked potatoes! I also have been wanting their chili and I accidentally ate the chicken nuggets that I got for my kids and they were so good! I’m usually a water only drinker when I’m not pregnant which makes me have aversions to it during pregnancy. However, this time it’s the only thing I can drink! I guess 4th times the charm for drinking water. So glad you’re starting to feel better. I’ve definitely started getting there, but by the time hubby gets home, I’m so wiped out that the bed is the only place I can manage to be!

  8. Good info! I’m 8 weeks 1 day with baby number 7 and very sick as I always am in pregnancy. It’s very worth it for carrying a baby that God is creating. Homeschooling, cleaning, laundry ex…sure do go into a survival mode of do what we can! I’m also on progesterone shots and HCG shots so it puts a new twist on pg! Blessings and prayers for you!

  9. I’ve been using essential oils for several months now and love them!! My favorites are lavender, peppermint, frankincense, and rosemary.

  10. Still learning about Essential Oils and would love to win some Peppermint Oil! Congrats again on your pregnancy and may it get better and better from here 🙂

  11. I am fairly new to oils, but so far I have had great results with thieves, lavender, purification, citrusfresh and lemon, and also the thieves household cleaner. It is really exciting learning about them and how beneficial they are to me and my family, and instead of burning candles and using other toxic forms of scented air freshener a, we now diffuse our oils and our home smells wonderfully pure and fresh. By the way, NingxiaRed from Young Living is amazing! My energy levels are so much higher and I feel healthier overall. Thank you for doing this giveaway. And praying for you and baby!

  12. I just wanted to throw this out there because its a safety issue. DiGize has ginger oil in it which is NOT safe during pregnancy. Yes, I know ginger is a very popular anti nausea treatment. However, culinary use is completely different from the essential oil. Each essential oil has chemical components in it and this is a chemical component issue NOT a brand issue. The purer the brand the purer the chemical that can causes negative results. Don’t want to be a spoil sport but the safer the better!

  13. I have never tried essential oils and am 18 weeks and still on Zofran. I have been wanting to try a good peppermint oil for nausea.

  14. So far I’ve used essential oils for homemade personal care and cleaning products, and with laundry. I’m hoping to learn how to use the more for personal care and well being.

  15. I have used lavender, tea tree and lemon so far. I would love to try the peppermint since I get the same kind of headaches you described.

  16. YES! I LOVE essential oils! I use Lavender in my hair gel (yes, I make my own 😉 ) to extend it’s life and help it smell yummy. I also use Lavender when I’m on my period– it relieves my tight cramps like you would NOT believe! It actually SCARED me the first time! I love peppermint (don’t have any right now 🙁 ) for my tea especially, but also for headaches and to help heal and prevent sickness. And the Thieves blend. OH. MY. we use that for everything 🙂 lol I use it in my sweet cinnamon spice herbal tea too 🙂 I had Frankincense once, and that, by God’s grace, worked WONDERS on helping expedite the healing process with my colds/flu!

  17. Thank you for this post! I am in my first trimester with number 5 and though I don’t have the progesterone problems it seems all the symptoms have been exaggerated, the nausea, fatigue, migraine headaches, food aversion and smell sensitivity…I am glad I am not alone, especially letting. Go of expectations, eating whatever sounds good right when it sounds good, and wearing comfortable clothes. I haven’t tried essential oils for these symptoms but orange oil air fresh we spray has been a big help to fall asleep and overcome household smells. I would love to try the peppermint and am considering the kit this time!

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  19. I’ve been enjoying your blog posts!
    catching up on the year 🙂
    Glad to hear you made it through the first trimester again.
    This is our 7th pregnancy and for most of them I threw up daily for the first trimester and sometimes all the way until baby’s birth!
    PRAYER has been my greatest “medicine”.
    I usually loose 10 lbs by the 12th week… however I have learned to accept this, make adjustments as needed, lower my expectations and trust God to carry us all through. there really has been no cure I can share and each time the same methods don’t always work as well as others! some help, some don’t!
    He truly is a God of comfort and strength.
    Having a good attitude in tough situations sure brings a lot more joy! I’ve been working on that and it has been a wonderful result in our home.
    Keep it up! May you grow better every day and have a healthy baby 🙂

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