First Trimester Must Haves

First Trimester Must Haves

The first trimester is probably one of the most draining trimesters! Most mothers experience some level of fatigue, disrupted sleep, poor energy making it difficult to get through the day. Nap time is definitely a much needed thing during the 1st trimester! 

Other common pregnancy symptoms decide to start popping up as well like the dreaded nausea and vomiting. Unfortunately some mothers will experience Hyperemesis Gravidarum which is severe vomiting often requiring hospitalisation to ensure replenishment of fluid & anti-nausea medication.  

Some mothers will also experience dizziness, aversions to food/drinks & smells. Constipation is also common, due to the shift in hormones make it a little more tricky for you to regulate your toilet habits! You might find you are constantly peeing and your breasts may feel a little more tender than normal. 

To make your life easier during the first trimester, we have compiled a list of your MUST haves to support you through this initial pregnancy phase. 

1. Pre-natal

This is a must- not just for the first trimester, but for the 2nd & 3rd as well! A good quality prenatal helps to support the growth and development of your little one as well as ensure you are getting your required nutrient needs. You want your pre-natal to include folic acid, choline, iron, vitamin D, iodine. 

2. Coconut water

A refreshing, light & cooling drink that is rich in electrolytes like magnesium, potassium & calcium to support your energy throughout the day. Coconut water is also a good source of glucose to give you that much needed energy and reduce dizziness. Keep a couple bottles of coconut water in the fridge and pour yourself a glass- cheers mama!

3. Nutrition consult

This is a must, must, must! Working with a clinical nutritionist will set you and your baby up with the right foundation, nutrients and nourishment throughout your pregnancy. It is even more important if you are struggling with severe food aversions, vomiting, have a history of gestational diabetes or following a vegan/plant-based diet or if you have food intolerances. A clinical nutritionist can help to analyse your diet and ensure you are getting the right amount of nutrients to support your growing baby. They can also analyse pathology test results & prescribe practitioner grade supplements if required. Book in with our Clinical Nutritionist Meagan, who specialises in antenatal & pregnancy nutrition HERE. 

4. Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to support the wellbeing of the body. Whats great, is that acupuncture can be used throughout all of pregnancy to relieve common pregnancy symptoms. If you are experiencing morning sickness, fatigue, lower back or even constipation- you must put acupuncture on your list! 

5. Prunes

Ah that dreaded pregnancy constipation- it's not fun whatsoever. It is really important to try and have regular bowl movements to reduce haemorrhoids, but also to make your life a lot more comfortable! Prunes are great source of fibre which is key to supporting a regular poo. Prunes also contain sorbitol which is a natural sugar that has gentle laxative actions. You can eat 3-4 prunes in the morning, drink a small glass of prune juice or even chop up some prunes and add to a yummy chia pudding!

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