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Surviving the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Pregnancy has different phases – the first trimester, second trimester and third trimester. Each stage has a different impact on pregnant mothers. But for the purpose of this article, we will be focusing on the first trimester. But why in the first? Why not in second or third? That’s for you to find out. So keep reading.

Your Journey to Motherhood Begins

The first trimester of pregnancy is a culmination of surprises and excitement, most especially among women who bear a child for the first time. Aside from adjusting to physical and mental changes, there are those who feel horrible while others openly accept everything that’s happening to them.

On top of these weathering effects, Dr. Kathryn Lee from the University of California recommended to create a planned and scheduled sleep and rest among expecting mothers. She suggested to do this throughout the rest of their pregnancy stage.

In a study conducted between experienced moms and first-time mothers, the former has an additional 45 to 60 minutes of sleep every night. That duration contributes to adding a positive pregnancy experience. Newer moms on the other hand might feel less energetic and ought to follow schedule for more sleep. In regards to this, there are experts who suggest trying out medical marijuana to ease their tension. Of course, not everyone agrees to this so it would be best to talk to your attending doctors. At the same time, do research and read information from trusted sources like the ones from Marijuana101.org.

Potential Challenges to Face on your First 90 Days

As mentioned before, your body will go through significant changes on the first trimester. These changes can be anything from physically, mentally or emotionally. Here are some examples to prepare you from what you’re about to experience ahead.

Lack of Energy Sleepiness

Interestingly enough, the increase in progesterone (hormones crucial for maintenance of pregnancy) might also be the same reason why expectant mothers feel sleepier than before. Progesterone has thermogenic (heat-producing) and soporific (sleep-inducing) effect which causes fatigue as well as earlier sleeping onset.

Urinary Frequency

On top of the said instances, progesterone is part responsible for frequent urination. Its inhibitory effects on muscles are influencing the woman’s need to urinate.

This puts a lot of women getting up at night only to relieve themselves; thus affecting quality sleep.

Nausea

This is pretty common in the first trimester of pregnancy. It’s the infamous “morning sickness”. To be honest, it can happen at any given time throughout the day.