The first sign that you are pregnant may be a real loss of energy.
Perhaps you are charting your ovulation for one of two reasons to either know your most fertile times to become pregnant or to avoid pregnancy. If so you are aware that once you reach ovulation your temperature rises and if you are successful at becoming pregnant the temperature will remain there, so this may become your first clue that you are expecting. Another important clue may be that when you awake in the morning you feel listless and just plain tired.
Why am I so tired?
This is because your body is undergoing a major construction task, it is creating a new little you and much of what you eat is not fueling your body but that of your tiny creation. It is important at this time to replace the proteins that you are using for your baby so that you will have some for yourself.
Some suggested foods to renew energy:
- Boiled eggs
- Cottage cheese
- White lean meat
- Dried beans, peas, legumes
- Soy milk
- Nuts, peanut butter
You want to work out, what can you safely do?
During the eighth through the fourteenth week it is important to not overdo physical activity as the pregnancy is rather delicate during this stage. It is recommended that exercise consist of breathing and relaxation techniques and that they be practiced along with nature walks. It is best to avoid anything too strenuous until this point. Actually being able to resume a more strenuous work out will coincide with the time of the pregnancy when you awaken to feel renewed energy. Yoga has some excellent work out programs geared with baby and mother in mind.
What can you do about the nausea?
If you are saying “every time I look at food, think about food or smell food I want to throw up!” you are experiencing morning sickness. Mind you, morning sickness is definitely not limited to mornings. It seems like a long stretch of endless time. There are some tips you may want to try to relieve this constant feeling and if they do not work, be certain to ask your doctor for a safe alternative.
- Eat several small meals a day. Not allowing yourself to become hungry has been shown to help.
- Have something to eat upon awakening.
- Get up slowly in the morning allowing for time for the tummy to settle.
- Avoid greasy, acidic, and spicy foods.
- Avoid strong odors as your sense of smell may be heightened at this time.
- Sometimes the iron in your prenatal may trigger nausea. Ask if you can take a lower dose, or take it when going to bed.
- Sip fluids frequently and if you have been vomiting you may want to replace fluids with a sports drink containing glucose, salt and potassium to help replace the lost electrolytes.
- Try an acupressure wristband.
- Talk to your doctor about the safety of ginger capsules.
- Try relaxation and meditation techniques
- Get enough rest.
Why am I so emotional?
There are some major hormonal changes taking place, and emotions are much closer to the surface at this time. Pregnancy is a very physical and emotional time in life but much of the hormonal changes will be settled pretty much after the third month. Try to avoid undue stress as these incidents can make you more weepy and irritable at times. Focus on the wonder that is being created within you. The yoga breathing and relaxing techniques will also assist you in feeling calm and more at peace with yourself while reducing fatigue and assisting you in becoming more in tune to your body’s needs. Becoming pregnant may force mother to take stock of things in her life and examine areas she would like to grown in. It is a time self-examination and growth and if her life mate is experiencing the same thing it is a wonderful time to begin a very productive journey.
See your doctor regularly.
Knowledge is also very beneficial at this time because for an inexperienced mother to be some of the things happening to her body can be very frightening, for example cramping may signal to an experienced mother a sign of normal growth, but to an inexperienced mother to be, it may signal danger to the baby or herself. It is important to see a doctor or midwife regularly, have family support, and become as knowledgeable about pregnancy, childbirth and child rearing as possible. You are about to undertake one of the most important tasks of a lifetime.
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