There are several reasons I decided to pursue being a pregnancy health coach. I was completely clueless about how to take care of myself during my first pregnancy. I had so many questions and concerns. There were some things that my doctor was able to address for me but I still felt confused and unsure about several topics. I was also having emotional ups and downs and support was limited. Once I gained more knowledge I knew that I wasn't the only one out there who needed support and guidance while they were pregnant. I wanted to be a voice, someone to help out, someone to support others. Voila! I am doing just that. I remember not knowing what in the hell was going on during my pregnancy or how my body was changing, especially during the first trimester. All I knew was I was sick! All the TIME! I didn't know why, I didn't know how to help it. I just dealt with it the best way I knew how.
Where's My Period?!
You've missed your period and you find out you're pregnant. Now I'm sure many are wondering what exactly is going on right in the beginning. In a short answer, A LOT! Hormones are being produced in your body and the main one is HCG (or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). This is the hormone that rises and causes you to miss aunt flow. Some people can have a positive pregnancy result as soon as one week after they conceive and for some it may take a little longer, maybe ten days or so after conception. The first three months of your pregnancy is when so much happens. Your little one is getting all cozy in your uterus, this is implantation taking place. Within weeks the placenta starts growing. The placenta provides your baby with all the nutrients he or she will need while you are pregnant. It also gets rid of any waste your little one has.
Let's talk about lifestyle.
If you weren't thinking about your lifestyle before then now is the time to do so. I had always thought that lifestyle consisted of more material possessions than anything. However, over time I've learned that a person's lifestyle is not only how they spend money but what they do with their time and how they care for themselves and their families. When thinking of lifestyle especially when you think you want to have a baby or you are already pregnant, it's important to think about your lifestyle choices. Everything you do from here on out will have an impact not only on you but on your baby. Did I say everything. YES EVERYTHING! If you've wanted to make any positive changes right now is the time to commit and do it! During your first trimester your baby is at risk (the most) when it comes to what you eat, drink, and even breathe in. This is important to note because by the end of these three months your little peanut has formed so many features like finger nails, taste buds, little hair follicles, and even vocal cords! You may also notice that you are going through some changes too.
What's happening to me?
Your boobs may hurt, you may feel sick to your stomach, and you may also feel extremely tired. I know I did with my pregnancies. I woke up with energy but by noon I couldn't function. All I wanted to do was sleep! These things can make you feel a bit pissed off too so mood swings are normal. You may feel happy and sure about life one minute and then the next you may feel like your whole world is falling apart. Just remember that you won't feel this way during your entire pregnancy. This too shall pass. My biggest thing was worrying. I would worry about everything. However over time I learned that I can't do anything about the things that I can't control. I learned to take it one day at a time and work on the things that I could. It's important for you to remember that as well! If you can't control it let it go and if you can, then do so.
Get rest! Plenty of it when you can. Eat small meals and eat them often. That can help with the nausea. Also remember, being pregnant and tired can make you emotional. Any big decisions that need to be made can be done when you are feeling good and sure, not when you are feeling irritated! Making the decision to become a parent is a HUGE one and kudos to you! Just know that you can do this. You can make it through your first trimester, then your second, your third, all the way to childbirth. You've got this!
Hopefully this was helpful to someone out there. Until next time, peace, love and light!
Certified Pregnancy Health Coach