5 Tips to Help with Nausea and Fatigue in the First Trimester
NAUSEA and FATIGUE often greet women in the first trimester.
For the majority of pregnancies, nausea will disappear by the second trimester. Nausea and fatigue only stick around for the second and third trimesters for 9% of pregnancies (Lily Nichols Blog).
Here are 5 tips to help with nausea and fatigue in the first trimester:
- Manage nausea through food. Lily Nichols’s book, “Real Food for Pregnancy,” is fantastic as it gives a variety of ways to help support the body when you are fighting nausea. A few tips include eating small, frequent meals or snacks to prevent blood sugar from dropping. Be sure to check out Lily Nichols on the BIRTHFIT Podcast.
- Manage nausea by diffusing essential oils in your house. Lavender and peppermint oils are both safe and effective during this time. We hear Truly Chiropractic in Austin, TX has some great essential oils you can purchase if you’re local.
- Manage nausea with ginger. Ginger has been used for a long time (like our grandma’s grandmas) to alleviate nausea. We love ginger, lemon, and (local) honey tea.
- Manage nausea and fatigue with acupuncture. From the experiences of many clients and patients, acupuncture has shown a potentially positive effect on insomnia, anxiety, constipation, and pain related to pregnancy. Many women have noted their morning sickness and fatigue improved with acupuncture. We have many acupuncturists as BIRTHFIT Leaders. Be sure to check our BIRTHFIT Directory.
- Manage fatigue with physical activity. This one is tough, but physical activity improves energy levels. Trust us. We recommend going for a 10-20 minute walk or practicing 10 minutes of BIRTHFIT Basics in the mornings. Sometimes that’s all you need to shift your energy. Other times, that’s all the movement you need for that day. Use the morning movement to observe what’s going on for your body.
I hope at least one of these tips helps with nausea and fatigue in the first trimester. If you want to take a closer look at the mindset piece of nausea and fatigue take a look at this blog post.
Lindsey Mathews, CEO & Founder@BIRTHFIT @Lindsey_K_Mathews
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