First trimester pregnancy symptoms. The fun continues!

Okay, so far I’ve been experiencing all day sickness, sore breasts, extreme tiredness, bloating of the third degree, not to mention I’m starting to feel as though I need to see an endocrinologist – the hormones causing me to cry all the time are obviously out of control and need reining in – STAT! Oh, did I mention the angry killer facial pimples that have raised their ugly pustule filled heads in the last month? 

Now that I’m at week 10, let’s add a couple more to the mix shall we? woman-with-headacheTension
headaches – front and centre, enter nose bleed – stage left. At the beginning of the week there were a few days in a row where I felt as though my head were in a vice. I was feeling quite the pressure across the front sides of my forehead and found myself constantly rubbing my temples, in the hope the pain would miraculously disappear. 

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My first trimester hacks

Week 9 and I’ve managed to work my way through a few prominent pregnancy pests, by discovering a preggy hack or two. The first is a personalised technique I’ve developed that I like to call “controlled crying”. I use this technique to tackle my constant crying outbursts head on, and it’s great for when you’re at work or in public. It’s when something or someone triggers an immediate surge of particularly sad emotions (which has been constantly lately) and before I know it my eyeballs start to well up. What I do is I catch myself before the first tear drops and yell to myself (in my head, as I want to avoid coming off super mental to any onlookers) “Get a grip you soft idiot, they’re just hormones!”. Then I quickly blink the excess moisture away, take a deep breath and get on with my day. 

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The Fear: Why I’ve chosen to give up sex and exercise in the first trimester.

Since I found out I was pregnant I have abstained from 2 things, my regular rigorous exercise regime and sex. Now the reasons for not continuing with these things are completely unfounded and all stems from the fear of miscarriage. I really don’t have any substantiating evidence to show that I should even fear the two. Read More

In pregnancy do I need a multivitamin and when do I need the extra calories?

At 7 weeks pregnant I pay my doctor a visit so that I can get referrals for a local hospital and 12 week scan. I also have a couple of important questions that need answering. She double checks my initial blood work, tells me they’re great and begins to write out my referrals. I take this opportunity to ask her;

Do I need to take a pregnancy multivitamin?  

I mention that I’m currently only taking an i-folate (the “i” stands for iodine) supplement (my doctor actually recommended that I start taking this whilst trying to conceive) and asked whether, like most pregnant mums-to-be I know, I should also be taking a pregnancy multivitamin. I have generally always made an effort to eat healthy and keep my diet balanced, by eating plenty of fresh whole foods and try cooking everything myself from scratch. As the doctor is aware of my healthy eating and lifestyle, she says there is no need for someone like me to take a pregnancy multivitamin at this stage. That for now the i-folate supplement will suffice and we can revisit the need for other supplements should I need them further along in the pregnancy. shutterstock_412146679

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