Tips for pregnant women in the first trimester
Pregnancy is an exciting journey for women. It is also one that requires utmost care too.
While some women have an easy transition from the first day they get pregnant to the first trimester and then till delivery, others have a difficult time getting their bodies adjusted to this new phase of their lives.
If you fall into the latter category, fret no more. Find out how to overcome the challenges you might face in the first 3 months of your pregnancy.
Natural Solutions for morning sickness and nausea
During pregnancy, these are some first trimester tips that are helpful for nausea:
- Foods like yogurt, plantain bread, and liver help out.
- Eating protein first thing in the morning and every couple of hours
- Coconut water
- Peppermint essential oil: You might have to inhale it or rub it behind your ears for relief
- Walking and fresh air
- Eating small every couple of hours with protein and healthy fat
What you should eat
- Greens and vegetables
- Organic poultry: Chicken, turkey
- Fruits: Apples, pears, lemon, grapefruit, berries
- Starchy veggies: Sweet potatoes, plantains, squash
- Pasture raised eggs
- Wild-caught fish: Salmon and sardines
Superfoods for the first trimester
The baby’s heart, brain, nervous system, and liver all begin to form during this time! The following nutrients are critical for this stage of development:
Folate creates a healthy nervous system for your baby during pregnancy. The best folate-rich foods are liver, asparagus, lentils, and avocado.
The human building block for arteries, veins, skin, hair, heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and lungs are made of tissues. Which in turn are made up of proteins. Proteins=building the baby’s body. Increase your protein intake in each meal.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (EPA and DHA)
Incredibly important in forming the baby’s brain and reducing inflammation. EPA and DHA=healthy, smart brain, and healthy skin for baby.
During pregnancy, enjoy wild caught salmon, sardines, flax, and chia.
Celtic Or Himalayan Sea Salt
Salt is key during pregnancy because it helps create amniotic fluid for the baby and provides trace minerals for the mother. All 84 essential trace minerals your body needs are found in Celtic and Himalayan pink salt. A craving for salt is a craving for minerals.
Calcium-Magnesium-Vitamin D3 Combination
Calcium forms baby’s teeth and bones. Magnesium stimulates the hormone that allows your body to accept calcium.
It calms the nervous system, improves sleep and digestion, and helps balance hormones.
Vitamin D3 transports the calcium to the bones. It is critical for a healthy immune system, energy, and hormonal system.
- The best sources of calcium are from sesame seeds, butter oil, leafy greens, and almonds.
- The best place to get D3 is taking a liquid D3 K2 supplement. Cod liver oil, egg yolks, and raw dairy are also sources of vitamin D3.
Helps muscles store oxygen, boost cellular energy, and carries oxygen from lungs throughout body. One of the most absorbable forms of iron is found in liver.
Foods to focus on
- Liver, one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet
- Mineral and micro nutrient rich leafy greens and veggies
- Eggs, especially the yolks
- Healthy fats from avocado, coconut products, coconut oil, butter, olive oil, olives
- Protein smoothies
- Sardines and salmon
- Sea salt
- Other forms of protein
- A therapeutic professional grade fish oil – for brain development and mental stability of mother
- Butter oil – for healthy bones, skin, and organs for mom and baby
- Prenatal- either in whole foods form or professional therapeutic grade activated one (I did both)
- Vit D3
- Probiotic liquids and pills – to maintain health
- Vitamin C
- Magnesium – Calm magnesium drink, or liquid minerals
- Collagen: For healthy skin, hair, and hormones.