Pregnancy Series:  First Trimester Tips and Tricks

The first trimester can be a breeze for some women, but more commonly the first trimester can be overwhelming as your body and hormones begin to make important changes.  The below are some basic tips and generalized information that you may find helpful.  It is by no means an inclusive list of what you may experience or what to do diet and nutrition wise -- It is always advised to work closely with your Midwife (or GP/OBGYN) and Homeopath/Naturopath.  Remember every pregnancy is different. 

For individualized homeopathic treatment it is always best to see a professional Homeopath.  Please take a look at the first blog in this series for a more information on how homeopathy can safely and effectively help you during pregnancy and delivery.

 

Nutritional Tips

Drinking enough water is the most important thing you can give your body.  Make sure to drink at least two liters per day. This is especially important if you are suffering from headaches. Make sure that you are including good sources of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats in your diet, as well as good sources of protein such as chicken and wild fish (Note: pregnant women should limit or avoid tuna consumption due to heavy metal potential)

Things to Avoid: Green tea, caffeine, and all other pregnancy no-no’s.  Google Motherisk for more information.

 

Morning Sickness

Feeling nauseated and vomiting are the most common complaints in early pregnancy.  These symptoms are experienced by approx. 50% of all pregnant women possibly as a result of a hormonal change or imbalance.

To help decrease nausea and vomiting related to pregnancy try some of these tips:

  • Stay cool! High temperatures and excess heat can aggravate symptoms.
  • Eat little and often, slowly, and chew thoroughly. Eat small meals or snacks often so that your stomach does not become empty. Sit down and enjoy what you eat.
  • Do not eat heavily processed meals containing saturated fats and oils. Try eating a few whole grain crackers to settle your stomach. Eat a nourishing diet composed primarily of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and some fish and lean chicken.
  • Ginger has anti-nausea properties, in studies it has brought about a significant reduction in both the severity of the nausea and the number of attacks.
  • The leaves of peppermint and spearmint plants, when dried, can be steeped in hot water to make a tea that works quickly to alleviate nausea. Alternatively, you can purchase the essential oil of peppermint and place a couple of drops under the tongue or on your pillow at night

Homeopathic remedies are effective, safe, and gentle for use during pregnancy & labour.  Moreover, they can be safely used along with conventional treatment. Homeopathic remedies act as a catalyst by stimulating the body’s own self-healing mechanisms and defences.

 

Here are some remedies that I frequently use, and the individual indications for each one. (Note: It is always best to consult a professional Homeopath.)

  • Colchicum 30CH: Nausea worse from the smell of food. The mother is absolutely unable to touch or even think about food. She can also be sensitive to other odours such as perfumes, tobacco, exhaust fumes, paint, etc.
  • Pulsatilla 30CH: Nausea worse in a warm room, better in open air and better from walking gently; craves fatty foods but these foods make the nausea worse.
  • Ipecacuanha 30CH: Nothing relieves her nausea. Severe and constant nausea unrelieved by vomiting; profuse salivation. Nausea worse with lying.

 

Stretch Marks

To help to minimize the appearance of stretch marks as much as possibly it is important to start moisturizing the belly, butt and thighs right away and be consistent throughout your entire pregnancy. Homeopathic Tissue Salts can also be helpful (ie. Calc Fluor 6X Tissue Salts 1 tablet 2 times per day to improve elasticity of tissue to prevent stretch marks.)

Stretch Mark Oil Recipe

 30 ml almond oil

15 ml wheatgerm oil

10 drops borage seed oil

5 drops carrot oil

7 drops rose bulgar (or maroc)... I have always used rose absolute- which is a more dilute and cheaper rose product

6 drops lavender

5 drops tangerine.

  • Put mixture into a spray bottle and spray twice daily. Once in the morning once in the evening.
  • Make sure to apply to abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and breasts to avoid stretch marks.
  • I recommend starting to use these oils as soon as you find out you are pregnant, not when your belly starts stretching. When your belly is really stretching you can use this oil more frequently to alleviate associated itching and discomfort.
  • NOTE: this oil stains clothing! Buy a bunch of long tank tops that cover the belly and always wear these under your clothes! 

 

Constipation

This is an extremely common issue in first trimester. It mainly occurs because of the changing hormones, namely the rise in progesterone, during the first trimester. To alleviate constipation make sure you staying well hydrated. Use a psyllium fibre product as follows: Start with ½ tsp in 8 oz warm water, drink first thin in the morning on an empty stomach 20 min before food or before bed followed by another glass of warm water. Gradually increase to 1 tbsp or until 2-3 bowel movements per day are achieved.

 

 

 

 

 





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