Ahhh, the first trimester! The first trimester is no cakewalk.
During my first pregnancy, I worked Monday through Friday and let’s just say the exhaustion was real. This time around I thought that since I was a SAHM it would be easier. I was WRONG! chasing after a toddler while exhausted and nauseous was rough.
I had the exact same symptoms this go around with one new extra, lightheadedness. I could deal with nausea since I never threw up. However, being light-headed was no fun, especially when playing with a toddler. For the first time ever I had to sit down while playing at the park. Talk about humbling! Thankfully the first trimester ended and I’m back to playing with my toddler on the slide! Woohoo!
If you’re a mama who’s trying to get pregnant again, or you’re currently in your first trimester know that it will pass! I promise!
I have some tips that can help you get through that first trimester with your toddler.
Here are 7 tips to help you:
Take a nap!
My toddler still contact naps, so I took full advantage of naptime. Put your toddler down or climb into bed with them and sleep! Those few hours are a LIFESAVER! Not to mention if you are bed-sharing this will be the last few months of it just being you and your toddler so enjoy it.
I know it’s hard and food might be the last thing on your mind but trust me. Eating a snack in between meals can make a huge difference in how you feel. I often kept granola bars in my purse just for a little pick me up. Fruit, veggies, and nuts are also great options to choose from.
Water, water, and more WATER! Yes, mama now is the time to invest in a large container for water. Carry it with you everywhere so you’ll always have it. If you’re suffering from nausea water is a must. Plus, it’s good to go ahead and pick up the habit. If you’re planning on breastfeeding you’ll need tons of water then as well!!
Ask for help
If you’re like me you think you can do it all! If you have someone who can help, ask for it. If you need a moment after your husband gets home to just sit, tell him! If you need help around the house ask! Call your mom over and let her entertain your toddler for a while.
Find something that you can give your toddler that allows them to safely play independently. This gives you a moment to just kick your feet up. If you have no issue with screen time pop in a movie!
I know you probably think I’m crazy but I’m serious. Getting outside will do you and your toddler both some good. Not to mention if your toddler is like mine cabin fever will set in after day
Look forward to the second trimester
Before you know it you will have hit the 12-week mark, which for most brings with it all the energy. You’ll start to see your baby bump! That bloated feeling finally goes away. Your baby starts to kick! So many exciting things start to happen.
There you have it! Tips on how I survived the first trimester with a toddler! I hope this helps! Let me know in the comments if you have any other tips or tricks.