Congratulations on your pregnancy!
The first trimester is an exciting one as you start your pregnancy journey and becoming a parent.
As exciting as it is, the trimester carries with it a couple of changes; physical, mental and emotional.
Personally I never found the first trimester to be fun. Sure, finding out I was pregnant was exciting and I was emotional about it, but enter sudden hormone changes, parts of your body changing and suddenly needing the bathroom a lot more often than usual-let’s just say those symptoms are just the tips of the iceberg.
Add on all the things you need to do during the first trimester, and you’ll find yourself having a busy time adjusting to the changes as well as focusing on life.
While excitement is high, it’s also important to understand that anxiety could very possibly be present.
In 2009, I had a miscarriage early on during my first pregnancy and the anxiety and emotions from that time never left. They stayed with me through all three of my pregnancies; strongest during the first trimester, and easing up only slightly as my pregnancies went along.
I only felt at ease during my last pregnancy with Kid3.
I knew it was going to be my last time being pregnant and I wanted to enjoy the moments to the best of my ability. I was able to manage certain things that were well within my control and that helped me create a positive state of mind, and my focus on enjoying my pregnancy, even though some symptoms of the pregnancy weren’t pleasant.
I’m sharing tips on how to help you stay positive during your first trimester that helped me put my mind at ease:
We’re usually afraid of things we don’t know or understand, and it’s no different when it comes to pregnancy, especially if it’s your first one.
By reading up on the first trimester and what to expect, you can put your mind at ease on questions you might have needed answers to. There are many resources online that cover different pregnancy topics and questions.
Be sure to download a pregnancy app. It’s useful to keep track of your pregnancy and symptoms, and it’s filled with all kinds of useful and interesting information to give you insight.
Work through symptoms
You can find resources to manage your symptoms to make them more bearable. Some symptoms of pregnancy are worse than others and unfortunately, we can’t pick and choose them.
By finding ways to deal with them can alleviate the symptoms to help you cope and go on with your daily life.
I was fortunate to have very mild symptoms during my pregnancies, the worst being an aversion to the smell of raw meat during my last pregnancy and that just meant not being around it while it was being prepared.
Have a support network
It’s important to find a stable support network of people who can help uplift you and give you advice on any questions you might have.
While your doctor is great to answer questions and give you information to help you cope with symptoms and body changes, it’s also good to be in contact with mamas who have been through it and are going through it.
You can give and receive support and encouragement from other women who know what you’re going through, that can help with advice on anxiety and stress you might feeling, but also let you know: you’re not alone!
Your support system can be anyone you need it to be: your husband, family, friends, mama groups. Make sure that it’s a positive and supportive atmosphere.
Practise thought control
Thought control is very important to staying positive. Your mental health is important, during your pregnancy too!
Whenever a negative thought crosses your mind about your pregnancy and symptoms, substitute it with a positive one. By practising this method, you’ll find your positivity taking priority over the negative ones over time and you’ll feel more content.
Actions to boost positivity
Thought control isn’t the only way to bring positivity into your life. Actions can help with that too.
Start off by doing things that you love and that make you happy.
While there are restrictions to what you can do while you’re pregnant, there are still activities that can be done. If you have hobbies that are safe to do during pregnancy, do them. If you don’t, you can always find new ones that will keep you busy and away from negative thoughts.
I believe in affirmations and their benefits. Affirmations are a great way to welcome positivity into your life. There are many affirmations that you can say to yourself to elevate your mood and help. They are also a great way to regulate your mental health.
You can write down your own and say them to yourself every day. If you don’t know where to start, here are some ideas to help you.
- Everything I need to take care of my baby is already within me.
- I am blessed to be able to have this baby inside of me.
- Every week is a step closer to meeting my baby.
- I love my support network and appreciate how they support me every step of the way.
- I trust my body.
I hope these tips help you erase any anxiety you may be feeling and help you welcome the positive mindset you’re searching for.
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Some days might still be harder than others, and you’ll need to take it a day at a time. Remember to apply these tips and push the negativity away!
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