Five Ways to Make It to Week 13 in Pregnancy: Getting Through the First Trimester

Let me tell you, I did not have the easiest 1st trimester. From the moment I found out I was pregnant, and now thinking back on it, the 2 weeks before, I was absolutely miserable. I was throwing up anything and everything that I ate or drank. I missed work, Thank God for my amazing bosses!

I got pregnant in March and March and the start of April are the craziest 6 weeks of the year if you do anything with College Hockey.  This year, we where able to cover the West Regionals in Sioux Falls, and the Frozen Four in the Twin Cities. After Regionals in March, I was tireded and thought I had the flu that was going around campus. I felt horrible for 6 days and then I felt fine. I didn’t think twice about it.

The week of the Frozen Four came around and I was so tired and all I wanted to do was sleep. I just figured it was because I had started a new job and was was not used to working. We left for Minneapolis on Wednesday afternoon and came home Sunday. Let me tell you, that that 4 hour drive home that Sunday was absolutely horrible. We had to make many stops for me to get sick.

I don’t know how familiar some of you are with Grand Forks ND, but when we pulled into town, we drove right past Simplot, the potato plant, and I almost threw up in the car. It was at that point that I knew I needed to take a test.

I am so lucky that I don’t have to do any of this alone. My husband Oliver is my rock and I don’t think I could do this without him at all. My mom, has been a shoulder to cry on and been so supportive though all my fears and worries. So, Thank you guys for just being so amazing!

  1. Deep breathing activities: This might seem silly at first. These activities are how I got thought morning sickness when I was out of the house.  I personally like this Guided breathing exercise from You Productions. It’s five minutes long. Find one that works for you.
  2. Having a support system: I don’t think I could do this without the support of my mom and husband.  My husband waits on me hand and foot. Most of the time I don’t even have to ask for things. My mom on the other hand, makes me feel less crazy by answering my random questions to bouncing baby names off of and of course being able to share all the cute baby things I have been falling in love with.
  3. Doctor: Having a doctor that you trust, I think is one of the most important things when it comes to bringing a new little life into this world. I love mine. She listens to me and understands all my concerns, as this is my first pregnancy.
  4. Distractions: I think the reason that the first five weeks of my pregnancy went as smoothly as they did was because I was so busy. I didn’t give myself a chance to be sick. From having hockey games every weekend, to editing photos and making sure my husband made it though his first semester of graduate school. I had more than enough on my plate.
  5. Let yourself be overwhelmed: This is something that I struggle with a lot. Whatever you are feeling is the right thing to feel. I can go from being excited to depressed about my pregnancy is 2 seconds flat, you know what that is okay.
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