The day I found out I was pregnant I was a complete mix bag of emotions from extreme happiness, to feeling scared and anxious. I  knew from this moment my life was never going to be the same again, from this moment everything was going to change. I am about to embark on my biggest life journey and my greatest but most incredible challenge as i become a mother.

Timing was something that kept coming back around for me when I contemplated what this news meant for me and my husband. Was this the right time in our lives for this? How is this going to change my business PH Method? Am I ready to take on this role? I finally fell on the answer that this moment is the perfect moment, because we have been fortunate enough to of been given this opportunity. Life will change, yes, but in an incredible, indescribable way. This is simple the next chapter in the story of our lives. 

Working as a fitness professional, working out 6-7 days a week on my own personal fitness as well as teaching high energy group classes and private training sessions weekly. My physical, mental and emotional state were truly affected as I entered my first trimester and suffered from daily nausea and fatigue. Going from a state of waking up early, working out daily and drinking smoothies and green juices frequently. I was suddenly in a lull of having no energy to work out, sleeping for 10+ hours and napping (I never used to nap!) Plus I couldn't even stomach the thought of a green juice or smoothie. This was a hard state for me to accept, I felt like I was losing part of my identity. I didn't want to socialize for the fear of being sick wherever I went. It's also hard in the first trimester as your body is going through significant hormonal changes on the inside, but you might not be showing and you may not want to share your news until you are safely past the 12 week mark. After sharing our news with our immediate family I ended up telling a handful of close friends and colleagues. It was a huge relief to share our news and I felt support from all angles which really helped me during the final weeks of my first trimester. 

There is definitely a process of 'letting go' that needs to happen through the first trimester. Letting go of the things you can't control and opening yourself up to the unknown and embracing the uncertainty. Each day I am learning what my new 'normal' is from how I am physically feeling to how my body is looking. Some days I feel I could climb a mountain and other days I want to curl up in bed and watch re-runs of Sex and the City! I am learning that both feelings are ok, both feelings are valid. I am learning to not hold judgement on myself and to accept that today is one way and tomorrow could be completely different. 

 

F I R S T   T R I M E S T E R   T I P S

{ 1 }  If you feel tired then let your body rest. So much is happening on the inside (you are growing a tiny human being!) so it is inevitable that you will feel tired more frequently than you used to. Don't fight it, instead carve out time for naps. For me 20 - 90min naps worked the best. With a  20 min nap you stay in a light sleep cycle and with a 90 min nap you will complete a full sleep cycle so you will not feel groggy upon awaking. Just make sure you set yourself an alarm! 

{ 2 }  Eat small meals frequently. 5-6 small meals/snacks a day should help to combat nausea during your first trimester. I found that whenever I let myself feel hungry that was when i was prone to being sick. keep snacks of crackers, nuts and fruit in your handbag so you are always prepared and your blood sugar levels should not drop too low when you are out and about. 

{ 3 }  I stopped drinking caffeine when I found out I was pregnant. In the mornings I would occasionally have a Turmeric latte which I found to be not only delicious but soothing. Among other health benefits turmeric is anti-inflammatory which helps with muscular and joint pain and is great for your skin. I would also keep sparkling water in my fridge naturally flavored with lemon or grated ginger to help combat my nausea. In the evenings I would drink peppermint or camomile tea to help soothe my stomach.

{ 4 }  Avoid greasy foods, or foods that are pungent. My sense of smell during my first trimester was seriously heightened and the smallest wiff of something could turn my stomach. I found I could not use essential oils in my humidifier, some of my favorite lotions or perfumes, protein bars made me feel queasy and taking the bins out was a big no!

{ 5 }  I would wear Sea Bands on each wrist on particularly bad days. The Sea Bands can be purchased over the counter at your local pharmacy and they work by applying pressure to the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist. This point is known to relieve nausea, motion sickness, upset stomachs and headaches. 

{ 6 }  Know that there are safe prescription anti-nausea medication you can get from your Doctor. I waited until my sickness was unbearable before I got the meds. In hindsight I should of got them earlier because ever since I started taken them I have not been sick. I would still feel the occasional swell of nausea throughout my day but it is much more manageable once on the  medication. 

{ 7 }  Most importantly don't beat yourself up for feeling awful. At times the first trimester is no fun, but remember that it is a sign you are having a normal pregnancy and you are certainly not alone in how you are feeling. Joining pregnancy apps like 'What to Expect Pregnancy Tracker',  'Baby Center'  and 'The Bump' are great to give you weekly updates on your babies development and with lots of online groups of mothers and mums to be asking and answering all of the questions that you will have. 

I plan to share with you my journey, the ups and the downs of pregnancy and how I am managing to navigate this new world with my bump. I have worked with many pre and post natal clients over the years and I am so excited to be able to experience first hand exercise as a pregnant women. Stay tuned for safe pregnancy videos and exercise ideas I will be sharing on my social media pages and on this site. If you have any requests, questions or advice please don't hesitate to leave a comment or drop me an email. 

I am so excited to share my journey with you all!