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By Thea Theresa English

Surviving the first trimester of pregnancy

For some women, the first trimester of pregnancy gets challenging at times but there are ways to survive it. The first trimester lasts for 13 weeks and the baby undergoes various changes. At six weeks of life the baby's bones start to develop and he develops hair, skin and nails. Your baby also experiences vision and brain development, and his first few heartbeats. Here are ways to survive the first trimester:

Breast growth

One major symptom during the first trimester is breast growth; you can alleviate the discomfort by purchasing a bra in a size slightly larger than your current one. Visit a lingerie shop and have the salesperson measure your breasts to make sure you are getting the right size. Buy a few well-fitting bras so that you will have extra on hand.

That nauseated feeling!

Morning sickness is common during the first trimester although not all pregnant women experience this feeling. Drink some herbal teas and eat small meals during the day. Hard candies also assist with alleviating nausea.

Tiredness during first trimester

Fatigue is another major symptom during the first trimester and there are remedies to this. Daily exercise and consumption of healthy snacks such as fruits and nuts are helpful in reducing fatigue. It also helps to take naps when possible during the day to give you an energy boost. A regular bedtime schedule also works to combat fatigue. Do not overload yourself with tasks – delegate when you can.

Gradual changes in figure

Near the end of the first trimester you will gradually experience weight gain and this means you will need a new wardrobe that accentuates this new figure in a pleasant but functional way. During the fall and winter months you can wear stretch pants with a nice blouse and a cardigan. Or you can wear a light blue pair of jeans with a white or beige peasant top and wedge shoes. Maxi dresses or empire waist dresses look great and are comfortable.

Get emotional support

The early stages of pregnancy can be an emotional rollercoaster thanks to mood swings. Get the emotional support you need from your partner, relatives and friends. Accept offers of help and do not be afraid to ask for it when needed. Meditate during the day and join a support group for expectant mothers.

Eat healthy foods

To ensure that you will have a great pregnancy, you will need to lay the foundation by eating healthy foods. These include nuts, chicken, certain types of fish, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Don't eat too many processed foods and junk foods. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid alcoholic beverages as they will harm your baby.

The uncomfortable first trimester symptoms will not always last and with the above-mentioned strategies, you can survive this stage of pregnancy. You will look back on this time of your life years later and laugh about it with your child and partner.

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