Finding out we were pregnant was a complete surprise and it kind of turned our world upside down for a few weeks as some major changes happened, it also tested us too but everything has turned out better than I could have asked.
One thing I noticed from the start was that the first trimester isn’t what you see featured in those happy pregnant mom magazine pages. As all my hormones made me feel was tired, irritated and nauseous. I was so tired I could barely do my morning meditation and didn’t feel like writing or painting till 8 weeks when all of a sudden I felt more alert! I go into this in a video I recorded you can find at the end of this post!
Here are some first trimester tips and resources that have helped me:
I watched a great video that reminded me of the miracle of life.
Baby Centre app really eased my mind in the first few weeks with snippets of information and a great visualization meditation on finding peace in a busy environment. This was helpful at a time where it did feel overwhelming telling people and really coming to terms with it all.
Another great app is Mind the bump which is full of relaxing meditations that I usually do before bed.
In the very beginning and throughout, my body has had huge benefits from moving! I’m not someone who sits down a lot, though I found the back of my legs aching much sooner than usual and sickness kicking in more frequently then. So I made an effort to walk more and change my usual daily yoga stretches. It helped immensely!
As well as doing some Kundalini yoga, though mostly meditations such as Kirtan Kriya, I followed along to Katy Appleton’s Pregnancy yoga 10 minute classes. I felt so much better long deep breathing and moving my body and Cat Cow (can also be done standing) and Triangle pose (or downward dog) became my staple poses each morning.
I found reading novels helped through feeling nauseous any time of day I read The Possible World by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz.
At 6 weeks I started reading Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh a book on experiencing the natural power of pregnancy and birth with Kundalini Yoga and meditation. Gurmukh is a fabulous yoga teacher who I’ve been fortunate to have done a class with when she was visiting the UK and have also read her Eight Human Talents. It is such a treat to read! She talks about her own emotional journey and each chapter is themed by trimester-birth and has short meditations to do at home.
It just so happens that as I was reading the book, someone walked past me, saw the book and told me of a women’s red tent gathering later that day honoring pregnant women. I went along and had the most beautiful experience listening to words of support, love, and gratitude for pregnant ladies over 120 days/12 weeks.
A youtube channel I tune into each week is Channel Mum as it includes some facts and real women talking about how they were feeling each week. At the time I hadn’t told many people my age who have been/were also pregnant so it felt encouraging to hear from other women.
Another change I made was that I moved a portable meditation floor chair that I bought from Himalayan Crafts originally for my dad into my creative space. Before I was used to sitting for 1 hour+ most mornings doing chanting meditation and reading Gurbani. I experimented a lot with my personal Sadhana doing 5 mins stretches and 22 mins meditation most days. I went with how my body felt and one thing was for sure – this baby wanted my body to MOVE!
Watching movies became another activity I did often, they usually included a strong female lead such as The Boss, I feel pretty or relaxing romances such as Dear John.
Healthy eating became much more doable later on as did digesting pregnancy vitamins, I switched to Pregnacare at 8 weeks. I found that food aversions came quickly and so did an entire change in taste buds. It only left me able to eat plain foods like crisps, chips, and toast. I then moved onto foods that I ate growing up such as ice cream and sauce, drinking squash, cheese in anything and comfort food like pizza and cookies. I’m usually very healthy but I was suddenly having cheerios and hot chocolate for breakfast! One great tip I used was to put a snack pack in your bag with a variety of things – breadsticks, raisins, popcorn, cashew bars and so on, as you never know what you might want.
After 8 weeks I started to feel a bit more my happy self and even more so as the 12-month mark was approaching, it meant I could finally go back to my creative desk and start again. I had a radical incite in organizing my to do list for better work-life balance.
I haven’t really shared how nervous I have been throughout at the new responsibility that my body is to hold and deliver life after 9 months! Having people around me reminding me I will get bigger, talking about their experiences and being happy for us has been a huge help.
It’s true how wonderful seeing your baby and hearing their heartbeat is on screen, that really sets the wheels in motion.
The video below shares some of the experiences and resources above and also includes some extra tips on the best 1st-trimester buys.