At nearly 8 weeks into this venture, I’m starting to drag. I’ve skipped weeks ahead in my pregnancy books and grown tired of browsing baby names. Now there’s nothing left to do than admit: I feel like crap.
In the preconception phase I was sure I’d float through pregnancy on cloud nine, feeding my precious zygote (that’s its nickname) fresh-squeezed juice and elaborately-prepared healthy meals with a side of prenatal vitamin. Now I’m tossing back Gatorade, popsicles, and the occasional glass of cranberry juice to wash down the antibiotics I’m taking to treat my first urinary tract infection (UTI) I’ve had in pretty much forever. Oh, and you know those dreams where you’re trying to run, but you can’t, so you start attempting to propel yourself forward by waving your arms in a swimming motion through the air? That’s what first trimester fatigue feels like.
Something has to give. So, tell me—what did you do or are you doing to get through the first trimester days? Here’s what helps me so far, but please shower me with more ideas!
- Regular exercise
- Afternoon naps when possible
- Frequent breaks at work
- Lots of water
- Ginger tea, candy, and beer (sort of like rootbeer)
- Help from my spouse with my share of the cooking and cleaning