I'm winding down my first trimester. I've dealt with a ton of morning sickness but now it seems to be getting better. However, I have a lot of discomfort, nausea, heartburn on the days when I feel my tummy is expanding. Does anyone else have similar symptoms? If so what helps?
For my first two trimesters, I couldn't have any elastic touching my belly. Even my underwear (that doesn't even have a wide or tight elastic) made me sick. So I kepts my undies and pants rolled down below my belly and my shirts loose. For the heartburn, try eating smaller amounts more frequently and avoid foods that are greasy or fatty. Stay hydrated, but don't down a bunch of liquid at once (especially during meals). If heartburn can't be avoided, try pickles. They were the ONLY thing that helped at all with my heartburn (and I'd tried ALL the over-the-counter stuff). And not just ANY pickle either. The ones that worked best were the Vlasic Dill Hamburger Chips. Good luck to you!
does anyone have any problems with frequent spotting or bleeding during the first trimester? How do you handle it?
There's always some sort of discharge when you're pregnant. I used either a full-on maxi pad or one of those light days, everyday pads. It worked pretty well.
As for the heartburn and nausea- welcome to pregnancy. I drank a lot of milk (2%), and it seemed to coat my stomach and help with the heartburn.
Thanks for your advice. I keep my waist-bands off my belly now and it has really helped. I'm getting a little big for my jeans but am still too small for maternity pants, do you know about the BellaBand? It's a stretchy cloth you can put over your stomach and unbuttoned pants to help you keep them up when you're in between sizes like me. Have you tried it? Did it help? Do you think it'll still add to my nausea?
Yep--I did have one. That in-between-normal-clothes-and-maternity-clothes stage is MURDER! The band helped me have something to wear, but it did make me queasy. Some days it bothered me less than other days. I was working a job where I sat at a table a lot, so I would just push it down when it was bugging me (of course I had to pull it back up if I needed to get up and walk around. My tummy was always touchy. Even after I made it into maternity clothes, I was constantly moving the elastic around trying to make myself more comfortable.