I had been trying to get pregnant for almost a year, which was frustrating after getting pregnant so easily (and by accident) the first time around. When I finally found out I was expecting I felt very excited, but the excitement soon faded away as I started to feel the symptoms of early pregnancy. Morning sickness, cramps, sore breasts, exhaustion, pain on my belly, bloating, bleeding... I seemed to get it all. I found it difficult to connect to my baby or my body. I was just consumed by the discomfort and pain. After a few weeks of bed rest following a risk of miscarriage, I felt bored and anxious. So what could I do to make things better?
Ginger: ginger is known to help with nausea and morning sickness so you can always try brewing some fresh ginger in hot water or taking ginger pills.
Restorative yoga: resting in Supta Baddha Konasana or Viparita Karani can be very soothing, and concentrating on the breath can be very helpful to reduce anxiety and connect to baby.
Sleep: sleeping helps restore the body and is much needed throughout pregnancy, so I try to sleep as much as I can and if possible I take a short nap during the day.
Food: I had a bland diet for a couple of weeks consisting mainly of bread, cheese, eggs and pasta, which really helped with the nausea.
Hot bath: hot water is a great pain reliever, so whenever I can I have a hot bath to help me relax and connect to my baby.
Acupuncture: it can help with morning sickness, pregnancy related pains and circulation.
Help: sometimes it can be hard to ask for help, but you shouldn't feel like you have to be able to do it all by yourself. With a 3 year old to take care of, I had my mother-in-law and then my mother come over to help us out for about a month.
Friends: they are great for emotional support, so it's always nice to have some friends come over to visit.
Remember to nurture yourself in the early days, listen to your body and rest, rest, rest!! Your energy will soon be restored. Happy pregnancy!