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your early pregnancy faqs:
sickness, sleep and snacking

Early pregnancy is an exciting time but also quite a tricky one – your body is changing daily. If you’re a first-time mum-to-be, you probably have lots of questions. With the tiredness and nausea that often come with the first trimester, you’re bound to be feeling really different. This is perfectly natural, and most of your early pregnancy questions have straightforward answers.

frequently asked questions around early pregnancy

how do i cope with morning sickness?

Eat little and often – dry, savoury foods like toast and crackers are often the most palatable. Keep hydrated by taking frequent sips of water. Tiredness makes nausea worse, so try to get plenty of rest. Avoid smells you don’t like – get someone else to feed the cat, for example.

i’m tired all the time – how do i beat fatigue?

Tiredness is a big feature of the first trimester as your pregnancy hormones kick in. The best answer is to rest as much as possible (although we know that’s easier said than done, especially if you’re at work). Try to eat well, especially carbohydrates and iron-rich food like green leafy vegetables or meat.

what should i eat during early pregnancy?

Eating for two, sadly, is a myth! Focus instead on a healthy balanced diet with plenty of protein, iron and carbs. You might prefer to eat small, regular meals rather than big platefuls. Snacking can help keep your energy levels up – choose healthy treats like seeds, dried fruit and oatcakes.

apart from folic acid, should i take any other supplements?

It’s best to get the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet. However, vitamin D is sometimes recommended, especially during the winter when you can’t get much from sunlight. Some women need extra iron to prevent anaemia. If you’re vegan or have a restricted diet, chat to your midwife about possible supplements.

i’m not sleeping well – what can i do to help me fall asleep?

Heartburn, cramps, restlessness, pregnancy worries, frequent trips to the loo... none of these help you get a good night’s sleep. There are lots of things you can try: a bedtime lavender bath; a warm, caffeine-free drink and a good book; meditation; a massage from your partner. See what works for you.

i need to go to the loo a lot – is this normal?

This is common during the first trimester as your baby is low down in your pelvis, squashing up against your bladder. Fortunately, during the second trimester, your baby moves into your abdomen, so it’ll ease up for a while (until late pregnancy, that is...).