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THE FIRST TRIMESTER GUIDE

THE FIRST TRIMESTER GUIDE

What to know and what to wear in the first stage of expecting

WHAT TO WEAR

Every woman is different and you may not begin to see any visible sign of a rounded stomach until after 12 weeks. However, if this isn’t your first baby, you may start showing earlier.  An A-line silhouette or a draped design is your answer to hiding any hint of a baby bump.

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The Julia Soft Flutter Top The Jane Maxi Dress Gelianne Tiger Floral Silk Dress Silk Pleated Trousers

 

Although you are only in your first trimester, now is the time to start investing in the expectant essentials that will see you through your pregnancy and beyond. Even if you haven’t made the news public knowledge, there is no reason why you can’t start shopping. Think lingerie, maternity jeans, long-line T-shirts, a button-front boyfriend shirt, an oversized jumper and a fabulous dress for special occasions.

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Blanche Lenno Cotton Shirt Fleetwood Slim Fit Cropped Flare Maternity Jeans Dream Triangle White Bralette Anti-Stretch Mark Cream

WHAT TO EXPECT

The first trimester of pregnancy can be particularly trying. Here are a few common symptoms you might experience (and don’t worry, once you hit the second trimester you’ll usually feel more like yourself again.)

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Morning sickness is one of the earliest and most uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy. It is also one of the most common. Despite its name, it’s a condition that can occur any time of the day. It generally hits early on, often before you have shared the news that you are expecting. A stomach virus or food poisoning are convenient excuses for feeling off-colour, otherwise announcing you are on a detox is another handy explanation. If you are suffering severely from nausea, consider confiding in a close friend or a senior colleague at work. If you are unable to keep down any food or water and you are vomiting continuously throughout the day, consult your doctor as you may be suffering Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a more serious condition. Read up on our list of natural remedies to alleviate morning sickness here.

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It’s not uncommon to feel hungrier than usual during the first trimester, and many women find that eating helps to settle an upset stomach. You may also discover that the scent or sight of certain food or drink makes you feel ill, even if it was something you previously loved it (blame it on hormones.) When it comes to what to eat, advice on what foods to avoid during pregnancy varies widely. It is best to look up your country’s official guidelines or speak to your medical practitioner rather than taking your lead from friends and family or an online forum. That said, you should always wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly, ensure that all meat is cooked properly, limit your caffeine intake and avoid liver due to the high vitamin A content.

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Even if you love to party until the early hours of the morning, you probably now can’t keep your eyes open past 8pm. Fatigue is extremely common during the first trimester of pregnancy, although your energy will usually bounce back once you enter the second stage of expecting. There is no real solution to feeling tired other than catching up on as much sleep as possible. Our advice? Invest in a pair of luxurious pyjamas so even if you spend most of your day in loungewear, at least you’ll look stylish doing so.

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Paula Knit Hooded Cardigan Victoria Long Sleeve Pyjama Set Elvia Racerback Gown Poppy Snoozing Short Pyjama Set

TIPS AND TRICKS

Information and tips to note for the first trimester.

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You don’t have to give up exercising because you are pregnant, in fact it is healthy for you and your baby to stay active. Know your limits and listen to your body. For more information on the best exercises for the first trimester of expecting don’t miss our must-read guide here.

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If you are taking any medication, check with your doctor whether it is still safe to use in pregnancy. You should also check the beauty products you are using. Some formulas may contain ingredients that are not recommended when expecting. Read up on the best natural beauty products on the market here.

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It is advisable to avoid alcohol in your first trimester, however try not to worry if you have had a few nights out before finding out you were pregnant – it happens to most of us! If saying no to a glass of wine is out of character, avoid any leading questions by discreetly switching to a non-alcoholic beverage that looks like your drink of choice. If you’re really stuck, you can always feign a wild night out the previous evening as the reason for your self-restraint

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Baths are a time-tested way to relax but during pregnancy it is safer to keep the temperature of your bath warm rather than scalding hot to avoid raising your core body temperature, which can be dangerous for your baby. For this same reason, you will need to give hot tubs or saunas a miss while expecting.

 

 

 

Words by Amanda Woodward-Brown

Photo by Mary Sommer

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