First Trimester Realities vs. Expectations: My Unfiltered Journey Through Nausea, Body Changes, Mental Health Struggles and Becoming a First Time Mom

In this episode, I take you behind the curtains and dive deep into the real and raw journey of my first trimester as a first time mom.

I talk about mental health, coping with nausea, and the curveballs of pregnancy diets. I also discussed the importance of early midwife applications, the invaluable support from doulas, and demystified first trimester sex. 

Pregnancy is not a one-size-fits-all experience. Whether you're expecting, planning to be, or simply curious about the journey, this episode has something for you.

We talk about: 

06:00 - My Baby Steps course is still open

17:00 - Finding out about my pregnancy early and the changes in my mental health

23:00 - Symptoms during my first trimester and changes in my diet

28:00 - My mental health struggles

34:00 - Suffering from nausea all day, not just in the morning

47:00 - How I exercise during first trimester 

52:00 - Changes in my skin during pregnancy and my high HCG levels

56:00 - My decision to go with midwife care and proactive approach in considering a home birth

1:01:00 - The book: The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

1:05:00 - My libido and still having sex during pregnancy

Questions answered in this episode:

  • What influenced my decision to choose a midwife over an OB? 
  • What are the benefits of home birthing that I find appealing?
  • When is a good time to apply for a midwife during pregnancy?
  • How can pregnancy affect sleep patterns and libido during the first trimester?
  • Is it safe to have sex during the first trimester of pregnancy?
  • How does the risk of miscarriage impact mental health during the first trimester?
  • How does I coped with changes in my eating habits due to pregnancy nausea?
  • How has pregnancy affected my exercise routine and skincare regimen?


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