Thursday, 17 September 2015

Momz'Space>>Pregnancy Guide For First Trimester

Hello lovely moms, and congratulations to all mom-to-be. I am sure you all must be undergoing some mixed feeling; something ranging from feeling happy happy high to as low as that you want to cry, isn't? For me First trimester was all of surprises, morning sickness, curiosity, craving, and reading books related to pregnancy and motherhood. Was utterly pampered by my mom, sister and my little nephew around who kept me cheerful. 

Don't be surprise if  you get number of compliments like 'Oh! She Glows' for your radiant face due to pregnancy. Also not every mom glows, some moms may look dull like me when I was nearing the end of First Trimester (Adverse morning sickness). If you want to know about my craving for the First Semester , I confess I had none due to morning sickness. And also just before I got to know that I am pregnant we have had been to holiday and had loads of junk food specially French Fries and Arrabiatta Pasta, no wonder my lo loves it till date. 

Ya, ya there are many rule books by old-wives like what you should eat and what not... Blah blah I did follow it but then after sometime I just listened to my heart and food craving. I lived on home-made yummy chaats by my mom and also loads of Sindhi Kadhi and rice were one of my favorites. One huge change I got into my eating habit is I absolutely avoided tea-coffee-soda and other such caffeine, aerated or preserved drinks.
Pregnancy Guide: Part 1
<< What you need in First Trimester? >>

Following are few must-haves for any expectant mom in the First Trimester; these stuff kept me going much positively for my pregnancy ahead:

Pregnancy Books>>

I was blessed with elder sister who guided me every step-by-step throughout my pregnancy from day one. I was just like sharing my feelings, cravings with one of my close girlfriend. She handed over me an amazing set of books on Pregnancy and beyond.

Throughout my pregnancy I read these two books which my sis gave i.e 'What to Expect When Expecting' by Heidi Murkoff (Popular pregnancy and motherhood author) and 'The Complete Childbirth' by Nutan Pundit (A Lamaze instructor, pregnancy and beyond author from New Delhi) Heidi in her book clarified all my doubts while i was reading and made me much comfortable with my curiosity nature. Both books really helped me in all my three trimester, but i loved the way Nutan Pundit have answered each question, with alternatives with Indian perspective and not to forget her awesome trimester wise recipes to keep new mom healthy. 

Follow What to Expect When Expecting here>>
Follow Nutan Pundit Lamaze Programe here>>

Other books like ChikenSoup For Motherhood Soul also gave me an insight into how it is to become a mother and then the journey of motherhood is neverending. Though Nutan Pundit Lamaze Programme does have online social media presence and so does the Heidi's What to Expect When Expecting, but I still recommend and firmly insist all first-time-moms to buy their books (available at crossword, landmark and also online shopping sites Amazon, Flipkart). This can be the best gift to any expectant mom.

My Pregnancy Journal>>Maintaining a journal or a diary is a good practice when you are expecting. It helps new moms to vent out, express their feeling, share their experiences and also it helps them to introspect and evaluate their routine and lifestyle habits. This also happens to be good document for future mediacal reference also something like first kick, food craving and so on. 

It also helps mom to be more creative with scrapbook activity, like did for baby Erishka when we did not know like is it a girl or boy but I kept making few scrapbook activity for my future baby maybe boy or maybe girl. Honestly i enjoyed scrapbooking for baby girl, it was like reliving my childhood reflect my inclination of having baby girl.

Baby record-book, pregnancy journal helps the single mom or to a new mom who hubby is not around due to work. likewise in my case my huby was in Bangalore in First Trimester and in Dubai in second Trimester. So I use to write letters to him in my jounal and shared with him once when we met.

Mobile AppsWhen I was expecting in 2011 (Erishka), there weren't many mobile apps for pregnancy in India. I use to use MobileApp of What To expect When Expecting and one more Mobile App from Baby Centre. Their daily updates, my schedule for doctor visit and other test and check ups. 

Also their articles and feature editorial helped me to stay more connected to the baby like what size the baby would be this week, what she would be doing, changes in my body and other mothering tips to keep me motivated to stay on healthy track.

Music>>Music can be one of the best 'Feel Good' therapy for any expectant mom and at any stage of the pregnancy. 
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You may buy or download some soothing instrumental music or you may listen to GarbhSanskar CD available at all popular music stores, you may also listen on Youtube Channel For Pregnancy Music or you may download online>> 
Comfort Footwear>>It's always said put the best foot forward, but with pregnancy it becomes even more important to have and select right type of footwear. Footwear would be bearing yours and bumps weight so it has to be sturdy, flexible and yet comfortable to suit your foot shape.

I swear by Dr.Scholls coushioned footwear, Bata sketchers and a good walking shoes/Sports shoes. Avoid footwear which has belts to buckle or strings to tie because it will put pressure on tummy and also in later days of pregnancy it will be difficult for you to wear.
Dolly shoes/ballet style shoes with more design & colour is the best/safe pick for dinner/shopping
You don't have to follow any pregnancy fashion trends, one need to understand her type of and and it's need and the comfort for the same. Of course nowadays we do see a wide range of pregnancy shoes but you may pick what suits you best. Two things are very important for selecting footwear

Comfort clothing>>
Like I mentioned earlier that no need to follow pregnancy fashion trends, same applies here too. Of course fashion trends may help you to know options on where to buy from and try other innovative yet comfortable for these pregnancy days. But often these popular fashion trends are misleading and I feel it's more of marketing for motherhood audience rather than giving practical options and ways to style.
My pic during last month of first trimester

I did put on few pounds in First Semester but it was not so visible in my body structure. I opted for loose tops and harem pants or patiala's for bottoms. This was quite comfortable for me. 

In First semester you don't need to spend much on clothes as the weight you put on is not so visible. Observing your body type and growth of bump, you should select the best one. I also opted for front button midis and halter tops. Also try to buy as much as less you can in first trimester, you can just pick few outfits with i-2 size bigger than your normal. I use to carry stole or long shrugs which worked awesome as accessories as it's utility at it's best.

Food and Nutrition>>
 Due to horrible Morning Sickness, I was advised by my doc to have few bites of biscuit /cookies before I step out of the bed. This practice really helped me to avoid the morning sickness till certain extent. Also as I had stopped tea/coffee, I use to have jasmine tea or any other fruit tea or herbal tea. I used to drink cold milk in night cause I was having lot of heart burn. At first two trimester you don't need high calories but you need more iron, folate and vitamins. To keep up with energy levels keep munching healthy snacks.

This phase is very important as
for the development of your baby's circulatory, respiratory and nervous systems. So to sum up have nutritive snack bites like I use to munch granola bars, carrots/cucumber with hummus dip, fruit chats, home-made chaats, khichadi, veg stew, jacket potatoes, sprouts salad. For healthy beverages you may opt for fresh seasonal juices, milkshakes, tender coconut water, buttermilk, soups.

Also note there will be time that you just don't want to see food (called Food aversions), but keep trying something or the other, don't keep your tummy empty as it will worse the morning sickness, just have what you feel like. Food like pasta, potatoes, rice, wheat help to avoid morning sickness.

I hope MomzSpace series of Pregnancy Guide for all three Trimester will be helpful to all First time moms and moms-to-be. My next blog post would be on Second Trimester which I think it's the best period and most important period for any moms-to-be. For any queries, doubts or dilemmas please write to us at we will make sure your queries are answered by expert panel consisting Gynecologist, mid-vives, Lactation consultant, nutrition expert and life coaches. Till then happy motherhood and nurturing!!

Nidhi @MomzSpace India

[PS. This isn't rule book, these stuff have worked for me during my pregnancy days, so thought it might help other expecting moms; you all moms are free to do changes as per you lifestyle, likes/dislikes and of course as your bump directs ;-) MomzSpace is open to receive any suggestion, advice or tips related to Pregnancy, motherhood and parenting. Mail your Pregnancy tips, stories, craving and motherhood related suggestions at with subject line: Tips for Motherhood]

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