Rest is your focus during the first trimester. Nothing will help you at this point more than sleep. The hormone progesterone is the slow down hormone and it is in high gear now. One of its effects is that it makes you very tired so you will sleep more.
Remember when you were growing, you could easily sleep 10-12 hours. You body is now growing again. During the first trimester, the body is expanding the uterus, creating the placenta and umbilical cord, making another human being, increasing blood supply, creating specific hormones for pregnancy.
Allow yourself as much rest as possible. Use catnaps throughout the day. Eleven minutes is a perfect nap to allow your hard working body to reboot. Try to get to bed early - by 10 pm or earlier. On days when you can, sleep in as long as possible. Make a practice of scheduling appointments after 10am to allow yourself more sleep.
This is a great time to also begin a nighttime routine to help you sleep better. Here are some suggestions to maximize your sleep.
Julia Erickson, the founder of Aphrodite Project, is a wellness authority who uses food, meditation, and movement to create extraordinary health and wellness. Julia's practice is focused on helping women thrive and heal from chronic disease. She is also mother of seven.