It is very common to keep your pregnancy a secret for the first 12 weeks. There are many reasons for this with the main one being that after 12 weeks, the risk of miscarriage is drastically lower. However, the trouble with keeping your pregnancy to yourselves for the first trimester is that this is the trimester that commonly gives you the most grief. You may not be looking pregnant yet but chances are you are definitely feeling it. There will be a flood of pregnancy hormones prepping your body for the next nine months and you can experience all sorts of feelings from nausea to fatigue and yet you cannot tell anyone.
Here are some top tips and cures for getting through these first 12 weeks the best you can…
1. Tell someone at work. We know you want to keep it a secret but it is very useful to let someone know so that if you need to sneak off early for appointments or keep nipping off to the toilet, someone can cover for you. Keep a little make-up kit in your bag to give you some color when you feel like you’re fading. This will not only perk you up, but hide any evidence of morning sickness in your face!
2. Sadly morning sickness doesn't just strike in the morning. Find the things that make you feel better and keep a stock in your bag or desk so you can nibble on it or drink when you feel nauseous. Ginger is a taste that many women find helps, whether it’s ginger tea, ginger biscuits or just crystallized ginger pieces. Find what works for you and stock up on it. Another great cure, believe it or not, is exercise. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel happy and this can really help lift you up when you’re feeling sluggish. It doesn't need to be a crazy gym session, just something to get your heart rate up a little and get you moving.
3. Exhaustion In this first trimester alone your baby changes from a single cell to the peach sized bundle with growing limbs and bodily systems so it’s no wonder that you will be feeling exhausted. So much is going on inside your body and everyone around you is expecting you to carry on your daily activities as normal. Do not plan too much into each day, plan naps if at all possible and most definitely set early nights as an absolute priority. Your social life may suffer a little bit but you’ll soon be able to tell everyone why you've been hiding away and they’ll all understand. A good little tip is to carry a bunch of little sweets with you for an emergency to give you a quick sugar kick when your energy levels are dipping. Don’t rely on these, as fresh food is always better but they are good to have on you just in case.
4. Bloating Even though your bump will not be showing yet, you may experience some uncomfortable bloating and the last thing you want is to be wearing tight clothing around your middle. Baggy tops and flowing dresses will be your saviors and not only make you feel comfortable but also keep your secret a secret for a little longer. Make sure you drink plenty of water even though you will feel like this is counter intuitive. Your body is busy making a baby and the last thing it needs it to be dehydrated. The more water you drink, the less your body will hold on to and you won’t feel so bloated.
5. Leave some extra time for your commute. Your nausea may strike at any time and on a busy train or bus seems to be it’s favourite, so you might like to get off for a breather every so often and the last thing you need is to panic about being late. You will want to avoid any rushing as much as you can, so leave plenty of time for travel and always call ahead to that person who you told at work if you think you may be late, that way they can cover for you if needs be.