As your body adjusts to pregnancy, some minor discomforts may arise during the first trimester. Here are a few common complaints and tips to relieve them.


It is normal to be tired at this time. Your body is working hard to build the baby’s placenta. Expect to have more energy in the second trimester.

  • Take catnaps when you can.

  • Get regular exercise.

  • Accept help from others.

Mood swings

Expect sudden mood swings. They may be caused by changes in hormone levels and new feelings that pregnancy can bring.

  • Talk about your feelings with others, including other mothers. (Don’t be scared by any old wives’ tale. Instead, talk about them with your healthcare provider.)

  • Limit sugar, chocolate and caffeine intake.

  • Eat healthy foods. Don’t skip meals.

  • Get plenty of rest and exercise.

A note to fathers

Be patient with your spouse. Here are a few ways you can help her cope while she’s adjusting to pregnancy:

• Cook for her. The sight and smell of certain foods may make her feel sick. If a certain food makes her feel ill, don’t eat it in front of her.

• Help around the house and run errands. The less she has to do, the more she can rest.

• Ask her to join you for a walk.


Nausea is often called ‘morning sickness’ because, although it can occur at any time of the day, it may be worse in the morning.

  • Get up slowly. Eat a few unsalted crackers before you get out of bed.

  • Eat small, light meals at frequent intervals.

  • Drink water with lemon slices.

  • Talk with your healthcare provider if you take vitamins that upset your stomach.


Headaches most often result from changes in hormonal levels, fatigue, tension, hunger, stress or dehydration.

  • Get fresh air and exercise. Relax and get enough rest.

  • Check with your healthcare provider before taking any medications.

  • Don’t skip meals.

  • Drink plenty of water.

Source: MIMS HealthToday Malaysia