I struggled so much that I’m very scared of the prospect of a second pregnancy.
But there were a few things I managed that helped greatly and that I have seen mentioned in my reading travels:
Acupuncture – this helped with nausea in the first trimester and then with the pain as the pregnancy progressed. In the third trimester I visited my physiotherapist (who performs acupuncture) weekly.
Keep moving – I walked until the last day of my pregnancy. It was slow going in the last few weeks, but it was for the good of my mind and body that I went.
Sleep – find what will help. I had a great full body pillow that I curled around. Sleep was still difficult, but it helped!
Rest – don’t stand when you can sit or sit when you can lie down! Don’t become a couch blob, but take it easy!
Eat healthily – I fell in love with semolina porridge (or sooji as my Indian family-in-law knows it), it became my power dish. Try to really think of food as fuel. Fruit, vegetables, whole grains, protein. This may be a good area to get some advice in as I have certainly found that nutrition has a big impact on health.
Write a journal – try to focus on the beautiful baby you will be given and that will help you to remember that this time will pass!
Stop work as soon as you can – if it becomes a real struggle and you are so sore that you can’t sit down, like I was, then try to give it up as soon as possible.
One thing you definitely need to do is check your iron levels. Ask the doctor, when your results come in, what the range is (it’s a large range), and if it’s low already ask for an easily digestible supplement. It’s standard here to wait until week 28 before testing and by then I had become so low that my stores were wiped, making life much harder than it needed to be. I was beside myself exhausted! And for good reason!
Finally, know that there is a finite time that you are pregnant for. Try to enjoy it! Stockpile the rest!