First Trimester Update: How To Stay Energized


Let’s be honest. I’ve been sick, tired, and thanks to my hormones, I’ve had all kinds of feelings. My first trimester, which ends in a couple of weeks, has been particularly hard on me which proves that every pregnancy is indeed, different.


So, today’s post is not about fashion, per se, since I decided to share my pregnancy journey with you as well! I promised to take you along on this exciting, and yet… tiring ride! So, here we go…Frankly, I’ve been going through a lot, and I was quite shocked that pregnancy could actually be this way…but let me explain why. My first pregnancy with Kingston was literally heaven. I had no pregnancy symptoms whatsoever, no nausea, no tiredness, etc. I was able to stay active up until I gave birth, and I felt energized throughout.

Fast forward, and yes, I am now the mother of a five year old and my energy levels might be low to begin with, the nausea, peeing, low blood pressure have been crazy during my second time of pregnancy.

However, despite these crazy things happening I keep remembering that I’m pregnant which truly is a blessing. Thinking about it helps me to stay focus and grounded. It might sound silly but the thought that “you are having a baby” is exciting and makes you almost forget all about your aches and pains.

Which brings me to the importance of “How to Stay Energized During Your First Trimester“.

To stay energized and positive during your First Trimester I promised to do the following: Eat frequently, and guzzle water. Take naps. Drink Orange Juice when energy level is low. Go for a run. I am an avid runner and it actually helps me beat tiredness.

Do you have any tips, and if you’re pregnant as well: Tell me how you are feeling! I would love to hear from you!

As always, thanks much for reading and have a wonderful weekend!





  1. September 23, 2016 / 1:05 AM

    So sorry you haven’t been feeling well. You’re almost out of the woods and on to our second trimester which hopefully will mean feeling a lot better! So happy and excited for you and your family!

    xo, Jennifer

  2. September 23, 2016 / 1:26 AM

    My oh my! Well I am sending energizing thoughts your way and wishing you a wonderful and healthy rest of your pregnancy 💗💗💖💖

    Lots of love… Sydney

  3. Izabela
    September 23, 2016 / 3:40 AM

    I don’t have kids so sadly I don’t have any tips that may help you. I think it’s important to take regular breaks and naps. I hope you will feel better soon.

  4. Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine
    September 23, 2016 / 6:04 AM

    Always remember to do something just for you each day!! You are doing so good and these are such great tips. This journey is so special and you are going to shine and continue to be an inspiration for so many ladies!! Happy weekend darling, Hoping for a cool down, enjoy it with your family!!

  5. September 23, 2016 / 7:08 AM

    Such a great post, V! I’m so excited to be a part of your pregnancy journey. Sam and I haven’t started our family yet so I need all of the advice I can get!! 😉 Looking forward to reading these and I hope the rest of your pregnancy is happy and smooth. xx

    Audrey Adair-Keene |

  6. September 23, 2016 / 8:23 AM

    Great post Vanessa! I’m excited to follow along on your pregnancy journey. I don’t have any kids of my own but hope to one day (sorry I don’t have helpful tips). But, it’s interesting to read what I can expect one day & am so happy for you!!! 🙂 Happy Friday!

    xO – Steph

  7. September 23, 2016 / 8:58 AM

    Hi Vanessa-sorry, you haven’t been feeling well-LOL I am not a mom so no helpful tips from me, but I’ll send you positive vibes and good thoughts your way!
    Rest Up,

  8. Jessica B.
    September 23, 2016 / 9:08 AM

    I have two kids and I remember how sick I was with my second pregnancy as well! I bet you’re having a girl because I was having a girl and never felt so sick in my life before. 🙂 It’s such a blessing, though, as you have said, and I’m so excited for you! Being able to follow your journey is going to be so amazing! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!
    Hope you feel better soon, and remember: Baby #2 will be here sooner than you think.
    Love from Utah, Jessica

  9. September 23, 2016 / 9:30 AM

    Mama!! I am praying that your symptoms will start to disappear and you can enjoy the rest of your pregnancy because you are making a little human and that kind of miracle is indeed the greatest of blessings. Sending you so much encouragement and love….xx Michelle

  10. Amy Arnold
    September 23, 2016 / 9:49 AM

    Sorry it’s been tougher this time around. I feel you! Sounds like you have a good plan to take care of yourself which is important. Have a good weekend babe!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. September 23, 2016 / 10:18 AM

    Well Lady V, I can’t give you any tips here but it sounds like you are on the right path and from the comments, it sounds like a few women have been in your shoes so I’m sure you are getting the info you need. Thanks for sharing your journey with us…very interesting to learn how different your pregnancies are…sending you a big hug to calm the nausea. Xx

  12. September 23, 2016 / 11:55 AM

    I’m not a mother, but my friends us to always tell me how different each pregnancy can be. I’m sure it will get better soon. Thanks for sharing your journey…

  13. Tamara
    September 23, 2016 / 11:57 AM

    I hope you’re pregnancy goes smoothly and you start feeling better soon Vanessa!


    Tamara –

  14. September 23, 2016 / 1:51 PM

    Oh, how precious looking at that sonogram! I don’t know if I ever told you this, but I worked in obstetrics at New York Presbyterian, so it’s always special whenever I hear or see someone share their pregnancy; I have seen lots of bellies and sonograms, haha! I’m sure that once you enter your 2nd trimester these symptoms will subside, but I love the attitude you have through it all; it really is a blessing to be carrying a little one! I’m so excited for you and your family and that I’m somehow apart of it by seeing all you share! I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead, beautiful!



  15. September 23, 2016 / 2:36 PM

    I’m just so thrilled for you with this pregnancy! Thank you for sharing your journey and all your suggestions for taking care of yourself are right on. Have a terrific weekend Vanessa!

  16. September 23, 2016 / 3:06 PM

    The post is so great! Have a nice weekend:)

  17. September 23, 2016 / 4:44 PM

    Pero si no sabia que estabas embarazada!!!!! Mi enhorabuena!!!! Que ilusión…!!!! Ya verás que conforme vayan pasando los meses te irás sintiendo mejor, los primeros meses son más durillos…Muchos ánimos!!
    Ya verás como todo va a salir genial!!!

    el blog de renée

  18. September 23, 2016 / 6:37 PM

    Congratulations! 🙂

    The first trimester has always been the hardest for me as my morning sickness was pretty nasty – all my pregnancies! This last one it was in the evening so it was easier to hide at work but it was also frustrating as I couldn’t eat much at night. I think taking care of yourself is important throughout pregnancy, but you have to be really kind and gentle to yourself so much in the first trimester. Hope you get that second trimester extra energy soon! 🙂

    Hope you’re having a great start to the weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  19. September 23, 2016 / 8:48 PM

    You must be so excited to see your little bundle of joy! Hope you feel better and congratulations! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  20. September 24, 2016 / 11:25 AM

    No tips as I’ve never been pregnant haha, but what you’re doing sounds like you’ve got a great idea of how to take care of yourself.

    Mich x

  21. September 24, 2016 / 11:58 AM

    Dear V., I guess you are right, every pregnancy is different! With Kingston, you didn’t feel this way, but now you feel tired and I think you must be right – I recommend, though not because of pregnancy, always take a nap when you body asks and you can (clearly at work it’s difficult, that’s why I included for people who read it “if you can”). Naps are really great and recharge our bodies, especially now that you are pregnant. And water is always a must! I hope that the 2nd trimester gets better! And you are so right – a baby is a blessing! So nice to know about you, dear V., relax during the weekend! Hugs and kisses!

  22. September 24, 2016 / 1:35 PM

    Love sharing this this AMAZING JOURNEY WITH YOU!
    Each pregnancy is different and unique! I am glad you are staying hydrating and getting your rest!
    Love the maternity looks you shared!
    xx, Elle

  23. September 24, 2016 / 6:27 PM

    Being pregnant is such a blessing – but that doesn’t mean you have to love the nausea and exhaustion either! I hope you start to feel better. Thanks for sharing your journey – and I can’t wait to see all your adorable maternity outfits!!! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Love, Lindsey

  24. September 24, 2016 / 7:22 PM

    Oh no! I hope you’re feeling better! I don’t have any tips since I don’t have any kids but just be sure to rest and don’t work yourself too hard!!


  25. September 24, 2016 / 10:06 PM

    So sorry to hear that you been having a tough time during your first trimester. But your almost out of the woods. I wish I had some great advice I could give you but most of my friends say the first trimester is the worst and then it gets better:) It’s amazing what our bodies can do and it sounds like you’ve got a good plan. I hope you start feeling better soon. Sending you lots of love!

    xo, Jackie

  26. September 24, 2016 / 11:36 PM

    I have no advice for you on this one V!
    I’m sorry to hear that you’re not doing as well as with your first one, but I love your positive outlook on this situation!
    It is a blessing to have a miracle happening inside you!
    Hope you feel better soon!

  27. September 25, 2016 / 10:33 AM

    Aww, feel better soon, Vanessa! I can’t really offer any pregnancy tips myself, but I always drink herbal teas to soothe my stomach (Yogi decaf herbal teas are my favorite). Thanks for the pregnancy update- can’t wait to follow your journey!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  28. idu
    September 25, 2016 / 12:48 PM

    I totally missed the news of your pregnancy. Congratulations babe. Yes every pregnancy is different. I have four kids and all 3 pregnancies were different. The first were twins of course so that was hard and the last was the easiest. Sending you energizing vibes girl. Two more weeks and you’ll be in the clear. Running during pregnancy though, wow so awesome. By the way the sonogram is adorable.

    Fashionably Idu

  29. Adi
    September 25, 2016 / 3:17 PM

    Hopefully your feeling better soon!! I wish you the best!
    Adi xx

  30. September 25, 2016 / 4:01 PM

    Oh my goodness, I missed the announcement!!! CONGRATULATIONS! What exciting news for your family! Your tip about running is interesting, I never would have thought working out through the exhaustion of pregnancy would actually lift energy levels. Please keep the tips coming, I’m filing away and all tips and tricks I can before my husband and I start our family!

  31. September 25, 2016 / 7:54 PM

    Aw so sorry to hear this pregnancy is tougher than the last! I’m sure it will fly and who knows, the symptoms could subside at any time! Glad you have a plan in place to keep your energy up and that you’re giving yourself a bit of a break since you ARE creating a human! 🙂

    Chow Down USA

  32. September 25, 2016 / 8:45 PM

    My two pregnancies were also so very, very different. Well, plus I was 16 years older the second time around… 😉 My first pregnancy was also very easy, and I had terrible, terrible all-day sickness with the second one. It did definitely get better after the first trimester however…

    I hope you’ll feel A LOT better soon! I think your plan to take care of yourself sounds great!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  33. Filipa Jackson
    September 25, 2016 / 8:56 PM

    I am so so happy for you, this is such a beautiful time. I hope you feel better soon my love

    Filipa xxx | Instagram

  34. September 26, 2016 / 2:35 AM

    oh vanessa, so sorry to hear that this one is rougher than the last one 🙁 but I think it’s really a matter of age and five years are a lot for a pregnant body 🙁 But always keep in mind what a blessing it is and I think this will give you the enegery you need 🙂 I don’t have any tips because of the pregnacy, but I think the best is to eat helathy and do everthing to keep your energy 🙂

  35. September 27, 2016 / 5:34 AM

    Lovely post. wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy.

  36. September 27, 2016 / 9:45 PM

    Clearly I’ve missed out on so much.
    First, Congratulations Vanessa. This is good news, Kingstone is going to have a brother/sister. I’m so happy for you.
    I’ve only had one pregnancy so am not very experienced. My first trimester had me so exhausted,the only thing that kept me active was hunger and getting my appetite fed. However as time progressed drinking water and shopping really kept me energized.
    But you’ll be fine love, the first trimester is usually the toughest for most. With time you’ll adapt to this pregnancy too.
    I wish you the very best with the remaining months of your pregnancy.

    Much love and hugs, Linet.

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