Life stinks when you're in your first trimester. Not figuratively, literally and thanks to a heightened sense of smell that clues you into just how many nasty odors normally surround you. In addition to the constant nausea and fatigue, I could barely stomach most train stations or pass by fast food restaurants without gagging when I was newly pregnant. Fortunately, my partner had already helped someone else through a pregnancy, so he knew the things every pregnant woman in her first trimester wants her partner to know.
The first trimester is quite possibly the hardest part of pregnancy. You feel like you're so far from the end, your worries about pregnancy loss are probably at their peak, and you're feeling all sorts of disorienting and possibly debilitating symptoms (particularly for mamas with hyperemesis gravidarum). But because you don’t look pregnant yet, you don’t get the same consideration in public as more visibly pregnant folks do. It's super hard.
If you’re the proud partner of a mom in her first trimester of pregnancy, know that no matter how tough she is, she still needs a little extra consideration right now (and throughout this whole pregnancy and postpartum period, because making and birthing new people is really freakin hard). She can definitely tell you her specific needs, concerns, and whatever else, but here's some stuff to be aware of in general so you can adapt without annoying her with a million questions. Yay for crossing one hormone-driven argument off your list!