First Trimester Essentials
I’m currently 21 weeks pregnant, so I’m well out of my first trimester and about halfway through my second. Keep your eyes out for a Second Trimester Essentials post that should be out soon! These are my must have products that got me through my first trimester.
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For the Sickness
I was truly one of the luckier mama-to-be’s in the first trimester. I didn’t really have any morning
sickness. I would get the occasional upset stomach at night time right before bed, but other than that I lucked out. Since I can’t give you any recommendations from experience, I talked with a few of my other mom
friends that have dealt with morning sickness to get some recommendations that will help you combat the terrible feeling.
Although I didn’t have morning sickness, I had major food aversions and loss of appetite. There were
only a handful of things that actually sounded good to me. So, at this point in my pregnancy I decided to
eat for the calories more so than I did for the nutrients. This was mainly because if I ate for the
nutrients, I wouldn’t have eaten at all. So if either of these fit your situation, I highly recommend these:
- Preggo Pops- These are a “healthier” alternative to regular lollipops and are made especially for pregnant women.
- Mints- I recommend the lifesaver mints, they are the best! When your nauseous and don’t feel like eating anything, these really help to keep you temporarily satisfied.
- Granola Bars– It can be really hard to get anything down in the first trimester, so having something light like a granola bar is the way to go. These bars from Kind are my absolute favorite!
1. Yeti Tumbler – I honestly could not live without my Yeti. I can’t tell you how thirsty I’ve been during pregnancy. I refill it about 4 or 5 times a day and the yeti keeps my water ice cold. This pink Yeti is my ride or die.
2. Prenatal Vitamins – I think this is a no-brainer. If you haven’t started taking a prenatal vitamin yet, start now. I highly recommend these gummy vitamins from Spring Valley. I started out taking a different brand that I’m taking now, but in the first trimester they were making me really sick (which I think was due to taking them on an empty-ish stomach), so gummy vitamins were a huge lifesaver for me.
3. Pregnancy App – Being a new mom-to- be is really exciting, but it can be really scary if you don’t know what to expect. Especially in the first trimester when you have to wait at least 8 to 10 weeks before seeing a doctor, you want to know what’s going on with your body and your baby. I highly recommend downloading a pregnancy app. I highly recommend the Ovia Pregnancy App or The Bump App. Both of these are very similar, but have a few different features that will make you feel in the loop.
4. Books – To go along with the pregnancy app, I highly recommend that you start reading a few books to gain knowledge about what to expect the 8 or 9 months of your pregnancy. I wanted to know everything that was going on and what would be best for my baby. I recommend starting with the basics, so What to Expect When You’re Expecting is a great place to start.
5. Bath Essentials – Baths during pregnancy are a very controversial thing. From the research I have done and after talking to my doctor, I believe they are perfectly fine as long as they are warm and not scorching hot. If you feel yourself starting to sweat or lose your breath from the heat, it probably means it too hot and it’s time to get out. However, warm baths are perfectly fine and I believe they are an essential. I took a bath almost every day of my first trimester. You are going to be going through a lot of changes with your body. You’ll be tired, warn out, and just not feeling like yourself, so some relaxation is a must. I love putting on some relaxing music, lighting a candle, and using Epsom Salts, bath bombs, or bubble bath.