The first trimester was tough and only after I moved into the second trimester did I really realize just how awful I’d been feeling. This post is long overdue. I’ve put together a list of things that I found helpful during the first few weeks where everything made me sick and I was SO tired. Many of these can be continually used throughout pregnancy.
- A good prenatal vitamin!
I actually started taking a prenatal when we first decided we wanted to have a baby. I was taking a gummy but It didn’t have iron in it. I’m currently taking these and I’d recommend taking them before bed. They make me extremely nauseous if I don’t but they have good stuff in it for baby! *They do not have DHA in them on their own so you’ll have to buy the separate pill for that” I get this combo pack and take one of each.
- Gingerale and Preggie Pops
This is my favorite kind. Gingerale with lemonade. Sometimes I was perfectly fine and others just the taste in my mouth alone would make me feel sick. I kept these two things within arms reach at all times. (bubble water works also but from my experience once you throw that up you wont want it again)
- Eye cream and concealer
Because holy tired.. I’m usually not a napper but pregnancy quickly turned me into one. Not only did I feel tired, I LOOKED tired. which is no bueno and made me feel worse about myself. This stuff is my holy grail. I use both of these daily.
- Stretch Mark Cream!!
I started using this right away. I use bio-oil daily but I use Palmers Stretch Mark cream everywhere also. I know Stretch marks are hereditary but doing whatever you can to help avoid them wont hurt.
- Water bottle!
I was SO thirsty. But also, when you’re pregnant you basically have to turn into a camel. I’ve always made sure to drink a lot of water but pregnancy makes it essential!!
- Peppermint Oil
This one is because I was having headaches but it also helps with nausea. I didn’t like the idea of taking Tylenol every day and my headaches were out of control. I used peppermint oil on my temples and on the back of my neck when I felt a headache coming on. Some days I still needed medicine but the cooling feel on my temples definitely helped my nausea as well!
- A Body Pillow
Because a big belly isn’t the only thing that will make you uncomfortable sleeping through the night. This pillow is the best! Andy always tries to steal it from me.
- Bralettes/Sports Bras
because, first OW. They HURT the first trimester but it does get better in the second. Second, when your bras start to feel too tight you’re going to want something that’s comfortable.
I tried gold-fish and cheez its. I may never eat another cheez it again.. I’m so sad to say that but throwing up cheez its is MISERABLE. When you’re starving and nauseous and terrified to eat anything, saltines are usually a safe bet. Sometimes getting a few crackers on your stomach is enough to help!
Take the nap. Relax. Give yourself the extra 30 minutes in bed on Saturday morning. Your body is going through a significant change. If you get home from work and you feel like you need to lay down, DO IT! listen to what your body is telling you. You certainly want to make sure that you’re still staying active BUT sometimes you just have to do what you need to do to survive. It gets so much better the second trimester!! I started feeling more like myself around week 16!! 🙂
The first trimester FLEW by for me! If you’re in your first trimester, just know that it does get a lot better and you will start to enjoy being pregnant!
If you see something on this list that I may have forgotten, hit reply below and let me know!