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After writing a post about my first trimester recap last week, I started thinking of all the products that I loved during that time and wanted to share those with all you newly pregnant mamas out there. A lot of these items are great for any time during your pregnancy, but these are the essentials that especially helped get me through those first tough months.
First Trimester Pregnancy Essentials
Water Bottle | Make sure to get yourself a cute water bottle because your body needs extra hydration. After all, you’re making a human being which is HARD work! I love this S’ip by S’well bottle because it keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12. Why does it need to be cute? Just because it’s more fun that way 😉
Leggings | My stomach couldn’t handle much pressure during my first trimester. I think I was just bloated and everything started to stretch, so I wore leggings pretty much everyday to help with that uncomfortable feeling. This Spalding pair is super comfortable and one of my favorites!
Loose tops | I love wearing a loose top because any stomach pop this early in the game just looks like you ate a big ol’ burrito, so it’s nice to feel cute and comfortable in loose tops. Plus, you might not want the world to know you’re pregnant quite yet. Old Navy has so many casual boyfriend style shirts that are staples in my closet.
Seamless Bras | Do yourself a favor and buy a few seamless bras stat! Your hormonal changes will cause increased blood flow to your breasts causing them to be sore or sensitive. A seamless bra is nice and comfy throughout pregnancy, and I even wore them during nursing as well because they are easy to pull up or down.
Journal | During my first pregnancy I used The Pregnancy Journal, which was a cool book because it also gives you a daily update about your pregnancy and baby’s development. I jotted down notes in the places they carved out or just anywhere I could fit them while following along the timeline. I also like having a plain journal or notebook so I could jot down notes and thoughts whenever I wanted, so I didn’t have to feel like I ever fell behind.
Book | Treat yourself to a good book. Sometimes scrolling through my phone or watching TV made me dizzy or gave me headaches, so reading in my room was a nice alternative for relaxing at night. Plus, then I was ready to fall asleep whenever I needed to! I’m currently reading Nicholas Sparks Two by Two, which is my book club pick of the month (you can check that out by clicking here).
The Bump App | I love this app! Every week there is a quick weekly update about your body and your baby. It tells you the size of your baby in comparison to fruit which is pretty fun. My baby is the size of a peach right now 🙂 Another SUPER cool feature is that there is a 3D interactive section that allows you to explore and learn about your baby’s growth each week. It’s crazy to see exactly how fast your baby is growing!
Tylenol | Acetaminophen is safe to take as directed on the package label during pregnancy, but most other pain relievers are not safe. Make sure you get a list of medications from your doctor or nurse right away. When you are on the phone making that first appointment, have them provide you with that list verbally so you don’t even have to wait until your first appointment.
Vitamins | It’s SO important to take your prenatal vitamins from the get-go! Your baby is rapidly growing, so you want to make sure your body is getting the proper nutrients to support that growth. I loved these gummy Smarty Pants vitamins during the first month or so. But I will say, I actually ended up growing a food aversion to gummy vitamins and they no longer were appealing to me! I ended up picking up a prescription of regular prenatal vitamins that my doctor prescribed after my second appointment.
Snacks | For me, the feeling of morning sickness got worse if I was hungry. That was a tricky feeling because you don’t feel like eating, but sometimes it’s the only thing that will make you feel better! I felt best when I had healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day. Some of my favorites are snack bars (love these lemonzest Luna bars), string cheese, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, bagels, greek yogurt, clementines, pretzels, veggies with dill dip, and berries.
Nausea Helpers: Preggie Pop Drops / Ginger Tea / Saltines / Ginger Ale | Feeling nauseous is the worst! So anything that helps even a little bit is a godsend. The Preggie Pop Drops were easy to keep in my purse so I could just pop one in my mouth at anytime without being completely obvious in front of people. Ginger tea and ginger ale really helped settle my stomach. And saltine crackers were my best friend when no other food sounded appealing, but I knew I needed to get something in my belly!
I hope this list helps all you new mamas in your first trimester. Let me know if you have any questions! I’m more than happy to share my experiences with you 🙂