Now that I am officially in the second trimester, I thought I’d share some of my first trimester essentials with you. Both of my first trimesters have been drastically different, so that means that what helped me last pregnancy may not have necessarily been useful this time around. When I was trying to find some resources on ways to ease my symptoms, I realized that there isn’t much out there is terms of tips on getting through the first trimester, when you’re bloated and nauseous and feel like you are just working towards nap or bedtime each day. So, here are my essentials for those first few weeks of pregnancy:
Ginger Ale or Ginger Candies: Ginger Ale or pretty much any ginger food was a life saver! Ginger helps with the nausea but also relieves some of the bloating. While I wasn’t as sick this time around, ginger ale was definitely my go to to help ease my nausea. When I was pregnant with Oliver I had horrible nausea and vomiting ( to the point that my doctor had to prescribe me medicine), but something that I found that helped were THESE ginger candies. They are much easier to carry in your purse or pocket than ginger ale. I would just advise you to make sure any ginger products you consume to be real ginger and not just ginger flavored, or else it won’t help.
Comfy Clothing: If you saw my latest blog post, you would know that I shared some tips on dressing the bump in the first trimester HERE, so I won’t go into too much detail but all I can say is that comfy is best! Whether it’s sweatpants, leggings, elastic waisted shorts, or just t-shirt dresses, comfy and loose is your best option. Your body is changing, plus if you are bloated, tight clothing is that last thing you will want to wear.
Stretch Mark Lotion: I made the mistake last time of not taking care of my skin until I found my first stretch mark during the second trimester. This time around I am determined to take better care of my skin and hopefully help the elasticity of my skin before any sign of stretch mark appeared. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I immediately started using Palmers Cocoa Butter Lotion that is specifically for stretch marks, and they also have a good selection of stretch mark related products. I also use Lush’s massage bar that they call the Mommy Bar, which is also for aiding the elasticity of your skin and helping the itching you will most likely experience as you belly grows.
A Good Sports Bra: For me, one of the first signs of pregnancy is always sore breasts, and both times that was one of the tips to take a pregnancy test…both times I was right! Find a good sports bra that is supportive and fits your now larger chest. Most of the time during pregnancy I wear a regular bra, but during the first trimester its good to find a sports bra that you can wear all day and not make you uncomfortable of cause you pain.
Peppermint Oil: Headaches and migraines can occur quite often during the first stages of pregnancy, but unfortunately Excedrin and most other migraine type medicines are off limits. When I get migraines, I get them pretty bad, meaning half my body goes numb and I lose vision in one eye (Ocular migraines). Having not really dealt with migraines too much during my first pregnancy, I had to ask people on social media what the best, natural headache relief was… and the answer from 95% of people was peppermint oil. Just rub a little on your temples and if possible, put a warm washcloth over your eyes.
Baby Wise: Probably the only baby book you’ll ever need (mainly because theres a blog post on just about everything else having to do with pregnancy and labor). I didn’t even read What to Except when You’re Expecting! On Becoming Baby Wise is a great book that promises you a good nights rest and gives some of the best parenting advice! Plus, good reading material is a must when you’re exhausted and don’t want to do anything else but sit in bed or on the couch.
Lastly, I just want to say that none of this is medical advice. These are just some things I have found after two very different first trimesters that work for me, but that doesn’t mean they will work for everyone.
Every pregnancy is different, which is the beauty of it, but it also means that what works for some may not work for others. Remember that as your body goes through these changes, give yourself some grace as it grows a new life. If you have any first trimester must haves, I would love to hear them so please please please comment below!