The first trimester of pregnancy is difficult and scary. However, surviving your first trimester is easily possible with these tips. If you’re newly pregnant and feel terrible, or maybe lucky to not have any symptoms, my first trimester survival kit will have at least one item you can’t live without. Here are my First Trimester Must Haves.
First Trimester Must Haves
For the First Trimester Stomach
I know that morning sickness is a pregnancy symptom not all women are lucky enough to experience. But, if you do have first trimester nausea, I send you my love. It’s not fun, nor is it something I would ever wish upon my worst enemy.
The way I survive pregnancy morning sickness is frequent carb snacking, sometimes a seltzer, and peppermint gum. As far as cravings go, it is okay to indulge as long as its in moderation. Some of my favorite pregnancy cravings have been restaurant chicken tenders, Swedish Fish, and Taco Bell. I’ve heard Nausea Candies, Gin Gins, and Preggie Pops are also great ways to curb pregnancy nausea.
Pregnant women must be hydrated and never forget WATER. A woman can not live without gallons of water during her pregnancy. Dehydration leads to complications such as cramps, contractions, Charlie horses, and more. Snag a great water bottle to make sure you drink enough water during the day.
For the Pregnant Mind
Once you find out you’re definitely pregnant, download a pregnancy app. I use Bump and What to Expect apps on my phone. I love being able to see what’s developing inside of me during every day of my pregnancy. Nurture has a lot of great features – like a daily log to record your weight, symptoms, etc.
If this is your first pregnancy, I highly recommend you stay away from pregnancy message boards and read a book instead. It’s easy to feel negative or paranoid about yourself if you read too many comments from pregnant women. One of my favorite books is The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy. This book is truly one of the most real accounts of pregnancy that I have ever read. Plus, it will surely make you laugh!
Pregnancy Body Must Haves
Your body will need a lot of items throughout pregnancy to ensure you and the baby stay healthy and comfortable.
My doctor prescribed me prenatal vitamins that are sent to my home once a month for free. They are pretty fantastic, but make me nauseous so I take them before bedtime. This is a great brand for pregnancy vitamins and so is this.
I use peppermint oil on my temples when my hormones give me a headache and on my tongue when I need a little energy. Bio-Oil and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter are my favorite pregnancy skin care products. I like to be on the proactive side when it comes to preventing stretch marks. Plus, there’s something about the surge of hormones that dries out my skin during pregnancy.
Hair ties are necessary if you’re spending a lot of time dry-heaving and stretchy pants are a must if you feel as bloated as I did. My favorite leggings for pregnancy are by Zella or Lululemon. Finally – a heating pad – my electric heating pad is my bestest friend. With all the cramping and stretching, aching and pulling that I have go on in the first trimester, I spend a lot of time on top of the heating pad on my couch!
What are your first trimester must haves?