I know I am now well past the first trimester, at 22 weeks, but I thought I would take some time to share a look into my first trimester survival kit. Better late then never, right? ;) As fabulous as being pregnant is, the first trimester is not for the faint of heart. You can read a little bit about my experience, here. I expected the nausea, vomiting, and fatigue, but what I didn’t expect was to feel like I had the stomach virus for a full 6 weeks, or to have a complete lack of motivation to do anything. I am finally past this stage, thank goodness, and starting to feel more and more like myself. So below are a few ‘tools’ that helped me make it through that first 14 weeks.
1| What to expect when you’re expecting – When I first found out I was pregnant, I think the words to capture what I felt were overwhelmed and lost. I had no idea what to do, where to start, or what to expect. Let’s be honest, on most days I still feel that way ;), but this book has been so helpful in answering all of my ‘first time mama’ questions.
2| Ban.do sip sip tumbler with straw – I know it’s super important to stay hydrated throughout pregnancy, and it was definitely difficult to keep even water down in my first trimester. I found it was helpful to carry a water bottle around and take small sips throughout the day. Adding crystal light packets to my drink helped, as well.
3| Burt’s bee’s mama bee belly butter – I’ve heard all about stretch marks, and that’s its best to start lathering up with lotion early on. I’ve also read that stretch marks really just depend on genetics, and no cream can really prevent them. If that’s the case, I didn’t want to spend too much money on a high end cream, so I found this super affordable belly butter and love it. I’ve always loved burt’s bees products, and you can even find this cream at target! hooray!
4| Cozy PJ’s – For a good portion of the first trimester, I would come home after work, put on some cozy clothes, and park it on the couch for the rest of the day. 8 hours of work pretty much zapped all of my energy, so having cozy clothes was essential.
5| Journal – I’ve always been an avid journal keeper, so having a baby has been no different. I bought this journal from rifle paper co, and have been recording and of the excitement and discoveries that come with pregnancy and expecting a little one.
6| Ginger Ale – This one is a no brainer ;). With all of the nausea, ginger ale was definitely my drink of choice most days. Really, ginger anything helps! Ginger chews, ginger cookies, etc. Total life saver!
7| Lemons – I probably googled “how to manage morning sickness” at least once day there for a while. I kept finding tips about drinking lemon water, or that even just cutting into a lemon and smelling it can help with nausea. This is one trick that worked for me, thank goodness!
8| Saltine crackers – This one is also a given. My diet first trimester consisted of carbs, carbs, and more carbs. It was all I could really stomach, so I went through saltine crackers like no one’s business [ bagels, too ;) ]. I’m happy to report that I am finally back to eating fruits and vegetables.
For all you mamas out there, I’d love to hear what worked for you and helped you get through the first trimester! Cheers!