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Surviving the First 13 - My First Trimester Must Haves

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Now that I'm over halfway done with my pregnancy and way past the first trimester, it's probably a good time to share some of the things I loved during that helped me survive my first trimester. I was very lucky in the sense that I didn't get sick too often, but was nauseous most of the time from 7-14 weeks. The first trimester can be rough because you're not feeling well, but most people don't know the real reason why. You end up either trying to put on the best happy face you can, or you stay inside on the couch as much as possible. During my first few weeks of being pregnant I found myself constantly googling and searching for other blogs with first trimester tips, trying to make sure what I was feeling was normal and seeing what other ladies at the same time of pregnancy were going through. So now that I'm out of that phase, I figured I'd share some of the things that really helped me so that maybe someone else will benefit like I did.

A Belly Band: I didn't notice myself gaining too much weigh and still haven't gained much, but by week 7 I was bloated and everything just felt uncomfortable by the end of the day. The belly band was my go to for weeks to help feel as comfortable as possible especially in work clothes! Since I was experiencing those first few weeks during the winter, dresses weren't always an option, so the belly band was my go to for several weeks!

Jolly Ranchers: I've read lots of places that people really found pregnancy pops to be helpful when dealing with nausea, but I had a friend recommend jolly ranchers and these seemed to due the trick. Something about having something sweet to suck on really helped soothe my upset stomach and cure any sweetness cravings I might have been having.

Peppermint Oil: I was nauseous from the minute I woke up until I went to bed at night. I would put a couple drops of peppermint oil on my stomach every morning as I was getting dressed and it helped so much. On days it was really bad I would put a little on my forehead so I could smell it even more. If you're up for a strong smell or using essential oils, peppermint and spearmint oil helped me through my pregnancy morning sickness and second trimester headaches.

Water: From early on in my pregnancy I found myself thirsty all the time. Since I was trying to cut out caffeine, having a water bottle nearby helped keep me hydrated and keep me from reaching for that soda! For me, I notice I drink WAY more water if I'm always carrying a water bottle with me, so I made sure to find one that was easy to throw in a bag or carry with me and that also fit in the cup holders in my car so that I could always keep it with me.

Prenatal Vitamins: I started taking these a few months before we started trying and have continued to take them daily through my pregnancy. The ones I found I liked the best happened to be the gummy ones, but as long as you're taking one, my doctor said the brand wasn't a huge issue. I found that taking them at night before I went to sleep helped keep them from making my stomach upset.

Ginger Ale: When I was dealing with the all day sickness instead of just morning sickness, I read over and over again that ginger was one of the best remedies. Well I am not a fan of plain ginger, so ginger ale and ginger capsules became my go to. I tried not to have more than one a day just due to the amount of sugar in them, but ginger ale really seemed to help calm my stomach.

Cheerios: When I woke up in the mornings, one of the first things I wanted was something to eat. After having an upset stomach all night long, I needed something in my belly before heading to work or I would feel nauseous all day long. Cheerios were my go to every morning! Something about the fact that they are carbs and fairly bland always sat well in my stomach and helped with my curvy back road drive to work.

Yoga Pants: Once I hit about 9 weeks, anything tight on my stomach for too long was very uncomfortable, so as soon as I got home every evening I jumped into my yoga pants!

Saltine Crackers: The biggest thing that helped keep my stomach happy was having food in it all the time, so I carried crackers with me in my purse, kept some in my desk, had some next to my bed, and carried some in my car.

These are just some of the things that helped me get through those first few weeks. While it can feel a little lonely when no one else really knows about your little surprise yet, and you're feeling so crappy, try to make yourself as comfortable as possible! What are some of the things that you've found helpful during your first trimester?

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  1. All perfect picks!! Also, I really want a jolly rancher now... hahaha

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