Having been pregnant more than the average woman, I’ve definitely got my first trimester pregnancy favorites. The first trimester is a wonderful, but often scary time, and you probably won’t feel so great! In this post I am going to share some of my first trimester favorites. These pregnancy tips are gold, mamas!
First Trimester Essentials
If you find out you’re pregnant right around your missed period, you may not have too many symptoms aside from fatigue. Nausea typically kicks in around six weeks for me, so I know that I have about two weeks to get all of the best things in early pregnancy ready for me before I feel too awful to want to do anything.
There are three things I typically deal with during the first trimester: nausea, fatigue, and bloating. I found especially after my third baby that my belly pops as soon as I find out I’m pregnant. It’s only stretchy pants for me!
Let’s get right into my pregnancy must haves for the first trimester!
Pregnancy Tea – Choose a tea safe for the first trimester. I prefer minty teas to help ease morning sickness, such as the one below.
Ginger candies – I also like to have ginger candies to help ease nausea.
Preggie Pops – Another great option for relieving morning sickness.
Healthy Foods – You definitely want to stock up on healthy foods. Try to make sure you’re eating a variety of whole grains, protein, vegetables, and fruits.
Prenatal Vitamins with DHA – I prefer to use prenatal vitamins with DHA for baby’s brain development.
Sea-bands – Sea Bands are said to help relieve morning sickness and nausea, so they are worth a try!
Pregnancy Books – There are so many great options out there for pregnancy! Here are a couple of my favorites.
Water bottle – Keeping hydrated has always been a struggle for me while pregnant. I really like these 64 oz. water bottles that are marked to show you how much you’ve drank. They keep me motivated.
First Trimester Clothing Must-Haves
After having a couple of babies, my belly pops quickly! Stretchy pants are definitely my friend!
Loose tops – Opt for loose tops if you’re not ready to announce your pregnancy. They are also comfy, too!
Comfy bra – I recommend stretchy bras that will grow with your changing body.
How can I survive my first trimester?
Rest – The best thing you can do for yourself in the first trimester is rest. Take naps when you need to. Eat when you feel well enough to eat. The first trimester can seem daunting, and it can be really uncomfortable, but you will get through it!
Blood pressure monitor – I have had blood pressure issues in my pregnancies, so I like to keep a blood pressure monitor on hand so I can monitor how my blood pressure is doing.
Fetal Doppler Monitor – During my first pregnancy I was so anxious to hear my baby’s heartbeat that I rented a fetal doppler monitor. Now, that was the only time I ever used one, but I believe you can still rent them.
What should you do in your first trimester?
Make first appointment – Schedule your first appointment for around 6-8 weeks. In this first appointment you will meet your doctor, likely have an ultrasound to determine gestational age, and have some bloodwork done.
Make a diet plan – Think about trying to make sure you eat as healthy as possible. There are certain “rules” about what you should and shouldn’t eat. Talk with your doctor about these things if you have any questions.
Fit in exercise – Exercise may help you with your fatigue. Go for a walk or try a light first trimester workout.