Check out these first-trimester must-haves to make your first-trimester pregnancy woes a bit more manageable.
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For many moms, the first trimester of pregnancy is no walk in the park!
Soon after you get the wonderful news that you’re expecting, your hormones decide to go completely haywire in order to make room for your new little bundle of joy!
With my first pregnancy, I LOVED being pregnant. The only other symptom I had besides the positive test was my ever-growing belly and a little swelling.
However, this time around, I experienced pretty much every pregnancy symptom in the book.
Between the all-day morning sickness and running around after my son, my life was pretty much on pause for the past three months.
Thankfully, those weeks have come and gone, but I wouldn’t have gotten through them without these 1st-trimester essentials.
Check them out below and hopefully, they can help make your 1st-trimester woes a bit more manageable.
1. Prenatal Vitamins
As soon as you learn that you are pregnant, if you aren’t already, you want to start taking prenatal vitamins ASAP.
When deciding on what brand of vitamins to take, it’s important that they contain both DHA and Folic Acid.
Folic Acid is extremely important in early pregnancy and DHA is crucial for the development of your baby’s brain, eyes, and nervous system.
That said, some prenatal vitamins can make you feel pretty queasy, so it’s a good idea to take them before bedtime.
Some of my favorite prenatal are those by Honest Company and these by Nature Made.
2. Ginger Ale
Besides water, ginger ale was my go-to when I was feeling nauseous.
Although it didn’t rid me of my nausea completely, it was a great way to switch it up since I couldn’t stomach any type of juice.
For a sugar-free alternative, try sugar-free ginger ale by Canada Dry or LaCroix sparkling water.
Although the nausea most women experience in the first trimester has been coined morning sickness, many women, like myself, have ‘all-day’ sickness.
That said, peppermint was a game-changer for me! It was perfect for when I got motion sickness in the car or when I was trying to avoid puking during the Sunday morning sermon.
4. Ginger Tea
Not all teas are safe during pregnancy, however, Ginger Tea is amazing for nausea relief during the first trimester.
Ginger Tea is also great for circulation which is super important if you want to prevent swelling during the later months of your pregnancy!
Try this Lemon Ginger tea to see if you find relief!
5. Sea band
I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about the Sea Band, but once scrolling through my phone and computer made me motion sick, I was desperate for relief!
The Sea Band is a great holistic alternative that works by using acupressure to help stop nausea and vomiting.
6. Pregnancy Apps
I don’t know about you but I love reading weekly updates about how my little one is growing and developing.
7. Yoga Pants
I’ll be the first to admit that I never fully retired my Yoga pants after my first pregnancy, but I mean, aren’t Yoga pants pretty much a staple in any mama’s wardrobe?
These are some of my favorite Yoga pants to wear while pregnant. They’re specifically for expecting mamas and have an adjustable waistband that can accommodate your growing belly through the entire pregnancy.
8. African Shea Butter
It’s important to keep your skin hydrated during pregnancy, especially your stomach.
There are many different types of creams that you can use to moisturize your stomach and prevent stretch marks, but one of my favorites is 100% Natural African Shea Butter.
It does a great job fading dark marks and keeps your skin smooth and radiant all day long!
9. Saltine Crackers
I’m almost ashamed to admit how many BOXES of saltine crackers I went through during my first trimester.
Crackers help settle the stomach, thus reducing nausea and limiting my trips to the bathroom.
If saltines aren’t your thing, Goldfish and Wheat Thins are a great alternative.
10. Pregnancy Education
Whether you’re pregnant with your 1st or your 3rd, you can never know too much about what’s happening inside of your body during these 9 (really 10) months.
Since no pregnancy is the same, I highly recommend that you curl up with a good book to learn all about how your little one is growing and developing – as well as what you should expect from your changing body!
Speaking of, What To Expect When You’re Expecting is like the Holy Grail of Pregnancy books.
There you have it!
A Millennial Mama’s list of Must-haves to get through the first trimester.
What are some of your favorite 1st-trimester must-haves?