I know that morning sickness is a symptom not all women are lucky enough to experience. But… if you do have it, 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 morning sickness is frequent carb-y snacks, lots of water, 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 foods have been Chicken Marsala, Swedish Fish, and Taco Bell…
Oh and of course – one must not forget WATER – you can not live without gallons of water during your pregnancy. Dehydration leads to messy things – cramps, contractions, charlie horses, and more. Snag a great water bottle and make sure you drink enough water during the day.
For the Mind
Once you find out you’re definitely pregnant, download a pregnancy app. I use Nurture AND What to Expect. I love being able to see in a second what’s developing inside of me. 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 off the message boards on your pregnancy app and read a book instead. One of my favorite books is The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy. Truly one of the most real accounts of pregnancy that I have ever read and it will surely make you laugh. I am reading it again and loving it!
For the Body
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 skin care products during pregnancy. I like to be on the preventative/proactive side when it comes to stretch marks – plus, there’s something about the surge of hormones that dries out my skin.
Hair ties are necessary if you’re spending a lot of time dry-heaving and stretchy/comfy pants are a must if you feel as bloated as I did. 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?
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