ICYMI! Stephen and I are having a baby! We are so excited. Now that we are out of the first trimester, I thought it would be fun to share some of my first trimester must-haves. Now, some of these things you can buy later, and I’ll tell you which ones I purchased later in the trimester opposed to things I needed right away. All of these things were a big help as I was adjusting to my new body and my new symptoms.
So let’s jump in.
1. Pedialyte Popsicles – I was pretty sick the first trimester. I either felt nauseous or was physically sick for many weeks. After I got sick, these Pedialyte Popsicles really helped. They are full of electrolytes and help replenish some of the nutrients I lost while sick. If you aren’t pregnant, these are also great for hangovers.
2. Sea Bands – Along the nausea lines, these sea bands helped at the beginning curb my nausea. They press against pressure points on your wrist to relieve some of the nausea. They didn’t work as well for me later in the trimester when my nausea got stronger, but at the beginning they were great. I kept them on my desk at work because I was really trying to hide the fact that I was pregnant at the beginning. So when I felt sick, I would just put them on my wrists.
3. Prenatal vitamins – I am taking these! I went to the doctor and told her we were trying, so she told me to start taking prenatal vitamins. I was taking the gummies (because they are delicious), but once I got pregnant I switched to these. I wanted one with more iron and these have been great.
4. Pregnancy Pillow – Some people don’t buy these until second trimester. I got pretty uncomfy pretty early in my pregnancy. I had a hard time sleeping. I bought my pregnancy pillow in my first trimester in order to get better sleep. I also had some lower back pain that this pillow helped relieve.
5. Pregnancy Books – Stephen and I bought our pregnancy books the day I found out I was pregnant. We did our research on the best books. I bought “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and Stephen bought “The Expectant Father.” There are many options, but these seemed to the be classics with the most information. I also liked that “What to Expect” continues to update. I have the latest version.
6. Hydroflask – Water that wasn’t ice cold made me nauseous in my first trimester. I really wanted cold water, but the second it warmed up even a little, I felt very sick. Using my Hydroflask kept my water ice cold for longer.
7. Stretch Mark Cream – I have been using Skin and Senses Stretch Mark Prevention cream and Brightening Body Exfoliator. I use the exfoliator in the shower and the cream at night and in the morning. I use the cream basically from my chest to my thighs. You never know what might stretch during pregnancy.
8. Comfy leggings – I didn’t buy maternity leggings until the second trimester, but comfy leggings are a must. My pants got a little snug well before my bump appeared. I couldn’t wait to come home and put on my comfy leggings.
If you’ve had a baby, what were your first trimester must-haves?