I’m currently right in the middle of my third pregnancy and thought it might be helpful to share my favorite essentials and biggest tips for getting through the first trimester. Although I had my share of morning sickness during my first pregnancy, I’ve been blessed to have less and less of it with each pregnancy after. While some of it may be just plain luck, I have discovered several things that have helped me to tolerate the nausea of morning sickness. I was only actually sick from morning sickness once during my second pregnancy and, though I experienced nausea a good portion of the day this time, I didn’t get sick once from it this pregnancy!
The First Trimester Essentials
- Vitamins – I used other prenatals before, but these are what I’ve been using with this pregnancy. I’ve been thinking of trying this line of prenatal vitamins. Have you tried them before? Let me know in the comments below!
One tip for taking prenatal vitamins: I had heard the suggestion of taking prenatal vitamins at bedtime to help prevent nausea from them during the day. For some reason, I still always took mine in the morning with my first two pregnancies. This time around, I started taking them at night and it has made a huge difference! I definitely recommend taking them at night!
For Preventing Stretch Marks
- Bio Oil – I used this with both my previous pregnancies and through my first trimester this time around.
- Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter – Now that I’m in my second trimester, I’ve been using this body butter in place of Bio Oil. The thick cream formula is great for drier skin that fall and winter brings. Plus, it has vitamin E oil which I think has helped to keep stretch marks away just as well as Bio Oil.
- Aquaphor – If you just can’t handle anything with much fragrance, (super common in first trimesters) this does a great job of moisturizing without having a strong scent.
For Morning Sickness
- Ginger tea – Drinking a mug of ginger tea in the morning in place of my coffee was comforting and helped to alleviate some of the morning nausea that I had.
- Seltzer water – Sometimes, the only thing that sounded good was something fizzy.
- Yeti tumbler – One of the biggest things that helped my nausea during the first trimester was staying hydrated. Sipping on ice water seemed to help the most of anything, and my Yeti kept the water super cold. I have the 30 oz. tumbler and it’s been great to just fill up 3-4 times a day and know that I’m getting enough water.
- Snacks – Not letting myself get too hungry or allowing my blood sugar levels to dip kept me from getting “hangry” and relieved some nausea, too. My favorites to keep around were pretzels, almonds, KIND bars, and crackers. I even kept a small box of crackers on my nightstand to have when “morning” sickness would strike at 2 am.
- Popsicles – Specifically, Edy’s fruit bars. These had a similar effect to sipping on ice water, but sometimes it’s just nice to have something with more flavor than plain water.
- Altoids – Great for calming your stomach while you’re out & about. Also, great to freshen up with if you get sick while you’re out.
- Pregnancy pillow – I got my pregnancy pillow during my second pregnancy, and immediately wished I had gotten it during my first!
- Sports bras – During the first trimester, everything feels bloated and super sensitive in that area. No reason to add the aggravation of an underwire into the mix.
- Leggings – Both of my previous pregnancies were during spring/summer, so I had no reason for maternity leggings with them. A couple weeks ago, I bought my first pair of maternity leggings and could not believe how much more comfortable I was wearing them instead of sizing up in regular leggings.
Other Helpful Things
- Makeup remover wipes – When you’re dealing with first trimester exhaustion, you might not feel like bothering with a complicated skin care routine every night. Your favorite face wipes are great to have for those nights when you just need to crawl into bed early.
- Prenatal yoga – This has helped me so much during my third pregnancy. The deep breathing techniques helped with nausea (weirdly), and the gentle stretches and movements relieved hip & back pain.
- Teleties hair ties – Heat flashes can strike randomly and you’ll want to be able to get your hair out of your face and off your neck. They’re also necessary to keep on hand if you’re dealing with vomiting from morning sickness. These hair ties won’t cause hair breakage, plus they look cuter than a plain hair elastic on your wrist.
- Sheet pan / slow cooker meals – As much as I love to cook, standing over a hot stove to get dinner on the table isn’t something I wanted to do during the first trimester. I was just too exhausted, and all of the smells didn’t help with my nausea. Thank goodness sheet pan/one pot/slow cooker meals! It was so nice to be able to throw everything on a sheet pan or drop it into a slow cooker and walk away.
Those are my biggest essentials for getting through the first trimester of pregnancy. Do you have any tips or tricks? I would love to hear them in the comments below!