I know mine was.
So I put together some essential items that helped me get through it.
1. If your skin is anything like mine…it will go crazy. Honestly my face broke out worse in my first trimester than it ever has in my life. Unfortunately when you’re pregnant you can’t use acne creams like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. So about half way through my first trimester I remembered that tea tree oil can help breakouts. I started using it as a spot treatment but that really wasn’t cutting it…so I actually just started mixing one drop of it in with my moisturizer at night. This worked wonders! My face has since cleared up almost completely.
Be very careful around your eye area.
2. Preggie Pop Drops! I have to thank my sister for sending me a package of these. If you are suffering from morning sickness, order these now. They are full of essential oils that help to ease nausea and they taste like candy! I will admit that there are days where these don’t help at all…but if you just have some mild nausea these will help a lot!
Kane even likes them 😉
3. Water should just be a given. It is always important but even more so during pregnancy. Water helps get those nutrients delivered to your growing baby, it keeps your skin hydrated to help avoid stretch marks, it helps you go to the bathroom which can become a problem when you’re pregnant, and it can keep swelling down. Plus it is just plain good for you. So make sure you are keeping yourself well hydrated…especially if you are throwing up a lot in the first trimester.
4. No your baby isn’t big enough to be “showing” early in your first trimester but guess what…another beautiful sign of pregnancy is bloating! I could still button all of my pants but they were just getting so uncomfortable. My mom and sister finally talked me into getting a pair of maternity jeans around week 11 and I’m so glad they did! I really wish I would’ve gotten a pair sooner. They are just so much more comfortable and look just as great as your regular jeans…if not better. I recommend going to Old Navy because their maternity sizes are in regular sizes (2, 4, 6, 8, etc.). That way you can just find your regular size and buy it…unlike at Target where they have S, M and L. They just didn’t work as well.
5. There are so many pregnancy apps that you can download on to your phone. I highly recommend downloading at least one of them. The one I prefer is the Pregnancy + App. (Just search for it in your app store.) They have a free version and a version that costs around $1.99 I think. I just went ahead and bought it because I knew I would be using it all the time and I didn’t want to deal with ads or anything like that. This app is great because it has a new tip for you every day plus every week it tells you tons of details about your growing baby. It also has some detailed pictures of what your baby looks like…which can be creepy but cute at the same time!
6. Prenatals are so important during pregnancy…and even before you get pregnant! When we first told our doctor that we were going to start trying soon, she recommended taking prenatals for 3 months ahead of time. (If you don’t that’s totally fine…no worries). She also recommended getting one with DHA because it supports brain development.
7. I would also recommend getting at least one book to read. The one pictured above is one that my mother in law actually bought for me and so far I’m loving it. It has just enough information to where you don’t feel like you are getting overwhelmed. It is also separated into weeks so it’s pretty easy to read. There are tons of books on the market so just look around and see what you would like best. But it’s nice having a resource to go look at if you have any questions (other than Google).
8. These belly bands are another alternative to maternity jeans. My mom bought me one at Target and it has also helped a lot with comfort. Even though I could still button my pants…it was so much more comfortable to leave them unbuttoned. These bands are great because you can leave your pants unbuttoned and they will just hold them right up!
Those are all of my first trimester essentials.
Let me know if there’s anything I missed!