Let me just say what we’re all thinking: the first trimester. is. exhausting. Waves of debilitating nausea, extreme fatigue, and worse-than-puberty acne (now how is that fair??) seem to lurk around every corner. But even with all that in mind, it IS possible for you to absolutely crush the first trimester. Aside from the actual basic necessities like prenatal vitamins, cutting out drugs and alcohol, and getting plenty of rest, here is my tried and true list of first trimester essentials that will help you make it through these next three (exciting, but nauseating) months!
1. La Croix
This stuff is PURE GOLD. During my darkest hours of morning sickness I tended to gravitate toward the Lemon flavor, but honestly any flavor you can stomach will do. I don’t know what it is about those magical bubbles of carbonated goodness, but they work wonders for a queasy stomach. And they’re way better for you than the junk-filled sodas that always seem to make you feel worse after drinking them. (or is that just me??)
2. Coconut WaterCoconut water is magical. I feel instantly better the second I drink it. It has electrolytes and naturally occurring vitamins and minerals. And, (I can attest to this one!) it helps with muscle aches and headaches. But don’t go overboard– Doctors recommend drinking no more than to 1-2 8oz servings a day. And before you head to Costco to buy a ginormous 20 pack that no single human could ever hope to consume, be aware that an opened container of coconut water should be drunk within 24-48 hours or else it goes sour! Yuck!
To save money, I still buy the large containers. If I don’t plan to use the remainder within a day I’ll freeze it in a glass mason jar to defrost & drink later (remember to leave 2″ at the top for liquid expansion!) or I’ll freeze it in ice cube trays to chuck in a smoothie. And if it’s spring or summer, I’ll throw some fresh (or frozen, or heck even canned, no judgement here) fruit in a cute popsicle mold and pour the coconut water on top. It’s the perfect soothing treat for a worn & weary pregnant woman such as myself.
3. Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows FoundationThis stuff is so great! It’s phalate free, paraben free, & cruelty free! I switched over to this foundation as soon as I got that positive pregnancy test. It’s natural enough for me to feel comfortable using it almost daily without breaking our tight newlywed budget. The full coverage claim isn’t too bad either. It’s not as easy to build up coverage as some foundations I’ve used in the past, but it gets the job done.
4. KIND Breakfast Protein BarsThese bars were another life saver for me. I practically ate two of their Dark Chocolate Cocoa Protein bars a day. They were easy enough to go down without coming back up (sorry guys, but let’s get real here…), packed in 8 grams of protein, and also complied with my mild nut allergy– although their label warns that they are made in a facility that processes nuts so keep that in mind if you’re dealing with more than a mild allergy.
5. Maternity Jeans (or Overalls!)Me on the daily: “Holy moly?! This is my first pregnancy… and I’m showing already!??” I started showing at 9 weeks, people. NINE WEEKS. And it wasn’t just a cute lil belly bump either– my entire middle and bottom half puffed up overnight. So that’s cool, thanks hormones. If you feel your pants getting uncomfortably snug in your first trimester, just bite the bullet and accept your new status as maternity-clothes-wearer. It happens to the best of us.
If you’re strapped for cash, check out your local thrift shops or keep an eye out for maternity store sales! I got a pair of overalls and jeans from my local Motherhood Maternity while they were having a cool half off sale!
One more favorite thing before you go…
Perhaps most importantly, remember to have grace for yourself, especially during this season. Unless you’re a lucky pregnancy goddess who has the easiest first trimester ever (which I hope happens to you because I wouldn’t wish this suffering on my worst enemy), you’re not going to be able to keep up with the same daily standard as your fierce pre-pregnancy self. And that’s perfectly, wonderfully, and wholly OK. An extremely loving thing you can do for your tiny lump of a baby right now is to learn to truly love yourself. Try your best to kick the nasty comparison habit, let go of the unrealistic expectations placed on you by yourself, society, and others, and accept that your flaws don’t make you any less worthy of love, they merely make you human. I would be heartbroken to watch my child talk to themselves the way I used to talk to myself (and sometimes still do). Do you not see that you’re worthy of the same love we so freely give our children? If I’m being honest, I still struggle with accepting this one. We’ve grown up believing lies about our worth and it can take years to fully undo that damage. But don’t fret, one of the best things you can do for your baby right now is to give them a loving mother who is fully and unashamedly herself, flaws included. I believe in you!
I’d love to hear from you! Comment below with some of your morning sickness remedies!