My 1st Trimester Must-Haves
I'm going to be 100% honest with you guys; trying to put together this list was difficult. The first 13 weeks of my pregnancy have been the hardest weeks so far. It was challenging to adapt every few days to what my cravings and aversion were, as well as my body changes - it was an experience to say the least! It took me a hot minute to compile this list for you guys, not because I didn’t have anything to put together, but because I misplaced my Pregnancy Journal where I kept everything and I couldn’t remember! Luckily after some digging around, I found it and was able to look back on some of the things I relied on to help me get through the first trimester of my pregnancy.
I’ll start with the very first thing I wrote down, and the one item I think was SO important - my water bottle. I was incredibly thirsty just a few weeks after I found out I was pregnant, and having it by my side was essential when it came to my nausea. I switched between a few different styles, and often landed on a Venti-sized Starbucks reusable tumbler or a one liter bottle I got from Walmart a few years ago. I would go through about four refills of water a day, give or take, depending on what I was craving that week.
Other drinks I often switched between were Bundaberg’s Australian Ginger Beer and a Honey Citrus Mint Peach Tea my husband would make me at Starbucks. The Ginger Beer worked really well in the afternoon and on my days off, whereas the Tea was a godsend in the morning. My husband was an absolute trooper in helping me find something that I could consistently drink that wouldn’t make my nausea worse.
Food related items for me were a jumble of just about everything. With how often my cravings and aversions changed, I kept a variety of snacks available for me at work and at home. And it is an insane list; Jalapeno Cheetos, Fruit Snacks, Chocolate protein bars, Wheat Thins, Chocolate Pop-tarts, Chonga Bagels with Cream Cheese, Fiber One Bars, McDonald’s Ice Cream cones (specifically the cone), Taco Bell Crunch Wraps, Queso, Annie’s White Cheddar Mac N’ Cheese… The list could go on forever with how OFTEN my cravings changed! It was frustrating to say the least. Even the slightest spices would set off my nausea. I once asked my husband to make me plain spaghetti with butter, and as we usually do, he added salt and pepper while mixing in the butter. As soon as I took the first bite I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish eating the spaghetti. Feeding me was a complete nightmare.
As my first trimester progressed through the Winter here in the Northwest, I was constantly cold, and I mean absolutely freezing 24/7. I had blanket stations set up in just about part of my apartment with the exception of the bathroom and the kitchen. Neither of them had heaters, so the doors to these rooms were often kept shut. For the bedroom, I kept my heated blanket plugged in and turned it on about 30 minutes before I went to sleep, so my side of the bed would be toasty warm. I kept my favorite knit blanket I bought from IKEA on my couch at all times, and my electric fireplace was always on before I settled into my spot on the couch. Blankets saved my freezing little booty, and helped keep myself content, even with my nausea.
The last item I had written down were my Prenatal Vitamins. These I took primarily at night before bed, as it would increase my nausea to the point where I’d get dizzy, and it would all get a thousand times worse. With all of my food aversions and how hard it was to eat, my vitamins played a huge part in making sure I stayed healthy for my growing son. Even though I couldn’t get all of the nutrients I needed throughout the day, I got what I needed most with my Prenatal Vitamins. I started with the Up&Up Prenatal Tablets, but as my nausea increased (and my sinuses stuffed) I switched to the Gummies, and both have worked equally well.
Well, there you have it! All the crazy things I needed to survive my first trimester of pregnancy! Let me know in the comments below what helped you get through the first weeks of growing your baby!
This is all for now my loves!