By: Amanda Frittz
My first trimester of pregnancy has officially come to a close (yay!). In celebration, I thought I would make a post with all the goodies I used to help me get through it.
Keep in mind, everyone’s pregnancy and bodies are different – so, what worked for me may or may not work for you.
Throughout this first trimester of pregnancy, my main symptoms were fatigue and slow digestion. However, I did have some food aversions, and slight nausea occasionally and I have a few tips for how I dealt with that!
How I Dealt With Nausea
Like I mentioned above, I got extremely lucky with nausea in my first trimester. The only time I would get slightly nauseous was when I hadn’t eaten in a while. However, it was easily curable with a snack and some bubbly water.
That being said, whether you do have bad nausea or not, you may find some of these things helpful as well!
- Ginger Tea – Whenever I was feeling a little nauseous in the morning I would go and make myself some ginger tea before grabbing a snack. This always seemed to help, and the warm water was soothing on my empty stomach.
- Pellegrino – Sparkling water is always essential at my house, but I found myself going through it like crazy during this pregnancy! The bubbles are a great way to soothe your tummy without consuming a sugary soda.
- Crackers – This was a bedside staple for me. Any crackers will do, but I love the multigrain and ritz crackers from Trader Joe’s.
- Fruit – Something about the tartness of fresh fruit really helped kick any nausea I had in the butt.
How I Dealt with Slow Digestion
Slow digestion was by far one of my worst symptoms. Luckily, there are some things you can do to naturally help keep things moving!
- Metamucil – This is a pregnancy safe digestive aid that helps you get enough fiber. Personally, this alone didn’t help me all that much, but it was extremely gentle and never made me feel bad either.
- Magnesium – Magnesium is a natural way to relieve both slow digestion and muscle cramps!
- Water, Water, Water – Staying hydrated is essential to helping your digestive system do its job.
- Drinking tea first thing – Just like coffee, tea seems to help get things moving and it doesn’t have as much caffeine!
How I Managed my Fatigue
I was SO tired during my first trimester. Honestly, my best advice would be to just let yourself rest. After all, you are growing a baby. Naps feel extra amazing when you’re pregnant!
- Lower Expectations – Unless you’re a superhuman (which I am not) you’re going to have a hard time keeping up with everything you normally do. Cut yourself some slack, and realize it’s not the end of the world if you end up making more frozen or crockpot meals.
- Drink Water – Water intake can make a huge difference in your energy levels! Make sure that you’re drinking more than you normally do now that you’re pregnant.
- Naps – Seriously, naps are everything when you are pregnant! I think I took about a 2-hour nap every other day during my first trimester.
- Multi-Vitamins – Taking a good prenatal vitamin is essential. I use the Vitality from Neolife and am going to order extra omegas (brain development) and Tre-en-en (energy) for the rest of my pregnancy.
Products I’m Using to Prevent Stretch Marks
Technically your belly doesn’t grow a ton in the first trimester. Though, my waist did get a shocking 5 inches wider despite me staying the same weight! That being said, I wanted to start being proactive about stretch marks immediately.
- Three B’s Butter – This cream is made locally in Bend, Oregon and feels extra luxurious! It’s a really thick texture but melts in your hands and rubs easily onto your skin. The name stands for Boobs, Belly, and Butt so it makes it super easy to remember all the spots you should be putting it on every day!
- Bend Soap Sugar Scrub – This scrub is super moisturizing which I love! I use it every other day in the shower and I already feel like I moisturized when I get out. The scent “Sweet Orange” is my absolute favorite and reminds me of fruit loops.
- Moisturize Every Day – In addition to the products I already mentioned, I’ve been using a body oil to moisturize with every day or every other day.