Drinking water (a LOT of water) is one of the most important things to do throughout pregnancy. I can only speak to my own experience, but in the first few months I was feeling really bloated and constantly nauseous. Sometimes drinking water helped to curb my nausea temporarily. Sometimes I threw up anyway. The point is hydration is important! : )
Using a glass water bottle like this meant I could see and track how much I was drinking and make sure I was getting my daily recommended water intake (at least eight 8-ounce glasses). Also it was good to throw in my purse so I always had water on the go!
Ah supplements. I love this brand and have been using their Blood Builder (Iron) supplement for years. What makes this brand different is that they source their ingredients from whole foods rather than using synthetic vitamins and minerals. This means your body can absorb them easily and you can even take them on an empty stomach. They will cost you more than the average vitamin but I find it totally worth the extra cash-ola.
This app is pretty great for a number of reasons. As a first time mom, and any mom for that matter, the first trimester can be extremely stressful. The baby is so tiny and you can’t feel any movement yet so you are constantly wondering what the heck is going on! This app gives you weekly updates with information about all the amazing changes that are happening to your little babe. There’s even a weekly video where the author of What to Expect When Your Expecting gives a more in-depth update on how things are growing and developing. Thanks to this app we called our baby “Blueberry” for weeks since the first week I started using it was week 7 and that was how big she was at that point!
Another awesome feature of this app is that it links you with other moms due around the same time as you. You can start discussion threads for questions and advice and create a little community. Usually someone in the group will create a Facebook page and discussions continue there. I’ve already connected with a few Portland moms through the Facebook group which has been lovely!
4. Saltine Crackers
Boring, but oh so necessary. I was one of those pregnant ladies that had pretty intense nausea throughout the first trimester and into the second trimester as well. From weeks 10-18 I was put on a medication to help with it but the trade-off was that the medication made me very tired and fatigued. Morning and night there was always a pack of Saltine’s nearby for me to snack on. Sometimes it was the only thing I could stand to eat!
This was something recommended by my friend and mom of 3 (girl KNOWS what she is talking about). I never would have thought of eating Freezies as a way to combat my nausea but let me tell you – it works! They have a lot of sugar so obviously you don’t want to be eating these all day, every day. But I kept a stash in the freezer and at times I was feeling especially woozy I would have one and it definitely helped. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that it’s cold or that it’s basically liquid but I don’t even care. Two thumbs up for blue Freezies!
I will preface this by saying that you should check with your healthcare provider before drinking any herbal tea while pregnant. Herbal tea is a hot button issue so always check first before drinking it!
My doctor didn’t have any issues with me drinking peppermint and ginger tea so it wasn’t an issue. I did find it helped settle my stomach (ginger is great for digestion) plus drinking a warm beverage before bed always helps me relax. Earth Mama Angel Baby has many other teas that I’ve been using throughout my pregnancy and I’ve really enjoyed them all. I’ll be sure to share which ones in my Second and Third Trimester Favourites post!
What were your first trimester favourites? Do you know someone who is pregnant and uses something that really helped them? Let me know in the comments!