Love these ideas! I lived in my favorite PJs and drank so much tea when I was newly pregnant, too!
First Trimester Pregnancy Favourites
For many the first trimester of pregnancy can be a really rough time. I feel like I had a pretty smooth ride of it (you’ll notice that there are no anti-nausea remedies on my favourites list), but that’s not to say that there haven’t been key items that have made my first trimester a lot easier!
These are my first trimester pregnancy favourites. The things that I swear by and the pieces that kept me sane and stress-free in my first three months:
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I was SO tired during my first trimester (and still now into my second if we’re being really honest!) Any time that I wasn’t working or commuting, I was sleeping. Which meant that I needed some really comfy pajamas.
I love the silky feel of these Bluebella shirt and wide-leg pants set. A satin dupe for the ultimate in luxury (but way out of my price range), the silk Olivia Von Halle pyjama sets.
Very early in my first trimester I started to get very sore and swollen boobs, especially at the end of the day and during the night. I needed something that was soft and comfortable but that offered the right amount of support with no underwire. This bralette was a lifesaver and did the job perfectly. I should have bought more.
Insulated Tumbler –
I spent much of the first thirteen weeks with a raging thirst and pretty much carried my insulated tumbler around at all times. It’s a good size and was great to keep my water nice and cold (I’m not a room temp water fan, even though I know that it’s better for you.)
One-A-Day Women’s Prenatal Vitamins with DHA –
I switched between a couple of brands of prenatals in the first few weeks before I finally found these ones. I had tried different gummies, vegan prenatals, supplemental probiotics and all sorts.
These were easy to take, didn’t give me any unpleasant side effects and I liked the addition of the second DHA pill as the Omega-3 fatty acids are important to brain and eye development during pregnancy. I didn’t think that the two month supply was bad value either.
Ovia App –
There are so many different pregnancy apps – when I first started looking for one the choices were overwhelming – but very quickly I was drawn to Ovia.
I preferred the clean and mature look to the app. Many of them were all garish colours and cartoon baby images. I found the weekly pregnancy videos helpful, the different articles and even the community pages (although the questions being asked quickly became repetitive so I stopped checking them.)
I use Ovia to log my medications that I am taking, record my weight and exercise, set reminders for my doctor’s appointments, look up food safety and a host of other things. It really has some useful features.
Bio Oil –
Only time will tell whether or not I end up getting stretch marks. The logical part of my brain knows that a large part of it all comes down to genetics and skin type. But, there is still that voice in my head that tells me that I will regret it if I don’t at least try to keep my skin adequately moisturized and hydrated. I know that there is no magic cream, but I feel like Bio Oil is the closest that you get, and I’d rather be safe than sorry. I started to use Bio Oil at least once daily after my shower at around nine or ten weeks. On wet skin I find that it absorbs pretty quickly and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. I have no problem with putting my clothes on afterwards and it doesn’t leave marks. Winner!
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Decaf Teabags –
I’m not sure how much explanation this one needs… I’m British, we drink tea as if it is the life force that sustains us (it probably is). The idea of giving up our National institution just because it is a caffeinated beverage is inconceivable. Switching to decaf tea was perfectly tolerable. If I’m entirely honest I don’t really notice the difference. I may never switch back, as blasphemous as that sounds. I generally went with PG Tips or Tetley decaf – but I’ll take whatever I can find.
What To Expect When You’re Expecting –
I wanted to read up as much as I could in my first trimester – all of the apps and all of the books. What To Expect When You’re Expecting is pretty much the go-to guide to pregnancy and with good reason. A friend of mine was kind enough to lend me hers and it really was so helpful. Breaking down the pregnancy by month and going over everything that you can expect in those weeks, from symptoms to tests at your doctor’s appointments and frequently asked questions.
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser –
My skin was really terrible in the early stages of pregnancy and I was breaking out a lot. The only thing that seemed to help was diligent use of my Sunday Riley cleanser at least once a day. I felt comfortable with the ingredients for use during pregnancy (no salicylic acid) and it really helped keep my skin under control.
I am not a gym bunny by any stretch of the imagination. I generally avoid most forms of exercise at all costs. But, the one thing that I am really good at is walking a lot. I always try to get in at least 8,000 – 12,000 steps a day and in pregnancy I feel that it is even more important. Walking is one of the best and safest forms of exercise for mamas-to-be. Low impact while still being an effective form of cardio as long as you’re walking briskly enough. I use my FitBit to keep track of how many steps I am getting and I log them in Ovia along with any other exercise I take (prenatal yoga).
Pretty sure that this requires no explanation – but when you spend as much time on the couch as I did for the first twelve weeks you need a few really good series to keep you occupied! Many seasons of Grey’s Anatomy were watched during my first trimester. Yes, Netflix. I’m still watching…
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Do you have any pregnancy favourites that you swear by? I’ve still got a way to go and need all the help and advice that I can get!
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