Hi everyone! Now that I’m well in to my second trimester, I thought I would share some of the things that helped me sooo much during my first trimester! Some things I dealt with: I was terrified every day of something happening, I was sooo bloated, I had allll day nausea (not just in the mornings) and a ton of food aversions! The traditional “eat ginger & saltines” didn’t work for me because the smell of ginger grossed me out soooo much and I am gluten-free, so I couldn’t eat saltines!
These things below helped me get through every day and now that I’m in my second trimester, I can barely remember feeling as bad as I did! Thank God!
Just remember, every pregnancy is so different, so take what you like and leave the rest!
1. Magnesium Spray – I should start by saying I’m not a health care professional, but this spray was a life changer for me. It helped my nausea and morning sickness so much! It doesn’t eliminate it, but it was greatly reduced. Magnesium is actually best absorbed through the skin, so I would spray it on my wrists, chest and stomach. This is the one I used, you can get it at Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, and most vitamin shops.
2. Pregnancy Pillow – I waited until about 10 weeks to get this pillow, but once I got it… I was soooo happy! You snuggle right inside it and it helps support your back & hips so much. It also helps train you to sleep on your side. I am a stomach sleeper, so this was a big help for me.
3. Glass Water bottle Fruit Infuser – Everyone will tell you “Drink a ton of water!” during your first trimester. But, the last thing I wanted was water. I don’t know what it was about it, it just grossed me out! So, this water bottle helped me get my water! You can add strawberries, mint, or whatever sounds good to you. If that still doesn’t work, try LaCroix or ice chips! I also ate a TON of fruit which has high levels of water content.
4. Folic Acid drops & Prenatal Vitamins Gummies – The last thing you want to do when you’re nauseous is swallow horse pills with the worst aftertaste! I know it’s super important to get your vitamins, so I resorted to gummies with a Folic Acid liquid supplement (my doctor said Folic Acid was the most important vitamin of all to take while pregnant, so I wanted to make sure I got enough). I would use the Folic Acid drops under my tongue every night and it was perfect. I actually started on these drops about 3 months before getting pregnant (I highly recommend them!) I got mine from Sprouts, but this one looks good!
5. Pregnancy Journal – I’m not a big “journaler”, but the weirdest things happen during pregnancy and by the time your doctor’s apt rolls around…you will forget everything, I promise! I used a journal to write down some things that I experienced that I wanted to make sure to ask about. I also wrote down some of the things I was feeling, some of the foods I enjoyed and a few other things that I wanted to remember!
Here are a few runner ups that also were a big help: Peppermint Gum (just chew it all the time to get your mind of the nausea), an organic citrus body scrub (Any time I started feeling nausea coming on, I would get in the shower and use this scrub. The citrus smell made me feel so much better) NETFLIX (You will be spending a lot of time resting, so enjoy it!) & a comfy pair of high waisted leggings! Hope this helps!