Yes, I have been MIA for a while now mostly due to the fatigue and nausea of my first trimester of pregnancy. Tomorrow I am 15 weeks pregnant, and it has taken me courage to finally annouce to the internet that I am indeed pregnant. I never had regular cycles, and this is my first pregnancy, so I was pretty nervous until I passed 14 weeks.
Now that I am through those sickly first 3 months, I am feeling much better to begin blogging again! When I found out I was pregnant, I enjoyed reading other bloggers posts about what items they loved during their pregnancies. So, here is my list of first trimester essentials, and of course they are more health-conscious items! 🙂
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First Trimester Essentials
- Lavender GT’s Kombucha: I know that pregnant women are probably not supposed to drink kombucha because it is raw and not pasteurized (consume at your own risk). However, I have always felt safer getting it bottled from a bigger company than a local brew that doesn’t have to follow specific standards. Either way, this drink has helped to soothe my stomach, and has been enjoyable. The added bonus is that you get probiotics from the beverage!
- GoOrganic Ginger Candies: These only helped me the first 1-2 weeks when I started to get nauseous (about 5.5 – 7 weeks I would say). I did not like the ginger chews. The flavor was too strong. But, these are more mild, and definitely allowed the nausea to subside for a few minutes.
- Organic Ginger Tea: I don’t think it matter too much what brand you get. The one pictured is the brand I usually buy. All ginger teas seemed to be soothing. Once again, this only helped the first few weeks of nausea, then I developed a silly aversion to it and now hate the taste.
- Prenatal Pro by Designs for Health: My absolute number one pick for a prenatal multivitamin and supplement. I am very picky about what supplements I choose for myself. It contains all the most absorbable forms of the vitamins and minerals as well as easier to handle iron, and additional nutrients that some prenatals do not have. It is not your average drugstore prenatal. You do have to take 6 capsules per day, but if you break it up 3 in the morning and 3 at night, it is not so bad. The capsules and absorable vitamins make it easier to digest as well and do not cause more nausea.
- Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA: If you are not aware, DHA helps the baby’s brain development. If you are not eating clean, non-toxic, fatty fish multiple times per week, then you likely need a DHA. Nordic Naturals is a great company that produces high quality, clean, pure fish oils made from smaller fish like sardines and achovies that are not filled with mercury and toxins. The pills are nice and small so they are easy to take! If you like one that has a nice strawberry flavor to it, here is another alternative if it is hard to take pills: ProDHA Nordic Naturals (I took half a serving).
- Birth, Baby, and Life Podcast: I didn’t feel like doing much exercise, but I made myself go for daily walks. While I did so, I listened to this podcast to start learning about pregnancy and baby. I highly recommend it. Kristen, the host of the show, is enjoyable to listen to and made me less stressed about pregnancy. I learned A LOT, too!
- Butter London Nail Polish: Safe, non-toxic, pregnancy friendly nail polish! You want to stay away from all the nasty chemicals of regular polish. I absolutely love this brand. It does not smell harsh, and stays on my nails for a full week or more with very little chipping and comes off easily. Products are carcinogen-free and do not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP or camphor.
- Fan: Any fan for use at night while you sleep. All the surging hormones made me hot and it was hard to sleep unless I had a fan right near me at night.
- Angel Victoria’s Secret Sports Bra: This type has a flexible underwire so that it gives you tons of support, and I was never hurting by the end of the day wearing this bra. The nice thing is that they come in regular bra sizes, and not just small/medium/large. It wasn’t a new purchase, just something I found worked well. I should say that I did not wear this bra when wearing nicer clothes. It would have looked silly. For nicer attire, I bought a new Calvin Klein bra. They always fit me so well.
- Coach Poppy Perfume: Love this scent! I used more perfumes and body sprays this month when other things smelled so awful. Pregnancy nose! I discovered this perfume when I bought a knock-off version of a body spray at Target (it was only $3!!). Stop by Target in the perfume section and look for the knock-off body spray. The $3 is worth it. If you want to be cleaner and greener, I like these Kuumba natural perfume oils that you can also buy at Whole Foods (only $8-$10).
- Gluten free carbs: pretzels, frozen waffles, bread for toast, crackers, cookies, you name it! All of these helped settled my stomach. Some specific brands that were staples are below:
Van’s Ancient Grains Gluten Free Waffles
Ian’s Fish Sticks (I know… but, they are healthier!)
Simple Bites Mini Cookies: Mini size for small bites and less sugar.
UCAN Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars: Contain a starch that allows your energy to last a little longer. I have no idea why I liked these, but hey, it worked. Maybe because they taste like a candy bar.
Stonyfield Yogurt: Organic Grass Fed: I love the texture, quality, and lower sugar content.
More About Food
Those are just a few things that I ate a little bit more frequently for a few weeks.
Other foods I ate a lot of during my first trimester just due to what I felt like eating and could stomach: eggs, gluten free toast, avocado, cheese, tortilla chips (and some cheese dip!), hidden vegetables (stirring into meals), melon, berries, vanilla ice cream, popcorn, other types of healthier chips, seltzer, Whole Foods salad bar (because I could pick what interested me), take-out Thai curry, Jason’s Deli (gluten free sandwiches, tomato soup, salad bar) meals that I didn’t have to look at while cooking (haha!).
And that concludes everything. I will be back updating once and a while about pregnancy-related foods and nutrition!