Woah, crazy things are happening… I’m here to share my first trimester symptoms & all the essentials that helped me manage. Also, here’s a little snippet about how we found out! My husband & I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary July 25th 2020. We had just started trying a couple months prior but I convinced myself it wasn’t going to happen yet because we were busy with traveling & camping most of the month. Then on Aug 5th in the middle of my daily stretching routine I felt a nudge to take a test.
The second line was fairly faint but there was definitely two lines!! I kept repeating “don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me” out loud as I grabbed three other tests that also showed up positive. I was immediately praying & thanking the Lord as I finished my stretching with tears in my eyes as I was simultaneously still in disbelief. That evening I told my hubby I was pregnant; he was very excited & surprised as well. 🙂 Baby is due April 2021, we are so blessed. It is still so surreal!
First Trimester Symptoms
I didn’t have any first trimester symptoms up until about week 6 or 7. Then evening nausea, as well as exhaustion hit & I felt blah all the time. I especially didn’t feel good after 6pm. Luckily the nausea didn’t last long in the first trimester & I never got to the point of puking. Praise! The nausea lasted till about 10 weeks & the fatigue lifted closer to the second trimester.
A few other first trimester symptoms I also experienced were: Bloody noses, sinus presser, congested/stuffy nose, very strong sense of smell, food aversions (I lived on cinnamon toast crunch with banana & coconut milk, bagels, fruit, English muffins, simple dinners; anything fairly bland, crunchy & salty). I also had very vivid dreams, which isn’t unusual for me, but they were realistic & vivid on another level. That just about sums up my not so tmi first trimester symptoms!
First Trimester Essentials
I have absolutely been loving this week by week guide! It includes weekly recipes, questions to ask midwives, what to expect during delivery & is very informative on all the tests & procedures coming your way. It is straight forward & full of helpful information as you progress weekly in your pregnancy. I highly recommend!
My sister in law bought me this sweet weekly pregnancy devotional. Little did she know I had my eye on it since before I was even pregnant! I was so excited when she gifted it to me. I have been loving it & think it will be sweet to look back on the weekly prompts when baby is much older.
I have always loved documenting & journaling. So, of course I had to get a new one to document my pregnancy, thoughts, love notes to baby, milestones, prayers, memories & events as I go through pregnancy & their first month or year of life.
These helped so much in the evening when I became nauseous. It would temporarily subside the icky feeling in my stomach & I quite enjoyed the lemony ginger taste! Definitely recommend if you don’t like ginger because the lemon disguises it just enough.
I found these ginger candies at Homegoods or Marshalls!
I drink this in my water every evening about an hour before going to bed, which I plan on continuing all the way through the third trimester as well as postpartum. This magnesium drink has helped significantly with my sleep & preventing leg cramps!
I started taking these probiotic prenatal vitamins about two months before we started trying. I have absolutely loved them & they weren’t difficult to swallow when I was nauseous. (the pills are very slim & fairly small compared to other prenatal.) They have ginger as an ingredient which I really think helped with the fact that my nausea wasn’t absolutely horrible. I also love knowing that I’m getting high quality organic nutrients! P.S. My hair & nails grew like crazy in the first trimester, slower growing now (probably because baby is taking more nutrients) but my nails have never been so beautifully thick! Whether it’s the prenatal; not 100% sure.
My midwife recommended these DHA omega-3 vitamins & I have enjoyed them! No fishy taste or smell which is a must. The pill sizes are easy to swallow. They are also very budget friendly!
I was gifted these Iodine drops, but generally it doesn’t hurt to get a bit more nutrients. Especially because it has been difficult for me to eat much meat, fish or eggs in the first trimester. I was glad to have these!
My nausea was easily tolerable with the help of peppermint. I would wear peppermint oil on my wrists to smell throughout the day & kept a bottle in my purse. Also, the peppermint lip balm was very soothing & calming for my senses while also moisturizing my very chapped lips!! I highly recommend keeping a moisturizing lip balm on hand for dry lips throughout pregnancy.
I found the Lip Balm at my local health food store & Target!
Drinking plenty of water is probably the most important thing next to taking a prenatal. During the first trimester my water had to be cold in order for me to enjoy it, so this insulated water bottle was with me day & night! It kept my water cold even without ice overnight. It’s also only $8 & comes in different colors! I’m definitely grateful I picked this up because drinking room temp water was very difficult haha.
Whew, the first trimester was something else! Thank you so much for reading this weeks blog, truly! I have always enjoyed reading other mamas trimester recaps & recommendations (far before I became pregnant). I would love to hear what helped you through the first trimester & any symptoms you had! Every pregnancy is so different & such an incredible blessing! If you are expecting I hope this post was helpful to you. If not, I hope you enjoyed reading & following my journey! <3 May you have a wonderful day & potentially a happy first trimester!
Angel & Baby