Tuesday, September 24, 2019

1st Trimester Must-Haves

Now that I've made it into my 2nd trimester (hooray!) I wanted to share my must-have-for-survival products that got me this far. The first handful of weeks of pregnancy can be HARD, with nausea, breakouts, fatigue and lots of other not-so-fun symptoms. Growing a baby is no cake walk, but some of this stuff made it a little bit more manageable.

1. Witch Hazel: My skin went nutso during my first trimester, and I searched high and low for something that was completely natural and safe that would also help my breakouts. This Witch Hazel did the trick and also left my skin feeling super clean.

2. The Pregnancy Countdown Book: My favorite little pregnancy book with a few fun pages on each week of gestation so you can know what's going on inside your body.

3. Pregnancy Pillow: 5,500 5-star reviews are not wrong. This pillow will be your best friend when you’re feeling wiped out and exhausted (which will be always).

4. New Toothbrush: Fun fact: pregnancy destroys your teeth, so it’s time to invest in a good toothbrush and water pick. Did you know that some insurances cover 3 dental cleanings during your pregnancy to stay ahead of the havoc that your hormones are wrecking?

5. Preggy Pops: Perfect for nausea and that queasy, carsick feeling that you just can’t shake during those early weeks. I had these in my pantry and in my purse for on-the-go, and have used them for all 3 pregnancies. 

6. Pajamas: Invest in good pajamas. Do it. I love these because 1) they’re so comfortable, and 2) they’ll serve me well postpartum since the buttons unbutton for nursing.

7. Peppermint Tea: A good, caffeine-free way to wake up in the mornings. This also helped to settle my stomach when needed.

8. Prenatal Vitamins: These have been an Amazon subscribe-and-save favorite since they’re gel coated and super easy to take. My doctor also wrote me a script for prenatals, but they’re huge and chalky, and hard to stomach if you’re already feeling nauseated.

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