So you’re pregnant and want to know what the best first trimester pregnancy essentials are, right?
Look no further, here’s a round up of 10 of the most important lifesaver items I had that helped me and so many other moms survive the struggles of morning sickness and discomfort throughout the first trimester of pregnancy.
These are items you’ll probably want to have on hand BEFORE the symptoms arise. Once those symptoms kick in, you’re going to wish you could snap your fingers and have these items to use ASAP to make the discomfort disappear.
Best First Trimester Pregnancy Essentials:
1. Preggie Pop Drops
These were a lifesaver for me during the first trimester. When you’re struggling with sickness and nausea during those early weeks, you need a quick and easy remedy. Especially when you’re on the go. These preggie pop drops are great because you can keep them in your purse, in your car, and wherever else to keep them handy. They’re so easy and convenient and honestly taste so good and help a ton with the nausea!
The best part is that they’re pregnancy safe, made in the USA, and made with natural ingredients such as essential oils and plant botanicals. They’re also gluten free. They contain Vitamin B6 which helps with nausea as well. I highly recommend ordering these like yesterday after finding out you’re pregnant! You’ll be so thankful to have them on hand when you need them!
2. Anti-Nausea Wristbands
These anti-nausea wristbands honestly helped me a ton too, especially while on the go. Sometimes if you’re out and a bout and the nausea comes on, you really just need all the quick remedies you can get. These wrist bands contain a plastic knob sewn into the inside of this knitted elastic wristband, which exerts pressure and stimulates the P6, or Nei-Kuan, acupressure point, proven to relieve nausea and vomiting.
My go-to snack during first trimester when I was feeling super nauseas was honestly just saltines and peanut butter. They were both filling and plain, yet tasted so good. I would literally keep these on deck at all times, in the pantry and by my bedside. Even just having a couple at a time would help keep the nausea at bay (atleast a little bit lol).
4. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter can often be made super unhealthy with loads of sugar or oils that aren’t great for you.Just try to find one that’s made with more natural ingredients and is low in sugar and additives.
5. Purse Snacks
A big key to keeping nausea at bay during first trimester is to not let yourself get too hungry OR over eat. I always kept some healthy snacks in my purse that I could grab and go when I was starting to feel hungry or nauseous. Nuts are a great source of healthy fats which help to curb your hunger and also provide a lot of nutrients and protein to the baby.
6. Oversized Sweatshirt
During first trimester you probably won’t start to show very much, but honestly you might just feel bloated and blah. I was a big fan of leggings and oversized sweatshirts during these weeks, because it just felt more comfy and cozy while my body was going through all sorts of changes. I’d recommend this one from Amazon. It’s big, soft and super comfortable. And very affordable! Although, it wouldn’t hurt to invest in a few nicer ones since you’ll probably use them the whole pregnancy, and even afterwards!
7. Burt’s Bees Belly Butter
You’ll want to put this stuff on every single day for the entire pregnancy! I even mixed some Vitamin E oil in mine for extra hydration. Your tummy is going to stretch and itch and your skin will get dry throughout pregnancy. It’s important to get lots of moisture locked in to try and prevent or at least reduce stretch marks. It’s also great bonding with the baby to rub your belly. The baby can actually feel you rubbing and it’s just a sweet way to let baby know you’re there 🙂
8. Prenatal Vitamins
You’ll want to get your prenatal vitamins immediately after finding out your pregnant. During first trimester, it can be very difficult to eat super healthy, so you need to take your vitamins every single day. That’s not to say you shouldn’t also be trying to eat healthy and get your nutrients in, but at the bare minimum take your vitamins to ensure baby is getting the proper nutrition.
I really loved these prenatal vitamins because they are whole-foods based, made from natural ingredients and free of soy, yeast, fish/shellfish, sugar, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, nuts, GMOs, and dairy/lactose. They are made in the USA, and are vegan as well. They never made me feel nauseous and you only need to take one a day which is amazing!
9. Extra Large Water Jug
It is so important to stay hydrated during pregnancy. Yes, you will pee alot, but it is literally so worth it since it aids in the development of your precious little baby! During pregnancy, your water intake must increase in order to aid in the development of amniotic fluid, produce extra blood, build new tissue, carry nutrients, enhance digestion, and flush out wastes and toxins.
You should likely be drinking 2-3L of water a day, so carry around this gigantic water bottle everywhere you go, and just tell yourself, “I’m doing this for my baby.”
10. Liquid IV
During pregnancy, especially first trimester, your body is going through so many crazy changes and your hormones are all over the place. You’re more dehydrated and things are just out of wack. Taking electrolytes can aid in your hydration and helps your body balance and maintain more water. It can also help prevent migraines and other uncomfortable symptoms you might feel from all the major changes.