Pregnancy must-haves and essentials
I’m 16 weeks pregnant this week. I’d love to say I’ve reached that glowing second-trimester phrase I had when pregnant with Lily.
However, I’m still getting all-day morning sickness and feeling pretty damn exhausted. Growing Baby ‘Avocado’ is not easy let me tell you!
The first trimester is hard – your hormones are all over the place, your body is changing rapidly and most of the time nobody knows you are pregnant!
There are a few must-haves that have really helped me get through the first trimester and now into my second too. I figured I’d share them with you (especially if you are expecting too!)
If you read my pregnancy announcement you will know that my first trimester was pretty stressful. I suffered from sickness (which has eased up but unfortunately not gone). I also had a lot of scares and spent much more time than I would have liked in hospital.
There were a few items that really helped me get through those tiring months.
It’s recommended to take folic acid in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy – I used the Neals Yard folic acid with DHA as I really like their products. I used their pre-conception supplement before falling pregnant and think it really helped prepare my body.
With all my health concerns during the first trimester, I found myself becoming terrified of google! Whenever I searched for things I was left feeling upset and worried. I decided instead to download a pregnancy app.
I chose Ovia which is really useful – it tracks a lot of information and gives me daily updates on the baby’s growth. It’s one of my top must-haves for the first trimester. I used it when trying to conceive too.
It takes you through your pregnancy week-by-week and gives snippets of random info such as discharge etc. I find that it puts my mind at rest however if you’re ever concerned phone NHS Direct or speak to a healthcare professional.
During the first trimester (and throughout your pregnancy!) your body changes rapidly. This can mean you have lots of aches and pains that you don’t normally get.
I’m prone to back-ache anyway and pregnancy definitely exacerbates that. Unfortunately, paracetamol does little for my pains and is pretty much the only painkiller you can take in pregnancy anyway.
Instead of taking painkillers I swear by putting on the softest, cosiest pyjamas I own and getting into bed with a hot water bottle. This one from Oliver Bonas is just so pretty – a definite bonus!
Another of my must-haves for comfort is a comfortable bra. My boobs ballooned pretty much immediately in this pregnancy and wearing my normal bras is impossible. Not only are the cups too small but the underwire digs in and makes me want to cry! However, maternity bras are pretty pricey and ugly to boot so I went for a couple of soft, supportive sports bras.
I like the bright colours of this one from Sweaty Betty and picked up a plain black and plain white one too.
Like the rest of your body, your skin takes a bit of a battering during pregnancy. I have had to swap my usual face wash and moisturiser for a more sensitive one as my skin keeps breaking out and getting really dry.
I’ve also started using bio-oil already. I have pretty bad stretch marks on my tummy from when I was pregnant with Lily and I’d really rather they didn’t get too much worse!
Must-haves for Sickness and Nausea
My nausea and sickness were pretty severe (think throwing up on buses, in Pret and on someone’s shoes) and not much worked to help alleviate them.
I was on anti-sickness medication from the hospital which actually seemed to make things worse but found that chewing gum, eating regularly, wearing sea-bands and citrus smells helped a bit. Lots of people swear by ginger but as I can’t stand the smell of the stuff it really didn’t help me!
The first trimester is not pretty for most women. You get bloated, you put on weight, spend half your day with your head in the loo etc. The hardest part is that most of the time you don’t tell anyone during the first trimester either so you’re trying to keep it all a secret on top of handling the symptoms!
I tried distracting people from my eye bags and grey skin by wearing fun accessories. I’m a big fan of a bright necklace and love this one from Tatty Devine.
Also, I found that scarves are great for hiding any emerging bump – I wore my selection pretty much constantly when I wasn’t on bed rest or in the hospital!
What other Mamas found essential…
I spoke to some other blogging mamas and asked what their first-trimester pregnancy essentials were.
Sophie from SophObsessed said “SeaBands primarily for travel sickness but great for morning sickness too!! I was sceptical but I couldn’t have got through it without them!”
Victoria from The Growing Mum said “Chewing gum – kept me distracted from nausea”
Siobhan from The Baby Boat Diaries suggests “Lots of hair bands so you can do the handy hack and keep wearing your jeans for a few more weeks! Also, folate vitamins and vitamin d drops!”
Emma from The Money Whisperer said “Ginger biscuits! And a pregnancy journal to capture all the exciting memories”
Kate from The Mum Conundrum suggests “Comfy, flattering, baggy tops. The first trimester sucks, you’re feeling icky and starting to get bigger but you can’t tell anyone why!! Nice tops help you feel way more comfortable and not too self-conscious until you can tell everyone you’re up the duff “
Helen from Welsh Mum Writing couldn’t live without “Ginger biscuits, FitFlops and a pregnancy pillow”
Rachael of From Rachael Claire said “Ginger biscuits to help with the sickness & lots of comfy clothes. The first thing I did when I got home from work was to get in my comfiest clothes & relax on the sofa.”
What were your first trimester essentials?