First Trimester Must-Haves | 10 Essential Pregnancy Products

by Ashley

What Should I Buy For My First Trimester?

Soon after finding out I was pregnant, the planner in me started preparing! To help out all the new soon-to-be moms, I put together this list of my top 10 first trimester pregnancy favorites.

The first trimester can be a really exciting time, but can also come with some challenging symptoms. This list of  must-haves items will come in handy when dealing with the not-so-fun side of early pregnancy.

first trimester must haves image with 9 pregnancy products

Now that I’m officially done with the first trimester, I have already been feeling so much more like myself and enjoying coasting through the second trimester of this pregnancy.

(Missed the announcement? We’re having a baby!!)

While I loved all of the excitement that came with the first trimester, I didn’t love some of the crazy symptoms. After sharing about some of the major changes I had been experiencing, I started thinking about all of the products that I loved using during that time.

A lot of these items are great for any time during your pregnancy, but these are the essentials that especially helped get me through those first tough months.

You’ll notice that most of these items can be found on Amazon – which is where I’ll be creating the bulk of my baby registry! (I’ve already started gathering items and will share soon!) Amazon makes it so easy and fun to create your registry and you can always add or remove items and BONUS: you get up to a 15% discount when you buy any of the items on your registry! #WooToTheHoo

10 First Trimester Must-Haves

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1. Best Prenatal Gummy Vitamins

best prenatal gummy vitamins smarty pants brand

I did a lot of research on vitamins that don’t make you nauseous (which is a common side effect of prenatals) and I found that gummy vitamins worked best for me. I love these gummy Smarty Pants vitamins. They contain both DHA, EPA and Folic Acid which are all extremely important for baby’s growth, especially in those first early months.

Now would be a good time to take advantage of Amazon’s Subscribe & Save option, so you don’t have to worry about running out! I love that these automatically get sent to my doorstep once a month because pregnancy brain is real friends! Not to mention the extra 5-15% savings I get with Subscribe & Save!

2. Coconut Oil

Organic extra-virgin coconut oil for first trimester

It’s important to keep your skin hydrated during pregnancy, especially your stomach. There are many different types of creams that you can use to moisturize your stomach and to prevent stretch marks, but one of my favorites is 100% pure coconut oil.

Coconut oil is highly emollient and can help keep skin hydrated. It feels heavenly and the light coconut scent makes me feel like I’m at the beach. (Also available for Subscribe & Save!)

I always tried to eat healthy, natural foods, but the first trimester of pregnancy is an especially important time to eat as healthy as possible. During these first 12 weeks, baby is developing its heart and nervous system, as well as all the rest of its organs! Coconut oil is great for cooking and contains healthy fats that are rare in nature (MCT / medium chain triglycerides).

Not all coconut oil is the same. Make sure to look for virgin, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil.

3. Tummy Drops

Tummy drops ginger candy for first trimester must haves

I didn’t have any extreme nausea (thankfully!) but I would often feel queasy or sick to my stomach in the afternoons and early evenings. That said, these tummy drops were really helpful during those times of uneasiness. They were easy to keep in my purse so I could just pop one in my mouth at anytime and they taste so good!

For more tips on relieving morning sickness, I recommend checking out this post!

4. Belly Band

First trimester must haves black belly band over a pregnant belly

This pregnancy must have product is a game changer!! My stomach couldn’t handle much pressure during my first trimester. I think I was just bloated and everything started to stretch, so I got a belly band to wear over my unbuttoned pants. This came in handy pretty much everyday to help with that uncomfortable feeling and I am still using it well into my second trimester! (I got the 2 pack to have one in black and white!)

Tip: Use a hair tie or rubber band to extend the button on your jeans. This will help you fit into your non-maternity jeans a little longer and the belly band easily hides it!

5. Comfy Joggers

Speaking of being comfortable, I have been living in these Aerie joggers. They are SO soft and I love that the waistband is nice and loose. They’re also super lightweight and will be a great option as we move into spring & summer.

I prefer these instead of stretchy yoga pants because I like to have a little extra wiggle room when I’m lounging. When I’m at home, you better believe I’m in my joggers.

6. Workout Leggings

First trimester workout leggings from Amazon

I bought these workout leggings a couple of months before finding out I was pregnant and LOVE them! They are the Core10 brand from Amazon and I was so surprised at how good the quality is. They pass the squat test, they don’t show sweat and they come in a tall size for us taller gals.

I’m happy to report that these have worked great to continue wearing for workouts in my first trimester (and a few weeks into my second). They are high waisted and have a little bit of compression which feels good on the growing bump during an intense sweat sesh. I highly recommend!

7. BPA-Free Water BottleGlass water bottle with straw for first trimester essentials

I’m normally a big water drinker and now that I’m pregnant, my H2O addiction is even worse. I’m ALWAYS thirsty! So keeping a water bottle close by is a must.

I love this glass tumbler that comes with a straw, and the fact that it’s cute is a bonus! Keeping this bottle on my desk makes it easy to sip on throughout the day while I work.

8. Grab & Go Water Bottle

Purple Sip by Swell water bottle for first trimester

For days that I’m on the go, I reach for this S’ip by S’well stainless steel water bottle to keep my drink cold for 24 hours. I love that it’s stainless steel and has a screw on cap so I can easily toss it in my workout bag or keep it in my purse while running errands. And, having a screw-on lid that seals is a life saver.

9. Tylenol

Tylenol extra strength for pregnancy essentials

During the last few weeks of my first trimester I started experiencing headaches and immediately stocked up on Tylenol. Many over the counter, and prescription medications are unsafe to take during pregnancy. Make sure to do your research, and consult your healthcare provider when deciding what medications you can and cannot take.

Acetaminophen is safe to take – as directed on the package label – during pregnancy.  Most other pain relievers are not.I recommend keeping some Tylenol (or any brand of acetaminophen) in your purse for all three trimesters, but especially the first!

10. Comfortable Bralette

Three pack of comfortable sports bras for first trimester must haves

I love these super cheap and comfortable bralettes. They’re soft, stretchy (leaving room for the inevitable growth!) and I wear them all the time now. Do yourself a favor and buy a few of these seamless bras stat! They’re great for nursing too.

These are the staples that were the most helpful during this difficult first 12 weeks. Those early pregnancy months can be tough, but I hope this list helps all you new mamas in your first trimester!

I’ll be sharing more pregnancy updates, but in the meantime, you can read more about the symptoms I experienced in the first trimester here!

What would you add to this list? Anything you just loved your first trimester?

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