Top 10 First Trimester Essentials
The first trimester can be a really exciting time, but can also come with some challenging symptoms. These first trimester must haves will come in handy when dealing with the not-so-fun side of early pregnancy.
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
First Trimester Must Haves
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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!
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 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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
During the last few weeks of my first trimester I started experiencing headaches and immediately stocked up on Tylenol. Acetaminophen is safe to take as directed on the package label during pregnancy, but most other pain relievers are not safe.
I recommend keeping some Tylenol (or any brand of acetaminophen) in your purse for all three trimesters, but especially the first!
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.
There you have it!
My ultimate list of first trimester must haves that helped me get through those early pregnancy months. 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?