Thursday, January 8, 2015

Surviving the first trimester and surviving the second trimester

Surviving the first trimester

As I head into my third trimester, I wanted to jot down my favorite items so far for my pregnancy.  There was a lot of trial and error to find what worked for me.  

My first and second trimesters looked very similar, hence the title of this post.
I had morning sickness almost every day until part way though my second trimester.  Then it switched to about once a week.

These are the items that worked best for me:

Morning sickness:
Breakfast - I wouldn't normally eat breakfast first thing in the morning.  But very early on in my pregnancy I found that I needed to eat something before I left for work to help curb the nausea (and then usually when I got to work as well).  Oatmeal with raisins and chia seeds was perfect for me.  Comfort foods seemed to work best for me and oatmeal helped me to stay full. And chia seeds are SO GOOD for you especially during your pregnancy.

Earth Mama Angel Baby  - I am in love with these products! My mom gave me the Mama-To-Be kit and I have loved everything in it.  The morning wellness tea was one of the only teas I could drink when I was nauseous. The heartburn tea and peaceful mama teas are great too.  The Happy Mama spray is so refreshing.  And I love the body butter and stretch oil.

Trader Joe's ginger chews - A friend recommended these to me for nausea before I even got pregnant.  They help my nausea from migraines.  I have been really turned off from sweets during this pregnancy so they didn't work great for me.  But for others with a sweet tooth, they could be good.

Zofran - I don't love taking medication every day, but I would not have made it to work during my first trimester had I not had a prescription for Zofran.  I take this for migraines too and it works incredibly quickly.

Water - Staying hydrated is definitely hard when dealing with morning sickness.  Normally, I like room temperature water but drinking it made me feel ill.  For a couple weeks early on, I didn't drink any water whatsoever because it just didn't sound good.  I finally figured out that if I loaded it with ice I couldn't get enough.  I have a large starbucks tumbler that I fill up multiple times per day. 

Vitamins - The Honest Company now has one-a-day prenatal vitamins which is so amazing. They have never upset my stomach, even if I after eaten yet.  I had been taking their three-a-day ones since before getting pregnant, but that became difficult with the morning sickness.  On days when the morning sickness was pretty bad, I took gummy prenatals that I found at Whole Foods.

Books - Your Pregnancy week-by-week and Praying Through Your Pregnancy showed up on my doorstep after I told a sweet friend about our pregnancy.  Both books have been incredibly informative and invaluable to me.

Chewable Papaya Enzymes - A few times during my second trimester I had a couple nights of heartburn.  My acupuncturist recommended eating Chewable Papaya Enzymes after meals and I haven't had any trouble since!  I found them at Whole Foods.

Ovia App - There are tons of pregnancy apps out there.  I've been really happy with Ovia. It has a really easy to use food safety guide, that I've used quite frequently when we're out at restaurants.

Bump nest pillow - I not usually a fan of household items that only have one specific task, like we don't have an apple slicer or a mango peeler, etc.  I swore during my pregnancy I would try not to buy things that were impractical and could be used for only a couple months.  I remember specifically thinking I would never buy a pregnancy pillow.  We have so many pillows in our house, I figured surrounding myself with them would be just as good (and free!). A few weeks into my second trimester, I was waking up throughout the night uncomfortable or on my back, which made me nervous.  I ordered the bump nest pillow and I have never looked back.  It is well worth the $100 price tag.

Snacks - I could go from full to ravenous in what felt like minutes, especially early in my pregnancy.  Having snacks near was great and helped with morning sickness too.  Finding healthy ones I wanted to eat proved difficult though.  I looked for protein, calcium and things that would keep me full. Some of my favorites - trail mix from Trader Joe's or I made my own at Whole Foods, hard-boiled eggs, string cheese, yogurt, bistro boxes from Starbucks.  I haven't had many cravings, more food aversions than anything, but I have craved super cold orange slices and homemade limeade or lemonade.

Bella band - This was a life saver when my pants were starting to get a bit tight from all the snacking but I wasn't yet big enough to wear maternity clothes. I'm expecting to wear this again after pregnancy to transition back into my non-maternity jeans.

Blanqi tank - Every pregnant woman needs a blanqi support tank!  I have worn mine every single day of my pregnancy since purchasing it. It is a bit pricey, but it is so worth it.  I can not say enough good things about it.  Every one of my pregnant friends in the future will be getting one.  A huge thanks to my sweet friend Morgan who sent me a second one when I told her I was wearing it every day and washing it on Sunday's :) They also offer another tank that has "ultra-support".  I loved the support of this one, but the top just didn't fit me right.

Seamless crossover bra - I started sleeping in seamless bras early in my pregnancy.  It was just so much more comfortable and underwire was not my friend.  This one is great, because I should be able to use it for nursing after.

Hope this helps!


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