Pregnancy Essentials For the First Trimester

first trimester necessities

Finding out you’re pregnant is such an exciting experience but it’s also a time of nausea, growth, and uncertainty. Thankfully, you can prepare for the tough stuff and get back to enjoying being pregnant. Check out my top essentials for the first trimester. 

first trimester pregnant woman

What Clothes Do I Need for the First Trimester?

Depending on how you are feeling, you may need to adjust some of your clothes to accommodate your growing body. With my first child, I gained 12 lbs. in the first trimester and needed to alter what I wore the closer I got to 13 weeks but with my second, I wore all the same clothes the whole first three months. If you find yourself like me with my first baby, here’s all the adjustments I made those first 13 weeks. 

Bra extenders

These saved me from buying new bras right away. I noticed within a month my chest was getting wider and my boobs were slowly getting bigger. My bras pretty quickly became tight and made wearing them very uncomfortable. So I ran to Amazon and picked up these bra extenders and made my first trimester a lot more comfortable without having to buy a new bra just yet.

Pant extenders

If you’re like me, your midsection is one of the first places to gain weight. Also, when growing a human you tend to get bigger in the belly(or it’s just all those pregnancy carb cravings making me bloat). I really tried my hardest to wear my pre-pregnancy clothes as much as I could without being totally uncomfortable. 

So I found this hack on Pinterest that will help you salvage your pants for just a little while longer. If you have trouble buttoning your pants, tie a hair tie around the loop of your pants and then loop it around the button. This will give you a little more room without walking around with your pants completely undone. 

pant extender for pregnancy

Stretchy pants

Having comfortable pants during this growing phase was a necessity for me. Some days I felt bloated or my belly was showing a little bit more by the end of the night. So I sized up in my workout leggings and was able to wear them for most of my pregnancy. 

With my first child, I purchased a pair of Blanqi leggings, and I was able to wear them for my entire pregnancy. However, if you are giving birth in the summer months and live in a very hot climate (like Texas), these leggings are a little too thick in my opinion. These leggings have great support and stretch but are made with pretty thick material and I found myself not using them at 9 months pregnant in July. If you are giving birth during winter, you could definitely get these early on and wear them your whole pregnancy to get the most use out of them. 

Ways To Cure Morning Sickness

Morning sickness aka all-day sickness is one of the worst things about the first trimester. This is always something I try to combat right away. While I never found anything that completely got rid of my symptoms, there are a few that really helped. 

Water

I know this sounds very basic but it will be a lifesaver. During the first trimester, our blood volume will double in size to accommodate the baby so you will need to drink more water than you have been. If you’re not drinking enough water you will end up with a headache which always makes nausea 10x worse. Get yourself a big water container and make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day!

Sea-Bands

These look like sweatbands you would wear while playing sports back in the day but they have a white circle on them that is used as a pressure point and helps with nausea. If you have a terrible time with morning sickness I suggest giving these a try. 

anti-nausea remedy for pregnancy

Essential Oil Roller

I really didn’t think this was going to work but it was one of the most helpful things I had for my nausea. I made a roller with peppermint, spearmint, and lemon and rolled it right behind my ears. I would smell it throughout my day and feel much better. If it was getting worse, I would just smell it right out of the bottle as well. For the full recipe and more morning sickness tips, check out my post.

How Can I Prepare for My Pregnancy and Birth?

I watched a ton of documentaries on pregnancy and childbirth to educate myself for what was in my future. I’m a big research nerd so I wanted to know everything that could happen, see all different birth experiences, and be educated on all things babies. I have a couple of favorites and the best pregnancy tracking app to help you get ready for your little one. 

The Bump

This app was extremely helpful all throughout my pregnancy. It shows you week by week how big your baby is growing, has tons of articles on pregnancy, and relates your baby’s size with foods that are similar sizes. I started using this and got such good information on what to expect in the coming weeks and when to do certain things. It was also good just to remember how far along you are, after a while the weeks blur together!

pregnancy tracking app

Vaxxed

The first documentary I watched was Vaxxed which is about the MMR vaccine. I was skeptical because you always feel like documentaries especially on vaccinations will have a skewed view of whichever agenda they are trying to push but I thought this was very factual and just stating what they found, not hating on either side. It opened my eyes to things going on in the healthcare system today surrounding vaccinations so if you haven’t followed this stuff I recommend watching it. 

The Business of Being Born

Next, I watched The Business of Being Born, and honestly, this documentary blew me away! This got me thinking about how birth is treated in the US and I ultimately made the decision to have a homebirth after further research. Whether or not you choose a homebirth this is still a good watch for anyone having a baby for the first time. 

Breastmilk

And finally, I watched Breastmilk which helped me learn more about different breastfeeding journeys women have. I thought breastfeeding was a pretty cut and dry thing but it turns out quite a few women have a hard time breastfeeding their children and this gives you some insight on that along with ways to create the best odds for success. 

First Trimester Must-Haves

The first trimester can be a hard start to pregnancy but once you get past it, the fun stuff starts to happen. Get yourself set up for the least amount of discomfort and before you know it, you’ll be on to the second trimester glow! What are your must-haves for the first trimester of pregnancy? Let me know in the comments below!

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