Hello! Happy Friday and I hope you all had a great week. After sharing My Experience through the First Trimester of Pregnancy last week I wanted to post a few of my First Trimester Pregnancy Favorites today. From food to info, to fitness, and more, everything that helped me get through the beginning stages of pregnancy. If you are in the same boat or are in need of more information about your pregnancy, you have the option to speak to someone at a Pregnancy clinic, for example, if your doctor is not available, so you can obtain some facts about what you are going through and your next steps. Keep in mind that it is crucial for you to consult a medical professional at every stage of your pregnancy and keep an eye on the health of your baby by opting for ultrasound scans NI (or wherever you are located).
Food and Supplements
- Rainbow Light Prenatal Vitamins and DHA Smart Essentials: I did some research when it came to Prenatals and really liked that Rainbow Light had all the vitamins and minerals I was looking for plus a fruit, vegetable, and probiotic blend that is easy to digest. I’ve had no stomach issues with taking them each morning with breakfast.
- Vital Proteins: I used the plain collagen peptides in smoothies or added it to my coffee (yes still drinking about a little over a cup each day). I think it helped me stay regular in the bathroom department and kept my skin clear. I stopped using it for a few weeks and started noticing my face breaking out.
- Sprouted Toast with Almond Butter was my breakfast every morning to help with my nausea.
- Gin Gin’s: Speaking of nausea during the day I ate these ginger candies. Ginger is supposed to help the stomach.
- Plain Sparkling Water from the Soda Stream. Without being able to drink wine or even kombucha I relied on sparkling water for a little something different every day.
- La Croix or Spindrift when I needed a little flavor.
- Healthy CARBS! Rice and Chickpea or Lentil Pasta and Popcorn as a late night snack. I was definitely needing and craving all the carbs to help keep my nausea away.
- RX and Larabars for snacks. I was weary of any other protein bars, but these two are made with simple and quality ingredients.
- My 40 ounce Takeya Water Bottle, keeps water super cold and kept me hydrated throughout the day.
Books, Info, and Podcasts:
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Belly Laughs: I read the parts that applied to me in What to Expect When You’re Expecting and am still going through it as I progress to each month. It’s super informative about what’s going on with your body and baby and talks about all the do’s and don’ts during pregnancy. Belly Laughs is a light, funny read written by Jenny McCartney on her very REAL take on pregnancy. I finished it in three sittings and was able to relate to a lot.
- The Bump and What to Expect When You’re Expecting Apps take you through what’s happening to your body and baby each week. They also have lots of interesting articles.
- The Bristows Made a Baby Podcast: The Bristow’s take you through each week of her pregnancy. I just love listening to others stories and this one is interesting becuase she is all about natural living. Who doesn’t love a podcast nowadays, they are so much easier to consume as you can listen to them practically anywhere without it having to divert your full attention by looking at a screen but you still get the full entertainment effect. I can see why people will start up podcasts of their own and get help to do so through reputable resources like this business as well as others, so they can get their voices heard and make their mark. We all have something to say don’t we, and we can help those who may be in a similar position.
- High Waisted Workout Leggings: literally have been living in these because they’re so comfortable. And thank goodness I get to wear sports bras everyday to work becuase my boobs were so tender at the beginning.
- Towards the end of the first trimester I needed different jeans so I ordered this pair of maternity jeans and these leggings that are both super comfy.
- My Apple Watch to keep an eye on my heart rate during workouts (which should stay below 160 bpm my doctor said).
- Acupuncture: I plan to share more on this soon but I’ve been going to acupuncture weekly since June. At first for fertility and stress relief. Once I got pregnant I continued going and she treated me for my symptoms; nausea, bloating, constipation, restlessness, and even when I caught a little cold. During every treatment she always checks the pulses of my organs and gets the blood flowing throughout the body, which is extremely important in general and especially during pregnancy.
- Around Week 9 I really started to feel like no it wasn’t the bloating, my belly was growing. So I started applying this belly butter (kinda greasy buy has been working well) and at night I put on this toning oil. Both were recommendations from fellow bloggers.
- Long walks: When I first found out I was pregnant I knew I could continue with my workouts as long as they weren’t high intensity, but I really started enjoying moving with some long walks each day. I really think moving right away in the morning helped with some of my nausea. One of my friends had also suggested that I get organic pregnancy pillows to help with my sleep schedule. I might get one of them soon.
- Speaking of workouts, I still was running about once a week, with no sprinting, but really tried to focus on strength training workouts. BodyPump is great because it keeps the heart rate lower and is all about muscular endurance. I teach one BodyPump class at the gym and have been doing some of the videos also at home. You can go back and see all my workouts in my Food and Fitness Week in Reviews.
- Our gender reveal cake at Week 12: I had blood drawn for the Non-Invasive Pre-Natal Test which checks for your chances of certain genetic disorders and you can also find out the sex of the baby. All of our work came back normal and I had a local bakery, Charles Street Bakery make us a gender reveal cake. Tom and I cut into it together one night to find out we were having a baby GIRL! Ok, I have to say that it got me pretty excited. Boy or girl, I love my baby all the same. But a gender reveal has its own appeal. And it also means that I can start looking at girl baby names; my friends have already started sending me blog posts with Elegant Middle Names for Kelly and other name lists, so I’m excited to get started on that. Yay!
- Witch’s Hazel Face Toner: I’ve been trying to clean up my beauty routine and switch to more natural skin care products and have been using this Witch’s Hazel for awhile. It acts as a moisturizer and keeps your skin super soft too. I’m still looking for the best treatment for my teenage acne.
Food Aversions and Dislikes:
- Salmon and Burgers for a few weeks
- Giant Salads
- At the beginning I couldn’t eat sweets, shocking for me!
- Overeating lead to heartburn and indigestion
- Waking up 4 times in the middle of the night to pee
Questions of the Day:
What were some of your first trimester pregnancy favorites?
Do you recommend any other books for pregnancy or newborns?
Are you currently pregnant? How far along?