Nausea, exhaustion, back pain. These are just some of the lovely symptoms of pregnancy. The first trimester can be brutal, and I know from experience! I just officially crossed into the second trimester of my second pregnancy and I wanted to share with you my first trimester survival list. The items that were essential to me making it through the last 12 weeks with my sanity marginally in tact.
If you click on the image below you can find all of these items on Amazon. I created a nice little list for you to grab all the items from the first trimester survival list for you or a pregnant friend who will owe you big time if you hook her up with this list! (This list is an affiliate link, meaning if you purchase these items I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you!)
As a quick disclaimer... be sure to check with your midwife or doctor before using these items. I personally used all of these in consultation with my midwifery, but each pregnancy is unique.
1. Netflix Subscription/Gift Card.
For the past two months I spent a lot of time on the couch or in bed, and my BFF was definitely Netflix. I finally got to watch that Gilmore Girls revival and catch up on Scandal. On Amazon you can email a preggers friend a gift card to Netflix and pick up their tab for a month or two.
2. Amazon Fresh Gift Card
Since just getting off the couch or the bathroom floor can seem like a Herculean task while dealing with morning (or all day) sickness, going to the grocery store is almost impossible. Luckily, you can now order all of your ingredients from Amazon Fresh and have it delivered directly to you home!
Hook a friend up with a gift card, or you can go sign yourself up here!
These only worked a little bit for my nausea, but I have heard some moms who swear by them so I thought they were worth a mention on the list. These work by stimulating pressure points on your wrists that help alleviate the nausea.
4. Reed's Crystallized Ginger Chews
Ginger helps with lots of belly problems including nausea and heartburn. These chews in particular do work, but they are also very spicy! So if spice isn't your thing, you may want to skip these. I did find that for about a week they did help decrease some of my nausea.
5. Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda, Ginger Blossom
We have all heard about ginger ale is great for an upset stomach, but a lot of the sodas you see out there don't have REAL ginger in them. The soda I recommend on the first trimester survival list does have real ginger in it and is organic!
I'm generally not a ginger fan, and a lot of the sodas I found with real ginger had so much ginger they were overpowering. This one however is delightful! A nice light flavor of ginger with lime and vanilla that isn't too sweet.
6. Saltine Crackers
How could I leave this off the list? Especially when you can get a three pound box on Amazon. I spent almost all day every day snacking on these babies.
7. Burt's Bees Mama Bee Body Oil with Vitamin E
I know we are all worried about stretch marks, and from what I've heard the best way to prevent them is with vitamin E from very early on. I won't lie. I totally got stretch marks from the last pregnancy. This body oil however does make your skin super soft
8. Mother To Be Tea
My heartburn wouldn't allow me to drink anything besides water and my nausea wouldn't allow me to drink too much water. So to mix it up a little I had my husband make me some sweet tea with honey out of this Mother To Be tea from Yogi. It was delicious and has all the recommended herbs for pregnancy.
One thing to note is it does include raspberry leaf, which some doctors don't recommend in the first trimester. My midwife was fine with it for me, but you may want to check for yourself.
9. Preggie Pop Drops
Sour candies are a great remedy for morning sickness, and Preggie Pop Drops helped me so much during certain periods of my first trimester. After about a week they stopped working as well for me, but during that time they really helped keep the nausea at bay.
10. Leachco Back 'N Belly Countoured Body Pillow
You wouldn't expect a ton of back pain this early in pregnancy, but for me, I started having sciatic and round ligament pain at around 8 weeks. Since this is my second baby, everything seems to move and stretch out a lot sooner than the last time. I had this amazing pillow during my last pregnancy and had to break it out for this one by about 9 weeks!
11. & 12. Unisom and B6 vitamins
The combination of these two was like magic for me. (again check with your doc or midwife before taking medication)
I take Unisom at bedtime and B6 in the morning. I don't know the entire science behind why it works, but this combo definitely reduced my morning sickness. The downside is it did make me a bit groggy, but I would take groggy over nauseas any day.
13. New Chapter Prenatal DHA
DHA is super important for baby brain development, and New Chapter is my brand of choice for all prenatal vitamins.
14. New Chapter Perfect Prenatal Vitamins
I love these because they are organic, GMO-free, and food based. So they seem a lot healthier to me than the ones you pick up at the store the have food coloring in, and they're much gentler on the stomach. Of all the things that made me feel sick, these prenatal were never one of them.
15. Papaya Enzymes
These were a first for me this pregnancy. A friend of mine in the medical field, who is also a fellow mom, recommended these to me. I had never heard of them before, but decided to give them a try, and these were a game changer!
I take them after meals and they helped a ton with acid reflux and nausea.
16. & 17. Magnesium Oil Spray and Flakes
Another brand new one for me! I had never heard that magnesium deficiency was a thing, but when I asked friends in a Facebook group for their tips to get rid of morning sickness a few told me to get more magnesium in my life.
I don't know all the ins and outs of why/how magnesiums deficiencies can cause morning sickness (though I did see in an article that it can contribute to preeclampsia). I do know that when I started take daily baths with magnesium oil and/or flakes, I felt better.
All you do is add a cup or two to a bath or foot soak and enjoy for 30+minutes.