I am currently 30 weeks pregnant and in my third and final trimester! Through the weeks, I have experienced so many trial and errors with different foods, books, clothes, and products. There were some that worked wonders, and some that didn't. This got me thinking, I should share the things that I loved, knowing it may help someone else going through the same thing!
If you are currently pregnant, or plan to be one day, here are some of my favorite pregnancy must haves for every trimester!
When I first became pregnant I wished that I had a list of items that were essentials, and were helpful to other pregnant mommas out there.
This is true especially when it came to food suggestions in my first trimester, which was pretty rough for me, (I was very nauseas pretty much every day all day). When it comes to the first trimester, most of my days were spent napping and trying to make it through each day without getting sick. After much trial and error, I eventually found that certain foods helped ease some of the nausea, and I was actually able to keep them down.
You will notice that most of these foods are fairly high in carbohydrates, but that was the best medicine for me in those first 14 weeks. I remember feeling so weird that I couldn’t eat healthy. If that sounds familiar, don't worry, you will be able to eat healthy again soon! I kept telling myself, "I just need to make it through this first trimester, and eat anything that sounds good for now!"
The good news is, the second trimester really is a breeze compared to first! I promise it gets better!!! Until then I pray God's grace carries you through!
Here are some ideas for food that I could keep down in the first 14 weeks. Keep in mind that everyones food aversions may be different, and what you can stomach may change from one day to the next.
-Homemade protein pancakes (on the days I was too tired to cook, Kodiak cake pancakes from Target were great, because you just add water)
-Ezekiel toast with jam and and/or nut butter
-Eggs (sometimes scrambled on toast)
-Smoothie with just strawberries and yogurt
-Egg salad on toast
-Chicken salad on toast
-Turkey and cheese sandwich on toasted bread
-Chicken noodle (I like Annie's organic boxed soup)
-Scrambled eggs with cheese
-Pizza on Flatout bread
-Dinner was when I felt my worst, so I typically went out to eat and ate anything that sounded good- cooking was not an option many evenings because the smells generally made me feel worse.
I found it was helpful to snack every few hours on something small. Just keeping something in my stomach helped it from getting upset. Snacks were dry, salty things like popcorn, saltines with cheese sticks, plain bagels toasted, apples, and strawberries. I also had a hard time drinking water, so I kept a tall tumbler filled with ice water and some lemon juice, and would take small sips throughout the day.
As far as workouts in my first trimester, I tried my best, but often felt even worse after, so listen to your body and go easy on yourself... you will be back to feeling energetic and more like yourself before you know it! 🙂
Another thing that really helped my nausea was this Pink Stork tea:
Before I started taking prenatal vitamins, I did a lot of research. This brand was one of the best that I found, as the vitamins are made from whole foods.
If you have acne prone skin and want something safe for pregnancy, I highly recommend this Belli facial wash! It is all natural, and keeps my complexion clear despite hormonal fluctuations!
Another amazing product must-have is this belly butter by Burts Bee's. It is all natural, and perfect to start rubbing on the every expanding belly!
This Praying Through Your Pregnancy book was given to me by my sister Emily. She read it through her pregnancy, and love it, as do I! Each week talks about how your baby is growing and developing, and includes prayers to pray over those specific areas.
I also got my sisters pregnancy pillow passed down, and started using it around 18 weeks. It helps keep you from laying flat on your back, (which you shouldn't do past week 20), and it supports your back and growing belly!
As far as clothes, I found that having a few basic staples is key! My favorites were these maternity t-shirts from Gap.
Paired with these comfy leggings from Motherhood Maternity (they fit so good!)
I also like these Maternity Tanks from Amazon, (super comfy and long enough to fit over your belly).
And when I want to dress up, I found the cutest dresses and tops from Pink Blush.
As far as workouts go, the best workout tanks I found were from Gap.
My favorite workout capris are from Target.
And my favorite sports bra (very supportive and comfy) is made by Panache.
If you are currently pregnant, or plan to be one day, I hope this list of pregnancy favorites provides some helpful ideas to help you make it through the next 40 weeks with ease!
Now I would love to hear, what products, books, foods, clothes, etc. did you enjoy when you were pregnant!?! xo Katie