If you’re reading this post, that probably means you’re newly pregnant, CONGRATULATIONS!
If this is your first time being pregnant, you’re in the right place. I’ve been pregnant 3 times and today I’m sharing my top 10 first trimester must haves. Hopefully, these items will help you survive the beginning stages of pregnancy and make them as enjoyable as possible.
As a first-time mom-to-be, there are so many questions that flood your mind! What should I buy in my first trimester? Is what I’m feeling normal? When will I start to show? Why am I so tired?!
All of these questions are normal and the answer will really vary from one person to the next. However, there are some great items that can help get you through what many consider the toughest part of pregnancy.
Although each pregnancy may be different there are a few essentials that can definitely help to make the process more comfortable. Here are my top 10 first trimester must haves.
First Trimester Must-Haves
- Ginger Pops – It’s no secret that nausea is one of the number one complaints during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. Aside from being uncomfortable, it’s also difficult because it makes it hard for a lot of people to conceal a pregnancy.
I personally always tried to keep my pregnancies a secret until I was past the 1st trimester but It can be really hard when you’re super nauseous. These Preggie Pop Drops are good to have stashed in your purse and to have ready at your night-table for when those moments kick in.
If you’d prefer ginger in another form, this tea is a great alternative.
- Prenatal Vitamin with DHA – Your Dr. will give you the lowdown on prenatal vitamins and I’m certainly not here to give you medical advice. However, I’ve always been instructed to take a prenatal vitamin with DHA during all of my pregnancies.
DHA aids in the proper growth of your baby’s brain and nervous system not only while you’re pregnant but for years to come. You can find more information about DHA and it’s benefits here.
- Leggings – Do I need to elaborate? LOL. But in all honesty, you’ll want to get a good pair. Most people don’t feel “pregnant enough” during their first trimester to make the jump yet to maternity jeans. That’s where leggings come in 🙂
Aside from being comfortable (as we all know), they’re also super practical. While you’ll likely gain a few pounds and feel pretty bloated, it’s not uncommon for your body to not change THAT much in your first trimester, even though your pants are feeling snug. Leggings might be the better choice for you if you happen to be one of those people!
Popular Maternity Leggings
- A good pregnancy app – These days there are TONS of pregnancy apps out there and it can be hard to decipher which one is the best. Here are a few that are highly rated:
- The Bump Daily Pregnancy and Baby Tracker App (The Bump)
- Pregnancy & Baby Tracker (What To Expect)
- Pregnancy Tracker (BabyCenter)
- Pregnancy & Baby App (Nurture)
- Pregnancy+ (Health & Parenting LTD)
- Pregnancy Journal – This is my third pregnancy and I still have yet to learn that the important things we always want to remember are the first things to often slip our minds. When did the baby first kick? How long was I nauseous for? What foods did I love/hate? This journal will help you remember those memories that will shortly be forgotten once your bundle of joy gets here 🙂
- Water Bottle – When you’re pregnant you always need to make sure you’re hydrated. Many people don’t drink enough water and it is so easy to go 1/2 the day without realizing you haven’t even had a glass!
Even before pregnancy, these water bottles were my go-to. They don’t spill, (which is so hard to find), they have the ounces marked down the side so you know how much water you’re taking in, and they’re affordable. Plus, you can put them in the dishwasher – convenience is always important!
- Belly Oil – Preventing stretch marks is much easier than fixing them. We all know our bodies are stretched to the limits when you’re pregnant. There are so many different kinds of moisturizers, creams, oils, etc. for stretch marks but I have personally always loved this one by Belli Beauty.
This oil is paraben-free, cruelty-free, and is made up of so many amazing ingredients like lavender oil, Gotu Kola, and vitamin E. It helps ease itchiness and smells so good!
- Crackers – If you’ve been struck with nausea crackers might be your BFF. Sometimes it’s hard to even eat when you’re feeling nauseus but one thing you don’t want to do is deprive your body of the calories you need. Having some crackers nearby to help ease the queasiness is always a good idea.
- Floss – I know it probably sounds weird but if you haven’t been already you should really start flossing. Pregnancy hormones don’t just affect your mood and appetite but they also affect your gums!
Hormones from pregnancy increase the blood flow to the area making it EXTRA sensitive. It’s very common for your gums to bleed so flossing your teeth from the start will help to ease the pain.
- Maternity Jeans – A lot of people don’t enjoy wearing jeans while pregnant and I totally understand. Often times you have to pull them up, over…and over…and over… even when you buy the right size. But for those moments or events where you don’t think leggings are appropriate, it’s good to have at least one pair in your arsenal. You can wear maternity jeans at any point in your pregnancy it’s just a matter of preference.
Popular Maternity Jeans
Many women that prefer to wear their regular jeans at the beginning stages of their pregnancy do so with a maternity band. A maternity band allows you to wear your jeans unbuttoned and the band sits over them, keeping them together.
- Loose Fitting Tops – As you start to feel your belly grow a bit you’ll want to invest in some looser-fitting tops just out of sheer comfort. Even though you might not be showing yet you’ll still want to be comfortable!
Finding some loose-fitting tops that still fit your style will be helpful during the first trimester. Free People is one of my favorite brands because they have so many tops in this style that I would still wear even when not pregnant.
Popular Maternity Tops
- Tums – I never had trouble with heartburn until the third trimester, but I know many who have it from the start. I always kept a bottle of Tums in my night table because that was always when mine would bother me. Tums also come in travel sizes which are great for stashing in your purse.
- Comfortable Bralettes – Your boobs will grow during pregnancy (and behind), it’s just inevitable. If you plan to nurse, they could more than double in size. The last thing you want to do is spend a fortune buying new bras all the time.
These bralettes are great for transitioning. They’re comfortable, affordable, and super stretchy. Bonus points: They’re good for nursing AND sleeping.
I would never say that I’m an expert in parenting or pregnancy because honestly, I’m just winging it myself. BUT – being that this is my third pregnancy I feel as though I can at least help by sharing what has worked for me.
Every pregnancy is it’s own. While one pregnancy may come with ease your next may prove to be more difficult. Not to say that’s always the case – it’s just that it can happen. I have personally had very similar pregnancies. Aside from being nauseous for shorter and longer durations (12 weeks the 1st one, 20 weeks the 2nd one, and 16 weeks this one) I’ve had almost identical pregnancies.
Although this list of first-trimester must-haves has worked for me 3 times now it may be a bit different for you depending on how you’re feeling.
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I’d love to know if there are any other first-trimester must-haves that you think would be beneficial to this list. Drop a comment below and let me know if you have any!
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