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I am lucky to be writing this from the other side of the first trimester because, let me tell you, it was a rough 13 weeks. You can catch up on my weekly updates here, but all you need to know is that I pulled through and managed to once again become a functioning member of society. Because the first trimester can be a difficult time, I wanted to share a few secrets that helped me manage the trials and tribulations of early pregnancy. You can click the headline or the image of each product to purchase.
This is by far the best stretch mark cream I have tried. I am well aware that I may not have total control over my stretch marks, but I am still going to do everything I can to minimize them. Besides, it is great for itchy bellies, too! This is much smoother and creamier than a lot of creams I’ve tried and the smell is light and fresh. I use it morning and night and (fingers crossed) I don’t see any new stretch marks yet!
In my non-pregnant life, I buy a bunch of different teas and then totally forget about them and never make them. So, I have a pretty decent stockpile. I’ve been trying EVERYTHING, though, to help with my morning sickness/horrible digestion and this chamomile tea seems to help. Chamomile helps you to relax, and that includes the muscles of your digestive system. I was taking medication for a while, but I really wanted to take as little as possible so I used this tea two or three times a day, as well, to supplement. It did help with the fun pregnancy burping and indigestion and I like that it is natural.
This is my favorite prenatal I have ever taken! I am very lucky that Garden of Life offered to send me a few bottles to try out and I think ANY prenatal is better than none at all, but if you have the option to purchase your own prenatals, I highly recommend this brand. It is made from whole foods sources of vitamins and minerals, not synthetic nutrients as many prenatals are. It is also Certified Organic and Non-GMO Verified. Even through my worst weeks of morning sickness, I never had any issues keeping it down. I took these as I was preparing my body for pregnancy and have continued taking them daily. Love!
I don’t have a fancy body pillow. Just a plain ol’ long pillow does the trick. Because my belly popped out so early this pregnancy, I’ve been sleeping on my side for weeks already. In the beginning, I was tossing and turning all night long because I just couldn’t get comfortable. Having a pillow between my knees, that is also long enough to support my belly, has made sleep so much easier. I don’t know why I waited until my second pregnancy to get one of these. It has been a lifesaver.
I personally use Plant Therapy, but I don’t think the brand matters so much as making sure you are using a QUALITY essential oil. I’ve also used the Aura Cacia brand because it’s available locally and I love it. Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils because it is so calming and relaxing. I mix a couple drops with coconut oil to lotion up with after showering and I diffuse it next to my bed in the evening. It really helps me to relax when I’m not feeling well.
I haven’t been reading piles of baby books like I did during my first pregnancy. I pretty much feel like I’ve got this pregnancy thing down, but it is still nice to see how big baby is and what’s going on in there from week to week. It’s nice, too, to see what other pregnant women are going through. It helps you to realize that what you are going through each week is totally normal and nothing to freak out about. I check it once or twice a week to see what’s up with baby.
You probably don’t have a Kevin (and mine is not for sale!), but hopefully you have a supportive partner, friend or family member to help you through this time. I required a lot of support during the first trimester. I really needed someone to lean on when I was letting the house fall apart. I needed someone to bathe Avery and read him a bedtime story when I couldn’t get out of bed (we usually do this as a team). I needed someone to let me complain when I was emotionally drained. I needed someone to pick up a pizza for dinner when I couldn’t even think about cooking, smelling or eating vegetables. Please, please, please have a support person to help you around the house or just watch Netflix with you when you’ve had a rough day. It helps, trust me.
CrossFit has been my sanity during this yucky, sick time. Even when I felt really sick when I got to class, I always felt better once I got moving. No matter what your preferred workout is, try to keep it up as best you can. Even when you don’t feel like being there, you will usually feel better once you get up and get going. On the other hand, don’t feel bad if you skip a few workouts. You have to be gentle with yourself during this time, but I bet you’ll be glad you went if you can get yourself there. Not only did it make me feel better physically, it was also nice to get out of the house and see my friends. I wrote an article recently about the safety of CrossFit during pregnancy…check it out!