12 Essentials for Surviving the First Trimester

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12 Essentials for Surviving the First Trimester

Your first trimester can be pretty rough. You are going along perfectly fine, then suddenly a wave of symptoms hit you like a ton of bricks! Nausea, vomiting, fatigue, heartburn, food aversions, and the list goes on!! This is supposed to be a joyful time… right??

While there’s not much you can do to get rid of those symptoms for good, there are a few things that can help you get through those first few months of pregnancy.

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12 Essentials for Surviving the First Trimester

I’m a mom of 5, and each pregnancy has proven what most people will tell you… all pregnancies are different. But, during the first trimester, I am always utterly miserable! It never fails. With my 4th child, I remember laying on the floor of our homeschool room trying to teach my children because I was so sick.

I hibernated upstairs for pretty much the whole first trimester. Even just the thought of the kitchen made me sick! The only time I made my way into the kitchen was when my children needed breakfast or lunch. Then my husband would be home to help for dinner.

With my 5th baby, I was in the same boat. But throughout the years, I have found some pretty useful things to ease some of my symptoms. So, I’m going to share them with you today!

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. All of these items are things that worked for me while I was pregnant.

My First Trimester Essentials


Sea-bands use acupressure to relieve morning sickness. So, they are a great all-natural option if you prefer not to take prescription meds while pregnant.

They are my number one go-to first trimester essential. I have tried so many different things for nausea, and these are the best. I live in them for the first 4 to 5 months of my pregnancies!

They aren’t the prettiest option ever, but they are worth it!

Pink Stork Morning Sickness Sweets: Ginger Raspberry Flavor

Personally… I’m not a fan of ginger-flavored anything. But, ginger is really good for relieving morning sickness! These are a must-have for when you are on the go. Keep these in your purse!

Bob’s Sweet Stripes Soft Peppermint Candy

Peppermint is another thing that is good for nausea. I had a friend buy me this huge tub of these soft peppermint candies. This is another thing I like to keep in my purse for when nausea hits!

Peppermint is also good for heartburn! I had the worst heartburn ever with my last 2 kids. So, these peppermints came in handy even after the first trimester was over.

Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Essential Prenatal Gummies

Taking gummy prenatal vitamins can help with morning sickness, too. Every time I would take my regular prenatal vitamins, I would get sick. So, my doctor suggested I try a gummy version. And… it worked. I have taken gummies with every pregnancy since.

This one is my favorite brand. They taste amazing!

Comfy Maternity Pajamas

You may not be showing yet, but having some comfy maternity pajamas is a must! They will still fit in a few months whenever your belly does pop. You will most likely want something comfy to wear around the house. And… if you’re a stay-at-home-mom like me, they will probably be your #1 clothing choice for the next few months!

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

What to Expect When You’re Expecting is an awesome book. I’ve read through this book each time I’ve been pregnant! This book is a wealth of pregnancy information.

Or you can visit the website. to see the first trimester what to expect guide.

Button Extenders

With my first pregnancy, it took me a while before my clothes started to feel tight on me. But with all my other pregnancies, I started needing a little more room earlier on. Button extenders will help you stay in your pre-pregnancy jeans a little longer.

Ingrid & Isabel Bellaband

The Bellaband goes hand-in-hand with the button extenders. When you’re not quite ready for maternity clothes, you can use a Bellaband. I used my Bellaband throughout the entire pregnancy, and even in the early postpartum months.

Bio-Oil 200ml: Multiuse Skincare Oil

I have yet to find anything that prevents stretchmarks all-together. But, I used Bio-oil with my first pregnancy and I didn’t get stretch marks until I was well into my 3rd trimester. The oil helps keep your belly hydrated and less itchy whenever it starts to grow.

Pregnancy Journal

The First Trimester is the perfect time to start keeping track of what’s happening in your pregnancy with a pregnancy journal. I wish I would’ve done this with my first 2 pregnancies. After a while you forget what happened while you were pregnant, and when it happened. It’s nice to refer back to the journal in future pregnancies, and even just to reminisce.

Water Bottle

To make sure I was getting enough water during the first trimester, I purchase a new water bottle. This one will keep your water cold for up to 12 hours!

Saltine Crackers

I’m sure you’ve heard this one from everyone and their brother. But, plain ol’ saltines come in handy when you can’t stomach anything else.

What are your favorite First Trimester Essentials?

Have you used any of these things in your first trimester? Or do you have a favorite that’s not on this list? Leave it in the comments! I’d love to hear your first trimester tips!

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