Updated: Nov 13, 2020
If you've just found out that you're expecting, you'll want to get prepared for what's to come in these next couple months - probably nausea, exhaustion, and excitement, of course!
Here are 10 must-haves for the first trimester of pregnancy that got me through those first 12 weeks.
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1. OB-GYN or Midwife - When you find out you're expecting, start doing your research on where you want to get prenatal care and who you want to work with. I chose a wonderful team of midwives. Check out your options and choose what's best for you (and your insurance)
2. Prenatals - You'll want to get on these as soon as possible, if you haven't already. Ask your OBGYN/Midwife/Doctor which ones they recommend. I'm the worst at taking pills, so I chose some gummy prenatals that I could stomach even during those first 12 weeks.
3. A Water Bottle - If you're like me, you will be THIRSTY in your first trimester. I couldn't get enough water, so i always carried a water bottle with me at all times and kept it as full as I could!
4. Gatorade or Powerade - When I felt so nauseous in those early days, and I didn't even want my morning coffee, I drank Powerade instead. It was something I could keep down that helped me stay hydrated and replace electrolytes in my body.
5. Crunchy Snacks - You might want crackers, popcorn, or something similar. I loved eating crunchy snacks when I was hungry but nothing else sounded appetizing. Something about the crunchiness was very appealing. My favorite was white cheddar Smartfood popcorn!
6. Comfortable Pants - You might start to feel the bloat early on in pregnancy, so be prepared with some comfy pants! You don't want to end up having to unzip too-tight rigid pants half-way through the day...
7. Supportive Shoes or Inserts - If you have to be on your feet a lot, they are going to start feeling the pressure. Get some supportive shoes, or add inserts like Dr. Scholl's into the shoes you already have. This could save not only your feet, but your back, too!
8. Lotion - It's a good idea to start moisturizing your belly area to prevent itching as the skin starts to stretch.
9. A Baby Registry Platform - It may seem a bit early to start your registry, but for me working on the registry helped me to stay positive and focus on the excitement rather than the nuisances of pregnancy.
(Check out how I created my baby registry at https://www.faith-hope-motherhood.com/post/creating-my-baby-registry-what-do-i-really-need.)
10. A Support System of Loved Ones - Surround yourself with those people who really love you and want the best for you. You're probably not going to be at your very best during the first trimester, and you'll need some friends and family to lean on. Give yourself some grace and let them share the load.
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