Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Pregnancy Essentials: First Trimester 1 - 13 Weeks of Pregnancy

I thought it would be good to share little lists of any pregnancy essentials I have found to help with each trimester of pregnancy. Some of these might seem really obvious but honestly until I was pregnant I never knew half of these little hacks existed or what to do to make things a little easier! The first trimester was mostly about coping with morning sickness! My sickness started around 6 weeks, peaked at around 12 weeks and went at around 16 weeks. Thats a long time to be feeling terrible! 

Pregnancy Essentials: First Trimester  1 - 13 Weeks of Pregnancy 

Ginger Nut Biscuits -  Morning sickness for me was awful, there were moments when I thought I could not cope anymore! I was told ginger really helps but the flavour is something I find hard to eat, it can taste so overpowering. Luckily I found Asda's ginger nuts went down a treat and did not leave my mouth tasting of ginger for the rest of the day. At only 60p a pack I could really stock the cupboards with them!

Bucket in the Car - Driving to work with morning sickness was challenging. At one point I vomited over my steering wheel, I never thought it was humanly possible to drive and vomit at the same time without causing a pileup! I bought a cheap bucket which was large enough to aim into but small enough it fit into the front passenger footwell of my car. Cleaning vomit out of the car was no fun and much easier just to clean and empty a bucket!

Fruit - Fruit was my secret weapon against morning sickness. It might sound like the last thing you want to do when feeling so ill but forcing yourself to eat something makes a big difference. I would fill my lunch bag for work with my five a day and then nibble on them throughout the morning. Anytime I felt a wave of nausea I would chow down on a piece of fruit and the feeling would quickly pass, little and often was key. I could rejoice in knowing that even if I had not managed a full meal that day baby had gotten a stack load of goodness from all the fruit.

Sea-Bands - A work colleague told me about see bands and I am so glad she did. These little wrist bands are not only great for travel sickness but help with the nausea of morning sickness too. I purchased mine from Boots for £8.59 and they lasted me throughout the first trimester, I still have them sat in a draw now. They do feel a little tight and uncomfortable at first, pushing on pressure points in your wrist but you get used to them and I could really feel the difference if I didn't wear them.

Water - Being sick often meant staying hydrated was really important. I am rubbish at remembering to drink enough water at the best of times but I made an extra effort once I found out I was expecting. I would fill my water bottle and always made sure I had it with me. If like me drinking water just really is not your thing try adding bits of chopped up fruit to add some natural flavour!

Pregnancy Vitamins - There are so many different pregnancy vitamins on the market it can be hard to choose! I found that the Vitabiotics Pregnacare Plus Omega 3 worked well for me. You may find certain vitamins make your morning sickness worse as your stomach just cannot tolerate them but I found these to be really easy to digest. They cost £15.29 from Boots and to save myself some money I would often wait until I could buy them in a multi buy offer from either Boots or my local supermarket to grab a few boxes at a time.

What did you find helped you through the first trimester of pregnancy?

Claire Louise Xx


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