As I mentioned in my announcement post, this time around has been so different from my last! With Chase, I never felt any type of morning sickness or extreme fatigue. This pregnancy had me down and out for a few weeks, but around week 9-10 I started seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been trying a bunch of products over these last few weeks, some new and some old. I can’t wait to share all the things that have really helped me in my first trimester!
I received this beautiful package from Hatch Mama a few weeks ago and it has become a staple for me. I literally could not wait to announce my pregnancy solely so I could talk about this!! You’ll hear me chat about their belly oil a ton throughout my pregnancy – it’s quickly become a Holy Grail item for me! I love that it’s a super rich oil yet incredibly light, that absorbs right into your skin without the greasy mess. When I’m pregnant, the first thing I notice is how quickly my “chest” grows – holy moly. I’m pretty petite, so when things start to grow rapidly you increase your chances of stretch marks. I feel lucky to say that I never experienced any stretch marks in my last pregnancy with Chase and I’m hoping for the same good luck from Hatch Belly Oil this time! I use it once in the morning, and then really lather it on thick at night. It also smells like heaven and the packaging is simply gorgeous. I leave it out on my vanity and love the glass apothecary style bottle. I will definitely be repurchasing this item throughout my pregnancy. Stay tuned for a review on this as well as Hatch’s other pregnancy products on my IG!!
Before I got pregnant I was taking prenatal vitamins more so for my hair growth than anything else. I knew we wanted to have another baby in the next few months, so it’s always a good idea to get a jump start on this. I signed up for the Ritual prenatal vitamin subscription and really liked them. They smell great and don’t have that vitamin aftertaste you get with a lot of other pills. I also loved the monthly replenishment because I’m the worst at taking and reordering vitamins. I was able to use Ritual up until I started feeling really sick with nausea once I actually got pregnant. It was hard for me to swallow water let alone two big pills. Sadly I had to stop taking them and switch to a gummy prenatal.
The new prenatal I’m taking are SmartyPants gummies. This was a much more tolerable option for me on the days I’m feeling really sick. Not only are they delicious, but they are highly recommended by my OBGYN. I like to take them at night versus the morning, since the mornings can still be a little dicey. You take 4 a day, which seems like a lot but they’re so tasty it’s like eating candy! So far I’m really loving these! I have them on my Amazon subscribe and save every other month so I don’t need to worry about reordering them.
I ordered these off Amazon from bed one morning when I felt like I could barely move. One of my girlfriends told me these made her feel a little better and she kept them next to her bed to pop in her mouth as soon as she woke up so the nausea wouldn’t hit her as hard. I was at the point of desperation so I would try anything! I was pleasantly surprised that these really did help tremendously!! They were great in between meals or when I felt so sick I couldn’t eat, yet needed something to chew or suck on. I also keep some in my purse whenever I go out just in case I start to feel some nausea coming on. These have been a lifesaver for me in my first trimester since unfortunately riding out your morning sickness is the only real option. I never dealt with morning sickness before, so I’m really happy I discovered Preggie Pops!! Highly recommend!!
Everyone who knows me knows I LOVE a good bath! During early pregnancy there’s a lot of cramps and discomfort in those first few weeks, so I love getting a warm bath to wind down and relax. Dr. Teal’s lavender Epsom salts are always my go to. It not only relaxes you but helps sore muscles. I swear I go through a bag every two months!
This isn’t really a product per say, but it’s something that helped soothe my stomach during those really nauseous days. I couldn’t fathom the idea of having coffee but I was craving something warm to settle my belly and help me feel like I could gain a little energy back. I always liked green tea, but it became my morning obsession to make myself a huge kettle full of green tea with honey. It helped me feel a little better and gave me an energy boost to run after Chase on days when I was feeling gross and needed some caffeine.
Okay let’s be real – between quarantine and pregnancy I feel like I haven’t put on jeans in months. I’ve also felt a lot more bloat this time around in my first trimester than I did with Chase. Maybe it’s because I’m not as active or able to go to the gym like I did last time, or maybe it’s because I’m feeling so sick but either way this is a staple no matter how far you are in your pregnancy! I basically wear these leggings throughout the entire 9 months since they’re so high waisted and stretch with you. I wear my normal size and they last me all the way through!
Ryan got these for me on the days where it seemed like I couldn’t eat, drink, or keep anything down! Trying to stay hydrated is so hard when you’re dealing with morning sickness and extreme nausea. Any little bit helps including these pops!
It’s so important to stay hydrated and I loooooove my Yeti mug! I load it with ice and lemon and sip on it all day long. I’m obsessed with having the coldest of cold drinks and this keeps everything hot/cold for hours on end. I also ended up ordering the separate little handle so that I could carry it easier with one hand – mommy problems.
This might seem like an odd one to some people, but did you know that congestion is a symptom of pregnancy? I’ve always had bad sinuses since I was little and when I went on my honeymoon my ear drum burst, so as soon as I get a little congested my ears and sinuses start to ache! I’ve been so stuffy for the last few weeks and I find that when I sleep with my humidifier next to my bed it helps ease that discomfort a little bit.
ANIMAL CRACKERS & SALTINES
No real explanation here other than nausea! I initially bought the Trader Joe’s animal crackers for Chase but ended up eating all of them myself since it seems like the only thing I can tolerate some days. Sorry Chay Chay!
I could never understand the hype for these blankets until I was stuck horizontal for the large majority of my day in bed. Wow, this blanket is like a buttery slice of heaven! Great for snuggling on the couch or a hospital bed. It will definitely be in my bag for when it’s go time!!
I’m not sure what it is, but ever since I was pregnant with Chase my skin texture totally changed. My skin went from oily, to super super dry. I have very sensitive skin so finding products that don’t irritate me is sometimes a challenge. I got a sample awhile back of the “Confidence in a Cream” moisturizer and I never looked back! I absolutely love how thick and luxurious it feels on my skin and it keeps me hydrated all day without being too cakey. It’s also safe to use during pregnancy, which can always be a little tricky finding products that are clean. This leads me to another fun reveal – my good friend and beauty guru Joelle Goldstein, @RealReviewsbyJoJo, will be doing a guest blog post on my site to talk all things clean and pregnancy beauty! Stay tuned for that, I can’t wait!
Another feel good item that really has nothing and everything to do with pregnancy. These are SO soft and are under $25!
I’ll keep updating this list with everything I’m using and loving throughout my pregnancy!