It’s been a little while since I’ve gotten back into my blogging zone and much of that is linked to this very blog post. So, in case you don’t already know, I am expecting!
Pregnancy so far has been both very exciting but also very new and unknown. From the excitement of finding out, the nausea and sickness at week 7 through to our first scan and hearing our babies heart beat, everything is very surreal and pretty amazing.
Now, at 20 weeks, I thought I could you give anyone who is interested, a little run down of a few things that really helped the baby and I get through our first trimester!
Much like my wedding diaries last year, I totally get that this isn’t going to be of interest to everyone so will be mixing up my posts with my usual Kroma inspiration and design posts for those who prefer them.
So, I thought I’d kick things off with some skin and body products that have really helped through the first few weeks of pregnancy, all of which I’m still using now.
- Pregnancy Vitamins. – Something that your GP and midwife will advise you to take on a daily basis from the very beginning, these have been helping both us of get the best start possible. I was given a packet of Pregnacare vitamins along with my notes at my first NHS antenatal appointment and, although they are the recommended brand, they are a little on the pricey side. If you’re needing to find a cheaper alternative, most supermarket and drug stores will offer their own brand of pregnancy vitamins and you can double check on the back that they are still giving you the right dosage of particular important vitamins including folic acid!
- Body Oil – Not just for those stretch marks that may begin creeping in as your body makes room for your growing babe, body oil is also great for just moisturising dry skin in pregnancy. I haven’t been a fan of most pregnancy belly creams and balms because of their cocoa butter scent (it’s too sweet and sickly for me!) So, an alternative that I’ve been using and absolutely loving (onto my second bottle already!) is the SUKIN BioNatural skin oil. The sukin brand is an all natural, vegan brand which I love and this particular oil smells great and leaves skin super smooth and soft with no grease. The oil includes some pretty great ingredients too such as Rose Hip Oil (which I also use on it’s own on any potential stretch mark prone areas), Carrot seed oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin F, Avacado Oil, Lavender Oil, Vanilla Extract.
- Primrose Oil– Although not a necessity, I have always taken primrose oil everyday since my late teens, to help with hormone levels, skin and hair growth and have continued to do so in my pregnancy to keep everything well balanced.
- Lavender Oil – Although many say to avoid lavender oil in pregnancy, I have been adding a couple of drops to my bath and on my pillow to allow me a good night’s sleep and get through the first month of fatigue. The lavender scent also helped really well with morning sickness (which was actually all day long nausea from week 7 – 10)
Next up are a few clothing and accessories that have really helped me from week 7 on wards.
- Maternity Leggings – Although I didn’t gain a huge amount of weight in my first trimester, it was pretty amazing how quickly my usual favourite high waist jeans became particularly uncomfortable on my waist and belly. For just £9.00 per pair, my sister-in-law recommended these black cotton maternity leggings from Peacocks with over the bump support and they have been great! – I was able to wear hers for a few weeks to try them out (would definitely recommend this if you can) then proceeded to purchase 3 pairs for myself. I would also recommend sizing up, giving yourself some space for your bump to grow.
- Sports / Cotton Bra– When all of the focus is on your bump, it seems to be forgotten that in fact, one of the first signs of pregnancy can be your growing boobs and boy do they grow! On top of you no longer fitting into your pretty lace bras, your boobs can also become pretty sensitive and will need some decent support. That’s where I found that any non-wired, soft cotton bras or sports bras helped out a great deal. I also wore these to bed for the first few weeks for extra support.
- Nausea and Sickness Wristbands– Something that another sister-in law recommended to me for my nausea, these acupressure wristbands seemed to help a great deal for keeping sickness at bay and are really cheap so worth giving a try, even if you’re not convinced in the beginning. These little things came everywhere with me from work to wedding receptions.
- Water Bottle – So it might seem obvious that, when pregnant, the best liquid you could drink to stay hydrated would be water and that’s great because I love the stuff. However, in my first trimester, I hated it and really struggled unless it was ice ice cold! That’s when an insulated water bottle came in handy, keeping my water cool on all outings and allowing me to get the right amount of fluids. I’d also recommend a re-usable straw!
- Back pack – This might sound strange, but a back pack has been really helping me with any pregnancy back pain by evening out any weight I need to carry with me when out and about. This burgundy velvet back pack by Glamorous is both a great size and sleek design.
Finally, I thought I’d go through a few food and drink essentials that helped with my nausea and things that I just craved eating in the first few weeks.
- Elderflower – Recommended by my mum, whenever I would struggle with getting water down, I would have an elderflower with soda water, ice and mint. The soda helped with settling the nausea and the elderflower and mint added a nice fresh flavour.
- Lemon and Ginger – Liquid or food form, both of these were great in the first several weeks of pregnancy. Ginger biscuits, lemon and ginger tea, lemon sweets, and even just the smell of lemon scented cleaning products really helped!
- Apples – A fruit I am still loving now, I craved the dark red delicious apples but they had to be nice and cold! Raw, cold carrots also helped and are something I still love snacking on now!
- Snacks – You may hear your midwife speak the words “little and often” quite a bit when it comes to your diet in your first trimester. This is when snacks come in. Things that got me through the day included plain crackers, wholemeal toast, salted or cheese crisps and cocoa and orange nake’d bars (which made me feel better knowing that I was getting a bit of goodness)
I think that’s it for now! – I’d love to hear what your first trimester essentials were/ have been and hope that this helps anyone who is struggling. Just know, we are all learning as we go, just do what’s right for you.