The top must-have products for Your First Trimester of Pregnancy
The first trimester of pregnancy is such a roller coaster of emotions! A lot of women don’t announce their pregnancies until after the first trimester, so although it’s really exciting, the first trimester can also be lonely.
I collaborated with almost 100 other moms to make this list, and these are our top picks for products, yummy snacks, and advice on how to deal with alllllllll the hormones!
*Disclaimer – some of the links below are affiliate links! That means I may make a small commission if you make a purchase, but there’s no extra cost to you. I only promote products that I know and love – or that have been recommended by other moms that I trust!
First Trimester of Pregnancy Essentials
Now that you’re growing a human, you really have to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself & your body.
These are the first things you’ll want to get once you see those two pink lines on a pregnancy test.
My midwife recommended the Rainbow Lite brand, so that’s what I’ve been going with lately. It’s about $25 for a 90 day supply on Amazon – and you can get 20% off on your first subscribe and save order!
Before I went to the doctor, I picked up some gummy vitamins from Costco, and those did the trick for a while. I started to dread the taste of them after a month, and was happy to switch to a pill form that I could just swallow with my morning smoothie!
If you’re considering a different brand, just make sure that there are no artificial colors or flavors, and you should be good to go!
Drink LOTS of Water
The recommended amount of water intake per day for women is 91oz. Now that you’re pregnant, that number is going to go up!
I love this 100oz water bottle from Amazon, because it has little marks on it to let you know where you should be during the day! You’ll never have to fill it up more than twice, and there are a lot of color options to choose from.
Ask Your Doctor or Midwife about Supplements during Pregnancy
Besides the prenatal vitamin, I also have been using this electrolyte drink mix – Ultima Replenisher in Cherry Pomegranate. It makes it easier to get through the last 20 ounces of my water, has 110% of daily Vitamin C, and has no artificial colors or flavors!
Self Care during Pregnancy
In about 9 months, your every waking move will be to take care of your baby.
You will be able to take care of your child much better if you have taken care of yourself in preparation for motherhood! Pregnancy can be stressful – there is SO much to learn!
Make sure that you’re taking time to pamper yourself, relax as much as possible, and be confident in your abilities to learn everything you need to know at the right time. You’ve got this, momma!
First Trimester of Pregnancy Support & Connection
Amidst everything else, pregnancy can be FUN!
You have created a new life. If that’s not a superpower, I don’t know what is! Slow down & enjoy all the little moments of this experience!
Join a Facebook Group by searching “[Month Year] Due Date” in the search bar.
For example, I searched “October 2020 Due Date” and found an amazing group of over 2,000 women, all due around the same time as me! It’s great to know you’re not alone, and if something weird ever happens – other moms have been there, too!
WhatToExpect.com also has chat forums separated by the month & year you’re expecting. I like the notifications that Facebook allows, but there is a LOT of great information and conversations on the WTE website!
Apps for your phone can be a great way to track progress, and see what your little peanut is up to on a weekly basis! Below are some of my favorites. Try out a few and see which one is easiest for you to use!
Baby 2 Body: This is my favorite app – I use it every single day. It’s $13/month, but I figured it’s worth it since all the gyms closed pretty early on in my pregnancy, and I love the “Daily Bites” updates! You can try it for a week for free.
- Daily updates on what your baby looks like, developments, and what to expect for symptoms/changes that day & week
- Tailored pregnancy workout plans based on which trimester you’re in, as well as daily prompts to do Pelvic Floor exercises
- Trackers for Photos, Exercise, Water Intake, Weight, & a Journal
- Easy recipes & nutrition information
- “Zen Den” for meditations and mental wellness guidance
Ovia Pregnancy App: I mainly use this app for the first two fun features, but it has all of the great tracking features, too, and it’s free!
- Compare baby’s size with fun themes: fruits & vegetables, animals, Parisian pastries, and fun & games. At week 17, a baby is the size of a creme brulee!
- See how big your baby’s hands and feet are right now compared to how big they’ll be at your due date! (This was my favorite feature on any app)
- 2000+ pregnancy articles, tips, and tools to support you throughout your pregnancy
- Calendar to organize and track all things pregnancy, from baby bump photos to doctor appointment reminders
- Integrated with Apple Health to share blood pressure and weight data
- Track weight, symptoms, nutrition, medications, vitamins, sleep, exercise, and more!
Baby Names: Picking a name for your new little one is simultaneously one of the most fun & hardest things to do!
I have looked at thousands of names and we still haven’t decided on one! This app has helped us narrow down the list quite a bit, though.
- Over 60,000 boy and girl names
- Name Idea lists
- Search for names by name, meaning, popularity, characters, gender, origin, popularity
- Details: pronunciation, meaning, gender, famous people
- Create, edit, and reorder your own favorites list and share them with others!
- Add your own unique name, middle name, or last name
You may also like: Birth Preferences Printable
First Trimester Morning Sickness Remedies
For a lot of women, one of the first signals that you’re pregnant is feeling nauseous. The first trimester is usually when most women experience Morning Sickness, but don’t be fooled by the name because it can happen any time of day!
The best way to avoid nausea is to never let yourself get hungry. Keep light snacks (like crackers or a banana) on your nightstand, and almonds/nuts & crackers in your purse at all times!
My babies are notorious for making me feel nauseous as often as possible. Thank goodness for Ginger! It really was a miracle ingredient for me throughout the entire first trimester, and I hope it helps you, too.
Pregnancy Smoothies for the win!
I found this Pineapple Ginger smoothie recipe when I was about 8 weeks along and feeling very sick to my stomach. It was a lifesaver – although mine definitely did not look as pretty as hers, haha! I can’t thank Andrea from Salty Canary enough! You can find this smoothie recipe by going to her blog here
Stomach Settle Drops
I didn’t have these with my first baby, but they have been a staple in my diet with baby #2 during the first trimester! I keep them by my bed, in my purse, on the kitchen table… you get the idea!
It’s about $10 for a pack of 28 individually wrapped pieces. You can have them in 2 days from Amazon! (My older daughter also loves them for when she has a tummy ache. Double win!)