Let’s go ahead and acknowledge Noah in the background before we jump into today’s post, LOL. He has been obsessed with opening & closing doors, which includes the doors in my office. It makes it super easy to get work done, ha! Also, this dress is non-maternity, but it’s perfect for pregnancy because it’s stretchy. It comes in a TON of colors, and is an essential for Spring. My light weight duster cardigan is one of my favorites, and it’s on sale right now for $35!
Okay, so I’ve been out of the first trimester for about a week now. It really flew by this time around! I’m so excited that I finally was able to share the news with you guys. It feels like I’ve been keeping a giant secret for a long time now! For me, the first trimester has been all about exhaustion, and a belly that was growing a lot quicker than the first time around! I thought it would be fun to share some of my first trimester must haves with you guys on the blog.
Belly Band- started showing a lot earlier this time around. I literally couldn’t button my jeans anymore at 9 weeks, making it hard to disguise the bump in outfit photos. The belly band really came in handy when it came to still wearing my favorite jeans. I didn’t use one during my first pregnancy, and I’m so happy I came across it this time around. It’s going to be a total lifesaver this time around. I like to still wear my non maternity jeans when possible!
Belly Cream– I didn’t start applying moisturizer or stretch mark cream until the second trimester the first time around, but I started around 10 weeks this time. Supposedly the earlier you start the better, and it’s important to apply a cream daily. I’ve been using Burts Bees Belly Butter this time around, because I actually had some leftover from last time. I used a few things during my last pregnancy, but I used this one a lot. I also used a homemade stretch mark cream that consisted of shea butter and coconut oil, and I used that a lot last time. Luckily I didn’t get any stretch marks with Noah. I have no idea how I didn’t, because I totally got stretch marks during puberty! If I come across another product that’s amazing I’ll make sure to let you know here on the blog later on.
Prenatal Vitamins– I spend quite a bit on prenatal vitamins, but I want the best when it comes to vitamins. I took the New Chapter Perfect Prenatal vitamins last time around, and loved them, so I’m taking them this time too. You do have to take them 3x daily, because they are made from food. These are hands down the best vitamins ever. Dylan even sneaks them sometimes, lol. I either pick them up at Whole Foods or if I’m thinking ahead I order them on Amazon to get a better deal.
Extra Sleep- I know this is pretty obvious, but I have to sneak in as much sleep as possible during the first trimester. I was so tired this time around. I would literally fall asleep every night on the couch before 9 pm. My biggest advice is going to bed as early as possible. When I wasn’t pregnant I would put Noah down for the night, and then open up my computer to work more. During my first trimester I had to cut out that work time, and basically hit the sheets about an hour after I put him down.
Loose-Fitting Tops– Since I wanted to keep my pregnancy a secret until I was out of the first trimester, I had to disguise the bump in loose-fitting tops often. I wore a lot of Free People & comfy brands from Nordstrom that fit loosely. I also was pretty good at positioning my body so the bump wasn’t showing in photos, ha! I wore this one all of the time & it’s currently still on sale, and comes in a ton of colors!
Inexpensive Maternity Jeans– I actually have been wearing old pairs from last time around, but I’ve had this pair & this pair on my radar. I think it’s time to add them to my shopping cart, because I want a couple of new pairs for this time around. Plus, all of the ones from TopShop at Nordstrom seem to be around $70. I would love to splurge on a pair from Paige like these, but I haven’t decided on that just yet!
Good Water Bottle– Staying hydrated during pregnancy is so important. I was really sick with a sinus infection during the really early weeks in my pregnancy, and I got really dehydrated. When I was getting my blood drawn they noticed my blood was darker meaning I was really dehydrated. After that doctor apt I got online and ordered a fun water bottle that I could keep with me at all times. It’s been the best reminder to drink water constantly.
Chamomile or Ginger Tea– Long gone are the days of a glass of red wine in the evening, so I’ve been trying to de stress after a long day with a warm cup of Chamomile Tea. I actually look forward to it in the evening, and it’s super delicious with a little bit of honey. I also hear that Ginger Tea is great if you are experiencing nausea!
A Good Book- I read way too many super serious parenting & birth books the first time around, this time around I’m keeping it a bit more relaxed with Bringing Up Bebe. I’ve just started reading it, but I love it so far!
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