Hey y’all! I’m finally feeling a bit more like myself lately so I figured I should take advantage of it and check in! I was going to share my tortilla soup recipe, however I realized I somehow deleted the photos I took of it, so I can’t do that. But I did want to share with you a few of my favorite things I’ve been using to get by in my first trimester so far. I’m a little over halfway done with this trimester! Its hard to believe. I’ve been very fortunate to have a relatively easy time. The first trimester is commonly known for morning sickness, tiredness, and overall anxiety in adjusting to all the change. Luckily I had done my research beforehand and found some things to help me prevent morning sickness that I began using before Ryan and I even started to try to conceive so I wanted to share that with you, and a few other things that have been very helpful for me! These are all things very handy for a naturally-minded mom-to-be!
A journal! Ryan gifted me this journal a few Christmases ago and I still hadn’t started using it yet. I don’t write in journals too often but have a few other ones going already for when I do. I thought it would be perfect to document my pregnancy! I wrote down how I told Ryan when I found out the good news, I write down how I’m feeling, physically, and emotionally, and I write down my hopes and my fears. Its nice to have an outlet to express feelings, especially for a first time pregnancy when all this is completely new to me! It will also be a lovely record to refer back to when I’m older to remember these feelings and also to reference in future pregnancies to compare them! I love this leather one and you can get one on Amazon, here!
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth! This book is so highly recommended in all my circles on the internet so of course I ordered it shortly after discovering I was pregnant! If you’re a natural-minded mom-to-be this book is a must-read! The first half of the book is all natural birth stories. They’re all so positive and very descriptive so it gives the reader so many different pictures of what natural birth looked like for all the women in the stories. It gives just about every scenario, and how the mother and her birth team worked through it to get great results. Its extremely encouraging and got my mindset in a really good place. Today’s society is all about birth horror stories. Anytime you see birth portrayed in a movie or TV show its highly exaggerated for the entertainment factor, and in my opinion, places a lot of fear into expectant mothers on what to expect! Friends and family also love to pass around birth horror stories. If you’re looking for something a little more positive, this is it! The second half of the book goes over the entire birth process, in detail and describes everything you’d possibly need to know about what goes on, how to cope, and potential scenarios. Its so informative. I had a lot of nervousness revolving around actually giving birth since I’ve never done it before. I think its normal to be nervous, but after reading this book I actually feel empowered and I feel completely confident that my body knows exactly what to do, as women have been giving birth for centuries! Being calm and confident about giving birth is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself. I’m sure when I get closer to giving birth I may get nervous again, but for now I have no fears! Living with peace of mind is really invaluable, especially for someone like me who is typically a worry-wart!! I should also mention that this book isn’t just for first time moms! I truly think anyone could grasp so much from reading it and even get a much better understanding of everything, even if you’ve been through it! You can get the book here!
Great raw prenatal vitamins, and organic milk thistle! Before we decided to try to conceive this child, I did so much research on anything I’d need to know or do ahead of time to prepare for my pregnancy. Avoiding morning sickness was at the top of my priority list! There are a few things I did for this, but the big one that made the difference has been taking a milk thistle supplement. To be honest I don’t know why or how this works, but so many women swear by it. Even women who have had severe morning sickness with all their other pregnancies swore that this made all the difference. I read that having it in your system a couple months prior to conception would be ideal, so I started taking it right away! Ideally enough, we got pregnant about two months after I started taking it. I realize that I may not have had morning sickness regardless of this, but since there were so many other positive testimonials, and it worked for me, I had to share it! I’m only in the middle of week 8, so I’m not out of the water just yet, but I had 2 weeks (weeks 6 and 7) where I DID get nauseous. I remedied it by eating constantly, along with some other things I’ll mention below. The nausea wasn’t bad at all and I never threw up, but I did have it for those two weeks, then on the day week 8 started, it was completely gone. I have a feeling it could have been a LOT worse had I not been on milk thistle pills! You can find the ones I use here! And they’re organic. 🙂
Having a raw whole foods prenatal vitamin is also a great idea! Most vitamins are synthetic, which is not good! If you’re taking something for your health, you want it to be the real deal, not something created in a lab. Taking a raw prenatal also eliminates the weird nauseous feeling many people get after taking a vitamin on an empty stomach. Raw whole food vitamins don’t do that to you. This one also contains folate instead of “folic acid” which is the synthetic form of folate that most people take. This was important for me! Folate is far far healthier for expecting moms than folic acid. (Read about why in this article on Wellness Mama.) This prenatal is made from organic fruits and veggies and has all the best nutrients for mom and baby. I think having such great nutrients in my body is also helping me feel “decent” during the first trimester. You can order this one here on Amazon as well.
Essential Oils! Luckily my ailments haven’t been so bad. I actually get fewer headaches now than I did before I was pregnant. I think I’ve only had about 2 headaches in the 8 weeks I’ve been pregnant so far! That is a miracle to me. 🙂 I used to commonly get headaches and I have recommended head ease oil before, but had to add it here again. Most of the time women avoid taking medicine whenever possible, as many medicines aren’t safe for pregnancy. The couple times I had a headache, this oil was my savior. I put the oil around my hairline, and the smell of it, as well as the cooling effect of the oils does wonders to soothe the achy feelings. Get some here! The other two oils that were helpful the past two weeks are peppermint, and ginger essential oils. These I would use interchangeably when I would feel a wave of nausea coming on. I’d run for a snack to get some food in my belly and sniff one of these right out of the bottle. It worked! You could diffuse it, but I found it more effective just to sniff it straight from the bottle whenever I needed it. I preferred the ginger, but both oils worked.
That’s about it! I’m so glad that the feeling crappy part only lasted 2 weeks and I’m starting to get a bit of my energy back. I also really hope I didn’t speak too soon. Haha! I’ll keep praying that its uphill from here! 🙂
Those who have been pregnant before, what were some things that got you through the first trimester? Let me know in the comments!