Friday, January 18, 2013
first trimester essentials
The first trimester was no joke for me. I'm thankful I didn't experience a lot of morning sickness, but I did struggle with nausea and fatigue. I have never been more tired! Throughout those first thirteen weeks there were certain products I found myself using and came to rely on.
1- Wearing a little nail polish always makes me feel more pulled together and pretty and during the first thirteen weeks, I desperately wanted to feel pretty (hello bloating and fatigue!). I also noticed my nails were growing faster thanks to the hormones and prenatal vitamins. I really liked this neutral color from Zoya called Pasha.
2- I finally purchased a Bella Band when I was about eight weeks along. Adding it to my wardrobe made all the difference, allowing me you to wear pre-pregnacy pants unbuttoned (I didn't start wearing maternity pants until my second trimester). I got the black one, but would also consider getting a white one too. They blend well with my tank tops for a layered look.
3- I learned eating almonds helps stave off nausea because they're packed with protein. I started carrying almonds with me everywhere, so I could snack on them whenever I felt hungry. They did a great job of filling me up and avoiding bouts of nausea. Trader Joe's makes convenient packages called Just a Handful.
4- Drinking lots of water throughout pregnancy is a must and carrying a water bottle helps me consume enough water daily. I've been using Camelbak's 22 oz. Performance Bottle. The top locks avoid spills (but I don't just throw it in my purse, it would leak a small amount there).
5- I don't know if it's just the colder months (my first trimester started in October), but my skin was dryer than usual. Overnight, I used Alba's Sea Plus Renewal Night Cream on dryer parts of my face (I use my regular moisturizer with SPF during the day).
I'm sure there are a few other products I used, but these are the ones I came to love. This is not a sponsored post and I'm not using affiliate links; I simply wanted to share a few products that worked well for me. Do you have anything to add?