Hey guys! Okay, hear me out – I’m not only doing pregnancy posts, I’ve just had this written up and saved in my drafts for a few months now, so I decided to just publish it. Tomorrow, I’ll write on a different topic… pinky promise. 😉
With that being said, I’m super excited to post this one, because I’m out of the first trimester! It’s been about a month, but I’m still excited, y’all. Give me all the “wahoos” and “awesome”s, ‘cuz that first trimester ain’t no joke. All you pregnant or formerly pregnant ladies know just what kind of excitement that holds, amiright?
I just wanted to share a few of the “essentials” that I credit to my survival. 😉
I feel like it’s only fitting to start this out with some good ole prenatals because they are so so important to take throughout pregnancy. But, I’m sure you already knew that. The NOW brand (pictured) is the kind that I take, but Imma be real – I.Hate.Them. They’re huge horse pills, and the worst part is you have to take three. Yes, three. I’m more of a one-and-done kinda girl, so these are a no-go in my book. Unfortunately, I didn’t know all about these prenatal vitamin preferences of mine when I spent $40 on these bad boys because I thought they looked like they were the good stuff. Next time, I’m going much simpler, thankyouverymuch. But personal feelings aside, taking that prenatal (or those prenatals in my case) are super super important, whether you enjoy it or not.
2.) Ginger Tea
When I was about 13, I read a quote by C.S. Lewis that says “You can’t find a book long enough or a cup of tea large enough to suit me”, and it was then that I was convinced that I needed to become a tea drinker. At the time, my family was at Disney World for the week, so I did what any normal human being would do — I bought a 365 day tea kit from the Mad Hatter gift shop, and I made myself drink it everyday for a year. The first six-ish months were no fun, but somewhere along the way, I fell in love. How does this story relate, you ask? Now, I can’t get enough tea. Obsessed is putting it mildly. My tea collection is embarrassing, y’all. So whenever I read that ginger tea could help ease morning sickness nausea, I was all about it. It worked so well. If you happen to be a tea drinker, please do yourself a favor and get ginger tea. And if you’re not a tea drinker, drink it anyway. Second moral of this story: with enough insanity, you can make yourself like pretty much anything.
3.) Coconut Oil
I use this stuff for everything – body lotion, hair masks, eye makeup remover, you name it. I even cook with it, but be sure to use the refined kind for cooking unless you want everything to taste like coconuts. I slather on this stuff after every shower (and even on my stomach in hopes of warding off the inevitable stretch marks), and it’s amazing.
Pregnant Jordan translates to Thirsty Jordan, which is a good thing because it is so essential to be hydrated while pregnant. Well, all the time really, but especially while pregnant. I find that if I use a cute water bottle, a.) I’m able to bring it around with me, but you can really do that whether it’s cute or not so that’s not related and b.) if it’s cute, I’ll drink more. Because I’m a sucker for cute stuff. Hence the hubby. 😉
During the majority of my first trimester, coffee was disgusting. But, being the psycho that I am, I still drank it (saying this after sharing my tea story is almost too much embarrassment to handle). Now that I’m feeling more like myself, actually thinking coffee is delicious is back in full force. I find that on mornings when I drink a cup of coffee, I’m less likely to need a nap during the day, which is a huge win. Now, I only keep it to one cup a day, and I’ve gotten the go-head, so please don’t freak! 😉 Thomas gets pretty mad at me when I have more than one cup (and for good reason), so I’ve been pretty good about that. Ahh, coffee. Sigh. Bliss. Happiness.
Because real clothes (i.e. actual pants) are just too much work. Aaaaand, I’m sure it only gets worse. #PrayForJordan #AndAllPregnantPeopleEverywhere
Please please please don’t let that name throw you off — let me explain. It’s basically a delicious beverage of water, ginger, ACV, stevia, and then you add whatever flavors or anything else you want! It’s been a lifesaver because sometimes plain water is just gross. Remember #2? The ginger added to this is amazing for helping nausea so it’s an all around winner. If you google it, you can find SO many amazing recipes. Try it! Pregnant or not, it’s amazing.
8.) Ponytails (or Ponytail Holders as Thomas keeps insisting they’re called)
What do you call them? I’ve always called them ponytails, so that’s what I’ll call them. This may be just one of those things thats weird about me, but I can’t stand having my hair in my face. Just..no. I always have one of these bad boys on my wrist, and if it’s not on my wrist, it’s in my hair. I have found these to be essential for surviving not only the first trimester, but life in general, really. I accidentally wore one on my wrist throughout my entire wedding day, so that just shows how committed I am. I blame the long hair.
That’s it! Hopefully someone out there found this helpful — and can we just talk about that photo collage for a second? I almost feel like a legit blogger now. I mean, a blogger that can’t blog conisitently to save her life, but ya know. Baby steps. Okay, I kind of meant to make that a pun, since this is about pregnancy. Get it? Too forced?
Tell me: what are/were some of your first trimester/pregnancy in general must-haves? Also, hit me with all your tips for the second & third trimester, pretty please.