Mar 14, 2017

First-Trimester Lifesavers (For Me)

Now that I'm finally out of the first trimester (I never know for sure if it's 13 or 14 weeks that it ends, why does everyone have a different answer?!) I figured I can write about what was helpful this time around. This pregnancy has been quite different from the first! The morning sickness has still been pretty bad but doesn't seem to be as bad in the afternoons. I am having a really hard time finding anything to eat or drink that doesn't make my stomach flip so that has been an extra hard challenge this time! Other than the morning sickness, things have been going smoothly and for that I'm forever grateful! 

So I know everyone has different things that get them through but in early pregnancy I loved to look up these lists and see what worked for everyone else. So here's my list:

Zofran - literally a lifesaver. I think I've come to accept that this is just going to be a norm in my pregnancy. Both times I've started taking it around 7 weeks. Crossing every finger and toe that I get off of it before the end of my pregnancy, unlike last time.

Baked Potatoes - usually with butter and sour cream, this what my go-to when we went out to eat any time during the first trimester. It always settled well and actually sounded good no matter how I felt.

Plain Pasta - this was an easy lunch or supper when whatever I had meal planned for that night sounded disgusting. Either totally plain or sprinkled with just a little bit of parmesan (unless M made it for me :P)

Wintergreen Lifesavers - I bought a huge back of these, likely from Costco, awhile ago and I'm still munching on them. Most sweet things this time around were the absolute worst but the mint in these settled my stomach. I'm still carrying a baggy of these in my purse for when morning sickness swings up.

Bumpnest Pillow - I saved this from the last time and couldn't wait to pull it out! Honestly, I think I was only 6 weeks along when it wandered into our bed. I wasn't getting great sleep and this was the only thing that helped. It's gotten pretty misshapen after I washed it but it's still just as comfy!

Cherry Coke - this is one of the only things I could freely drink during the entire first trimester. Poured over ice and I could practically chug it. Water is almost exclusively off limits and gatorade wasn't much better. Though cherry coke has started to lose it's place on the good list, it still works in a pinch.

Essential Oils - these helped ward off the nausea before it kicked in extra hard. It also has helped on the days where Zofran didn't fully knock out my sickness and I needed a little extra boost. I diffused some uplifting scents when I was feeling down and used thieves daily to help ward off the flu or any other crud going around.

Netflix - for the days when I just couldn't get out of bed or off the couch. My child got to watch waaaaaay too much Netflix during this time but it helped keep me sane so it was a necessary evil. I feel not one bit of guilt about it ;)

Chik Fil A - first it was the waffle fries, then the spicy chicken sandwich, followed by the grilled market salad. The stomach gets what the stomach wants when you can't keep anything else down! Just take all my moneys Chik Fil A!

Ice - this one is so funny to me. I always laughed when I heard about pregnant women eating ice because it just sounded so silly to me. This time around, gimme all the ice. Specifically pellet ice or anything thats easy to chew. It tastes fantastic and it's pretty much the only way I'm getting water in my system anymore. No wonder why M&M suddenly wants to steal all the ice from my drinks, it's all he's seen me do lately. I've taken to asking for a separate cup of ice when we go through the drive through now haha.

Popsicles - I think this one sort of goes along with the ice. Good thing I'm having a Summer pregnancy! I've tried to opt for the fruit/fruit juice kind that doesn't have any added sugar. However, Mr Freezies also do the trick!

What helped you get through the first trimester?

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