Baby | Top 5 First Trimester Faves

Hello sugar babies! Now that I'm into my second trimester (I'll be four months this Friday!), I feel like it's a great time to let this post out from the drafts. Just remember: these are products that helped me out and made me feel comfortable but hey, they may not be for everyone. I'd love to know what helped you through your first trimester :)


Trader Joe's Ginger Mints
Did you know that "morning sickness" affects about 75% of women in their first trimester? 50% of those women actually get sick while 25% only get nauseous and than that lucky last 25% get nothing. I actually considered myself lucky. Thankfully, I was the quarter that only got nauseous but this nausea would hit me ANY TIME OF THE DAY especially early in the morning and at night. Or in fun situations like out to dinner with family or walking around the mall. So after some research, I found Trader Joe's Ginger Mints. Ginger is a natural alternative that is supposed to settle your stomach and ease nausea. I swear by these mints. As soon as I felt nauseous, I would pop one in my mouth and within a minute would feel it go away. I bought a few tins and carried one in my purse and one near my nightstand. They're a little spicy since there's a whole lot of ginger in these candies (ginger oil, ground up ginger) but they're miracle workers and I highly recommend these babies to help with nausea!


Liz Lange Maternity Shirts
The first trimester is such a weird trimester to dress. You're still you but you feel all bloaty and suddenly your jeans don't feel like they fit and your shirts look weird. The entire first trimester I wore leggings, hoodies (thank goodness for cold weather - you will never hear me say that again!) and shirts from the Liz Lange Maternity collection. I would wear these shirts even if I wasn't pregnant - that's how awesome they are. So soft. So comfy. They even have ruching on the sides so you can wear them from your first trimester to your third AND even after. The price is pretty cheap compared to other maternity lines and there's a lot of cute options. I'm dying to try out their jeans!

CVS Prenatal Gummy Vitamins & NexaPlus Prenatal Vitamins
Clearly, prenatal vitamins are totally up to your preference and what your body needs. Always discuss prenatal options with your doctor first. My doctor prescribed me NexaPlus which has plant-based DHA but I grabbed the CVS gummies just in case I couldn't swallow the NexaPlus and those were perfect on the days I was feeling extra nauseous. The NexaPlus prenatals are huge but never bothered my stomach. Ever. They're pretty awesome! And they have a stool softener in them. Never thought I'd be excited for that one. I've been told/researched to look for prenatals with the following recommended dosages in them BUT again, consult your doctor first:
  • Folic Acid: Recommended dosage 400-800 mcg - This B9 vitamin is found in leafy green vegetables and enriched grains. Folic acid, also known as folate, is a vital nutrient that can prevent neural tube defects. These birth defects usually occur before the pregnancy is confirmed and can lead to an incomplete development of the spinal cord and the brain. It’s advised to start on this supplement while trying to conceive a child.
  • Calcium: Recommended dosage is 250 mg. Whether you’re pregnant or not, calcium deficiency is something that can and should be totally avoided. In the case of expecting mothers, calcium plays a huge role in the third trimester; it’s the time when most of your baby’s bones will be developing and it is critically important that you consume the right amounts of calcium.
  • Iron: Recommended dosage is 30 mg. This mineral is important for the hemoglobin which carries oxygen to your organs and tissues. During pregnancy, the mother’s body will be producing more blood to nurture the baby and this might cause her iron levels to go down. Therefore, it is important to take a supplement of iron to keep those beat the tiredness, weakness, and anemia.
  • DHA: Recommended dosage is 300 mg. DHA contains an omega-3 fatty acid which enhances the vision, brain and central nervous system. It’s only recently that they have been included in the list of essential pre-natal vitamins.
* From Mashoid.com


Shopping For Baby Clothes
Yeah, I couldn't help it. I think it's fun and something every girl should do when they find out their pregnant. Some say it's bad luck and to not jinx it since it's so early. Even if it's a blanket or just a onesie. I don't know how some people can just not shop for their baby until they find out what they're having. I mean, that's just silly to wait ;) Now, I will admit my biggest vice isn't shopping at all but rather "online browsing" which may be safer for some in the wallet department. If you're looking to ease that "MUST.BUY.BABY.THINGS!" feeling out of your system without actually buying anything, than that's the way to go. My favorite sites to browse are: Janie & Jack | Buy Buy Baby | Old Navy (also has really cute maternity clothes!)

Pregnancy Phone Apps
I suck. I probably couldn't tell you what my baby was doing in my belly right now if you asked me if it weren't for these pregnancy apps. They also keep track of how many months/weeks/days I am, countdown to delivery, forums to talk with other mommies, a calendar to put in appointments and other noteworthy dates, a place to post pictures of your belly, what your baby is up to this week and more! My favorites are: What To Expect, The Bump and BabyCenter.

Honorable Mentions of First Trimester Faves: Gasex, Tums, Tylenol and pickles. Mmmmm pickles.

39 comments

  1. So excited for the baby!!! Trader Joe's mints are so good!!! I had my mom send me a few tins of the green tea mints because we don't have a TJs down here. We're supposed to soon...or it may already be up...I have to check, lol.

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    1. Yay! Thanks Kat :) Oh God. Just everything at Trader Joe's is good. I got these almond hazelnut cookies from there and DIEEEED. Let me know if you ever need anything! I can send you a TJ care package :) Hahaha.

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  2. This is such a cute post. I am soooo excited for you to have a baby. Congrats girl!!!

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    1. Thanks chickie! I'M excited. Hahaha. I just can't wait :)

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  3. Such exciting news! Congratulations.

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    1. I know! I can't believe the first trimester is over already!

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  5. Ahh!I I didn't know you were expecting! :) Congrats!

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  6. The ginger mints sound helpful

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    1. They're SO good. I think I'd like them even if I wasn't pregnant!

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  7. I had "morning sickness" from 2.5 weeks until I was in the delivery room. NOTHING helped - it was awful. BUT Taco Bell didn't make me nauseated.

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    1. Oh no :( That's what I was so afraid of. Hahaha. Oh man. I want Taco Bell.

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  8. I'm one of those women who never got sick at all during their pregnancy.

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    1. Ooooh that's such a good idea. I've heard of those.

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  10. I wish this post was around when I was pregnant 7 years ago - back then I was so lost!

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    1. Awww! :) Now that I'm in my second trimester I feel so lost!

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  11. They have much cuter maternity clothes now. When I was pregnant they were pretty boring.

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    1. I really like maternity clothes that don't look like maternity clothes. LOL

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  12. I would go crazy buying cute onesies with sayings on them :)

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    1. I already have a huge bag of clothes for the baby and we don't even know the gender yet!

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  13. Altoids made a ginger mint that I loved, but can't find anymore! It was always with me when I traveled, because I tend to get motion sick. Glad to know *someone* still makes ginger mints! Congrats on surviving the first trimester!

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    1. Ginger Altoids were what was actually recommended but I couldn't find them either :( Thanks girlie!

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  14. I still love shopping for baby clothes and my daughter is 10 months! :D I spend way too much on it actually

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    1. It's so fun! Aww. Laura, she's so gorgeous! I think it gets even more fun when they get older :)

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  15. Good call on the Trader Joe's ginger mints. I'm pregnant too and addicted to those!

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  16. You are one fabulous mama-to-be! Those are cute baby clothes!

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  17. I'll keep these mints in mind ;)

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  18. Congrats are your baby! So exciting.

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  19. I've seen a few photos of you and I'm like she doesn't even look pregnant unless you see her baby bump !! Congrats

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