Total Basset Case: First Trimester Essentials

Jun 16, 2016

First Trimester Essentials

Now that I am a few weeks into my second trimester it's time to look back at what was essential to surviving my first trimester.
I am very, very thankful that throughout the first trimester I was never terribly sick.
There were definitely mornings that I didn't feel great but nothing that wasn't tolerable.
Now the sleepiness was not something I could overcome.  And while I wasn't in bed at 8pm, some nights it wasn't too far after that.  I took a lot of 2 hour naps on the weekends.  They were glorious.  

First Trimester Essentials

1. h2O - I am not the greatest about drinking water.  You may remember it was on my 2016 goal list to drink more water.  Well this pregnancy has definitely helped me work toward that goal.  I will admit, I still probably don't drink nearly as much as I should but I am doing my best to drink a lot every day.  What helps is this fantastic bottle.  You fill the center part with fruit and it flavors the water...genius! Lately my favorite combo is mint and lemon....mmm! 
2.  Mac and Cheese - One of my favorite foods in the entire world is macaroni and cheese.  With my sugar allergy it is not often I get mac and cheese.  But awhile a go I discovered Annie's Rice Pasta Mac and Cheese and while it still has dairy (sugar) in it, I still go for it occasionally.    The rice pasta is much easier on my stomach and I usually try to stick to the individual cups.  There were many meal times (and still are) that this was the only thing that sounded good to me.

3.  THE Pillow : I know, I know enough with the pillow.  It's amazing and a life saver, I'll stick to that.

4.  Ginger Ale :  As I said I was not very sick but there were quite a few mornings where I woke up and needed something bubbly on my stomach.  We always have ginger ale around the house but lately we've been going through it a lot faster.

5.  Bringing Up Bebe : A few friends recommended this book to me even before we were pregnant.  It was the first book I ordered once we found out, many more have been ordered and read since then (reviews coming soon!).  Mister is currently reading it and I will most likely reread it again later on.  The book takes a French, laid back approach to parenting.  The themes/lessons/tips have really resonated with us.

6.  Coconut La Croix : I was a huge fan of this before being pregnant but ever since finding out there has been one permanently attached to my hand.  Thankfully Kroger makes a generic brand that is just as good as well as other flavors.

7.  Rice Chex - Along the lines of #4, there were quite a few mornings I needed a little something on my stomach before I could start my day.  A few handfuls of dry cereal generally did the trick.

8.  8oz Diet Coke - Starting at the beginning of the year I started weaning myself off Diet Coke simply because I knew I should be drinking less.  Soon I was done to one a week.  Once we found out I cut it out completely wanting to limit my caffeine intake, at least during the first trimester.  I know some caffeine even every day is fine but I was erring on the side of caution.  A few weeks in I picked up these adorable mini cans and treated myself to one a week.  Those Saturday afternoons were very glorious.  I have now allowed myself to have more but still am limiting my intake.  Thankfully Chick Fil A has fountain Caffeine Free Diet Coke...!

This list should also include our sofa and bed because I spent a lot of time there napping.
Other mamas, what were your go tos?  


Anne said...

Yay, second trimester! I had a similar experience of mostly just being tired in the first, but it was amazing how much more I felt back to myself in the second. Keeping active was definitely a big help for me as it helped bump my energy levels or keep the little bit of nausea at bay. Loved Bringing Up Bebe too, and another parenting memoir I read at the time and really liked was Waiting for Birdy.

Kayla MKOY said...

Ah this is so exciting! So glad you weren't too sick your first trimester! I hope it stays that way! I'm not pregnant but that pillow looks amazing!

Lisa @ Naptime Chai said...

La Croix is SO essential for pregnancy! It's one of my true loves these days. <3

Marette F said...

I love Annie's mac and cheese. In fact, I had it last night. It will probably be a pregnancy essential for me someday, too. :)

Sarah Tucker said...

I so knew you were having a boy because everything you've said about your pregnancy has been almost identical to mine! Yes to ALL of these!

Erin LFF said...

So glad you didn't have to deal with too many yucky symptoms the first trimester. That sounds about like me--- just the tiredness and the occasional "blah" feelings. I had trouble wanting to eat anything but cereal made a comeback for me as well ;)

According to Jax said...

I was super sick my first trimester and threw up everyday! (I sure don't miss that!!) But I still survived using the same things as well as soft pretzels from the mall. Bread always makes me feel better! :)