Now that I've successfully made it past the first trimester, I thought I would share my first trimester essentials with you all. When I was pregnant with Amelia, I didn't actually know I was pregnant during the first trimester and was suffering really badly from anemia for the most of it so you could say my essentials then were chocolate, iron tablets and ice! As I found out very early on this time I have found a few products to help me through the first trimester very helpful. I've had a pretty good pregnancy so far although as soon as I hit 6 weeks the nausea hit me, I was lucky enough to only suffer from morning sickness during weeks 7-8 and it subsided just to feeling nauseous again especially if I didn't eat for long periods of time.
I started taking Pregnacare from the day that I found out I was pregnant as I had some left in the cupboard from the last pregnancy. I've been taking it daily like a good girl, as I only took it every few days last time as I kept forgetting and I didn't take it at all with Amelia as they said I didn't need to as I was already so far along.
When I was pregnant with Amelia, I didn't read a single pregnancy or baby book. When I found out I was pregnant this time I wanted some books to take on holiday with me and I thought pregnancy books would be great to refresh my memory. I know every pregnancy is different and even though I've already given birth before there's so much about giving birth that I don't actually know. The books that I found most enjoyable to read have been My Bump & Me by Myleene Klass and The Best Friends' Guide to Pregnancy rather than your general pregnancy information books.
It's natural that we want to find out about every symptom we have, is my pregnancy normal, what should I be eating, there's so many questions to ask and naturally we google everything! I've always found the Babybump app the most relevant and useful during my pregnancies. It included daily tups and weekly updates on how the baby is growing. I also found the message boards very helpful and it's great to get advice from other mums-to-be especially if it's your first time, or you need someone to share the news with. I don't really use any other apps and have seemed to stick to just this one this time round.
This has seriously been my best friend for the past month! Particularly in the run up to our first scan. I purchased the Sonoline Doppler from Amazon for around £50 when I was about 7 weeks pregnant. I knew I wouldn't be able to find the heartbeat that early but at least I would have it ready for when I was around 8/9 weeks. I first found the babies heartbeat at 9+2 days after trying for the previous week, it was such a relief when I found it as I had no idea whether the pregnancy was viable. I didn't become obsessed like some people say you do, but I would check every few days if I remembered. It was great for piece of mind and definitely stopped me from getting so panicky. I haven't used it since I had my scan but will use it again later on in pregnancy. I would definitely recommend a doppler with the display screen as it allows you to see what the heartbeat is unlike cheaper models which you never know if it's actually the heartbeat or not.
I'm not one to write a diary of my daily events but I do like the thought of documenting pregnancy so I bought the Bump to birthday book. This is probably one of my favourite purchases, I bought one during my last pregnancy and wanted to buy a new one this time round. It's great to pass time and gave me something to do in the evenings when Amelia was in bed.
I suddenly went off fizzy drinks during the evening and seeing as I don't drink any other drinks other than Dr pepper I decided to start drinking water instead. I can only drink water if it is ice cold out of the fridge so I bought a few of these Eco-Filler drinks holders to help me up my water intake. You're suppose to drink around 8 glasses of water a day and I was drinking zero. I also get so thirsty during the night so having one of these topped up with water on my bedside cabinet has been a lifesaver! Also it's important to stay hydrated during pregnancy.
Although I didn't get a single stretch mark from my bump with Amelia I have a feeling I may do this time as you tend to get bigger the more pregnancies you have. I have been using Palmers Cocoa Butter stretch mark cream as I love the smell and have used the cocoa butter in the past when not pregnant so recently picked up their stretch mark cream which I have been using a few times a week. When I'm further along I will try and use it every night before bed if I remember.
Cussons Relax Unwind Sleep Mist - Although, I don't have a problem with falling asleep anymore as I barely get any sleep, I used to be terrible when pregnant with Amelia it would take me around 2 hours to fall asleep probably down to too much fizzy drinks at night. I decided to use this to help me drift of quicker.
Love Boo Velvet Hands Repair Cream - My hands have become so dry recently I went in search for a good hand cream. I found this one to be the best at hydrating my skin and it leaves my hands feeling so soft.
So that is my list, friends! The essentials that got me through the first 12 weeks. What are/were your first trimester essentials?