First trimester favorites

Friday, May 11, 2018
First trimester is in the rearview mirror, and I can't believe how it flew by! However, if you would've talked to me during the first trimester I probably would have told you it wasn't going by fast enough. I was in a constant state of nausea and it was about as fun as it sounds. I didn't know what to expect when I heard other moms-to-be talk about morning sickness, but now that I've experienced it firsthand, I'm really not a fan. The nausea was all day but really hit its highest point at the end of the day from 3 p.m. on.

The only thing that would keep it somewhat bearable was constantly eating. When I first found out I was expecting I had visions of myself consuming leafy greens and nutrient-packed smoothies. The reality looked more like Kraft mac & cheese, white carbs, and ice cream.

The second trimester has been good to me so far though. Many friends promised it would be a welcome reprieve after the first trimester, and they were right. I've had a few random aches and pains, and the occasional bout of nausea, but nothing to complain about.

Here were my first trimester staples -

Preggie Pop Drops

I can't say enough about these bad boys - they went everywhere with me during my first fourteen weeks. I had them in the car, in the house, in my purse, and in my pockets. They helped ease nausea so much! I tried the wristbands and Ginger drops and gum, but they didn't do much for me. The Ginger was almost too spicy for my stomach at that point. These sour fruity drops did the trick though - I probably went through four or five packs. I found them at Target and Amazon for the same price, otherwise they were kind of hard to track down. A first trimester lifesaver for sure!

Eating all the (bad) things

Like I mentioned earlier, if it was a cheap food you ate in college, I was probably eating it during my first trimester. Ramen noodles, ice cream, crackers, mac & cheese and really any white carb. Nothing ever tasted good but certain foods definitely sounded bad. Morning sickness is a weird thing. Also, I've never eaten so much in my life. I was constantly eating all day - it was the only thing that helped me feel not as sick. It would have been a lot more fun if stuff tasted good!


I really didn't have any food aversions except for hot coffee, which is really strange as I was a coffee devotee. I haven't worried about staying away from caffeine (I feel like it's yet another thing we're supposed to panic about) but I have tried to consume less of it.  I've been surprised by how much you can actually have and still stay under the recommended 200 mg or less a day.  Tea did sound good during my first trimester though, so I drank a lot of Constant Comment. I've graduated on to cold brew Cafe Lattes by Califia Farms but hot coffee still doesn't sound appetizing at all.


Surprisingly my running didn't slow down at all during my first trimester (okay, maybe the pace did!)  Running was really the only time I felt good. No headaches, no nausea, and plenty of time to relax and think. I could tell I was slower and had less energy but I still enjoyed my usual running routine. The second trimester has been great as well - definitely been feeling more energetic!

It is still surreal to think we're finally expecting after a year of failed attempts. It doesn't quite seem real yet, but hoping that once I start feeling little kicks or have a bump show up it will. Thanks to everyone who has shared advice, suggestions and congratulations! We welcome all the help we can get!

Happy Friday, friends!

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