Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pregnancy Must Haves | First Trimester

I have been wanting to do a pregnancy "must have" post for a few weeks and finally got around to doing so! Since I am already past my first trimester, I thought it would be good to split up the posts between First, Second, and Third Trimesters. This is my personal opinion and things I've found helpful throughout my pregnancy so far.

Belly Bands: I love these when you need to wear over your pants that will no longer button. I actually borrowed my friends on my bachelorette cruise when my shorts shrunk! And I remember telling her I needed to get them! Well now that I finally had a good reason to, it was my first purchase. I normally wear a small, but I ordered a medium knowing I'd grow into it. I wanted it to last with my growing belly. I still wear them under certain tops with my maternity jeans too. (Great for after baby too!) I recommend this pack of two for $16. 

Pant extenders: I had to add these to the list because they have been a huge lifesaver for me in my first trimester when I wasn't quite ready to make the plunge and get maternity pants. They will save you a lot of money so you can keep sporting your normal shorts, jeans, and pants for a while. (Also great for after pregnancy!) I recommend this pack of 5 for $9.

Bio Oil: I swear by this stuff! My friend actually mentioned how it worked really well for her so I gave it a try and I really love it! It feels great and keeps my skin moisturized.

Sports Bras: Because those ta tas start growing and they get sore. Wearing a normal bra everyday just doesn't go so well. Plus, the sports bras stretch a little where your bra does not, so when those babies keep growing you won't be overflowing your bra with all that boobage.

Leggings: I mean, leggings are always amazing, as you know. And of course you want to be comfortable when you are feeling pretty awful in your first trimester. I literally have been living in leggings. All different colors. You can dress them up with some cute flowy tops or dress them down with a more sporty look. Leggings will be your best friend.

Maternity Jeans: Because leggings aren't necessarily always acceptable. (I mean, to me they are, but in general) If you are going out for a nicer dinner where jeans can be worn, this is the time to do it! I've been lucky my job accepts jeans to be worn on a daily basis because I couldn't imagine wearing anything else. You can dress them up with wedges or wear them casually with flats. The maternity jeans are so comfortable and you don't get that belly overhang when you are sitting-- you all know what I'm talking about.

Prenatal Pills: While I think every pregnant woman should take prenatals through the entire pregnancy and while breastfeeding I had to include it in the first trimester post. For me, I had a hard time eating my first trimester- nothing sounded good and I couldn't eat large portions. The prenatals help make sure that my baby and I are getting enough nutrients when I can't keep food down. I recommend these Prenatal Multi DHA vitamins. 

Tummy Butter: I didn't like the smell of the regular cocoa butter, so I opted to try this brand. It still has cocoa butter but without the smell. It smells good, and it goes on thick and keeps my tummy super moisturized.

What To Expect App: I didn't buy the book, but this app has been super helpful as this is my first pregnancy. It shows you videos and photos of what your baby might look like as well as what you should expect to be feeling week per week.

The Belly Book: Ok this one I had to add because I LOVE it! It's a way to track your pregnancy- like a scrapbook but more organized. I have been writing my feelings, cravings, adding photos and tracking my pregnancy progress. I got it here and it's so fun! I love knowing I'll be able to look back at this book one day.

A few other things I've found helpful during my pregnancy not pictured above...

Cardigans, tank tops, kimonos. In all different colors. It's so easy to put an outfit together that looks cute with no effort. (Especially when you are exhausted!--I was so exhausted in my first trimester.)

For any fellow Mamma's or Mommy's to be - I would love to hear what items and products you have found to be the most helpful in your pregnancy! Let me know in the comments!


  1. Congrats on your pregnancy! Exciting news! I've heard those belly bands are lifesavers for the growing baby bump.

  2. I don't know if you've tried it, but the Spoiled Mama belly butter was my best friend during my pregnancy. I just ran out of it last night at 37 weeks and am debating getting another jar of it.

  3. Prenatals are so key even before and after pregnancy, and I love the chewables. And yes to the belly bands! Game changers <3
    Green Fashionista

  4. I lived in leggings when I was pregnant with my son, and I will probably do the same with the next one!

  5. It has been a very long time since I needed these types of things but I sure do think it is a great list.


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