Monday, July 22, 2013

my 1st trimester lifesavers

I'm almost out of the first trimester. I'm excited to move into this next stage, where hopefully my energy will come back and I'll start looking more pregnant with child than pregnant with the cupcake I am currently eating. I've had a really easy pregnancy thus far, but hopefully this list of things that have helped me get through this first trimester will be of use to other pregnant ladies out there:

1. Morning Wellness Tea - my pregnancy guardian angel (aka my friend Mindy) has saved my life with this tea. My nausea worsens as the day goes on, and this tea truly did settle my stomach. A cup in the middle of the work day helps me keep it together until I can go home and relax, and a cup before bed allows me to relax and not to go sleep feeling miserable. 

2. Preggie Pop Drops - another item courtesy of my pregnancy guardian angel. I fell in love with these because they're super tasty, and then was completely shocked when they actually did help curb my nausea. The Husband and I each ordered a lifetime supply of these without consulting the other. I've been telling him we have to have about 7 kids now just so I can get through our supply of these candies.

3. Yoga Pants - yup, I am already no longer fitting into my normal jeans and slacks. That's more due to my I MUST EAT EVERYTHING food cravings than the growth of The Creature (my nickname for the little one - The Husband is not amused), but whatever works. Yoga pants are saving my life and I'm pretending they're appropriate for the office.

4. TJ's Lavender Salt Scrub - this stuff smells amazing, makes my skin super smooth and soft, and doesn't irritate my skin in the slightest. Also, it's incredibly inexpensive compared to the fancy salt scrubs out there. I don't know how some people live without Trader Joe's. Using this scrub feels indulgent and the smell doesn't make me feel sick, which is kind of a miracle. (Note: the link I provided has it selling for a bit more expensive than at the actual store)

5. Sparkling Water - my favorite is Perrier, which Costco sells in little bottles in bulk (woo hoo!). The bubbles seem to help settle my stomach, and there's no sugar like there is in ginger ale. Pour it in a wine glass and feel extra fancy.

6. The Husband - he's not widely available for others' use, but I do have to mention how amazing The Husband has been. He's been cooking and cleaning while I lay semi-comatose on the couch, debating whether it is time to lose my lunch or fall asleep. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful, nurturing, capable man. Single ladies, I applaud you, because this pregnancy stuff is tough and I could not imagine doing this without significant partner support.

Any suggestions for other life-saving products? I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing, so any advice is much appreciated.

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