Hi, friends! Based on conversations I’ve had with many other ladies, it’s clear to me that every single pregnancy is different. As of now, I’ve been pretty darn lucky with mine. It wasn’t the easiest first trimester in the world, due to the major exhaustion, mild nausea and a few other things, which you can read all about here in my first trimester recap, but overall, I tried to keep my routine as normal as I could. And I made it out the other side and am truly enjoying the second trimester thus far, with my increased energy levels.
Today, I wanted to put together all of the things that really helped to get me through those first 13 weeks, in which only a handful of people even knew that I was growing a human inside of me. And every single day is a learning experience, because I’m a newcomer to all of this pregnancy stuff.
Lululemon All the Right Places leggings
Maybe two weeks before I got pregnant, I purchased these leggings. And even though they are totally not a maternity product, because of the fact that they have a high and very forgiving waist-band, these puppies have been my FAVORITE workout pants.
(Photo source: Lululemon)
While I don’t get to wear them to the gym every single day (that would be gross), I’m so much more comfortable in them than any of my other pants that all started to get tight around 10 weeks. They are my happy workout pants, and they have pockets. I think I’ll be able to wear them for at least a couple more months. And a word to the wise: If you think Lululemon pants cost too much, you have never experienced the quality of this product. They LAST and LAST and LAST even more. It’s totally worth the investment, because you can wear them so many times before they will even show an ounce of aging. (Although maybe my growing waist-line will prove to be the breaking point!)
“Belly Laughs” by Jenny McCarthy
I’ve done so much reading online about pregnancy (not quite ready to read anything about raising a child yet), but I knew that I also wanted to read some handheld paperbacks too. Upon recommendation from a friend, I ordered Jenny McCarthy’s “Belly Laughs,” and it was hilarious. It’s a super-quick read, and I finished it within a day. While it’s not the most educational book ever, McCarthy’s very candid account of what happened to her body during pregnancy was eye-opening.
She basically had all of the grossest things possible occur, and so it’s sort of like a worst-case scenario situation, infused with her humor. And this book has been around for 10 years, so people are loving it. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who is hoping to be pregnant or is pregnant. So funny! Now that I’ve read this one, I need to move on to a few more weighty books, and I think the one by the Mayo Clinic is up next.
The Bump app
The day that I found out I was pregnant, I downloaded The Bump app. You can see the size of your baby, read about possible symptoms and even use a search function to find answers to all of your strange questions. Dave downloaded The Bump app to his phone as well, and sometimes he knows more than I do when it comes to what our little embryo-turned-fetus is doing inside me.
You can even do a 3-D view of the little creature. So cool! I also love when I get the countdown push notifications from The Bump telling how long I have left in pregnancy. And yes, I have a very long time left. But rumor has it that the second and third trimesters fly by, whereas the first trimester seemed to last forever and a day.
GapBody Modal Joggers
I spend an embarrassing amount of time in lounge clothes these days, now that I’m working from home. Outside of wearing workout wear, I basically get right back into pajamas when I shower after the gym. One of my first pregnancy purchases was a new pair of soft jammy pants, and I think I ordered the softest pants known to man. These are NOT maternity, and they are for everyone.
(Photo source: Gap)
In fact, these modal jogger beauties would make an excellent gift. They are SO freakin’ soft. It’s like wearing air. And I think I’ve got plenty more months of comfort in these. Modal is like my favorite fabric ever to put on my body, by the way (and when I was in college, I used to have modal sheets … I miss those). Perhaps I should order the grey joggers too? (P.S. Gap is having an AMAZING 40 percent off sale right now on everything, so act quickly.)
One of the worst things about my first trimester and pregnancy thus far is that I’ve had a strange aversion to drinking anything. I’m someone who is typically OVER-hydrated, so the fact that I’m not currently enjoying water is so weird to me. I can barely finish my one mug of green tea each morning (so don’t worry, not loading up on caffeine over here). But when I needed a kick-start to drink something, these various sparkling varieties came in for the win.
Dave found the flavored Perrier for me, and one of my lovely reader-friends pointed me in the direction of the Spindrift, which has a nice fruit flavor too, and I also like La Croix. I had at least one a day of these sparkling bevvies, which helped my hydration levels quite a bit.
A few other things that I loved during the first 13 weeks include …
- Fresh and chopped fruits like pineapple and mangoes. So refreshing! The best days would be when Dave would buy the perfect mango and cut up the WHOLE thing for me to eat in one sitting. Yes.
- Healthier carbs: Sprouted bread, rice cakes and lentil pasta every single day!
- Pasture-raised local eggs. Safer to eat in runny form for pregnant ladies and incredibly delicious!
- The Pregnant Chicken website. Good stuff!
- OPI and Essie nail polish. Painting my nails myself is a nice little self-care moment, and I read that both the OPI and Essie brands are free of the bad chemicals that pregnant women should avoid.
- The Bootybarre workout feels great. I teach it and do it a couple of times a week. And think I’ll be able to keep doing it much longer into the pregnancy than my other tougher workouts.
- Another honorable mention goes to the first pregnancy gift I received from my very sweet Momma. A silver spoon with the words “Eating for Two” engraved. She ordered this beauty from Etsy, and it’s SUCH a thoughtful and memorable gift.
There you have it, friends! Now that we’re basically caught up on my pregnancy, from the announcement, through what I experienced the first trimester before you knew I was pregnant, it’s just about time to get into my story of how I actually became pregnant. As I’ve said, it took a long time and was full of learning for both me and for Dave.
For those of you who have reached out to me anxious to know more … I swear it’s coming soon. In fact, I’m excited to tell you that I’ve written a whole ebook on it, and it will debut in just a couple of weeks! Stay tuned, and THANK YOU so much for reading and sharing this journey with me. 🙂Check out @apstyle #firsttrimester of #pregnancy favorite products ... Click To Tweet
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Questions of the day
If you’ve been pregnant, what’s something you loved during your first trimester?
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