First Trimester Must Haves

surviving your first trimesterLast year around this time I announced that I was pregnant, and what followed was the worst 3 months of my life. I remember going in to my doctor’s office around 6 weeks, and I was so smug because I hadn’t felt sick at all. The nurse laughed at me and told me to give it a few weeks, sure enough by 12 weeks I was sicker than I ever imagined.
Most people don’t understand what morning sickness actually is. It’s not waking up and throwing up and then going on with your day. It can be different for everyone, but for me it was nausea twenty-four seven. Some days I would throw up and some days I would just sit over the toilet for hours crying and wishing I could throw up.

Here are five different things that helped me survive those first few months:

5.  Hard Candies- I used Watermelon Jolly Ranchers. I always had this horrible taste in my mouth, and the only way to help it was to suck on candies all day long. My dentist is probably not thrilled, but it was a huge help.
4. Swimming Pool- My mom has a swimming pool and I was over on all my days off. Since it was like 120 degrees most summer days the pool was the best way to cool off, plus I started having back pain and the weightlessness was amazing.
3. Jamba Juice- or whatever food you find that you can stomach. For weeks I only ate Jamba Juice’s Breakfast Burrito and drank their Orange Juice. I also kept little apple sauce pouches to snack on throughout the day. This is not the time to worry about calories, eat whatever doesn’t make you sick.
2. Sleep- Get as much as you can. I was sleeping about 12 hours everyday and I do not regret it at all. The best part about sleeping is that you can’t be sick while you are asleep.
1.Maxi Skirts- All day everyday. Most people don’t put on enough weight to wear full on maternity clothing so maxi skirts are perfect. Even though I lost weight just the idea of fitting into tight jeans made me want to cry.

What else helped you survive your first trimester?

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