Shop Everything That Got Me Through My First Trimester of Pregnancy
As soon as I was even thinking about getting pregnant, no fewer than four friends—all of whom happen to be fellow health editors—recommended I pick up Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong—and What You Really Need to Know
. (It's kind of the anti-What to Expect.) Author Emily Oster busts traditional conventions and old-school, often outdated takes on pregnancy. Common hot topics include just how many cups of coffee you can have when pregnant and which OTC medicines are safe to take. Broken down by conception and then by trimester, it's an easy read that'll have you sighing at least a few deep breaths of relief.
Preggie Pops Drops
If you're lucky, you'll cruise through the first trimester with minimal nausea. But if you're like most pregnant women, that probably won't happen. While I wasn't living with my head in the toilet, I did have terrible morning sickness—pretty much every single afternoon. They may not look super chic, but these hard candies, which came recommended by my doctor, are laced with a ton of nausea-fighting vitamin B6. And they really did the trick every time. Plus, the fruit flavors aren't sickly sweet.
TriLastin HT Hydro Thermal Accelerator
In the middle of my first trimester, I found out I wasn't just pregnant: I was pregnant with twins! While I was thrilled, I was also terrified about the rate at which my bump would grow—and how fast it would pop. (Fun fact: Twin moms look six to eight weeks farther along than those pregnant with only one child.) Naturally, I immediately researched stretch mark prevention, vowing to load up on belly oils and creams to minimize the chance of their appearance. (BTW, this is the product Kim K swears by for preventing and reducing the appearance of stretch marks.) I landed on this warming accelerator, designed to be used before stretch mark oil or cream is applied to maximize their absorption and efficacy. It also just feels really nice on my belly.
Bio-Oil Multiuse Skincare Oil
Bio Oil is practically ubiquitous with stretch mark prevention. A friend of mine with a 1-year-old said she lubed up her entire body twice daily with this stuff and didn't see a single mark from her entire pregnancy. I was sold.
While everyone (pregnant or not) should be hydrating, these really helped me get down the whopping gallon of water a day I read was recommended for moms carrying twins. I found that a straw helped me drink water so.much.faster—and to be environmentally friendly (after all, I do want my kids to enjoy a healthy planet), I ditched plastic straws and picked up these green silicone ones, which come with a nifty little cleaner.
Sea Band Mama Maternity Wristbands
My OB also recommended acupressure wristbands to fend off first-trimester nausea. They really did help provide immediate nausea relief.
Sandoval Peace Interior Aromatic Spray
As a lover of all things numinous (for example, here are some of my favorite healing crystals), I'm a big fan of clearing the energy of any space by burning some sacred herbs, usually sage, or my favorite, palo santo. But since both are no-nos during pregnancy due to the whole inhaling smoke thing, I switched to a smokeless smudge spray instead. I'm obsessed with this formula designed to inspire peacefulness, as it's also infused with a healing crystal charged under the full moon to increase protective vibes.
Zahler Mighty Mini Prenatal With DHA
There are a zillion reasons why you should take prenatal vitamins, but my doctor made sure I took one made with DHA, which helps with baby's spine and brain development throughout the nine months. Since you need 400mcg of folate per fetus, this formula's 800mcg ticked the boxes for both of my boys.
Pink Stork AWAY Morning Sickness Relief Bars
Remember how I said nausea's a real bitch during the first trimester? That makes eating for two (or in my case, three) that much harder. However, these blueberry-flavored nutrition bars were a total savior for me. Not only are they only 190 calories, ideal for a snack, but they've got a hefty amount of protein—20 grams—and are laced with anti-nausea ingredients, including vitamin B6 and ginger. I also found the mild fruity taste to be extremely palatable in a time when most foods left me retching.