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5 First Trimester Essentials!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

At over 15 weeks pregnant I am well out of the first trimester now. And thank goodness! The first trimester is an exciting time of course - the first (of very many) positive tests, imaging life with your new baby and the exciting journey ahead. But if you've been pregnant before, or are expecting now, you will know just how bloody awful the first trimester can be!

Nausea. Sickness. Bloating. Worry. All while trying to keep it a secret to the outside world. There were a selection of products and items I used though, that managed to keep me a little bit happier during those first looooong weeks. So I thought I'd share them with you, in the hope they can help others in the first trimester!

Comfy Clothing

I'm pretty sure I had a bump, from the second I wee'd on that little stick this third time around. Leggings were tight, and my jeans were definitely out of action. Comfy, stretchy clothing will definitely be your best friend. Invest in a couple of decent maternity / sleep bras as your breasts grow. Floaty tops and bump bands will help to hide the bump / feel more comfortable too. Oh and it's definitely okay to live in your pjs all day!

Pregnancy Apps // BabyCentre, Ovia, etc

I've sworn by Pregnancy apps with all three of my pregnancies now. They give you daily information, as well as a weekly update on how you and baby are doing. Baby Centre is probably my favourite as it has built in features to take weekly bump pictures, and a 'community' page where you can chat to other mums who are due in the same month as you. The community pages are especially helpful when you just want to talk about all things baby / pregnancy, before you announce to the world.

4Head Stick

You cannot take medication stronger than Paracetamol when you're pregnant, and even that I don't like to take too often. If you suffer with pregnancy headaches like I and a lot of pregnant mums do though, a 4Head stick will be a lifesaver. Perfectly safe to use in pregnancy, it's so cooling and soothing when one of those headaches kick in.

Peppermint Oil / Gum

If you suffer with sickness or nausea, peppermint is meant to be great for helping - better than ginger according to my midwife! I found chewing some peppermint gum when I felt really sick, or needed to get that awful taste out of my mouth (another glamorous pregnancy symptom), worked really well.

Pregnancy Vitamins

I'm absolutely awful at remembering to take them, but vitamins are really important during the first trimester. Folic acid is especially important in those first few weeks, as it can help to prevent birth defects known as neural tube defects. I found the Boot's own tablets to work just as well, but much cheaper - just remember to take with your main meal and not on an empty stomach, as they are known to make you feel a bit sicky.

What would your first trimester essentials be?

Living Arrows // 30/52

Monday, 24 July 2017

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran

Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

Indiana finished preschool for the Summer last week. I honestly think she's going to be upset she's not going for a whole 6 weeks! She absolutely loves it, and would probably go daily if she could. I of course joined the trend, and posted a side-by-side picture from her first and last day. It's crazy how much she's grown and changed since January alone!

I absolutely love this picture of Parker. He's such a cheeky little thing, and really knows how to get his own way these days. He begged for about 15 minutes to eat these buttons - and gave me the smuggest little smile when I finally gave in! I think he enjoyed them though.

Living Arrows