So you might be wondering how to survive the first trimester and you’ve come to the right place because I’m going to share all my secrets with you. Ok, they’re not really secrets but things that have helped me to continue living my life, which is pretty huge when you’re in your first trimester!
If you’ve been pregnant than you totally understand what I’m talking about.
Here are just a few of the common symptoms first trimester mamas can feel:
- Tired- ALL THE TIME
- Food Cravings and Food Aversions
- Not Motivated
- Weight Gain
- Mood Swings
- Heightened Sense Of Smell
- Frequent Trips To The Bathroom
- Out Of Breath
- Swollen Breasts
- Changes In Sex Drive
I like to describe it as being on a roller coaster. One minute you’re up and the next minute you’re down. To be honest, sometimes I feel like two different people. There’s the me before pregnancy, and then there’s the me during pregnancy. There’s just so many changes happening all at once. You want to just feel normal and carry on but that is anything but how it is.
I called this blog post how to survive pregnancy in the first trimester because that’s really how I feel. I know so many people who don’t have symptoms or feel amazing throughout their pregnancy which is awesome. But it hasn’t been my case. I literally feel like I’m in survival mode. Everything that came easy to me before feels 10 times harder. Whether it’s doing laundry, making dinner, cleaning the house, doing my job, or being a parent to my kids. It just takes more head space and energy than before.
Suffice to say babies really can take it out of you. I’ve experienced all of the symptoms in the first trimester listed above. Overall, the fatigue is real. I don’t know how many times I would literally just end up taking a nap when I should have been blogging or cleaning or anything besides napping. I’m not a napper at all, so taking a nap is just all around foreign to me. But when I’m pregnant sometimes it’s the best medicine.
I’m going to be sharing my experience and tips and tricks throughout my pregnancy that really help me. Trust me, if you’re reading this and you’re not a mama yet, don’t worry! Pregnancy looks so different on everyone and you might not experience these symptoms at all. It also usually gets so much better as you get further along in pregnancy, especially nausea.
I created a list of natural resources that have really helped when it comes to surviving the first trimester. I hope these help you like they did me! After all, us mamas have to stick together. 🙂
First Trimester Natural Resources-
- Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Sugar Free Ginger Beers- These have helped me in a massive way with my nausea. My friend Kate from Root and Revel had recommended them to me. They’re made with just a few real food ingredients and sweetened with stevia not sugar so you’re not getting a crazy high sugar spike. Plus, they have real ginger in them so they help ease nausea. They’re carbonated too which is huge for me! I love carbonation when I’m pregnant and these definitely hit the spot when I’m needing something fizzy. I usually have one in the morning when my nausea is at it’s peak. Get them here!
- Real Food For Pregnancy Book- This book was recommended to me by my friend Dr. Ben Lynch. He’s a research doctor and knows his stuff. It has been such a resource for me! I’ve read pregnancy books before that have talked about nutrition but don’t have a lot of evidence to back up their claims. This book really gives so many references! It debunks so many of the common pregnancy nutrition guidelines people have been taught and turns them on their heads. Lily does such a thorough job of laying out what you should eat during pregnancy and why. She even goes into meal plans, recipes and supplement advice. I can’t recommend this book enough if you want to optimize your pregnancy. Get the book here!
- Seeking Health Supplements- These supplements have been taken on the daily by me. Supplementing is so important these days since are soil is so depleted and even if you’re eating a whole foods diet you can miss key nutrients. From Seeking Health I take their Optimal Prenatal, or their Optimal Prenatal Chewable, their Optimal Fish Oil, Vitamin B Complex Plus, NAC, ProBiota HistaminX, and Optimal Magnesium. It’s so important to take folate instead of folic acid. Watch this video my friend Dr. Ben Lynch did. So insightful!
- Elite Fuel Iron Supplement- This has been the best iron supplement I’ve found. It literally has increased my iron levels quicker than any other iron supplement. I can’t recommend it enough! Get it here!
- Elite Fuel Vitamin D3+K2 Supplement- This is a liquid Vitamin D3 +K2, I love that it’s a liquid. It’s so easy to take. Get it here!
- Podcasts: I’ve done two podcasts about fertility and conceiving and what to supplement, eat and so on in pregnancy. You can check them out here and here. Such great resources!
- Make breakfast ahead of time- I’ve found for me that having some foods prepped has helped me a lot. In the mornings my nausea is at an all time high. One of my favorite foods to have on hand is homemade granola. Then I just add some to 100% grass-fed organic greek yogurt. I really like the brand Maple Hill. They have an organic 100% grass-fed greek yogurt that’s amazing. I just eat plain to avoid the extra sugars. This greek yogurt I’ve found has the best texture! The combination of the fat and protein with some carbs has been just the ticket for me. It helps to curb my nausea and keeps me feeling full a couple hours. Plus, it sounds good which is half the battle! If you have been pregnant before you know this is key. Knowing I have this quick breakfast in the morning to go too has been huge. It really has made a huge difference in helping me operate smoother in the mornings. Then I’ll make a green smoothie a couple hours later. But right away I need something the moment I wake up. Scroll to the bottom for my granola recipe.
- Chicken and Egg Salad- For whatever reason I’ve been craving both of these throughout my pregnancy. I’ve made them both and then we also have local place that uses good ingredients that I feel great about ordering from. I’ll make some for the week and store it in the fridge for lunches. It’s so nice already having something pre-made on hand. I don’t follow a particular recipe- kind of a rebel like that but there are a few ingredients I use instead of conventional ones that are important to note. Instead of regular mayonnaise I use Primal Kitchen’s Mayo- super clean ingredients. I like adding dill to my egg salads- love me some dill! For the chicken salad I put celery, chicken, pecan, and apple a lot of times. It really depends on what I have on hand. Then I chop up some spinach leaves and toss it all together with the chicken or egg salad. SO good! If you want a good recipe I would up opt for one that’s paleo- usually they have pretty simple, clean ingredients. Here’s a chicken salad recipe and an egg salad recipe.
- Soda Stream- If you follow me then you know I love some good carbonation. Well it’s at an all time high when I’m pregnant! The carbonation really helps to ease my nausea. I love having this glass soda stream. It keeps me fully supplied with sparking water. I love knowing that my carbonated water is filtered since I use the water from my Berkey. They have the plastic bottles but I prefer the Soda Stream that use glass bottles. Plastic bottles can leaky unwanted chemicals into my water. Check out the glass Soda Stream here!
- Cold Fresh Fruit- All my pregnancy I’ve craved fresh fruit, this one no different. I loved having organic strawberries, organic organges, organic blueberries and organic raspberries on hand. Costco has some of the best deals for organic fruit. I’m pretty sure I had 2-3 Cara Cara oranges a day!
- Smoothies- I find it hard to eat my normal amount of veggies when I’m pregnant in the first trimester. Texture, smell and taste are all off for me. I’m grateful for smoothies! These help me pack a ton of veggies in and just slurp them down instead of having to chew them and gag- just being real. I would pack spinach, celery and cucumber in my smoothies and then add some healthy fats like cashew butter, some fiber with chia seeds, some superfood powders like pomegranate powder, camu powder, açaí powder, and half a banana. I would add a cup of coconut milk and blend up! Then once blended add my protein powder. Activ Whey Goat Whey Protein is the BEST protein! If you haven’t tried it you need to get on it. I personally know the owner and founder and love how authentic he is. He sources from grass-fed goats. Can’t recommend it enough! Get it here!
- Eggs- I hadn’t been eating eggs because my food sensitivity test showed I was sensitive to them. However, when pregnant I’ve been eating them because of the choline content in them. Choline is so important in pregnancy. If you want to understand more about Choline check out a podcast I did with Sarah Morgan a functional nutritionist.
- Primally Pure Deodorant- I knew I needed to find a natural deodorant that was safe during pregnancy because your underarms soak up so much of what you put on them. I was happy to find Primally Pure and know that they are completely safe to use during pregnancy. They have done extensive research to ensure that their products are clean. I love the Blue Tansy and Charcoal Deodorant- so does my husband! Get them here!
- True Botanicals Pregnancy Skincare Line- I love knowing that I can still have an active natural skincare line that is still safe for myself and baby during pregnancy. If you’ve followed me you know that I love True Botanical’s Antioxidant Booster and Repair Serum- holy grail products in natural beauty. Well, True Botanicals has a whole skincare line dedicated to pregnancy. Excluding the ingredients you don’t want in your products while pregnant, yet still creating an amazing skincare line. I’ve been using their Calm Pure Radiance Oil and Vitamin C Booster. Since True Botanical’s Antioxidant Booster isn’t recommend for pregnancy I’ve been swapping it out for the Vitamin C Booster. Check out all their pregnancy safe products here!
- Beautycounter- Another safe line for pregnancy is Beautycounter. I trust their line completely with all of their third party testing and stringent screening process for ingredients. I have been using their body butter– so luxurious and crucial for my growing belly! I also have been using their body wash and their shampoo and conditioner. Plus, their Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream. I love knowing I can literally just go to their website and not think twice about picking up a product when I’m pregnant. Shop all of Beautycounter’s products here! This is an excerpt taken from their website:
Yes. All of Beautycounter’s products are safe to use during pregnancy and nursing. We screen every ingredient for safety, keeping those especially vulnerable—like pregnant women and babies—in mind.If you have specific medical concerns, we always advise consulting a physician.
Chocolate Granola Recipe-
- 3 Cups Gluten Free Organic Oats(I like One Degree Oats since they’re glyphosate free too)
- 1 Cup Quinoa Flakes
- 1/2 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup Ground Chia Seeds
- 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1/2 Cup Cacao Powder
- 1/2 Cup Lily’s Chocolate Chips(stevia sweetened)
- 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt
*Combine all ingredients in a bowl and then spread on a cookie sheet. Cook at 325 for 15 minutes and then stir and cook for 10 more minutes.
That sums up some of my tips, what are some of your tips for surviving the first trimester? Leave me a comment below.