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How To Survive The First Trimester

How To Survive The First Trimester

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:

  • Nausea
  • Tired- ALL THE TIME
  • Food Cravings and Food Aversions
  • Depressed
  • Not Motivated
  • Weight Gain
  • Mood Swings
  • Headaches
  • Heightened Sense Of Smell
  • Frequent Trips To The Bathroom
  • Acne
  • Out Of Breath
  • Swollen Breasts
  • Changes In Sex Drive

 

first trimester survival

My bump is already popping with the third baby at 15 weeks!

 

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 survival

Just a few of my favorite things in this first trimester!

 

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 OilVitamin 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!

 

first trimester survival

This is the best stuff! Sweetened with stevia and contains real ginger.

 

Other Tips-

 

  • 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

This granola recipe is SO good! It is a spin off of Purely Elizabeth’s chocolate granola but with less sugar and more good fiber!

 

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.

 

First Trimester Survival

Sharing how I survive the first trimester. All my tips and tricks!

EP9: How to Increase Your Chances of Conception with Sarah Morgan

EP9: How to Increase Your Chances of Conception with Sarah Morgan

In episode #9 we are learning how to increase your chances of conception with Sarah Morgan.  Sarah Morgan is a modern-day inventor. Known for her innovative ideas that connect science to everyday life, she delivers impactful, science-based solutions for common health problems.  A functional nutrition powerhouse, Sarah is the CEO of several health and wellbeing companies, Buddies In My Belly, EVEN and VitaminIQ. Buddies In My Belly is a health education company that recently launched a line of probiotics, a children’s book and stuffed toys. EVEN provides supplement support for those taking prescription medications and VitaminIQ is line of intelligent supplements for women’s unique needs, including products tailored to prenatal health, fertility, mommy brain and more.  Using food and nutrients to optimize gene expression, Sarah has helped thousands of individuals with complex health issues. For more than 12 years she ran a clinical practice in Denver, enabling individuals, communities and corporations to achieve their health and wellness goals.

Sarah is highly sought after resource by the mainstream media, including Parents, SHAPE, Reader’s Digest and Huffington Post. She has been also featured as a guest on several of the top health podcasts and online health summits and on national television. Sarah is married to her best friend and champion, Matt, and finds her inspiration from her daughter, Madison. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She holds a Master of Science in Functional Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.

Connect With Sarah-

Topics-

  • What is functional nutrition.
  • How to increase chances of becoming pregnant.
  • Eating the rainbow.
  • How to prepare for a health pregnancy.
  • How to care for yourself post pregnancy.
  • How give your baby the best gut bacteria at birth.
  • All about her book Buddies In My Belly.

Links Mentioned in The Podcast-

*Sponsorship- This episode is brought to you by:

 

Why We Love It?

  • Goat whey has demonstrated positive anti-inflammatory effects in the digestive system. Cow whey has shown increased inflammatory effects.
  • Cow whey is considered allergenic whereas goat whey is considered hypoallergenic.
  • Whey protein is the “gold standard” for serious athletes. Goat whey is the “gold standard” of that “gold standard.”
  • Goat whey is amazing for our immune systems, supporting lean muscle growth and repair, as well as optimal body composition.
  • Goat whey has the full range of essential amino acids in ratios that best support the athlete in all of us
  • It is really light and doesn’t ever makes us feel bloated. That’s because there is nothing added to fill up space, just the purest goat whey and flavoring.
  • Activ Whey is a goat whey protein that comes from goats that are grassfed all the way through their lifecycle. There are zero antibiotics or hormones used on the goats or the vegetation they eat from.
  • I personally know the creator and can vouch for the legitimacy of the protein and where it is sourced from.
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Natural Pregnancy Tips

Natural Pregnancy Tips

If you haven’t heard I’m prego!!  Ok, you probably have.  I’ve been asked about so many different things since becoming pregnant.  Being pregnant the second time around is a lot different too.  I feel so much more relaxed.  I thought I would just compile some tips I’ve learned from both pregnancies into a blog post.  There’s so many things to consider after finding out your pregnant.  It can seem a little daunting!  Hopefully, these tips will help to make the transition a little easier.

Take a prenatal with folate and not folic acid.  Folic acid is synthetic.

One of the first things pregnant women do after finding out they’re pregnant is supplementing with a prenatal.  More often than not, it contains folic acid.  Most doctors are still prescribing folic acid to newly pregnant moms.  Unfortunately, it’s not even good for you!  Here Dr. Ben Lynch gives great insight into why you should be taking folate instead of folic acid.

Get at least 80-100 grams of protein a day.

I remember thinking this seemed crazy with my first pregnancy!  However, your baby is growing so rapidly and needing the extra protein for fetal development.  Plus, for me the biggest thing I noticed when I ate enough protein, especially in my first pregnancy was increased energy and less nausea.  It helped keep me full longer which kept my nausea at bay.

Ditch the soda and grab a sparkling water instead.

No one should be drinking soda or pop anyways, but especially during pregnancy.  It might sound good with all the bubbles and fizz but grab a sparkling water instead.  I like to add lemon or lime to my sparkling water and some stevia-instant fizzy drink minus the artificial sugar spike.  This has helped me so much, especially during my first trimester when food doesn’t sound that appealing, and all you want is something to ease the nausea.

Avoid synthetic laundry detergents and snag a natural one instead.

Mainstream laundry detergents are full of toxic ingredients these days.  The last thing you want to do is be soaking all the toxins up everyday through sleeping and your clothes.  Plus, most of them are filled with synthetic fragrance that you or your baby should not be exposed to.  Why not start prepping for when baby comes anyways?  Who wants a newborn drenched in synthetic chemicals?  Not my child!  I really love these natural laundry detergents.

Avoid air fresheners and candles and stick with essential oils.

Air fresheners are a no, no all around.  I can smell the artificial fragrance a mile away.  No one should be breathing in these toxins, pregnant or not but especially being pregnant.  Candles are so sketchy too.  Some say soy but then have artificial fragrance, or are made with part soy, part paraffin(petroleum), my recommendation is just steer clear.  It’s 9 months guys, not a life time.  Stick with pure, organic essential oils instead.  Get a diffuser and diffuse them in your home.  I really like Mountain Rose Herbs Essential Oils-pure essential oils.

Craving Carbs? Opt for a grain free waffle.

You hear it so often when women are newly pregnant-all they want is carbs.  Carbs aren’t bad in and of themselves but an overdoes of bad carbs are.  Especially when it’s all in the form of white flour!  I definitely craved carbs and still do with this pregnancy.  I’ve found a couple tricks to help satisfy my cravings without putting me into a carb coma.  One recipe I love is from Britney Angel and is her Paleo Waffles.  They’re so tasty!  I mean I would choose these over regular waffles any day.  I’ll make a batch, freeze them and take them out, and toast them whenever I’m needing a pick me up.

Clean your home with natural cleaners.

It’s surprising to me how many people continue using their toxic chemical cleaning products when pregnant.  The scent on them alone is enough to have me running the other way, not to mention having it come in contact with my skin.  Word of advice?  Just ditch all your conventional cleaners and grab some natural ones.  You and your baby don’t need to have those toxins around.  Instead, swap it out for my favorite cleaning products, like baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.  I have a full list here of all the products I use-the list is actually really short!

Get a natural stretch mark prevention cream.

Avoid all the mainstream stretch mark creams filled with synthetic chemicals and snag a natural one instead. Let’s be real, I rubbed stretch mark cream on my belly a couple times a day during my first pregnancy.  Well, it paid off-no stretch marks!  But I can’t imagine if I was using some synthetic filled one.  Everything you put on your skin absorbs into your body-so you better be careful what your applying.  I really love Buckaroo Organics Mother Hen Belly Butter.  It goes on so smooth and keeps my skin hydrated.  Plus, it smells so good and is all organic!

Take Magnesium for nausea.

Magnesium has long been known to help ease nausea in some women.  I used a magnesium lotion by Ancient Minerals in my first pregnancy.  A lot of women are already deficient in magnesium going into pregnancy so it’s great to supplement.  Ask your doctor to see if it might be something to look into, especially if you struggle with nausea at all.

Avoid aerosols and stick with pump sprays.

Again, I probably sound like a broken record but aerosols are one of the worst things for you.  So you should probably just steer clear of them in pregnancy.  No one needs to be breathing in that toxic air.   I love Josh Rosebrook’s Firm Hold Hair Spray.  Best natural pump hair spray I’ve found!

Have a pillow underneath you while your laptop is on your lap. 

We are already constantly exposed to radiation through so many things, why not lessen the blow a little.  One tip my naturopath told me is to always have a pillow underneath my laptop when I have the laptop on my lap.  That way the radiation isn’t directly on my stomach(aka baby).  You could always get one of these lap desks too!

Well that sums up my some of my top tips for natural pregnancy.  Do you have any tips that have helped you along the way?  Leave me a comment!

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