First trimester pregnancy essentials.

February 27, 2015

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I wish I would have written more in my first few months of pregnancy. I wasn’t feeling up to much of anything except eating and sleeping of course, but I know I will regret not recording more of this flash in time…….the time when I get to carry my child so close inside.

Did you keep a baby journal? I have kept one for each of my children, although poor Max has the least entries as I know is a result of just being the third child among a busy bunch, but I am resolving to do better! I thought I would share a debriefing of my first trimester. It went something like this…

Sushi please.
Coffee repulsion.
Insta curves.
Pass the fries.
Baby cheek daydreaming.
Let’s nap.
What is motivation?
Name game.
Sore muscles.
Teenager breakouts.
Joy. The real good, can’t stop smiling kind.

Pretty much my first trimester in a nutshell folks. The pregnancy is flying by because I have three other rambunctious and scrumptious little ones to distract me. I told Gabe he could decide if we should find out the gender or not. I think we both are feeling impatient, but ultimately love that surprise delivery room moment of meeting him or her. 

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We have a few names narrowed down for both boy or girl, and love discussing the topic over a good coffee date (did I mention I no longer am repulsed by coffee now that I hit my second trimester? Praise God!). We like to see the face of the baby first before naming them, but I have some favorites taking the lead. Gabe lights to guard these names with the utmost secrecy in case they be snatched out of his hands by who knows who. He makes me laugh…

What were your favorite things to get you through your first trimester? The things that added a little spring in your tired step, or calm to the dizziness? Here are a few of mine:

Electric Blanket – Frivolous I know. My mom gave me one for Christmas a few years ago and I have used it more than any other throw (and I am a blanket hoarder). It was so comforting for sore backs and muscles, and super plushy soft. I think mine was by sunbeam.

Night Mask – Holy chicken pox! My skin really suffers my first trimester. As in, I breakout worse than I ever did my teen years. I read a cool article on helping your skin on Mother mag, but the Julep oil wash and night mask have been extremely helpful.

Loose leaf Tea Blends – Since coffee was out of the picture I clung to my warm brews to settle my stomach in the morning and evenings. Yogi teas are really good for pregnancy, and the Teavana blends always hit home too.

Blanqi leggings – I have talked about their several times, but have newly discovered their leggings. WOW. Good support for back and belly, and smoothly flatters growing curves. (Hi hips! It’s good to see you again!) I didn’t have the desire to get dressed most days, and jeans were extremely uncomfortable as the waist line got tighter. I would just put these on, fold over the top (will probably keep unfolded for some outfits), and throw on a large comfortable sweater. I usually have a no leggings as pants rule for myself but it when you aren’t leaving the house, why not?

Foot cream – Gabe’s new years resolution was to give his pregnant wife more massages. He was semi-sarcastic, but me gifting him with this hand cream to use on sore feet has helped him keep his resolution. Resourcefulness.

Vitamin B6 – In addition to pre-natals I like to take Vitamin B6 for help with the seasick phase. It really kept it bay for me.

Peppermint and Lemon Essential oils – A few of the smells I could tolerate that were really soothing behind the ears to help you doze of to sleep when the nausea won’t let you. Also good in tea, and body butters. (If you don’t have a place to pick them up, you can get them from my friend Lesley!)

I’d love to hear your first trimester pregnancy essentials or any trimester as I still have months to go! 
Cheers to the great adventure of growing a baby,

Thank you Kathryn McCrary for these photos! Hopefully will be better at pregnancy photos too for my little one’s sake. I tend to want to avoid pictures, but what a cool thing those photos are to look back on for them. I really value the pictures of my own mother expecting.

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  • That is so neat that you keep a baby journal! I bet they’ll really enjoy reading it when they’re older!

    P.S. Your outfit is gorg!

  • Please be careful with the electric blanket …I have heard many warnings against using these during pregnancy . The electric currents could be harmful to baby . Also same with beds that carry electricity like water beds ect.
    You look super adorable !
    Many Blessings to you and your new little one ­čÖé

  • Rachel McClintock

    Have you ever had a close friend name one of their kids your front runner name? This just happened to me and I’m sort of sad. We had had that name picked out for like 7 years and now they are pregnant. Just curious if you had. Glad you are not repulsed by coffee anymore. That would be so sad!

    • Oh that is the worst! It is kind of tricky with how big my family is considering sisters and cousins. Some of my sisters had names picked out before they were married! ha ha! I had something similar happen to me with a friend. Now we just keep the name secret so no one accuses anyone of copying;)

  • I swore by a nice cold dry ginger ale in the afternoons when I was feeling very blah in the first two months or so. And of course sleep! I went to bed as early as I felt like it – some nights at 7.30pm or 8pm, just because I couldn’t keep my eyes open in the first trimester. I figured, my body is telling me it’s tired, so I should switch off and just succumb to needing the rest!

    Congratulations, I didn’t realise you were pregnant again, what happy news!

    • I would say that is a good rule to go by! I am trying so hard to do the same. When I am tired at night I often want to fight it since its finally the time to do work or hang out with my husband, but I have to listen to my body!

  • I am really struggling with the morning sickness all day/night. This is pregnancy #3 and so far it is just as bad as the first two. Even the meds are not helping! UGH! I will have to find those leggings, however right now with our midwest winter being super cold i don’t think leggings will work for going to work..unless I wear snow pants over top lol! Did you feel like your belly popped sooner with every pregnancy? BTW you look fabulous!

    • Oh no, I am so sorry! ­čÖü I have so much sympathy for all day sickness knowing how it feels just in the mornings/evenings. Makes you just want to sleep your way to the birth! My belly popped out almost right away with this one and then stayed the same size for a while. Ha ha! Definately look much larger than I did at this point with my first. I am totally okay with that though. Hope you find something that soothes your stomach soon!

  • You look absolutely amazing Anna. Peppermint oil was a big one for be too. I also ate/drank a lot of ginger. So good for the sickness (and boy did I have it). xoxox

  • Beautiful outfit ! Love the relaxed flow of the top.
    Absolutely glowing!


  • you look gorgeous and i adore your hat!

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