First Trimester Checklist
Congratulations Mama, you're having a baby! As parents, we’ve put together a handy first-trimester checklist will help you figure out what you need during these exciting first months.
Comfy new pants or a waistband extension
While you may not have a watermelon-sized bump, your pants may begin to feel snug -- even a few weeks in. Start with a purchase of Lycra pants, which allow for comfy stretch as your body moves and begins growing more.
If you’re not ready to spring for a whole new wardrobe, a waistband extender can turn normal button-on pants into stretching maternity pants! Simply grab a regular rubber band or large elastic hair tie, loop it around your pants’ button, through the buttonhole, and around the actual button again. This allows for extra belly room while giving you a snug fit everywhere else.
Pregnancy acne treatments
The primary cause of pregnancy acne is increased progesterone, a hormone released in the first trimester. The higher level of hormones increases skin's production of natural oils, leading to unsightly blemishes. If you experience acne, reach for a pregnancy safe acne treatment that contains toxin-free ingredients. This is very important as many prescription and popular OTC acne treatments contain ingredients that are harmful during pregnancy.
It's impossible to predict who will develop pregnancy acne. You have a higher risk, though, if you have a history of acne or have acne flares at the start of your menstrual cycle.
Morning sickness relief
Morning sickness is the nauseated feeling you experience in the first months of pregnancy. It's a misnomer because you can feel nauseated any time of day -- even at night! Morning sickness affects moms differently; however drinking a morning sickness tea will actually help alleviate symptoms, especially if they contain refreshing ginger, spearmint, and peppermint.
Many midwives and professionals who are well educated with herbs believe that regular consumption of a morning sickness tea or third trimester tea may help prevent pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, preterm labor, prolonged labor, and postpartum hemorrhage.
We couldn't sleep without our body pillows during pregnancy. Even though you're early in your pregnancy, sleeping may start to become uncomfortable. Invest in a good body pillow to give you the much-needed rest you deserve.
A good stretch mark lotion or pregnancy oil
Your skin during pregnancy may start feeling drier, especially on your belly as it grows and your skin stretches. Itching dry skin during pregnancy may tear your skin and increase your chances of stretch marks. We recommend building elasticity in your skin immediately with daily use of a toxin-free tummy butter and/or pregnancy oil (for maximum stretch mark prevention, we recommend both!).
Did you know pregnant women are more susceptible to gingivitis? Surprise! Preventing periodontal disease is crucial when you're expecting, so invest in a new, soft-bristled toothbrush and floss. Make sure to do both at least twice a day to keep a healthy, clean mouth.
A comfy sports or cotton bra
As you progress further into your pregnancy, you may experience breast tenderness. While you may not be ready to spring for a maternity bra, try wearing a sports bra or comfortable cotton bra without underwire to give you support in your daily activities.