First Trimester Favorites + Recap

Our Little Peanut!

I personally enjoy reading these types of posts and I thought it would be fun to share my experience so far. However, I know pregnancy talk isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so if this is something you’re not interested in, please feel free to skip over this post. More recipes will be coming soon! :)

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  1. Calm Tummy Bitters– I actually started using this brand of bitters before I got pregnant and loved how much it helped with occasional bloating. This formula is specifically formulated to be safe for pregnant women and can help with nausea and bloating.
  2. Tummy Rescue– This was a god send for me when I was really suffering with nausea. Inhaling the scent instantly made me feel better. I always kept it next to my bed since mine would hit me worst at night rather than the morning.
  3. Mints– Another necessity for the battle against nausea. I would eat several of these a day to keep from feeling sick.
  4. Tata Harper Face Wash and Osea Blemish Balm– I was one of the lucky ones who got acne throughout my first trimester which was really strange since I’ve never had acne in my entire life. As soon as I switched to these two products I noticed a drastic improvement in my skin. Sure they are pricey but they last me several months and I like knowing they are made with “clean” ingredients that are safe for preggos.
  5. Mama Glow Anointed Love Butter- I’ve been using this for stretch mark prevention and I love how it’s not super greasy like a body oil. It also has a soft, light scent that’s tolerable for pregnant noses.
  6. PACT Organic Cotton Bralette– Sore breasts are no joke when you’re pregnant and it helps to have a comfy yet supportive bra. I wear these when I’m lounging at home or to sleep and they help so much.
  7. Gap Maternity Shorts– I stopped fitting into my regular shorts at about 8 weeks because of how bloated I’ve been this pregnancy. I bought a few pairs of these on sale and they are sooooo comfortable and cute. I’m hoping they’ll last me through the rest of the warmer months as my belly continues to grow.
  8. Expecting You Journal– This is such a fun way to document your pregnancy, if that’s something you’re interested in. It provides a section for each month to record how you’re feeling as well as any significant events that took place.
  9. Expectful App– I’ve been experiencing a pretty significant amount of anxiety and I’ve found that meditation helps me tremendously. I love this app because it allow you to choose a variety of lengths (like 5, 10 or 15 minute meditations) and each one corresponds to how far along you are in your pregnancy.
  10. Baby 2 Body App– As much as I love OrangeTheory classes I’m starting to notice I can’t keep up anymore. I decided to freeze my account and look for a pregnancy specific workout program and came across this app. It’s awesome because the workouts are short and sweet, and they include lots of pelvic floor exercises.
  11. Bringing Up Bebe– This is the only baby related book I read in the first trimester but I really enjoyed it. I wouldn’t say it’s a handbook for parenting but it’s entertaining and really got me thinking about how I might handle certain scenarios. I highly recommend it!

Baby G at 13 weeks


All the carbs, salty foods and citrus. Tomato soup and grilled (vegan) cheese, chips and salsa, peanut noodles, orange juice, and lemonade. Don’t want anything to do with sweets or vegetables, especially green onions. Bleh.


  • Weeks 4 through 6– Confirmed pregnancy at almost exactly 4 weeks. First symptom was sore breasts although I didn’t think anything of it because that’s a part of “normal” PMS for me. Nausea started between 5 and 6 weeks. Lots of gagging, bloating, acne and utter exhaustion. Fun!
  • Weeks 6 though 8- More nausea and bloating. Had insomnia a few nights which I think is from all of the excitement. First ultrasound at 7 weeks! The tech took forever to show us the heartbeat which made me so worried that I almost had a heart attack. Thankfully we saw our little peanut and everything looked good. Threw up for the first time after not eating for a few hours. Quickly learned that eating every 2 hours is key for preventing vomiting.
  • Weeks 8 through 10– I HATE the smell of coffee. Brandon has to brew it upstairs in the bathroom with the door closed. Still nauseous, bloated and tired. Binge watching Game of Thrones helps. Feeling super insecure and needy. Acne is improving thanks to my new face wash and lotion. Still can’t brush my teeth without gagging though. Bought my first pair of maternity shorts already thanks to the bloating.
  • Weeks 10 through 11– No one told me I would be SO tired all the time. Feeling slightly less nauseous after week 11. Did I mention bloating yet?
  • Weeks 12 through 14– Nausea is starting to subside and is now being replaced with heart burn. Midwife couldn’t find the heartbeat with the doppler at our 12 week appointment. She brought out the ultrasound machine and still couldn’t find it so I took the probe from her and found it myself. It was hard to see without my bladder full but I did see little legs which made me happy. The baby is definitely growing! Had the doctor put the results from the DNA test in an envelope so we could do a gender reveal back home with our family. Found out it’s a boy at 14 weeks!