Working Woman’s Guide To Surviving The 1st Trimester

The first trimester is not physically difficult for every woman it was, however, for me.  By the End of 17 weeks I had lost 12lbs! And like most women – I also had to work a 40 hour work week. This post is not just for the working mamas though!! This really is a strong list that hopefully helps every kind of woman prepare for the amazing journey she is about to embark on. I know I will come back to this post for my future pregnancy’s to come! Goodluck ladies!

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Please remember I am not a Dr or a nurse – please check with your personal Dr before you take any medication or tea that you are unsure of. I am not a professionally qualified source. These are things that my OBGYN okayed – but not everyone is the same! So above all things be safe and always talk to your Dr before trying something new.

Build A Travel Care Kit – This is absolutely essential. This kit should be able to go with you wherever you go; the car for when your sitting in traffic, discreetly under your desk, and back home to your bedroom at the end of the night. Your body is going through a lot of physical changes and you will be most comfortable during the day if you are ready for anything. Be sure to choose a nice, small-medium, travel bag that you love. Or some bag that makes you feel pretty or happy (I linked some cute Amazon totes above). Here is the list of things that lived in my travel care kit. I have also linked the list for you!! So you can find all the brands I personally used during my 1st trimester.

  • Tylenol – I used extra strength Tylenol when I needed it. I did, however, try to limit my intake to one dosage a day. I have always suffered from migraine headaches. The sudden increase in hormones brought them on almost daily. If you also begin to suffer from daily headaches be sure to ask your Dr if extra strength Tylenol is a good option for you.
  • Large Water Bottle – It is very important to drink LOADS of water throughout your pregnancy, but it’s especially important if you are suffering from severe morning sickness. My Dr told me this. “People who think they are getting enough water – usually arent. So, if you don’t think you’re getting enough water you could be extremely dehydrated.”  So Edward and I would stock up on those really huge Smart Water bottles and keep them all over the house/car.
  • Deodorant – With hormonal changes comes – sweat!!! Man was I a sweaty lady. I was sweaty because it was mid-summer, my hormones had shot through the roof, I was puking at least 1x a day, and because I was constantly nauseous. So trust me on this! haha, find a nice non-scented brand.
  • Small Toothbrush and Paste – You never know when or if you’re going to lose your lunch during the day, so it’s best to have a toothbrush and paste with you. You don’t want to be caught in a meeting with stinky breath. Not to mention how bad it is to leave stomach acid on your tooth enamel! It will eventually damage your teeth.
  • Change Of Clothes – God willing you are able to make it to the most secluded office bathroom in time to barf your brains out … but if Karen is still in there… or even if you get some nasty barf splashback on your shirt.. you really want to be able to have something nice and fresh to change into. You might even find yourself sweating through your clothes.
  • Stool Softener – When I first found out I was pregnant I got on a prenatal vitamin -as you should! What I didn’t realize was that when you first begin your prenatal it’s very likely you may experience some constipation. This could happen to you too, so, it won’t hurt to have some stool softeners on hand. I linked to the brand I like for stool softeners. They worked within hours because they are gel capsules. The non gel pills would randomly kick in 13 hours after I took them…. not convenient. Also, even if the bottle says to take 2… first try taking 1 and see how it goes. I found 1 capsule gave me a regular movement, and 2 capsules gave me an evacuation.
  • Flushable Wipes– Yes… I know… This is not Glamourous… But if you are on a stool softener you will be glad to have these to refresh yourself. Even just to clean up after some discharge. It’s going to be a lot messier down there ladies 😦 I am sorry. But be ready for anything! Have your wipes girlfriend.
  • Panty Liners – As women, we are used to a certain level of discharge throughout our daily lives… pregnancy, however, is another story. get ready for some thick, wet, icky stuff. There’s nothing I hate more than the feeling of moisture down there… so I change my panty liners a couple times a day. Not only does this make you feel more refreshed, it also allows you to see whats going on down there should you have any unusual spotting.
  • Yummy Hard Candy / Gum Of Your Choice – This is one you should do if you feel like you can stomach it. Pick out your favorite little sweet!! Something that doesn’t make you feel sick, it should only put a smile on your face. You may find you have a nasty flavor in your mouth for the next few months. It has something to do with the pregnancy of course.. not sure why this happens but I definitely tasted “the taste” haha. It’s also a nice pick me up if you do throw up. Clean up, cool off, drink your water, breathe, and have a piece of candy. I personally enjoyed Jelly Beans. I know sometimes ginger candies help women with nausea. Ginger didn’t work for me but – everything is worth a try.
  • A Granola Bar / Filling Snack Of Your Choice – You don’t want to be stuck somewhere hungry. It’s important to always have something you can munch on that won’t hurt your belly! Because, allowing yourself to become hungry only makes the sickness worse.
  • A Cheerful Mug – This will be great to have should you need a relaxing tea during the day or even just some warm water to sip on. Choose something cute and cheerful!! Everything you pack in your care kit should make you feel happy, pretty, or cute. Your going through a lot mama… every minute of temporary joy matters. I linked to a mug that made me smile. Comment a photo of your favorite mug!
  • Mama Peaceful Tea – Herbal teas are a hot topic, pun intended… sorry… haha but always be sure to check with your Dr before you ingest any herbal teas. Plants are used in medicines remember. They do have the ability to affect your body and that’s why we love them! But, you always want to do what’s safe for baby. I LOVED this particular tea. I was having extreme bouts of anxiety during my first trimester. Work was very stressful and just trying to survive each day feeling sick… left me a shaky mess. I was unable to eat almost anything and I was very hormonal. I didn’t have faith that this brand would actually relieve my anxiety – but it REALLY did. I would just breathe and sip. It was warm in my belly and felt like a hug from my mom.
  • Evian Water Spray – This was one that you don’t NEED hahah, but if you can afford to get it… I would. Especially if it’s summer!! Sometimes being nauseous can just make you feel hot and uncomfortable. This water spray was so refreshing when I needed to cool off and relax. It also has no scent which makes it safe for your sensitive nose. I found it to be nice to have at work if I just puked or if I was having a heaving session.
  • Small Puke Bucket – This is one you might want to keep in the car. Any bucket or plastic container will do… I used the one that is linked! I liked the small trash can walls because they were tall, I could easily hug it in my lap, I didn’t feel like it was going to overflow, and it didn’t look suspicious in my car. If your commute is anything like mine was, chances are you sit in traffic. Nothing is more panic-inducing then feeling like you are going to hurl while stuck on the highway. It always gave me peace of mind to know I had my bucket buddy beside me. It was also nice to have it at the office because sometimes I didn’t want to heave or vomit in the work bathroom… sometimes you just want privacy. Especially because people don’t really know you’re pregnant yet.
  • Your Prenatal Vitamin – I like to keep my prenatal on me! Sometimes you are running late or just forget to take them!! So it’s best to just always have them. I linked the prenatal I take, they have a probiotic in them and this also helps fight against constipation! Some Dr’s don’t “believe in” probiotics… which is just so weird and outdated to me… but honestly, I have felt the positive effect of probiotics personally in my life. My sister in law turned me onto this prenatal/probiotic combo, and they have been LIFE CHANGING in the digestive department. 😉 Make sure if you purchase ANY probiotic online, instead of in store, that they say they don’t need to be refrigerated. The brand I linked you to – does not need to be refrigerated. BUT as I say with everything.. do your own research and talk to your Dr before you ingest anything you are unsure of. Here is a link to the American Pregnancy Association about probiotics during pregnancy 

That concludes the contents your Travel Care Kit! If you build one send me photos!!

Find Your Foods – Everything I ate in those 3 months made me feel SO SICK! I couldn’t even look at most foods… even some foods that had been my favorite. Everything made me want to vomit. This, mixed with actual vomiting, led to me losing 12lbs. My Dr assured me that it is normal to lose weight in those early months and not to beat myself up for it. She said I would gain the weight back in the 2nd trimester, which ended up being true. One thing I had to do was find my foods! No one but my baby and my body got to choose what these foods would be haha, not even me. I really listened to my body and because I did I found foods that, unknowingly, were very good for what I was going through. My go to’s were:

  • Applesauce – “A cup serving of unsweetened applesauce provides about 100 calories and 2.7 grams of fiber, or 11 percent of the daily value. It’s an especially good source of soluble fiber, the type that dissolves into a gel-like substance and helps maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.”
  • Watermelon “If you’re pregnant, the benefits are even more delicious. Watermelon eases heartburn and reduces swelling; its high water content (92 percent) and fruit sugars can help alleviate morning sickness and dehydration; and the minerals it contains can help prevent third-trimester muscle cramps.”
  • Hot water with Lemon –Lemon water does count toward your water intake, and can have many benefits during pregnancy. The American Pregnancy Association advises that consuming and even smelling lemons can help relieve morning sickness. However, if you’re experiencing heartburn during pregnancy, you may want to avoid citrus fruits.”
  • Toast & The BRAT Diet

Don’t Fight The Puke – If you really truly feel like you are about to vomit… don’t fight it. Go grab your hair tie and find a safe place to do your thing. Sometimes when I was able to just relax and let the vomit happen – I was actually granted a few hours of relief. Whenever I fought it I was only prolonging the inevitable. That being said… DO NOT FORCE yourself to be sick EVER. That doesn’t help. Just allow your body to do what it feels it needs to do. One thing, that made it a lot less painful and gross for me, was to chug a bunch of water if I felt I was about to be sick in the next 10 minutes. The water would dilute the puke and make it just taste like warm water.

Don’t Over Stuff Yourself & Don’t Starve Yourself – I know it can be daunting but really do try to eat small safe meals throughout the day. I know you’re afraid you are just going to throw it all up… but not eating actually intensifies the nausea. Just accept that whatever happens is going to happen. Do your best to eat those small manageable foods and sip your water girl!! Be strong 🙂 You can do this.

Find A Good TV Show – Look… we all love our partners… but sometimes they just don’t understand what we are going through. It’s a lot of weird changes for you. Find a show you can come home to that makes you laugh, takes your mind off of things, or just even helps you fall asleep. Sometimes you just need an escape, and that’s ok!

Buy Some Large Comfy Panties – You might think you are off the “Granny Panty” hook because your baby bump hasn’t popped up yet. Well, think again haha be ready for the bloat of the century. I was SO bloated those first few months. I would wake up in the middle of the night raging about how tight my panties were haha. When I had enough I went out and bought some Victoria Secret lace trim Cheeksters 1 size larger than I usually am. I am still in love with these even in my 3rd Trimester. Although they are rather large on me now. They are extremely comfortable.

Walk Outside When You Can – The sunshine and fresh air will do you good! Especially if you were cooped up in an office like me. Building up your strength now is very important so, do some light walking on your 15-minute breaks. Bring your water and something relaxing to listen to while you walk.

Tell Someone At Work You Trust – The risk of miscarriage is a very real thing. If you don’t want to tell anyone at work that you are pregnant – don’t feel you have to. It is good however to tell someone of power who you really trust. I was able to tell my manager and she was able to cover for me everytime I had to dodge out of a meeting, or be late to work. It is good to have an understanding kind ear. So, if you have someone you trust I suggest sharing it with that 1 person.

Nap On Breaks – The desire to pass out while standing up is so real in the first trimester!! It’s very overwhelming when your work requires you to be performing at 100% when you feel like you are at 25%. Don’t be embarrassed to park your car somewhere in the corner and just take a quick 15-minute nap. Give yourself a minute to just close your eyes and take a break.

Avoid SOME forums and youtube videos – While a lot of people say to avoid forums and videos all together… I don’t agree with that. There are some really educational things you can learn from online sources. Try to stick to .edu or .org sites. Or even educational forums and youtube videos. I loved the Channel Mum Community. It was nice to be able to chat with other moms and see my weekly update video! Really just avoid videos about miscarriage and stillbirth ok….? Like it’s so early… just try to stay positive and stay away from those videos unless something bad actually happens to you. Ingesting content like this just breeds your anxieties. Your a mom now… welcome to nervousville!! Don’t make yourself panic about unnecessary things. If anything – call your Dr if you have concerns.

Be Honest With Your Partner About The Emotions Your Feeling – Calmly keep your partner posted on how your feeling emotionally. If you feel mad at them simply because they left their shoes in the middle of the floor when they got home… tell them! “Hey I am really feeling mad at you right now, and I know it’s being magnified because of the baby. I just wanted to give you a heads up that I feel like a dragon monster right now.”

Or if you honestly can’t take out the trash because the smell is too strong… or the dirty toilet makes you feel sick, ask for help. It’s ok to ask for help. Just be straight up and honest with your partner, and ask them to have patience with you while you are trying to figure it all out.

Be Kind To Yourself – This is the MOST important of all the survival tips. Be kindest to yourself right now. Because you are also being kind to your unborn baby. Don’t be mean to yourself about your changing appearance! You are doing an amazing thing inside there!! You are a goddess!! You are the most womanly form of yourself right now. What you are doing has been done by amazing women for centuries! You are more connected to your ancestors than ever before. If you have to take prescribed medication because you have a fever or feel sick – DO IT… it’s ok. Do what you need to get through this. Who cares if you just want to go to sleep when you get home from work, you need it! Let your partner cook dinner or order their favorite take out, they won’t complain. I know you love your friends, but if they love you back they will understand why you have stopped calling or texting. And GIRL you go ahead and claim a bathroom for yourself!! That way you can barf or feel sick in a clean relaxing environment. That’s my #1 tip… love yourself now more than you ever have. Because you are going through something that is really mentally and physically taxing.

I really hope this was helpful for you other mommies out there! Whether your working, staying at home, or just forgot what the 1st trimester was like haha. I hope this reaches you. I know this was the article I was looking for way back then. Best of luck Beauties!! Stay posted for my list of 2nd Trimester Must Haves!

Are you looking for more tips to handle the first trimester of pregnancy? You HAVE to checkout my sister in laws blog!! She is an amazing writer and has a lot of really exciting, relatable, and detailed posts on millennial motherhood/womanhood! Here is a post she wrote detailing her pregnancy adventures. Episode IV: The First Trimester.

lick the follow button, on your right, to see what happens next xoxo. -Kate

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