First trimester essentials

first trimester essentials

The first trimester can be a tough three months. You can feel sick, exhausted and emotional and quite often you have to pretend you feel fine as you haven’t told most people that you are pregnant yet! This pregnancy has followed my previous three and I’ve felt pretty good. I’ve know each time from about four weeks, so have always had a secret to keep for quite a few weeks!

Thankfully, I seem to be lucky in that I don’t suffer too much from morning sickness. I felt really queasy for a few weeks but that was as bad as it got. I found that the times that I felt the worse were first thing in the morning, and if I hadn’t eaten for a while. Having some ginger biscuits by the bed {these Nairns ones were my favourite!} for when I first woke up really helped, and making sure I had a snack between meals. I kept a bowl of pineapple ready to pick at in the fridge all the time! As well as snacking, I found that I was so thirsty – I made sure I kept a bottle of water with me any time we went out, and drank lots at home too.

I find that I usually seem to end up anaemic when I’m pregnant. I take a sachet of Spatone everyday anyway, when I’m pregnant I put it up to two sachets each day. Anaemia can leave you feel tired, breathless and lacking in energy. I remember almost passing out once in the bank when I was pregnant with Lola! Spatone is a great way to get your iron each day – it’s easier to absorb and more gentle on your tummy than iron tablets. I’ve used it in all four pregnancies and my iron levels have always stayed where they should.

Likewise, as soon as I found out I was pregnant I switched my usual vitamins to these Pregnacare prenatal vitamins. The perfect balance of all the vitamins and minerals you need in pregnancy as well as the vital folic acid.

This Little Me Mum to Be Rich Tummy Cream is my favourite tummy cream for pregnancy. I massage it in morning and night, it smells lovely and is great for helping prevent those stretch marks!

Lastly, this time around I’m excited to have a pregnancy journal to fill in. I’ve never actually kept one before, so this will fun to be able to look back on. I got this ‘Bump to Birthday Journal’ – space to record all of your pregnancy and the first year of your child’s life.

These were my essentials for the first twelve weeks – what were yours?


  1. Ness (@jibberjabberuk)

    July 17, 2014 at 10:11

    I always took pregnancy vitamins as well. I used to take them before I got pregnant and all through breastfeeding as well. Babies take a lot out of you!

  2. Amy

    July 17, 2014 at 10:17

    Your so lucky not to have suffered morning sickness. I had it really bad with my lot! Vitamins helped loads though!

  3. Jenny

    July 17, 2014 at 11:30

    I love ginger biscuits – pregnant or not! I drank copious amounts of peppermint tea to help with indigestion.

  4. Jen aka The Mad House

    July 17, 2014 at 12:08

    I take spatone now as I have an iron deficiency!

  5. you baby me mummy

    July 17, 2014 at 12:14

    I ate ginger biscuits too early on x

  6. Globalmouse

    July 17, 2014 at 13:49

    Great round up of lovely little things to help – I LOVED my ginger biscuits…in fact I’m still a little addicted!!

  7. valerie

    July 17, 2014 at 14:15

    I just heard of Spatone reciently, I am nearly always anaemic when I get bloods done, I think I will be looking into it. The iron meds from the Doc make me nauseous. I had a box of ginger when I was preggers, morning sickness was awful. Worth it though :)

  8. Lori

    July 17, 2014 at 14:32

    i used pregnacare all the way through and I couldn’t even lift my head off the pillow without having a ginger snap biscuit or a dry cracker but luckily after that I would be fine. I was anaemic after F was born but they gave me hardcore Iron tablets, sounds like spatone would have been a lot better. x

  9. Hannah Staveley

    July 17, 2014 at 18:00

    Don’t know of spatone , I used pregnacare always a good one .x

  10. Kathryn (@KatGotTheCream)

    July 17, 2014 at 19:38

    I really wish I’d kept a pregnancy journal for any or all of my babies. The only thing i’ve ever been able to keep up is the blog. Glad you’re feeling well xx

  11. Nayna Kanabar (@SIMPLYF00D)

    July 17, 2014 at 19:58

    It sounds like a great idea to have a journal like this to build memories right from the start of the pregnancy.

  12. laura redburn

    July 17, 2014 at 20:40

    ginger biscuits! ginger is definitely excellent for tummy woes, pregnant or not! also they’re delicious :)

  13. Laura

    July 17, 2014 at 22:32

    I used Pregnacare tablets throughout both of my pregnancies. Gave me peace of mind that my body (and babies) was getting the right nutrients, especially when I was feeling nauseous

  14. Adele @ Circus Queen

    July 17, 2014 at 22:46

    Great list. I swear by Spatone. In both pregnancies I’ve been “iron deficient” and rather than taking the nasty supplements you get on the NHS, Spatone has sorted me out. Something I learned this last time, though, is that a bit of iron deficiency is normal toward the end and might even be a good thing. It’s great that you’re keeping a journal this time. What a wonderful way to remember carrying this baby. x

  15. Joanna Sormunen

    July 18, 2014 at 01:02

    I always said I had no crawings when I was bregnant but I would go nuts if I didn’t get potatoes in the second trimester. The first trimester I kept eating fish ceviche with lemon juice. And then I had to drink orange juice all the time. Finally at the end of second trimester I had to have at least a pound of strawberries every day for few weeks. But no crawings, at all… LOL

  16. Rachel (@Parenthoodhighs)

    July 18, 2014 at 11:45

    A great round up!I’ve been so lucky this time (I’m 19 weeks!) That I’ve had no morning sickness at all, but was hospitalised with my eldest as for the whole time I was sick and with my youngest I was almost in hospital! Ginger biscuits were the only thing I could stomach!

  17. Zena's Suitcase

    July 18, 2014 at 19:06

    I felt so ill in the first stage, I don’t think anything would have touched it. This is a great list though!

  18. Fiona

    July 18, 2014 at 20:28

    Ah I love the bump journal, that’s such a lovely idea :) I really wish I’d kept one with E. I found out shortly after my birthday, and had been given a notebook that said EVERYTHING IS THE BEST on it, and I kept wanting to use that, but I was so emotional things didn’t really feel like the best so it seemed ridiculous to use that book. ha x

  19. Laura

    July 18, 2014 at 22:43

    I have heard that Spatone is really good for natural iron – think I am going to try it. I used Oil throughout my pregnancy and found it really helped my tummy :)

    Laura x

  20. agatapokutycka

    July 19, 2014 at 13:19

    Happy to heard you doing great.
    Let’s hope next months will be easy on you too.

  21. Helen Dickinson

    July 21, 2014 at 17:33

    When I was pregnant I used Spa tone a lot – its fabulous stuff. Hope the next few months will be better for you x

  22. Helen @ Witty Hoots

    July 22, 2014 at 13:04

    I used to drink ginger tea and had a craving for ginger beer (alcohol free!) too.

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