7 First Trimester Essentials

first trimester pregnancy essentials

I had a bit of a rough first trimester.  Morning sickness was no joke, and it was not just in the morning either.  In fact, before finding out I was pregnant, I thought I had the stomach flu.  Or food poisoning.  For a little over a week, I was throwing up at a minimum five times a day.  Nothing would stay down.  My diet consisted of applesauce and milk and I lost six pounds in five days.  After that, the puking eased up a bit (two or three times roughly every other day or so) but the nausea was a constant for almost six weeks.

And then, as suddenly as it hit, it passed.  About half-way through week 11, I was doing a session with a friend and his family for their holiday card and he mentioned that they were going out for pizza for dinner.  After that, I couldn't get pizza off my mind.  I texted The Husband and said, "Let's have a pizza party tonight."  He was fully on board, of course, and I managed to eat an entire medium-sized gluten free pizza* that night all by myself.  It was glorious.

That first trimester fell right at the tail end of my wedding season, which was a good thing, but it also coincided with my trip to New York.  So I thought I'd share a few of my first trimester essentials that helped me manage the nausea whether I was working from home, shooting a wedding, or traveling across the country.

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1. Sea Bands - These things were awesome.  I was skeptical at first and thought maybe it was all in my head but while I was wearing these, the nausea was mild or gone.  I wore them on my flights and just in daily life (including while shooting weddings) and they were a lifesaver.

2. Preggie Pop Drops - When I felt a little nausea hit, I'd pop one of these bad boys and it would quickly subside.  I wish you could select the flavors because the sour lemon was really unappetizing to me (tasted like a cough drop) during that first trimester, but the raspberry was very tasty.  I ordered a three-pack and they lasted a couple of weeks.

3. BeBand - I lost a lot of weight really quickly so a lot of my pants didn't really fit properly.  At one point, my jeans and work pants were so big I could pull them on and off without unbuttoning them!  I'm not much of a belt gal and wearing one at that time sounded really uncomfortable so I bought one of these BeBands from Target to hold my pants up when they were a little too loose.  It worked great!  And, as my weight returned to normal and the belly started expanding in the second trimester, this little band helped hold up the pants when they were too small to button!

4. VitaFusion Chewable PreNatal Vitamins - I could not keep those horse pill prenatal vitamins down to save my life so these chewable, slightly fruit-flavored ones were a game changer.  I was barely eating and what I did eat had minimal nutritional value, so I felt good knowing I was at least getting some basic nutrients from the vitamins.

5. Comfy Tops - All I wanted to wear during the first trimester was pajamas but apparently that's an unacceptable wardrobe for the real world.  A loose-fitted comfy tee paired with leggings was the closest thing I could get to real-life PJs.  Layer it with a sweater and add some boots & a colorful scarf and you have a pretty cute outfit!

6. Coconut Water - There were times when even plain old water wouldn't stay down but, for whatever reason, coconut water was never a problem.  The Husband also loves it to rehydrate post-workouts (especially when training for marathons) so we bought it in bulk from Costco to keep dehydration at bay for both of us.

7. Leggings - Again, pajamas for the real world.  Unless I was shooting a wedding or needed to dress up a bit with some jeans, I wore leggings pretty much all day e'ry day.  In addition to the nausea, I was also extremely exhausted during that first trimester (which lasted until a week ago when I finally found an iron supplement that seems to work, thanks pregnancy anemia!) and took a nap almost every day.  Wearing something comfy that I could lay down and relax in when necessary was a priority.  And, like I said, layer them with boots and a cute sweater and you have a perfectly acceptable real-world outfit. :)


*We order gluten-free pizza from Amici's.  They use Mariposa Baking Co.'s crust and take precautions to prevent cross-contamination by storing and preparing everything separately in the kitchen.  The only downside is it only comes in a medium, but I highly recommend it if you're looking for gluten-free pizza in San Francisco.




  1. I'm so glad that's all done with because OOF that sounds miserable, like neverending sea sickness

  2. Could have written this post myself! Though I never actually got the Preggie Pops, I sucked on Jolly Ranchers like nobody's business. Anything sour tasted good to me, oddly . . . and really helped with the nausea. I had the opposite problem from you: I gained weight extremely quickly, so my clothing did not fit from pretty much the time I found out I was expecting. Eek! Leggings were (and are) awesome.

  3. I hope you're feeling a lot better now! When my Mum was pregnant with me, she got a little morning sickness, but it was my Dad who couldn't eat breakfast for the whole nine months because he was nauseous! Hope you and the belly are feeling well :)

  4. Mmm...gummy vitamins! But man, sorry to hear about the rough "morning" sickness (that should really be renamed).

  5. This! I totally agree with Rooth!

  6. I've never been sea sick but I imagine it feels exactly like morning sickness. Luckily it didn't last beyond the first trimester!

  7. Ooh, Jolly Ranchers sound really good right now... :)

  8. Right!? I'm convinced a man came up with that name. It should be "all-day everyday" sickness, or at least "pregnancy" sickness!

  9. That's so funny about your dad! The Husband had the opposite reaction. He thought since I couldn't eat, he should eat for me! I'm definitely feeling better now, though, so I'm making up for it by eating pretty much whatever I want these days. :)


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