Let’s not beat around the bush.
Getting pregnant is kind of weird.
One day you know exactly what you want to eat and you can actually hold it down without any problems.
The next day?
You might stare at your pantry for 30 minutes and can’t decide what you want to eat because nothing looks appealing and if you do eat there is a chance it’s going to make you sick.
Who knew that growing a human inside of your belly could cause such issues?
To help combat some of the indecisiveness I decided that I would create a first-trimester kit.
Why does this just apply to the first trimester?
Because for most women each trimester is different.
The first one you might be sick all of the time and the second one your body has adjusted so everything is good.
This kit might apply to every trimester for you. It totally depends.
First Trimester Survival Kit
The idea behind this kit is that I wanted foods that I knew I could hold down and quickly gain access to.
You see, sometimes my hunger strikes me as though I haven’t eaten in 6 weeks and if I don’t grab something quick, I’ll get sick.
While this kit doesn’t contain all of the foods that you should eat during your pregnancy, it does contain ones that won’t do you any harm.
The idea behind the kit is survival.
Survival against hunger.
Survival against nausea.
Survival against pain.
Survival against indecisiveness.
And it offers all natural solutions.
Let’s dive in.
For one reason or another salted food items always work well in helping to settle my stomach and saltine crackers provide plenty of that.
Crackers work well because you can buy them in varying package sizes.
Want to carry some in your purse?
Then you can either buy a big package and put some in a Ziploc or you can buy some in a small package that is ready for your purse.
Bonus points if you’re able to add in some peanut butter or cheese to give yourself a bit more of a well-rounded snack.
2. Ginger Lozanges and Ginger Tea
Some people hate ginger and some people love ginger.
I’m on the love ginger fence.
Ginger has always been used by people to help settle nausea so I always make sure to carry around ginger lozenges if the panic strikes.
I also try to have a ginger tea first thing in the morning to set the mood for my stomach.
My husband gets motion sick pretty easily so we are well aware of Dramamine.
Who knew that it would help me through my own pregnancy!
You can pick it up in two varieties:
- Doesn’t make you as sleepy
- Makes it very, very easy to take a nap
Keep both around because they are each useful in their own situations. The less drowsy variation isn’t as strong but it can help to take the edge off nausea.
If you know you’re going to be home for a while and are feeling sick, I would suggest trying the less drowsy one first to see what effect it has on you.
4. Mouth Wash and Mints
When you throw up you don’t want to keep that taste in your mouth. Having mouth wash and mints around is very handy.
You can replace the mint with ginger lozenges so you don’t have to carry around a million different items but mints come in so many great flavors that I have no problem packing them in my purse.
Depending on your body you may or may not need this but if you’re constantly feeling constipated this can help make the day go smoother.
Of course, this might also depend on the things that you are eating.
Some people recommend making sure you get a lot of fiber in you but what do you do if the stuff the fiber comes in makes you sick?
You have enough other issues going on that you don’t need to worry about if you can go to the bathroom or not.
This is all about comfort. It can be pretty annoying when your body is going through the in-between stages of sizing for your clothes.
Pants might fit, but not really and you don’t want to look or feel uncomfortable.
In fact, you might not care about style at all! You just want to feel comfortable in the outfit that you’re wearing and this is why leggins are so awesome.
You can buy them at almost any large retail store like Old Navy, Forever 21, and H&M.
7. Heating Pad
I tend to get a lot of tension headaches and it’s nearly impossible to find a pain reliever that is safe to take and helps relive the pain.
So I found myself lying on my heating pad regularly to try and loosen up the muscles.
When even that wouldn’t work I’d schedule for a prenatal massage at my local massage parlor.
8. Sour Candy
You might not want to bring too much sugar into your body but if you want a treat that will also help with the nausea then sour candies have been found to help a lot of women.
Sour Patch Kids or similar candies are easy to find and keep around the house and in your purse so you’ll always have access to them.
If you have kids already just be sure to let them know they are for mommy. They need to buy their own.
It’s About Preparation
While you never know what is going to happen to your body and how it will react to different things, that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared.
This kit isn’t necessarily a one size fits all thing but a lot of women experience the same symptoms during their first trimester and the items in this kit are meant to combat them.
If you have any other items that helped to get you through your first trimester let me know!