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First Trimester Survival Guide

Every single woman is different.  Also, every pregnancy can be different but I wanted to share my first trimester survival items in case they might help anyone else trying to get through the first 12 weeks.

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First Trimester Survival Kit

I believe knowledge is power.  Knowing that my symptoms were normal and would hopefully end in a couple weeks definitely helped me survive the first trimester.

  • Prenatal Vitamins

Preferably, you start taking these before you are even pregnant but if your pregnancy was a surprise you should absolutely start taking them now.

  • Sleep

Not really an item, but trust me sleep is your best friend.  Nap, even if you don’t normally, because your body is going through a lot of changes and you will be exhausted.

  • Peppermint Candies

These candies really helped me choke down the vomit.  At work I almost always had one in my mouth.

  • Popsicles 

The coldness of the Popsicles (preferably the red/white/blue kind) really calmed my stomach.  Every day I enjoyed one on my way to work.  You should have seen the Popsicle wrappers on the floor of my car each week.


  • Graham Crackers

Every chance I got at work to scarf down a couple of graham crackers to help keep the nausea manageable I took.

  • Barf Bags

Multiple times during the first trimester I panicked and thought I was going to vomit in the grocery store, car, etc and that would have really ruined the items in my purse.  Instead, keep a couple of layered plastic bags on you in case the moment strikes.

  • Mantra

Mentally I said the following phrase multiple times a day and it worked! “Don’t throw up on the . . .(customer, computer, etc)”

Sidenote – There are medications to ease the nausea but I never wanted to be on medication if I could help it.  If my “morning” sickness had been much worse or lasted much longer I may have changed my tune.

First Trimester

Because of my Type A personality and almost desperate need to get pregnant I was tracking my ovulation closely.  The first day of my missed period I took a pregnancy test and it was positive!


In this age of technology, class reunions have become unnecessary.  I can hop on Facebook at any time of the day to see who is married, who has children, who has gained weight, etc.

The only downfall of no longer attending class reunions is that you don’t have a predetermined date to get to see your actual close friends unless you do the work of putting plans together.  Luckily, I have awesome friends who are good at planning.

I have to give credit to my friend Ally, she not only set the ball in motion but she picked the location and found us the best place to stay.  Everybody else just had to agree on the time and it actually happened!  We must continue this tradition.

Many months ago we agreed to plan a trip because all of our guys will be turning 30 this year.  There ended up being 9 of us that were able to go to Nashville.  Some drove down from Wisconsin together and the rest of us flew in and rented a car.  Ally found us an amazing house to rent from Thursday through Sunday.

The large house was in the shadiest neighborhood but every couple had their own room, the living room had a two story ceiling, and the kitchen island was the perfect size for beer pong.   I would highly recommend Chateau Ghetto to any groups that want to stay 10 minutes from downtown Nashville.

TTC: Trying to Conceive

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Summer is Flying

I apologize for not writing for a long time but I do have excuses.

Alex's injury
Alex has managed to injure himself a lot this summer.
  1. It is summer and I am trying to enjoy every moment.

I am busier than normal, attending weddings, watching Alex play softball, and going out on more date nights.  So far this summer Alex and I have gone to Summer Nights to listen to bands, we went to the drive-in movie theater, and have hung out with friends a lot.   Summer is not the time to stay in-doors and type.