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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!