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First Trimester SurvivalTips

Pregnancy is a pretty amazing thing. You are literally growing a tiny human inside of you, and your body does some pretty incredible work in changing, adapting and making room for little one.

I'm still pinching myself if this is real yet (and yes I'm 17 weeks pregnant) and despite how sick I have been and how awful I feel at times, it's hard to believe that I am INDEED pregnant because I'm not sporting a big belly yet.

I honestly feel like some days I just have a bad hangover, without the drinking the night before.

Please tell me I'm not the only one in the universe that has felt this way before?

BUT YES, I am growing a little human inside of me, thats what the doctors say anyway, hehe and I see his little feet kicking and dancing on the screen when I see him, so it must be true!

I always thought I would be one of those girls that has a great pregnancy. You know, the ones that say, "I LOVE BEING PREGNANT." But I have had some rough days, constant nausea and a real short fuse.

Here are some of the things that helped me during my first trimester ( and still leading into my second) that I hope will help you as well.

Ginger, Turmeric and Lemon Tea

This has become a daily ritual for me. At the beginning of my first trimester I would get nausea at night, but now it's leading into the morning as I move further along. I buy fresh ginger and turmeric and the market. I will slice both into chunks and boil for about 8 minutes, adding in 1/2 squeezed lemon before drinking.

Sour Patch Kids or Sour Jolly Ranchers

I'm not quite sure what it is about sour foods helping nausea, but it works. Luckily for my my husband is a candy lover so had these in the house, but sour patch kids and jolly ranchers helped tremendously with my nausea throughout the day, especially at work. I tried the Preggie Pops that everyone loves, but they literally TORE UP my tongue to where I was bleeding.

Pregnancy Pillow

This is probably the number one thing I would recommend to any pregnant woman. I invested in one early in my pregnancy and I can't sleep without it anymore. The husband feels a little left out now (lol) but it is extremely necessary for getting comfortable and working with the curves in your body. This would probably be more useful later on in the pregnancy, but I've been using it since the day I found out I was pregnant.

Change of Eating Patterns

Anytime I got hungry was a bad thing, because that usually meant nausea came with it. Eating smaller/more frequent meals has been helpful in keeping the nausea away.

Finding the right Prenatal Vitamins

This was a tough one for me because I struggled with nausea intensifying after taking my prenatal, even when taken with meals and at night. I ended up opting for  365 brand Prenatal Gummy Vitamins. They seemed to be easier on my stomach and also more enjoyable to eat for that sugar/candy craving.