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First Trimester ‘Must Haves’

If you’ve been following my journey then you would know that I’m no longer in the first trimester! In fact, I’m almost out of the second too! Say whaaaaaat? I went to an ultrasound on Tuesday and I had a tiny dispute with my sonographer (whoops). It seems I am flipping between two due dates, which are ten days apart. On Tuesday, baby measured 23+4 weeks, which means I hit the magical 24 weeks yesterday! Either that or I’m actually 22+5 weeks right now. Who knows?

It’s becoming clear that baby has his/her own timeline and will be appearing whenever he/she wants! I’m happy as long as the wee babe keeps growing and practicing karate on my insides. Feeling those kicks is out of this world and the best thing I have ever experienced.

Since I’m so far along in my pregnancy (and so behind in updates) I thought I’d share my first trimester must haves!

Anything and everything ginger!

I was lucky enough to not throw up during the first trimester, but, boy oh boy, did I feel nauseous or what. I’m not talking about standard morning sickness either. I would wake up feeling sick and the feeling would last right into the afternoon. During the first trimester, I found my number one must have was ginger: ginger biscuits, candied ginger, ginger tea, and ginger beer. I would eat anything that contained ginger in an attempt to settle my stomach!


This goes hand in hand with my ginger obsession. I found that if I ate a few crackers before I got out of bed even to pee then it would help my nausea significantly. I ended up having a stash of crackers in my bedroom, on my desk, and in my handbag. They definitely weren’t the most exciting thing, but they helped a lot!

Extra pillows

I didn’t (and still haven’t) splashed out for a maternity pillow because extra pillows do the trick. I had a very sore back, so I would end up sleeping on my side with a pillow between my knees or on my back with a stack of pillows elevating my legs. I essentially made myself a little pillow fort and had pillows all over my bed in the first trimester. They were definitely a must have and necessary to my wellbeing.

Loose clothing

I didn’t put on much weight during the first trimester, but I felt like I had. I was bloated and just uncomfortable. Quite frankly, I felt like the least sexiest person on the planet. I ended up wearing leggings, baggy t-shirts and sweatshirts during most of my first trimester. (Partly because it was winter and partly because I felt fat.) Comfort is king! If you can find something that is flattering, comfortable and makes you feel sexy then you have hit the jackpot!


My skin got dry and itchy within a few weeks of finding out that I was pregnant. I also noticed that it got irritated by my usual moisturizer, so I had to swap everything out for new stuff! I ended up getting the Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich moisturizer for my face and Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Glow Lotion for my legs, belly, and boobs. I had to swap out my deodorant because the smell of it made me feel sick. I also had to swap out my toothpaste because it made me feel sick when I used it. My old deodorant and toothpaste still make me feel sick to this day. Pregnancy is so weird.

Baby groups

I searched around the Internet and found some ‘Due in February’ baby groups and forums. It was nice to know that I wasn’t alone in this, and that I could talk to women who had been there and done it all before! I haven’t met anyone, but it feels like we’ve created a real community already! They have definitely helped me keep my sanity throughout this pregnancy.

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  • Reply Victoria

    I’m a long way off even considering a baby, but I’m still finding this really interesting to know! Ginger helps me a lot with seasickness, so I guess it makes sense it helps with morning sickness 🙂 I can’t wait to hear how you go with everything!

    October 29, 2016 at 11:47 am
    • Reply Victoria

      I thought I was too, but clearly that plan has changed for me! Haha. Ginger beer helped the most and the crackers. I don’t think I would have survived if I didn’t have them in my life. Thanks! I’m trying my best to actually catch up to where I am in my pregnancy!

      October 29, 2016 at 10:19 pm
  • Reply delianutshell

    Uff.. I was sick for my first 5 month with my daughter. It was pretty bad :)). Especially since it wasn’t morning sickness but ALL DAY LONG sickness. That baby’s coming soon, enjoy your free time left. I wish I would have started my blog when I was pregnant, I lost so much precious time. Now with a kid and work, it’s really hard to manage.

    October 29, 2016 at 5:35 pm
    • Reply Victoria

      Oh, I wouldn’t be able to deal with that! 🙁 I feel you on the all day sickness though! I think there were only a couple of hours when I actually felt like myself haha I’m glad that is well and truly over! I almost didn’t blog about my pregnancy actually, but I’m so glad I have decided to do it! I work and study online, and blog, so it feels like all I do is stare at a laptop some days! I’m so glad I found your blog though! I love it 🙂

      October 29, 2016 at 10:18 pm
      • Reply delianutshell

        Thank you so much! I don’t know how I will handle it because soon enough I will start working full time. That will be very challenging ! If I think I’m exhausted now hahahha, I will wait until later!

        October 30, 2016 at 4:49 pm
        • Reply Victoria

          I’m sure you’ll be able to handle it! You got this! 🙂

          November 6, 2016 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Jay

    I’ve chosen to not have my own babies, but I love reading your updates etc. I even show my best friend who has 4 kids of her own, the last one being born in July this year. She enjoys your updates too!

    October 29, 2016 at 9:08 pm
    • Reply Victoria

      I wasn’t going to have children either. I had even told my mum that it wasn’t in my plan haha. That all changed once I found out I was pregnant though 😊 thank you! That really means a lot 😊

      October 29, 2016 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply thepregnantlifeblog

    Great post. I have two guess dates too. I wasn’t until pregnancy that I learned there is no such thing as a confident “due date.” It’s baloney! Plus, my little guy is gonna be like his dad and mom very tall (dad is 6’5″ and mom is 5’9″), so that means he measures bigger than the average baby. xoxo

    November 1, 2016 at 7:47 am
    • Reply Victoria

      Thanks! 🙂 Yeah, I’ve been told from my friends who have babies that there is no ‘accurate’ date as they grow and change so much! It doesn’t help that there’s the +/- two weeks as well! Haha. Baby could come in the first week of February or the middle of March if we go by my dates. It’s insane! I hope they don’t let me go that long. I’m only 5’1 and my ex isn’t that tall, so goodness knows what’s going on in there!

      November 6, 2016 at 9:36 am

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