Finding out you're pregnant is SUCH a fun and exciting time!!! I've been thinking about this blog post for weeks now, what I should include in it and what I would tell a best friend to buy when she finds out she's pregnant so if you just found out you're pregnant and you're not sure what to buy first, this post is for you.
First trimester pregnancy tips
Here are some helpful things I recommend to buy when you find out you're pregnant, to get you through that first trimester!
First of all let's talk about HOW to find out you're pregnant. Pregnancy tests come in a bazillion different brands and I usually get impatient and waste money on being overly excited about wanting to find out RIGHT AWAY ha! I have often gotten excited about maybe being pregnant when I'm not and I can't tell you how many times I've bought a box of pregnancy test, and later a box of tampons, in the same day. It's a bummer but it happens.
I usually buy first response pregnancy tests since you can tell earlier, but with all 3 pregnancies I've tested positive about 4 days before my missed period. I can always tell I'm pregnant before because I get dizzy and my breasts are so painful! Sorry I said breast here. Sorry dad if you're reading this. I doubt you are though haha.
I WISH I would've found this earlier, amazon has this pregnancy test that has almost 3,000 positive reviews and for $7.69 you can get 20 tests! AMAZING.
I've also heard that the dollar store sells pregnancy test, and they work like a charm! They might not be early detection but if you're willing to wait till the day of or day after your missed period you can grab one there for ultra cheap.
One of the first things you're going to want to do when you find out you're pregnant (or even when you start trying) is take a good prenatal vitamin. There are SO MANY of these out there and I've taken a couple and hated them, because they make me even more sick than I'm already feeling, and I've taken a couple I love.
My favorite by far is New Chapter Perfect Prenatal because you can take them ON AN EMPTY STOMACH and not get sick! Pretty awesome. Maybe not as cheap as some off-brand ones you'll find at the grocery store, but if you're fighting morning sickness then these are really, really nice. These are also the amazon choice for prenatal's, and have more than 2,000 almost all positive reviews! You can get the exact same ones for a little less expensive at a higher count here.
One of the things you'll start to notice, and it's WAY worse with each kid, is that your pants are gonna get snug, FAST. Grab yourself this two-step combo of the support band + a matching colored seamless cami to pair over it. I find that the cami makes it not so weird (esp when you're still not ready to tell!) that you have something sticking out of the bottom of your shirt, it just looks like a long cami. But this support band will make it so that you can continue to wear ALL your favorite jeans even when you can't button your pants anymore. Which has come at lightening speed for me this time ha.
Okay mamas this is one of my BEST secrets for pregnancy – how to avoid stretch marks!!! I always tell my friends to get themselves a bottle of Mother's Special Blend RIGHT away when you find out you're pregnant. Apply this magical blend on your belly and sides and back every day right out of the shower, through your entire pregnancy, to avoid or deter stretch marks from creeping in.
I'm very very prone to getting stretch marks – I have them all over my body from growing fast as a kid. On my legs, my boobs, everywhere. I got a ginormous belly with both my girls and yet to have ONE stretch mark on my belly. Not one! I fully attribute my success to Mother's Special Blend haha. $13 and an entire bottle might last you through your whole pregnancy. Worst case scenario you'll have to buy two.
It's so real and so rough! With both my girls I took Zofran the ENTIRE pregnancy, but things have changed and according to my doctor, there was a study done in Europe that showed a possible heart defect linked to mothers who took Zofran during pregnancy. SO this time she suggested I try Diclegis, which was a hot topic on my Instagram yesterday.
Diclegis is amazing because it's category 1 for pregnancy, so it's completely safe to take while pregnant!! It's fully approved by the FDA for pregnant women and luckily it has worked really well for me. A couple tricky things though: it does make me VERY sleepy. Like super hard to get out of bed in the morning sleepy. But, worth it. It's also VERY expensive. I had a hard time getting my insurance to cover it at first, because it's so expensive. In desperation I showed up to the pharmacy to just pay out of pocket, only to find out it was $550+ for one month's supply. YIKES!!!
Luckily I only had to wait a few days before mine was approved by my insurance, but in the meantime, and when I've felt really sick and already taken the maximum dose for the day, I've used the Doterra oil Slim & Sassy. A few drops in a capsule internally or even rubbing a little on my belly helps tremendously with easing nausea for me. It's a blend of all plant based ingredients: ginger, peppermint, grapefruit, lemon, and cinnamon so it's all stuff you could ingest individually but for some reason in that blend it just really helps! You can get it retail here or sign up for a wholesale account here to get it wholesale.
*first timer tip: if you're just a few weeks pregnant but you haven't had your first doctor appointment yet and you're so sick you want to die, DON'T WAIT till your first appointment to call your doctor and ask for something! Most likely they can help you out with some samples or calling in a prescription for something that will help you and you don't have to suffer in silence until your 9-10 week appointment rolls around.
Favorite Pregnancy Books
What to Expect When You're Expecting – A great reference book for each stage of pregnancy, even if it's not your first time
Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy – This is a fun book to read if it's your first pregnancy!
Baby Wise – It's pretty early to be worrying about this, but if you want to read it a couple times before baby comes so you really have the idea of a sleep schedule mastered, this is an amazing book that I recommend 1,000%!
Most likely your chest is going to grow a size or two in the first few weeks of pregnancy! It can be so uncomfortable and, as mentioned in the beginning, while your bras are getting tight you're probably super sensitive and maybe in a little pain too in that department! So in my opinion it's VERY important to have an incredibly comfortable bra.
It's smart to invest in a good nursing bra a size or two up from your normal cup and band size since you're probably going to keep growing. I would go 1 size up from your normal size and that will (hopefully!) be a good guess as to how much your band and cup will grow. That has worked for me the past two pregnancies.
Sexy Mama Nursing Bra: this was my VERY favorite nursing bra that I lived in while nursing my girls! It looks and feels like a regular bra but it's actually pretty comfortable too. It's pretty and structured and is super easy to nurse with too.
ThirdLove 24/7 nursing bra: this bra is incredibly comfortable, and I love that it's front closure so the band in the back will stretch and grow with you comfortably throughout your pregnancy.
Sorry for the awkwardness of this but, you're prob going to have a tough time going #2 if you're anything like, 90% of the pregnant population! Two things that really help me and are safe during pregnancy: Colace and the Squatty Potty – funny and weird but it works!
This is very debatable and subjective to each woman carrying a baby. I honestly have tried SEVERAL of these and haven't loved them or felt like they were worth the money! THIS is the #1 rated on Amazon and isn't too crazy expensive. But to be honest, I really just like a king size pillow in between my legs sleeping on my side better!
Favorite Maternity Shops
I've already gotten questions about favorite maternity jeans and cute maternity clothes. I'll be covering ALL of this in the coming weeks and months I promise! A lot of new brands and styles have popped up since I was pregnant with Lyla 3 years ago, so I just need a little time to discover the best ones for you 😉 In the meantime, here are some of my go-to spots to find cute maternity clothes!
Amazon Fashion maternity
A Pea in the Pod (where I've gotten some of my fave designer maternity jeans in the past!)
Nordstrom Rack maternity
I'm excited to document this pregnancy and try to really record things that help me, so that if and when my readers find themselves in the same situation, I'll have some helpful tips here! I'll also work hard to keep bringing you guys fashion recommendations that apply to non-pregnant women too, along with beauty tips and all the bargains you guys love on shoes and bags and everything in between.